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Farah Merani is a graduate of the Drama Centre London and has performed in Canada and the US, throughout Europe and in Russia. Some of her TV and film credits include: Shadowhunters, Nikita, Lost Girl, Covert Affairs, Private Eyes and the upcoming feature film, Eat Wheaties!, featuring Tony Hale and Sarah Goldberg. In addition to being an actor, she has produced dozens of films with her company, Lifeguard Productions, co-founded a non-profit called Women on Screen, and contributes regularly on a variety of professional panels and conferences, speaking specifically to diversity and gender issues in the film industry.
Aeyliya Husain is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on issues of representation, images of war and their interpretation, women, and photography. She has exhibited at festivals both nationally and internationally including, Tribeca Film Festival, where her film ‘Shooting War’ was nominated for best short documentary, Her other films, ‘The World at Ten’ and ‘Daughters of the Revolution’ have also been screened at San Francisco Docfest; Glasgow Short Film Festival and São Paulo Film Festival and have been broadcast on CBC, BBC, RSI (Swiss Public TV) and France 4. Her most recent film ‘The Fifth Region’ premiered at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in October 2018.
Laura Friedmann is a media professional passionate about championing diverse content and using film as a tool for education and social justice. Having earned her Honours BFA in media and film studies at York University and a BEd at the University of Toronto, Friedmann is a filmmaker, producer and photographer with over 15 years of experience in both commercial and independent film projects, as well as social initiatives. Laura has led numerous creative projects as a producer, managing both small and large-scale events, while her commercial visual work has been featured by the United Nations, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Audi, Bell, KitchenAid, and Participaction. As a Colombian-born, Toronto-based filmmaker, she has traveled to over a dozen countries volunteering and working with grassroots film initiatives, nonprofit organizations, and youth empowerment programs. Friedmann is an advocate for women in film and gender equity and serves on the board of directors of Breakthroughs Film Festival – an entity exclusively devoted to showcasing and promoting films by emergent female directors.
Shant Joshi is a queer Indo-Canadian producer based in Los Angeles and Toronto. His company, Fae Pictures, operates with a mandate to “Engage audiences with stories rooted in the perspectives of the Other.” His credits include the films, Porcupine Lake (director Ingrid Veninger), Last Car (director John Greyson) and Pink: Diss (also directed by Greyson); the hit webseries, Teenagers; Dekkoo original series, I’m Fine; and more than 15 short films that have traveled the global festival circuit. Joshi co-founded the Future of Film Showcase as a launchpad for emerging Canadian filmmakers, and he previously worked at Buchwald and Madhouse Entertainment. He is currently a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab.