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Moving Forward: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oct. 5 at 6 PM PDT

Impact | Creator Talks

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How can we diversify our industry, make it more inclusive, and ensure that there are meaningful opportunities for BIPOC and marginalized or equity-seeking groups within it? These questions are now being asked with great urgency, as frustration at the slow pace of change increases. Our guests are all artists from groups that are often under- or misrepresented onscreen; in this session, they’ll discuss the successes they’ve achieved and the challenges they still face.

Running Time: 60 mins

Session Participants

Karen has worked in the film and television industries since 2000. She started her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, and has gone on to create eight short films; three television series; and five feature films, including The Curse of Willow Song (VIFF 20). Karen is currently in development on two true crime series.
Moving Forward: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jessie is a proud Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation, Beaver clan, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. She is currently in post-production for her first feature film, titled Brother, I Cry, to be released in early 2021. She also directed the documentary Through My Needle, which follows a Mohawk woman designer and her family exploring culture and clan through the beading and design of Indigenous regalia.
Moving Forward: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As an actor, Mayumi is perhaps best known for her role as Crown Princess in the series The Man in The High Castle. Her other recent acting credits include The Terror: Infamy and The Good Doctor. As a writer/director, Mayumi has been a leading force in Asian-Canadian Cinema; her directorial credits include the shorts Akashi, Trim, and the recently completed In Loving Memory, co-directed with Diana Bang. She is currently in development on her first feature film.
Moving Forward: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Charles is a Canadian-British filmmaker. A former professional hockey player, he studied theatre at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York City and was a resident director at the Canadian Film Centre, where his fiction feature debut Nurse.Fighter.Boy was produced. Akilla’s Escape (VIFF 20) is Charles’ latest feature; the noir drama features acclaimed poet and actor Saul Williams, Chicago-born recording artist Vic Mensa, and an original score by Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack.

Moving Forward: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Omari Newton is an award-winning actor, writer, director and producer. His credits include Continuum, Blue Mountain State and The Black Panther. Most recently, Omari has a recurring role on the animated series of Corner Gas, and a recurring role on The Dragon Prince. He is currently making his Arts Club directorial debut, mounting the award-winning No Child by Nilaja Sun.

Selwyn joined the NFB’s BC & Yukon Studio in 1997, and went on to produce 50 films there. His many credits include Crazywater, Hue: A Matter of Colour, Mighty Jerome, Ninth Floor, Because We Are Girls, and the interactive app Circa 1948. Selwyn retired from the NFB in 2019; his last production was Now Is The Time, directed by Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter.

This event is not geo-restricted and is available to watch world-wide via VIFF Connect. A replay of the event will be available to ticket holders and VIFF Connect subscribers for the duration of the Festival.


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