SHOW ME THE MONEY! ~ Funding and Support for Film and Television
Since the violent death of George Floyd on May 25, the Black Lives Matter movement has experienced a climax in the United States, Canada and across Europe. Black communities of all generations have spoken loud and clear about the widespread mistreatment of them. At a time when questions are still strongly present and, in all circles, the world is turned this time on the side of decision-makers in the arts and culture. How do distributors of Canadian and Ontario public funds ensure that funding, support and programs continue to be created and made available to Black and racialized artists in the film and television industry?
Panel 2. Moderator: Koumbie
Koumbie is an Actress and Award- winning Director and Producer. She was nominated for 3 ACTRA Maritime Awards and her short film Hustle & Heart won Short Film Face - Off. Her next short film, Horizontal Concavity, won Best regional Short at the Bluenose Ability Film Festival.
Telefilm: Barbara Chirinos-a Project Leader, National Promotion for the Western Region, Ontario and Nunavut
Barbara was the Founderand Co-curator of the Vancouver International Film Festival/Film Centre’s Black History Month Film Series, celebrating its 8th year in 2020. She was the Curating Producer for the Battered Women’s Support Services event: 40 Years Later, featuring Tarana Burke, founder of the #ME TOO Movementat Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre. Barbara served as the Executive Director of the Granville Island Cultural Society, Gala Producer/Special Events and Facility Manager for VIFF/Vancity Theatre and Managing Director of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Ontario Creates: Erin Creasey a Manager of Industry Initiatives
Erin Creasey is the Manager of Industry Initiatives at Ontario Creates. Erin’s portfolio includes funding programs for the film, tv, interactive digital media, books, and magazines sectors, along with international business development and industry support.
Canada Media Fund: Nathalie Clermont, VP Programs and Business Development
Nathalie Clermont has been working in the film, television and digital media industry for more than twenty-five years, with extensive experience in policy development and financing. Since joining the organization in 2007, she has been a key advisor on CMF policies and programs. She also ensures consistency in service standards and application processes for all CMF programs, with a focus on developing alternative funding partnerships to leverage CMF investments.