Regent Park Film Festival Team
Ananya Ohri – Executive Director
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. Email email@example.com
Elwood Jimmy – Program Director
Since 1997, Elwood Jimmy has worked as an artist, writer, curator, programmer and administrator. He has played a lead role in several art projects and organizations, supporting the development, creation and presentation of interdisciplinary, community engaged, and new artistic practices. Originally from Saskatchewan, he has lived in Toronto since 2012. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fathima-Husna Fahmy – Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Fathima-Husna Fahmy is passionate about community development. With an Honours BA at University of Toronto and Bachelor of Education at York University/Regent Park site, she has been actively involved in representing the community through storytelling, film, art and photography. In 2008, she was featured on a 3 story high life-sized portrait on 230 Sumach Street building, (now the Regent Park Aquatic Centre). As a teacher, she wants to inspire the youth to serve their community. Email email@example.com
Hema Ramsingh – Marketing Coordinator
Hema is an accomplished marketer who has worked on ad campaigns, events, and social media strategies for several brands. She was a volunteer for the Regent Park Film Festival in 2012 and is returning as Marketing Coordinator for 2013. Hema has a strong interest in health & wellness, and will be graduating as a Holistic Nutritionist in the fall. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Fung – Workshop Program Facilitator
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. Email email@example.com
Sherri Gallowitz – Art Director
Sherri founded G Strategic Branding & Communications to bring her extensive branding and graphic design experience to organizations that make a difference in the educational, environmental, and arts and culture sectors. Sherri’s goal is to help her clients do well by doing good and inspire change.
Irma Duplessis – Programming Intern
As a Writer, Poet, & Filmmaker, Irma discovered her love for the arts at a young age. She’s a centennial college graduate with an advanced diploma in Broadcasting and Film. She has written a number of short films, magazine articles, and a theater play. She is beginning to establish herself as part of the Canadian Film Industry while encouraging others youth like her to do the same. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Pileggi – Outreach and Communications Intern
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 and is excited to be developing a community mapping project with the Regent Park Film Festival this summer. Amanda will be graduating at the end of the fall from McGill University with a degree in Urban Systems and Cultural Studies. Email email@example.com
Yemaya Adofo – Administrative Assistant
Yemaya was a volunteer for the 2012 Regent Park Film Festival and returned as Administrative Assistant in winter 2013. She has been involved with the arts her whole life and is very passionate about it. She currently dances with Opera Atelier and is saving for university. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia Sakamoto-Jog – 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.
Jason Creed – Vice 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.
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.[/one_third]
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.