2020 Decision Makers


Many thanks to the esteemed Decision Makers taking part in Lunenburg Doc Fest’s 2020 Dock Market.

During the 7th Lunenburg Doc Fest industry decision-makers will take part in workshops, panels, round tables, and 1-to-1 meetings.
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TINA APOSTOLOPOULOS
Production Executive, Factual and Reality, Bell Media

Tina Apostolopoulos is a Production Executive, Factual and Reality on Bell Media’s Original Programming team. In this role, Tina works with Canadian production companies and filmmakers on the development and production of various original unscripted series and documentaries for Bell Media’s family of channels and platforms including CTV, Crave and CTV Life. Currently, Tina is production executive on CTV’s hit series MasterChef Canada, Mary’s Kitchen Crush and upcoming Mike Holmes series for CTV. She is also an executive on a variety of award-winning and critically-acclaimed feature documentary programming for Crave including The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Sharkwater Extinction, as well as Crave’s upcoming doc series We’re All Gonna Die! (working title). Prior to joining Bell Media, Tina was an independent director/producer for a number of award-winning, high profile and highly-rated reality and factual entertainment series such as Canadian Idol (CTV), So You Think You Can Dance (CTV), and Project Runway Canada (GLOBAL).

MATHIEU BÉJOT
Director of Strategy and Development, Sunny Side of the Doc

Mathieu Béjot is an international media executive, founder and CEO of Connoisseur Media, a consulting company. He has been Director of Strategy and Development at Sunny Side of the Doc since January 2020. He was Executive Director of TV France International, the association of French TV program exporters, from 2000 to 2018. He was previously cultural attaché in charge of creative industries at the French Embassy in Japan (1997-2000), Hong Kong (in charge of SE Asia, 1994-1997) and Canada (1988-1993).

JULIAN CARRINGTON
Distribution Manager, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Julian Carrington is an industry programmer with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He oversees Distribution Rendezvous, a curated one-on-one pitch series that pairs industry decision-makers with producers seeking distribution, and the Doc Shop, Hot Docs’ online documentary marketplace. Prior to joining Hot Docs, Julian managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service. In that capacity, he supported independent filmmakers in developing distribution and audience-engagement strategies, and promoted Canadian documentaries at festivals around the world. Julian also serves as a film programmer for Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, and previously served as an associate programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival.

SEAN FARNEL
Consulting Producer, Marketing and Distribution |
Festival Concierge Consultant, DOC

Sean Farnel provides creative, marketing and distribution services to documentary producers, companies and institutions. He was the first Director of Programming for Hot Docs, which tripled its audience during his six-year tenure. Prior to joining Hot Docs, Sean created the popular national screening series Doc Soup and founded the documentary programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. As well, he developed and launched tiff’s initial strategic plan for Learning programmes. Sean has done research and strategic consulting for the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, FilmFreeway, the Documentary Organization of Canada, and other media companies in the private and public sectors. Along with writing for numerous publications, Sean has served as a mentor, facilitator, panelist and juror at hundreds of film events.

ROHAN FERNANDO
Producer, Atlantic Centre, National Film Board (NFB)

Rohan began his filmmaking career as an award-winning writer and director on numerous feature dramatic and documentary films. He officially became a Producer at the Atlantic/Quebec studio in 2018, where his first producorial effort, The Song & the Sorrow, opened the 2018 Rendez-vouz With Madness Festival and went on to win numerous national and international awards. Rohan is currently in development on new projects with an array of exciting East coast talent.

MARIE-CLAUDE GIROUX
Advisor – Event Planning and Programming, Telefilm Canada

After studying history and cinema, Marie-Claude Giroux worked in several national and international festivals, both in programming and promotion. She joined the ranks of Telefilm Canada in 2009 as an officer for the delivery of national and international business development initiatives. Whether as a project leader in international promotion or as an advisor, planning and programming of events, Marie-Claude has more than 15 years of experience in the promotion and development of the Quebec and Canadian audiovisual industry.

BRYAN GLICK
Oration Films / Alameda Entertainment

Bryan Glick is just your typical non-binary gay agnostic Jew. They is a film sales and collaborative distributor focusing on prestige films for underserved communities via their company GQue Films. They are also leading documentary acquisitions for the newly re-launched Alameda Entertainment. Their current lineup includes award winning films from this year’s Rotterdam (“Drama Girl”), Tribeca (“The Last Out”) and Hot Docs Film Festivals (“Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story”). Previously they spent 5 1/2 years as The Director of Acquisitions and Theatrical Releasing for The Film Collaborative where they  grew their theatrical slate from 2 films a year to 15. They have spoken about creative approaches to distribution at festivals/markets around the world such as  Sundance, SXSW, Outfest, Hot Docs, Bogota Audiovisual Market, and Doc Edge NZ.

LYNNETTE  GRYSEELS
The Film Collaborative, Director of Fiscal Sponsorship and Development

Lynnette Gryseels is the Director of Development and Fiscal Sponsorship at The Film Collaborative. She is passionate about film and helping filmmakers tell thought-provoking stories that entertain, stimulate social change, and support their filmmaking aspirations. Lynnette holds a BA in Film Studies, a BA in Media Studies and a BA in Business Marketing from the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. She has a long history of working with notable film organizations such starting with Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, WIFT-Toronto in Canada then on to Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco, then on to Los Angeles at the American Film Institute and Sundance Film Festival. Lynnette assists filmmakers in learning their craft through educational program design and project development support. At The Film Collaborative, she created and runs the Fiscal Sponsorship Program, now in its 9th year. She regularly advises filmmakers on fundraising strategies and sources, audience development, and film distribution strategies during the development and production process of filmmaking. Lynnette also leads the fundraising and development activities at the Film Collaborative.

MELANIE HARTLEY
Advisor, Business Development & Partnerships, Telefilm Canada, Montreal

Melanie Hartley has held several positions at Telefilm Canada since she was hired in 2002, including Deputy Director of the Quebec Feature Film unit, Regional Director of English-language production, Regional Director of Business development and Project Manager of National Promotions in Quebec. She is currently an Advisor, Business Development & Partnerships in the International Promotions team. Before joining Telefilm, she worked in distribution for over seven years touching on many aspects of this field including among others, development of marketing strategies, press relations, communications as well as international and TV sales.

ANDREW JOHNSON
Executive in Charge of Production, Corus Entertainment

Andrew Johnson helps develop & commission factual & documentary programming for Corus channels HISTORY and Global. He has overseen current & recent programs like Rust Valley Restorers, History Erased, 100 Days to Victory, Border Security, Hunting Nazi Treasure, Yukon Gold, Real Vikings, War Story and Ice Pilots. Previously, he was Commissioning Editor of the CBC Newsworld doc series The Lens and Rough Cuts and Senior Producer of The Passionate Eye.  He began his career in independent production and has won numerous prizes as a Producer and Director, including a Peabody Award and several Geminis, and an International Emmy nomination.

SIMON KILMURRY
Executive Director, International Documentary Association

Simon Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He oversees all IDA programs and operations, including filmmaker services, funding, educational programs, the IDA Awards, IDA’s Getting Real conference, and advocacy for the field. In 2017 he launched IDA’s Enterprise Documentary Fund, a $1 million annual fund supporting documentary journalism. He serves on the board of jurors of the George Foster Peabody Awards and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to IDA he was the executive producer of POV, the PBS showcase of independent documentaries where he received one Prime Time Emmy, three Prime Time Emmy nominations, 17 News & Documentary Emmy Awards, more than 60 News & Documentary Emmy nominations, and six Peabody Awards.

SANDRA KLEINFELD
Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and Documentary Channel

As Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and documentary Channel, Sandra is responsible for CBC Docs available on television and on CBC GEM. Her career as a broadcast executive encompasses three conventional, three analog and two digital specialty channels. Sandra was Director of Development for CBC’s Unscripted Content where she was responsible for finding new formats, overseeing development and production of formats, original factual entertainment series, and documentaries.  She helped establish a new programming presence in prime time, supervising the Canadian iterations of several international formats: the award-winning and long-running Dragons’ Den, The Week the Women Went, and Test the Nation,  development of the first English language version of Still Standing and Village on a Diet, the first North American iteration of Keeping The Nation Alive, development and production of Hello Goodbye.

SANDRA KUZE
Business Analyst, CMF Program Administrator, Telefilm Canada

Sandra Kuze has been with Telefilm Canada since 1990, having held various positions within the organization with the Feature Film, Digital Media and National Policy & Procedures teams, and for the past 10 years has been in the role of Business Analyst with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) Program Administrator team.

NAN MACDONALD
Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Media & Entertainment, Commercial Financial Services, Royal Bank of Canada

A longtime supporter of the Arts, Nan has a passion for the Film & TV Industry in Canada and enjoys collaborating with producers providing them financial advice and support and the bridge financing their projects require to bring their stories to many audiences in Canada and beyond. With 15+ years’ experience as a member RBC’s Commercial Media & Entertainment team Nan understands the challenges that all businesses face with regards to cash flow, and the unique challenges faced by the media industry.  Nan has a deep understanding of the industry, the film incentives including tax credits and production financing.  As an RBC Media & Entertainment specialist Nan is able to support our clients further through our extensive network of industry service providers including entertainment lawyers, accountants, consultants and financiers. A Graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Geology and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University Nan brings her diversity of work experiences in the sciences; not-for Profit organizations, and banking to her role at RBC.

STEPHANIE MCARTHUR
Senior Industry Programs Manager
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Stephanie McArthur is an eleven-year veteran of industry programming at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival and market. In her role as Senior Industry Programs Manager Stephanie oversees Hot Docs’ Emerging Filmmaker program Doc Accelerator, and manages Hot Docs’ International Delegation and Alumni programs. Stephanie has been instrumental in the development and launch of several key Hot Docs programs including the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for filmmakers living and working on the continent of Africa, and most recently the Canadian Storytellers Project which is supported by Netflix. Since 2015 Stephanie has been traveling throughout Canada leading Doc Ignite workshops which offer filmmakers insights into marketing and distribution, market readiness, pitch preparation and festival strategies. She regularly travels to international festival and events scouting for projects and talent.

LORI MCCURDY
Feature Film Executive, Atlantic Region, Telefilm Canada

Lori is on Telefilm’s Project Financing team which is responsible for decisions on feature films at the national and regional levels.  Her mandate is to develop and support feature film talent (producers, writers and directors) in the Atlantic region, primarily through investment in an annual portfolio of projects with budgets less than $2.5 million. She is also the primary contact for all Atlantic feature film clients and helps them navigate Telefilm and its programs.  Lori has worked in a variety of positions at Telefilm including Director, Performance and Quality Management; Business Affairs Lead Analyst; National Officer, Industry Development; Director, Business Unit Director (TV, FF and NM) and Senior Investment Analyst.  Before Telefilm, she worked at Charles Bishop Productions, Dalhousie Legal Aid Services and Bedford Institute of Oceanography. She has a law degree from Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law, a B.A English (Film and Communications) from McGill and a B.Sc. from Dalhousie.

SELIN MURAT
Director of Forum Programming / Film Programmer, Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of North America’s leading documentary film festivals. Each year, the RIDM presents more than 100 Canadian and international documentaries. Its industry event, Forum RIDM, is Quebec’s only documentary forum. Selin is the Forum RIDM’s director of programming and programs films for the festival.

ANDREW NOBLE
Vice-President, Distribution, Filmoption International

A producer and distributor working as Vice-President of Distribution at Filmoption International where he is responsible for development, production, acquisition and distribution. He has released hundreds of films from Oscar winning features to acclaimed documentaries at various distributors including Alliance, Behavior and Film Tonic. He has also produced several features. He is President of the Quebec independent distribution Association and has been a member of several Boards of Directors in the cultural and educational sectors.

DANIELLE PEARSON
Production Executive, Bell Media

In her role as Production Executive Danielle Pearson has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s top Producers, Directors, Crews and Casts creating competition reality series (The Amazing Race Canada, Canada’s Drag Race), lifestyle programs (DNA Dinners) and documentaries (You Are Here: A Come From Away Story, On The Line, The Bailey Experience).  Despite collaborating on some of the most-watched and awarded series, Pearson still refers to the ‘remote’ as a ‘channel changer’.

MICHAEL POLAK
MMIE | Commercial Account Manager, Media & Entertainment | Commercial Financial Services, Royal Bank of Canada

Michael is somewhat of a unicorn in the finance industry as there are not many mixed race Mohawk bankers in the world. Michael also goes by his Mohawk name Ken:Niwahkwahrita’a (Little Dipper). Michael has the pleasure of being the newly appointed Media & Entertainment Portfolio Manager at RBC for Atlantic Canada and is mentored by an industry guru in Nan Macdonald.  He has always been interested in the arts and creative industries. Outside of his finance background and 8 year tenure at RBC, he has worked on a variety of projects in the startup space. With a Masters in Management & Innovation and a certificate of disruptive technology he is seeking opportunities to transfer knowledge in ways that add value to society. Michael is fascinated by ideas and revels in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. He loves to solve problems and enjoys the challenge of analyzing the mechanics of systems. Michael hopes to continue his learning journey and be a problem solver for members of the Media & Entertainment industry in Atlantic Canada.

ORLY RAVID
Founder & Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative

Born in Israel, raised in Manhattan, and living in Los Angeles, Orly Ravid is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Film Collaborative (TFC), an entertainment attorney at MSK (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP), and the Director of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School. Orly has over 20 years of experience in independent film as an acquisitions and business affairs executive, and her experience encompasses all aspects of distribution, domestic and international sales/licensing, development, production, grassroots marketing, and festival programming. Orly started doing and publicly speaking about VOD distribution and splitting rights in the early 2000s and Orly launched TFC’s Digital Distribution Guide which the organization still updates and offers for free today. Orly was a distribution executive at Senator Entertainment and Wolfe Releasing and served as a Programming Associate for documentaries at Sundance Film Festival and a programming consultant at Palm Springs International and the Middle East Film Festival. A regular panelist, educator, and blogger about digital distributing, splitting rights, and distribution in general at film festivals worldwide, Orly has also contributed to indieWIRE, Ted Hope’s blog “Truly Free Film,” TFC’s blog, and Sundance’s Artists Services for which she was an advisor. Orly co-authored the book series Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and recently contributed to How Not to Sign a Film Contract, and is a passionate advocate for filmmakers.

GREG RUBIDGE
Founder, Syndicado

Rubidge has spent most of his career at the confluence of emerging digital platforms and entertainment. After graduating with an MBA in Finance and spending two years in commercial banking he followed his passion and began working in the film and television industry, before co-founding a digital entertainment company – Hype! After selling the company to a US agency and went on to oversee product development for national mobility carrier. In 2004 he started working in the then nascent world of VOD as Director of New Platforms at Corus Entertainment, launching Treehouse, YTV Anime and The Documentary Channel on Demand. In 2009 he founded Syndicado Inc., a North American film and television distribution company. The company has become one of the  top digital distributors of independent docs, arthouse features and factual TV series, with over 5000 hours of content launched globally on the top VOD platforms. In 2016 he co-founded the boutique world sales agency, Syndicado Film Sales, which now boasts a slate of docs that have been in Sundance, TIFF, Tribeca, Locarno, HotDocs and Karlovy Vary. In its 11th year Syndicado has begun investing in, and developing projects at the pre-production stage.

ROBIN SMITH
President & Founder, KinoSmith Inc.
CEO, Blue Ice Docs Inc.

Responsible for the creation of KinoSmith Inc., an independent full service Canadian film distribution & marketing company that works with domestic and international producers, distributors and sales agents. Acquired a library of over 300 titles within the past 14 years.

Founder of Blue Ice Docs Inc., an independent full service Canadian film distribution & financing company that works with domestic and international producers, distributors and sales agents. Lead organization of start up and acquisition of a library of award-winning documentary titles for the North American marketplace. Responsible for providing full distribution services through all platforms for Blue Ice Docs films within Canada and in some cases, the USA. Services include navigating the film’s release in all media, preparation and execution of detailed marketing plans, revenue projections and budgets, media buys, design and creation of marketing materials, targeted domestic promotions and publicity / social network visibility.

KATARINA SOUKUP
Producer and Founder, Catbird Productions

Katarina’s award-winning documentaries include: Lost Rivers (2012) which has screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide; the acclaimed web documentary Burgundy Jazz (2013), winner of a Digi Award, a Prix Boomerang, a Prix Numix, and nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards, the Prix Gémeaux, the Webby Awards, and the Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival; Okpik’s Dream (2014), winner of the Grand Prix Rigoberta Menchu Award; A Time to Swim (2016), winner of the Best Canadian Feature Award at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Grand Cru (2017), Official Selection at Santa Barbara and Valladolid film festivals, and winner of two Best Feature Documentary awards at Most International Film Festival in Spain and the Kinookus Film Festival in Croatia; and Finding Sally (2020), Official Selection at Goteborg, Hot Docs and Durban film festivals. She is an alumna of EAVE+, an intensive training program for established international producers, served on the board of the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival for 3 years, and holds an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University (Montreal).

WILL STAPLEY
Head of Acquisitions, TVF International

Will heads up the Acquisition Team at TVF International, the world’s leading and longest standing independent distributor of factual programming. With more than ten years experience in the industry he has acquired over 1,000 hours of content from producers across the world, and managed numerous financing and coproduction deals to help get projects off the ground. The TVF catalogue encompasses everything from factual entertainment and lifestyle series to exceptional one-off documentaries, representing some of the most innovative and creative producers from across the globe.

PATRICIA VOOGT
Business Analyst, CMF Program Administrator, Telefilm Canada

A graduate of the TV Broadcasting program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Patricia Voogt (then Quesnel) worked for French-language broadcaster TFO in Toronto for six years before moving to Nova Scotia in 2002 where she joined Telefilm Canada. Initially working in Feature Film, she joined the Canada Media Fund (CMF) Program Administrator team in 2015 and has since moved to Montreal where she is now a Business Analyst.

JEFFREY WINTER
Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative

Jeffrey Winter is co executive director at The Film Collaborative since 2010, an LA-based independent film distribution company with specialities in human rights, social justice, environmental issues, and LGBT cinema. Highlight films during this time include Kirby Dick’s THE INVISIBLE WAR, Louie Psihoyos’ RACING EXTINCTION, Ondi Timoner’s MAPPLETHORPE, David France’s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, Nanfu Wang’s HOOLIGAN SPARROW, Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules’ MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE; Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND and many more. Other career highlights include five years managing strategic investments and U.S. sales/acquisitions for the largest media conglomerate in Spain (under the banners Maxmedia, Sogepaq, Sogetel, and Sogecine); several years handling grassroots marketing for L.A.’s two largest film festivals (the Los Angeles Film Festival and AFI FEST); a long tenure handling non-theatrical/festival/educational screenings for Wolfe Releasing (the world’s largest catalogue of LGBT films); and 11 years as a panel programmer/programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier.

STEWART YOUNG
Executive Producer, Arts and Cultural Programming, CBC Maritimes

Stewart Young is the Executive Producer of Arts and Cultural Programming for CBC Maritimes. He is based in Halifax and works with independent producers to create original content for a range of regional and national programs including LAND AND SEA, SHORT FILM FACE OFF, REEL EAST COAST, and others. He commissions and acquires documentaries from this region for the Absolutely Canadian stream and for CBC GEM.