February 18, 2020, 8:15 - 9:30 AM


Topic: Filmmaking Challenges

Guest Speaker: Local filmmakers with films at VIWFF (VIWFF.CA)

Location: VFS Cafe (390 West Hastings)

Free for WIFTV members - $10.00 for non-members


This month's coffee chat features the filmmakers behind a few films that will be shown at the 2020 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival:


Adhel Arop: is a multidisciplinary artist, Model and director debuting her first film Who AM I.

Odessa Shuquaya is a citizen of the Kluane First Nation in Yukon and now lives in the unceded territories of əsəlil̓wətaʔɬ, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7meshsi Nations. Odessa holds a BFA in Theatre from UBC as well as certificates in Indigenous Filmmaking and Cinematography from Capilano University. She has been pursuing her own vision through narrative storytelling, documentary and theatre. Odessa’s short films have been screened all over the world in film festivals and galleries as well as broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the CBC.

Annette Reilly is an award-winning filmmaker and actor, known for her role as Diana Spellman, Sabrina’s mortal mother, in the Netflix original “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. Growing up in small town Alberta, she pursued her love of theatre with a BFA from UVic and was eventually led to film in an effort to bring pressing social justice issues into cinematic storytelling. Her most recent film, “A Typical Fairytale” (which she directed, produced, and acted in), is currently doing the film festival circuit, was nominated for 4 Leo Awards, and has won an award for Best Art Direction. Her most recent film, SPIRIT GLITCH, part of the Telus Storyhive Indigenous Edition, made its international premiere at the ImagineNative Film Festival in October, 2019, and will continue its festival run through 2020.

Michelle Muldoon is a Vancouver based writer and filmmaker who marries her love for writing female characters with her love of the action films she grew up watching with her father on snowy weekend afternoons. Her short content has screened worldwide and most recently, was the only female director at the prestigious Almeria Western Film Festival in Spain.

As a past Board Member of WIFTV Michelle created the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and currently teaches the Introductory Screenwriting Workshop for Raindance Vancouver.

Rami Kahlon is a professional actor, published writer, and talented director from Surrey, BC. She holds a diploma in acting and clown, and a BA in Psychology and History. Her film acting credits include lead and guest star roles on Walt Disney Pictures, MTV, and The CW. Her directing works have received her nominations for "Best Director" and "Best Short." She is passionate about creating independent content and looks forward to contributing to more home-grown productions.

Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) is the sixth child of Grand Chief George Manuel and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel. She is the Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation; serves on the Board of Directors of Knowledge Network; is a partner with the Talent to Watch Telefilm Fund; is a Matriarch with the IM4 virtual and augmented reality training program; an instructor for the Women in Film and Television: Coyote, Raven, Spider, Wendigo: Tricksters and Writers feature film screenwriting program; an advisor of the Telus Indigenous Storyhive fund; and works with three local diversity film industry groups. She is an award winning filmmaker with an extensive background as a leader working in First Nations education and community development in both rural and urban centers. Doreen is also the owner of Running Wolf Productions.


The session will be moderated by performer Amanda Burke (The X-Files, Riverdale, Bella Ciao!, Cadence)

Note: Coffee will be available for purchase!


For professional filmmakers, producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and everyone who wants to know more about the industry, #WIFTVCoffeeChats are often a great way to meet a variety of different people in the film and television community in Vancouver. It is also a wonderful opportunity to generate some buzz around your work as you will have a chance to introduce yourself and your upcoming projects.

Hosted by Deb Sears

Register in advance or at the door. Seating is first come, first served.