Regent Park Film Festival Team
Ananya Ohri - Executive Director (On Maternity Leave)
An educator and filmmaker, Ananya holds a Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies from York University where she researched participatory documentary processes, ranging from community based video work in India and Canada, to online cyber-community video creations. She brings together a diversity of experiences in conceptualizing and organizing community based art projects.
Elana Trainoff - Interim Executive Director
A passionate arts professional with over 20 years of experience in film, TV and music, Elana brings to the festival a deep level of excitement to work in Regent Park and other inner city communities. Her focus in production, representation, event management and arts training both nationally and internationally, has provided her the opportunity to work closely with artists and filmmakers in Canada, the US, Cuba and across Africa.
Amanda Pileggi - Festival Manager
Amanda has a keen interest in the contribution of arts and culture in community engagement and city life. She has worked for major arts festivals in Toronto for the last three years, such as Luminato and Toronto International Film Festival, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Systems and Cultural Studies from McGill University.
Shaka Licorish - Program Director
s a Co-creator, Educator, and Facilitator, Shaka is passionate about inspiring others through experiential learning opportunities that have the ability to create a lasting impact. A former student-athlete holding two honours’ Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice & Public Policy and Political Science respectively, Shaka brings incredible insight, experience, and vision through his work in several areas including programming and community engagement.
Zuwei Ding - Fundraising and Development Coordinator
A recent graduate from Queen’s University, Zuwei has demonstrated strong analytical, communication, and relationship management skills during his previous working experience at Bombardier and RBC. Zuwei is excited by the challenges and responsibility this new role brings.
Irma Duplessis - Operations and Outreach Administrator
Irma is a talented Screenwriter, Poet, Filmmaker who has over 3 years experience in the film industry and holds an Advanced Diploma in Broadcasting and Film from Centennial College. She tells stores that challenge current narratives in films, and brings a new positive image to black cinema. Through her work she tries to inspire everyone to find his or her voice and be heard.
Kim Miller Pryce - Volunteer Coordinator
Kimberly is an emerging filmmaker and freelance videographer. When is she not developing passion projects, she is out in the community facilitating mental awareness and creative expression workshops to youth in inner city communities. Kimberly hopes to engage and inspire youth around the GTA encouraging them to tell their stories.
Flora Chick - Summer Volunteer and Outreach Intern
Flora is eager to explore the potential of mass media to contribute to both local and global development. Her filmmaking experiences began in Mongolia, where she presented and directed documentaries about rural life and environmental issues. Flora is currently studying philosophy and international development at McGill University.
Alicia Bunyan-Sampson - Summer Programming Intern
Alicia Bunyan Sampson is a emerging filmmaker and freelance writer. She holds an Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselling/Advocacy diploma from George Brown College and is currently a social work student at York University. Alicia is passionate about social issues and the various lenses people use in life and she sees film as the perfect marriage between her art and politics. Alicia hopes to challenge current narratives in film and bring characters back to black cinema.
Richard grew up in Regent Park and quickly realized he wanted a career in film and television. An honours graduate from Humber College, Richard’s many filmmaking awards include 2nd Place at the 2008 24-hour Film Challenge, Best Broadcast at the Cannes 2008 Real Ideas Studio Program, and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival. Richard regularly facilitates filmmaking workshops and other events for the Regent Park community. Richard was the festival’s Program Director from 2011-2012.
Jason Creed - Chair
A resident of Regent Park, Jason remains passionate about his community. For the last five years, he has worked as a student-parent support worker for Pathways to Education. In addition, Jason has worked with many agencies around Regent Park, including the Regent Park Health Centre, Dixon Hall, and the Downtown Boys and Girls Club of Toronto. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Ryerson University. Jason is a father of four.
Sonia Sakamoto-Jog - Vice Chair
As Executive Director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Sonia is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including operations, marketing, human resources management and finance. Her previous experience includes volunteer work with TechSoup Canada, Off Centre Music Salon, and contracts with both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal. Sonia holds a MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Carmen Dan-Dobre - Treasurer
Carmen is an accomplished IT professional who understands the importance of community engagement. As an IT Portfolio Manager, Carmen oversees a budget of more than $3 million, and manages upwards of seven project teams simultaneously. As a Treasurer of the McNicoll Childcare organization, Carmen ensured the delivery of balanced budgets, and assisted with the transition of the daycare from a school age based childcare service to an infant, toddler and preschool age care service.
Mark is an IT project manager, with roots in social work and a lifelong commitment to philanthropy and the arts. His passion for community arts development has taken him to Africa where he helped launch a charity, developed an arts program and designed film festival workshops. Mark has also been involved with both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Design from Ryerson University and has worked in retail & broadcast marketing, and the not-for-profit arts & culture sectors for the past eight years. She is also a board member of Theatre Smash and is currently a Digital Marketing Manager at Bell Media, working within specialty entertainment. She focuses her ‘extracurricular’ activities on youth engagement, volunteerism and access to arts training & education.
Teresa joined the RPFF Executive in 2013. As a passionate advocate for community development, she has extensive experience in programming, fundraising, and management with inner city and community based organizations. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master’s degree in English literature. She is a lawyer for the federal government and previously worked for a large law firm in commercial litigation.
Jennifer Holness is an award-winning writer and producer. Her first feature, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones, won nine festival awards including Best First Feature at TIFF 2003. Her two-part CBC miniseries, Guns, won five Geminis. Jennifer also co-created the thirteen-part comedy series She’s The Mayor for VisionTV. She has also produced numerous documentaries and co-directed the NFB history documentary, Speakers For The Dead. Jen recently co-wrote and produced the feature Home Again, directed by Sudz Sutherland.
Maryna de Lannoy
Maryna de Lannoy brings over six years marketing experience, spanning roles in production, campaign management and marketing communications in both the fashion and hospitality industries. From 2007–2011 Maryna ran the Holt Renfrew production & graphic design department as they produced corporate campaigns and in-store collateral. In 2011, Maryna was appointed Manager, Campaign Management for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. Currently, she is FRHI’s Manager, Integrated Marketing Communications. Maryna enjoys volunteering whenever she has an opportunity.
Clíona works in policy and program development with the Government of Ontario. She has a real appreciation for community arts organizations and attended the Regent Park Film Festival for several years before joining the board of directors.
Daniela Syrovy is a veteran communications professional. She owns ClutchPR a boutique PR agency that services film, arts, fashion and lifestyle clients. Prior to launching her PR firm, Daniela worked for such organizations as TIFF and MuchMusic while owning a restaurant at the same time. She is a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys giving back by volunteering her time to organizations with strong social mandates.
Deanna Wong is the administrative director for REEL CANADA, a festival of Canadian film that travels to high schools across the country. From 2005 to 2008, she was the Executive Director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, overseeing the production of three festivals. Deanna is also a copy editor and writer and has worked for Canadian House & Home, RealScreen, Playback, Toronto Life, Prefix Photo, and the Canadian documentary, film and television publications, POV and Montage. Deanna holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and studied magazine publishing at Ryerson.