Dr. Keith Nurse

Dr. Keith Nurse is the Caribbean’s foremost creative industries’ expert with wide and varied international and regional expertise in his field. He has held senior positions and consultancies with governments, NGOs and international, regional and national agencies. He has taught at the University of the West Indies and the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a former director at two state-owned enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago: National Petroleum Marketing Company and National Agro-Chemicals Ltd. He is also a director at Media 21 Ltd., Contemporary Caribbean Arts Ltd. (CCA 7) and a former director at the Entertainment Industry Development and Export Company.

Keith is a founding Director and Board Chair of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution. His international network of colleagues as well as his integrated expertise in economics, business development, higher education and cultural diversity serve to enrich the strategic capacity of the 3D Project and to promote its ability to build and realize sustainable growth.

William Barron – Telefilm Canada

William Barron is responsible for managing Business Affairs, English Market for the Canadian Feature Film Fund at Telefilm Canada. William has been at Telefilm since 2002 and has worked in film, tv and distribution.

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Dan Lyon – Telefilm Canada

Dan Lyon is Telefilm Canada’s Feature Film Executive for Ontario & Nunavut. Over 150 feature films have been produced under his portfolio at Telefilm. Originally an entertainment lawyer at Goodmans, Dan joined Astral Bellevue Pathe Inc. and ultimately became Executive Vice-President, Distribution for Astral and its successor companies Coscient, Motion and TVA. As producer or executive producer, his credits include “Ginger Snaps”, Jacob Tierney’s debut feature “Twist”, “Everything’s Gone Green” written by Douglas Coupland, and two sequels to the Golden Reel award-winner “The Art of War”. The first project he championed upon joining Telefilm in

Yolanda Ncokotwana – National Film and Video Foundation

Yolanda Ncokotwana is a professional in TV and film production. Her experience spans across live productions, variety magazines, documentaries and scripted content. Her career began at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, rising-up the ranks to becoming a Commissioning Editor. Her achievements include acquiring international content, leading content strategies for various flagship programmes and international sporting events. Currently, she works at the National Film and Video Foundation as a Production and Development Manager. Her focus is the non-fiction genre where she has developed and consulted on films that have won multiple local, and international awards. Her passion is creating platforms to foster growth and development of local content both locally and internationally. While at the NFVF she has been involved in films such Buddha in Africa, South of Mask, Skulls of my People, Every Must fall etc. Yolanda’s goal is to spearhead transformation in the film industry, ensuring the representation of different narratives. She holds a Film and Production degree from the Tshwane University of Technology and is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing from the University of South Africa.

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