June 21, 2022, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

The Power of Mentorship & Networking with Eva Thomas and Sarah Kelley

Zoom Meeting format.

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Join us for a conversation with filmmakers Eva Thomas and Sarah Kelley as they discuss:
  • The writer/story editor relationship
  • The power of mentorship
  • Navigating the festival circuit
  • Attending Cannes 2022
  • Balancing a career as a multi-hyphenate
  • Capilano's FILMBA program
  • WIFTV's Tricksters and Writers Screenwriting Program

Eva Thomas


Eva Thomas just completed the BIPOC Showrunner Bootcamp Training Program with Anthony Q. Farrell and the Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Career Advancement Module (CAM).  Eva is a proud member of the Walpole Island First Nation; she is also Tohono O’odham, Cherokee and Scottish. 
As a creator and storyteller, she is passionate about diverse stories and the portrayal of Indigenous people in a contemporary context.  Eva appreciates the balance between comedy and drama that reflects the world we live in.  
Eva was the Associate Producer on the feature film Night Raiders (directed by Danis Goulet).  In the summer of 2021, she was the Director Shadow for two feature films: Darlene Naponse’s Stellar and Gail Maurice’s Rosie.  Eva is developing a feature film script supported by Telefilm which she plans to direct. She also has several television projects in development.  
Committed to mentorship, Eva has mentored many writers in the imagineNATIVE Features Lab, the MAGEE TV Diverse Writers Program, and the Women in Film & Television-Vancouver’s Tricksters and Writers Program. 

Sarah Kelley


Sarah Kelley is an Indigenous filmmaker, writer and actress from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan nation in Golden Lake, ON. She has 12 years’ experience in the film industry with credits on Arrow (Season 5), Kayak to Klemtu (2017) for which she was nominated by the American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) for Best Supporting Lead and The Unforgivable (2021).

In 2017, she was selected for the Women in Film and TV (WIFTV) Tricksters and Writers Program; an Indigenous writing and mentorship program, where she created and wrote her first tv pilot. In 2019, she won the WIFTV Banff World Media Festival Scholarship which awarded her a full delegate pass to attend the 2019 Banff World Media Festival. As part of the program, she was assigned Elizabeth Schofield from Omnifilm Entertainment as a mentor. In that same year, she was selected for the Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship with Whistler Film Festival for her short film Good Grief and in 2020, she was picked as one of the top 25 participants with Banff World Media Festival in their Netflix Diversity of Voices, pitch program.

In March 2021 she produced her short film, Good Grief and in April she graduated from the Pacific Screenwriting Program, Scripted Series Lab working with Showrunner Will Pascoe (Absentia). Sarah lives in Vancouver, is a mother to an 8-year-old boy and works as an Education Assistant.