March 8, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00 PM


Recently, Canadian film and television funding and producing agencies have initiated policies to create gender balance in the film and television industry. This panel discussion invites the funders and producers to report on the current success of their initiatives. We also hear about the work WIFTV and other like-minded organizations have been doing toward a more balanced representation of women behind and on the screen.

This panel discussion is moderated by Sharon McGowan, Director of WIFTV’s Board. Sharon also serves as Chair of the WIFTV Advocacy Committee and is an Associate Professor of Film Production at the University of British Columbia. Panellists include Nathalie Clermont, Janine Steele, Doreen Manuel, Susan Brinton, Heather Allin, Rina Fraticelli, & Laura Jaramillo.

This panel discussion is a free event on International Women's Day at the Vancouver Internation Women in Film Festival, but registering in advance is recommended.

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Panellist Bios:

Nathalie Clermont (CMF Director of Program Management)

Nathalie Clermont has been working in the film, television and digital media industry for more than twenty-five years, with extensive experience in policy development and financing. Since joining the organization in 2007, she has been a key advisor on CMF policies and programs. She also ensures consistency in service standards and application processes for all CMF programs. Prior to joining the CMF in March 2007 as Director of Program Management, Nathalie spent 15 years at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), where she was the team leader of the Business Affairs Unit, which was responsible for equity investment programs in cinema and television. Nathalie holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal 

Janine Steele

Janine has 15 years experience working at the confluence of traditional filmmaking and emerging media/technology. She is currently Director of Production and Operations, Digital at the National Film Board of Canada. Her credits include pioneering interactive documentaries: Circa 1948, Seven Digital Deadly Sins (with the Guardian) and Bear 71, as well as the emerging field of virtual reality: Cut-Off (with Vice Canada), Cardboard Crash and Bear 71 VR. Her work has received a Cannes Cyber Lion, FWA Site of the Year & six Webby Awards. Prior to the NFB, Janine was a Business Analyst with Creative BC where she established industry-leading digital media funding programs.

Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Kootenai) is the sixth child of Grand Chief Dr. George Manuel and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel. She is an award-winning filmmaker and has been the Program Coordinator of the Capilano University Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program for the last 11 years; as well as the sole owner of Running Wolf Productions. Doreen is a partner with the Talent to Watch Telefilm Fund through which, she has been able to assist First Nations directors to produce their first feature films. She has an extensive background as a leader working in First Nations education and community development in both rural and urban centers.

Susan Brinton is a senior media and policy consultant for creative industry organizations, including the Canadian Media Producers Association, Creative BC, Music BC, the Documentary Organization of Canada, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund. A former senior broadcast executive and federal policy advisor, she has a wide range of experience in program and project management and has lectured at both SFU and UBC.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hon) degree and Masters degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University. In addition to WIFTV, she currently sits on the board of Women in Film and TV International (WIFTI) and is on the CRTC's recently-convened steering committee on Women in Production.

Rina Fraticelli (Executive Director of Women in View)

Founding Executive Director of Women in View, Fraticelli brings to this position a rich and diverse background in Canadian arts, incorporating research, creation, programming and policy-making. Her career is marked by a particular commitment to enriching our cultural landscape through initiatives drawing voices from the margin into the centre. As executive producer for National Film Board of Canada’s BC and Yukon Studio from 2002-2007, Fraticelli expanded work of the studio to incorporate new media, digital storytelling, extended activities across the province and territory, and to increase the profile of First Nations and artists with disabilities. As Executive Producer, Studio D, the Women’s Studio of the NFB, she helmed a series of programmes including New Initiatives In Film, a five year, multi -tiered intensive programme for Native Women and Women of Colour in the Canadian film industry. As an independent filmmaker, Fraticelli wrote, directed and produced a number of award-winning films.

Heather Allin (Executive Producer/ Cameo“Producer”)

Heather Allin is an actor, filmmaker, artist and advocate and the Producer and Executive Producer for the short narrative advocacy film Reel Women Seen. Reel Women Seen was shot in both Vancouver and Toronto with 100% female cast and creative team and over 90% female crew and post-production team. The film aims to shine a light on the value both for society and industry, of increasing work opportunities for women on and off camera. It was sponsored by over 40 industry partners, including unions and guilds. It launched in Vancouver on April 25, 2017, and in Toronto on May 25, 2017. Allin’s film and TV performance credits include Calvin, Step Daughter’s Revenge, Hush Little Baby, The Listener, Rookie Blue, Small Town Murder Songs, let him be, George Romero’s Survival of the Dead, Welcome to Mooseport, Flashpoint, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. She is also a stage actor and playwright, stage performances include Romeo & Juliet, A Comedy of Errors, Asleep at the Wheel, Lying on the Escarpment. She wrote, produced and performed the one-woman show Just Lift Your Feet.

Laura Jaramillo (Filmmaker, Owning the Space)

Laura Jaramillo has worked as Video-Editor and Camera-Operator for the past 6 years. Having lived in a variety of locations such as Madrid, Sydney, Montreal, she has now settled in Vancouver where she is starting a new journey in documentary-films. Her debut film as a director "Owning The Space" will be screened in the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF).