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This workshop will introduce filmmakers to opportunities available to them in terms of funding, festivals, media-making resources and advice from the field. This FREE workshop is suitable for all levels of experience!


Mark Haslam is the Media Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council. Previously, he was the Founder and Executive Director of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto. He is a filmmaker, and has worked in television as a documentary writer/director/producer. He began his career in radio broadcasting.

Aisha Jamal has been working as Canadian Programmer at Hot Docs since 2016. In 2019 she worked as Programming Associate for Canadian and Nordic features at TIFF and for four years she was Head of Programming at the Syria Film Festival. She also teaches film theory and criticism while working on her own film projects.

Maya Bastian is a Tamil Canadian filmmaker and artist. She has spent several years travelling the world as an investigative video journalist, documenting areas of conflict and post–conflict which has culminated in an ongoing exploration of trauma as it relates to community and culture. Her award-winning work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, UK, South Asia and across Canada. She is currently in post-production on her short film ‘Tigress’ which looks at militant rebellions. Tigress was recently chosen to participate in the Netflix/Canadian Film Centre Calling Card Accelerator. In her spare time she works as a programmer for several film organizations as well as being a strong champion for filmmakers of colour by sitting on panels and teaching workshops.

Co-presented by the Electric City Culture Council.