is a mongrel settler currently living in Tkaronto. His films and videos explore patterns and nature through dense and kinetic forms, and have been presented at over 100 festivals and venues, including TIFF, Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou, SFMOMA, Anthology Film Archives, and Early Monthly Segments. His film memento mori (2012) received the Jury Prize for Best Canadian Work at WNDX Festival, First Prize at Athens International Film + Video Festival, and the Deluxe Award at Images. Dan's media practice also encompasses live visual performances in collaboration with musicians that have been presented at festivals such as MUTEK and Vector, and installations that have received public commissions in Toronto and Vancouver. Dan holds a Masters and PhD (ABD) in the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. He is currently completing his dissertation on technology and environment in recent Canadian cinema, and his writings on filmmaking have been published in Incite Journal of Experimental Media, Found Footage Magazine, Hors Champ, Millennium Film Journal, and Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age (2019, McGill–Queens UP).
Mary J. Daniel
has a 20-year history of making hard-to-categorize works focusing on the artistry and poetry of everyday experiences, including a dozen short films and videos, a feature film, and a series of collaborative community-based documentaries. She has an MFA from York University, and held teaching positions at Purdue University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia. Mary was based in Vancouver for over a decade, making experimental films, working as a researcher for political documentaries, and lending her lighting and editing skills to local media artists. She is the writer of a series on independent filmmaking in Western Canada, producer of an omnibus of six films by six women; and has production credits on everything from artist videos, through social documentaries to dramatic features. Her works have screened at cinematheques, universities, and galleries, travelled to international, experimental, and LGBTQ festivals, and has been featured in curated programs of Canadian works at the Kassel Documentary Festival and NYC's Anthology Film Archives. She recently co-directed a documentary about Dykes Planning Tykes—a course for queer women considering parenthood; and directed a half-hour documentary celebrating the 20-year history of the London Lesbian Film Festival.
is an Assistant Professor in Visual and Media Studies within the Cultural Studies Department at Trent University. Kelly is a Canadian filmmaker, animated sound composer, film archivist and scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Carleton University (2001), Master of Arts in Communication and Culture at York/Ryerson University (2003), Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video at Bard College (2006), a Certificate in Film Preservation from the Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House (2012), and a PhD in Communication and Culture from the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture (2013). Her film work explores issues of materiality, intermediality, and media obsolescence. Her films have been screened at major festivals across Canada and internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Images Festival, the New York International Film Festival, the Rotterdam, International Film Festival and EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival. Her film-based installations have been exhibited at the York Quays Gallery/Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and L’espace virtuel in Chicoutimi, PQ.
is a filmmaker and installation artist from Montreal living in Toronto. Her work deals primarily with memory, identity, and trauma, using both found footage and original images. Her work has been shown in the USA, Canada, Peru, Mexico, and Spain. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at York University.
is a motion picture photographer and lab technician based in Hamilton, ON. His practice is handmade, personal, and documentary, with an interest in labour, ecology, and social reproduction. His films have screened widely, most recently at Media City Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Fracto Film Encounter, Antimatter [media art] and DocLisboa. His installations include a sound work, "The E6 Process" (2018), at Factory Media Centre as part of HAVN's Sonic Art Series, and a film loop, "Contents" (2019), in Minding the Archive at Hamilton Artists Inc. In 2020, his film work, "Livestock," was installed at McMaster Museum of Art as part of the exhibition, Animals Across Discipline, Time and Space. He works at Niagara Custom Lab.
is the CEO of Creat19ive Arts Savings and Credit Union, a cooperative banking institution for those making a living in the creative industries. With over 16 years of experience in financing for Film, TV and New Media production in Canada, Frank previously leveraged his expert knowledge of production finance as an Account Manager with National Bank’s TV & Motion Picture Group, as Manager of the Production Finance team at Corus Entertainment and as a Business Officer at Ontario Creates (formerly the Ontario Media Development Corporation) administering not only the film, TV and digital animation/special effects tax credits, but also ushering in two enhancements to the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit. In addition to his comfort and aptitude in the analytical thinking necessary for math, business and law, Frank is also blessed with the ability to excel in creative endeavors, fulfilling roles in live stage show productions as producer, writer and performer. He is also a technically trained dancer and choreographer and in 2012 he successfully staged With Somebody Who Loves Me: A Gay Dansical. Lauded as one of the best shows in Toronto’s Fringe Festival and followed by a two week run at Tarragon Theatre, critics called it “a fucking brilliant celebration in the human body.”
is an artist, curator, and publisher working between Toronto and Vancouver. Middleton currently serves as executive director of Art Metropole (Toronto) and previously as partner and editor-at-large at Information Office, a Vancouver-based design and publishing studio. He served as director/curator of Vancouver’s Or Gallery from 2007 to 2017, during which time he established the Or’s bookstore (2011-) and Berlin satellite space (2010-2015). Middleton also served as director/curator of the Western Front Exhibitions Program (1999-2005), and was a founding member of the art periodical Fillip in 2004, serving on its editorial board and as its first publisher until 2008. He maintains an active art practice, and has exhibited and screened his work at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver International Film Festival, Inside Out, Moving Pictures, the Chicago International Film Festival, Dazibao (Montreal) and Konsthalle 323 (Stockholm). Middleton has served on numerous boards since 1998, including Artspeak, Kokoro Dance, the Independent Film Video Alliance (IFVA), and Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres. He was a founding member of the Artist Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) and maintains an active role in arts advocacy.
works primarily in film, video, performance and sculpture and is well-known internationally for her emotionally affective artwork. Often drawn to abject abandoned places, Phillips documents these spaces through a materialist lens. Feminism, psychology and forensics provide strategies for sifting through these haunted sites. She recently completed a new film, The Quoddy Fold, with 2019/20 exhibitions in The Bonavista Biennale, Nfld., DOKFest, Kassel, Germany, and MSVU Gallery, Halifax. Her work has shown at the Tate Modern, the Pompidou Centre, Musee d’art contemporain and the National Gallery of Canada. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently as a 2019 Finalist, Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Paulette’s work is in a number of public collections including the National Gallery Canada, Oakville Galleries, the Museum of Modern of Modern Art and Frac, Haute-Normandie France. She teaches time-based and contemporary art practices at OCAD University.
is a writer, researcher, and curator working out of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre in Toronto. He is currently thinking about anarchic mathematics. agricultural chemicals and psychiatry architecture. Projects include: Mad Building Syndrome (MBS); Migrancy in the Garage (Winner of the 2018 Avery Review Essay Prize); and Racing Bodies. On the side, Saj works as an independent graphic designer, specializing in brand identity, logo design and print design. Sajdeep has previously worked at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. They hold an MA in History from the University of Toronto.
is the Vice President of Take 5 Productions, a Toronto based television production company whose credits include international series The Tudors, Camelot, The Borgias, and the upcoming mini-series, World Without End. Prior to joining Take 5, Gina was the Vice President of Production Finance at Dufferin Gate Productions, where she managed development and financing for the company’s considerable slate of productions. Previously, Gina worked with the Ontario Media Development Corporation in several capacities, including Team Lead in the Tax Credits and Financing Department, as well as Director of Tax Credits, where she supervised the administration of Ontario’s six cultural media tax credits.