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Camille Hollett-French: Director/Producer

Camille (she/her) is a Trinidadian-Canadian actor and filmmaker originally from Montreal. Her first film No. 2: Hush Little Baby won the Craghoppers Film Prize of £20,000 at the Discover Film Awards (UK) and she is an alum of Women In the Director's Chair and the Whistler Film Festival's Producers Lab, two of Canada's premiere incubator labs. Her film FREYA (2020) was the most nominated short film at the Leo Awards (2021), winning five of its nine nominations, including Best Director and Best Short Film. It also won Best Live Action Short at the Calgary International Film Festival and the Avant Garde Award at the Imagine Science Film Festival (NYC), among several others. Her latest film ENDOMIC (2021) premiered at Slamdance for the first Unstoppable program, for filmmakers with visible and non-visible disabilities. Being a mixed-race creative, Camille loves to make films about the duality of life and the people in the peripherals of society. 

As an actor, you can catch her on shows The Twilight Zone, Motherland and Big Sky. 

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Christina McInulty: Writer/Producer/Lead Actor

Christina (she/her) is a Vancouver-based actor and writer who endeavours to tell socially valuable stories with a touch of magic. She has studied extensively at several acting studios in Vancouver including: Mcilroy & Associates, Shea Hampton Studios, and The Actor's Foundry. She recently had lead roles in two Canadian features (Still The Water, directed by Susan Rodgers and We Three, directed by Fiona Revill). The community spirit of independent film in Canada inspires her to create her own content, share her voice and be a beacon for other creatives to follow their passions.

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Nathalie Therriault: Producer

Nathalie (she/her) is an award winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her highly acclaimed first short film, which she wrote and directed, The Tailor is finishing up in the festival circuit and has been shown to audiences both locally and internationally and will screen at Cannes this year. It was nominated for several awards and won Best Canadian Short Film at Oakville Festivals of Film and Arts, LGBT Showcase Best Short Film at the American Pavilion at Cannes, Best Short Film at the SF Queer Film Festival and most recently won the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best BC Short at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. She started producing as a way of making her own independent films and now lends a hand where she can by producing films for fellow filmmakers.

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Nneka Croal: Producer

Nneka (she/they) is an actor, creator, and producer from Vancouver BC. They received their BFA from Simon Fraser University’s Theatre for the Contemporary Arts and her MA in Arts Politics from Tisch, New York University. Nneka has since worked with some of Vancouver’s top devised theatre companies including Boca Del Lupo, Radix Theatre, Theatre Replacement and Fight with a Stick. Nneka also works in film and television, with over 30 acting credits to their name including appearances in TV shows; The Good Doctor, Riverdale, Once Upon A Time and When We Rise, to name a few. They recently branched out into producing and are in post production with two short films, Latchkey and Tabanca.

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Paul Benallick: Executive Producer

In 2017, Paul (he/him) co-founded Cascadoo Films with Camille. He has since executive produced four award-winning short films including the Her Story (In Three Parts) trilogy, which screened at festivals around the world, and most recently the short documentary, ENDOMIC (2021), which premiered at Slamdance 2021. Prior to stepping into filmmaking, Paul spent more than 25 years practicing his craft in restaurants, hotels, bistros and culinary colleges. 

His work as a multi-disciplinary chef and culinary executive (Hollyburn, Black + Blue, Cluny) has afforded him the transferable skills of managing teams, schedules, budgets and delivering a vision. Paul has worked with great chefs from all over Canada, but it wasn't until he owned his own restaurant in the UK that he learned one of the most important lessons: it’s all about love, which is an ethic he brings to his film work. 

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Luvia Petersen: Mentorship Program Manager

Luvia (she/her) is a multi-nominated actor and director best known for her work as the scrappy, stern-gazed soldier Garza on SyFy’s Continuum. Her Directing credits include the Leo Nominated short film Dog Bite and the Harold Greenberg Fund-supported short film H.appiness, which has secured distribution in Canada on CraveTV and internationally on the streaming service DUST.  Her latest short film iDorothy was made entirely in eight days as part of the prestigious Vancouver filmmaking event, Crazy8s.  Most recently, Luvia was accepted into Women In The Directors Chair Career Advancement Module 2021 Fall Edition. She is currently developing a slate of projects alongside her team at Download Joy Productions, a women-led production company she started with writer Huelah Lander and producer Amanda Konkin.

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Kyra Weston: Associate Producer/Producer Mentee

Kyra (she/her) is a Vancouver-based actor, writer, and now a producer mentee for the SPARK movie. Prior to her career in film, Kyra worked in digital marketing for in-house teams and PR firms. After a career change to pursue her true passion for storytelling, Kyra went back to film school at Langara College. Kyra believes that making films is one of the most powerful tools to invoke positive change in the world. Her goal is to inspire audiences through the creation of thought-provoking films and future television series. Her goal in the industry is to break various systemic barriers to women in film and create female-driven content of stories that remind us of how much all human beings have in common. Her recent film credits include: casting Lewis Capaldi’s “Bruises” Music Video with Boldly Films, directing “Trigger Warning” a video poem for girls currently in post-production, producing "Expecting", a student short film screened at Unlock Film Festival and acting in various roles including “Woke” a Hulu series, and various short films, music videos, and commercials.