Positive Vibes from a Negative Year


Join us for a frank discussion about industry news stories


About this Event

Join Women in Film and Television Canada for our first event of the new year with a frank discussion about industry news stories - recent changes and developments taking place across the industry landscape – and how they impact women generally and specifically underserved and underrepresented women creatives. Do they address problems accurately? What's good, what's not, and where are the gaps?


When: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. AST

Our panelists and moderator are: KERRY SWANSON Associate Director, Indigenous Screen Office

Kerry Swanson is an arts administrator and fundraiser who has been dedicated to creating opportunities for Indigenous artists in Canada for over sixteen years. She is Managing Director of the Indigenous Screen Office, a new funding and advocacy organization promoting Indigenous narrative sovereignty on screen. She has served as both Board Chair and Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. She is a co-founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO), a biennial festival at Harbourfront Centre. Kerry was Associate Director of Granting at the Ontario Arts Council, where she launched the Indigenous Culture Fund, a $5 million annual program. She launched a number of innovative arts funding programs at the Toronto Arts Council, including the TAC Cultural Leaders Lab at the Banff Centre, Indigenous Arts Program, and the Open Door Fund. Kerry has a Masters in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University. She was born and raised in northern Ontario in a family of Cree/Ojibwe, Irish and French heritage. She is a band member of Michipicoten First Nation with familial ties to Chapleau Cree First Nation. JOAN JENKINSON Founder and Executive Director, Black Screen Office

Joan is a founder and the inaugural Executive Director of the Black Screen Office where she works to support Black Canadians in developing talent, accessing funding, and in assuming decision-making roles in television, film and digital media. She fosters relationships with federal funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors to eliminate anti-Black racism in the screen industries.

Joan is a founding Partner/Producer at Artemis Pictures which is focused on developing and producing high-end scripted content for television and the cinema, for international audiences. Joan was Vice-President of Independent Production for ZoomerMedia Limited, Television Division. She commissioned, developed and executive produced hundreds of hours of award-winning creative content in all genres for VisionTV.

Joan spearheaded VisionTV’s ground-breaking DiverseTV/NSI initiative which produced award-winning comedy and drama programs and earned her a Visionary Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival.

TAMARA DAWIT

Filmmaker, Consultant on underrepresented communities for anglophone Canada, CMF

Tamara has participated in the Doha Film Institute Producers Lab, Produce Au Sud, the Apost Lab, Follow the Nile, Good Pitch and EAVE. In 2020 her new film Finding Sally premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival and won the Ladima Award at the Encounters Film Festival.





KATHLEEN BEAUGÉ Legal Counsel – Legal Team Leader - CMF Program Administrator at Telefilm Canada Co-Chair, Equity and Representation Action Committee at Telefilm Canada

Kathleen has practiced law notably in the areas of entertainment law and copyright law. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University. She also completed graduate studies in Art History at Université de Montréal and also taught the subject at Collège André Grasset.

Since joining Telefilm Canada in 2015, Kathleen has been responsible for analyzing and addressing a variety of legal issues and supporting the Canada Media Fund’s Program Administrators across the country. In addition, she co-chairs Telefilm's recently established Equity and Representation Action Committee.

MODERATED BY: SHANA MAYRA

Shana Myara is the director of the radical QTIBPOC body positivity documentary Well Rounded (2020 Toronto Inside Out premiere), and is currently developing the series Killjoy Comedy for CBC. She's the child of a Moroccan immigrant father and German-Jewish refugee mother, and her award-winning short fiction which appears in The Journey Prize Stories: The Best of Canada's New Writing (McClelland & Stewart) and Coming Attractions (Oberon Press) explores the themes of migration, belonging and queerness. She's the former artistic director of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and former movies buyer for a cable TV network. She lives and works (in Vancouver) on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-waututh nations.

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