Canadian Academy Unveils Eight Participants For The 2019 Canadian Academy Directors Program For Women

The Canadian Academy today announced the eight directors that have been selected to participate in the third annual Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women.

TORONTO, August 20, 2019 – The Canadian Academy today announced the eight directors that have been selected to participate in the third annual Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women.  Once again, this year’s participants reflect Canada’s diverse and rich talent from across the country: Cazhhmere (Toronto, ON), Kim Albright (Vancouver, BC), Lee Filipovski (Oshawa, ON), Madison Thomas (Winnipeg, MB), Melanie Oates (Fermeuse, NL), Rama Rau (Toronto, ON), Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Gatineau, QC), and Yanie Dupont-Hébert (Montreal, QC).

“In reviewing the 200+ entries to this program we were consistently wowed by the talent working in this country,” said Beth Janson, CEO of the Canadian Academy. “We could not be more excited to welcome this cohort to the growing Canadian Academy family.”

This initiative came from the Academy’s desire to reach gender parity and ensure the greater representation of women and women-identifying directors working in today’s screen-based media industry. The Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women bolsters each director’s career advancement through exclusive workshops, networking events, and tailored Director Observer placements. The intent is to sharpen each participant’s directorial arsenal and strengthen their professional relationships, while strategizing actionable long-term goals for their directing careers.

All eight participants will attend and be part of next year’s Canadian Screen Week, which begins March 23, 2020, and culminates in the live broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards on CBC Sunday, March 29, 2020.

The Academy would like to thank the 2019 Selection Committee for the exemplary work and thoughtful consideration of this year’s applicants. They are as follows: David Baeta (Executive Producer, Machine Gum); Patricia Chica (Director); Tracey Deer (Filmmaker/Director/Writer); Bill Evans (Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association); Moira Griffin (Producer & Strategist, New Bumper and Paint Productions); Caroline Habib (VP Development, New Metric Media); Christine Haebler (President & Producer, Terminal City Pictures); Kadidja Haïdara (Writer); Floyd Kane (Showrunner & Executive Producer, Freddie Films); Mark Slone (President, Pacific Northwest Pictures); Carole Vivier (Former CEO/Film Commissioner, Manitoba Film & Music); Wiebke von Carolsfeld (Director and Editor).

The program is presented with the generous support of Netflix, RBC Emerging Artists Project, Pinewood Toronto Studios, and the Canada Media Fund.

About Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.

Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.

The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards: Broadcast Gala.

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About Pinewood Toronto Studios
Pinewood Toronto Studios is the destination facility for domestic and international film and TV producers shooting in Toronto. Recent productions include It: Chapter Two, Shazam!, The Christmas Chronicles, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and The Expanse. The contemporary 330,000 square foot (29,600 square metres) purpose-built production lot is located on a 33.5-acre (13.5 hectares) site, minutes from downtown Toronto. Its 11 purpose-built stages, including one of North America’s largest purpose-built sound stages – the 46,000 sq. ft. (4,274 square metres) Mega Stage – are soundproofed, clear-span, and equipped with power and supporting infrastructure to accommodate productions of all sizes and budgets. Last year, Pinewood Toronto Studios broke ground on a new expansion which will add another 200,000 square feet (18,580 square metres) of production space to the Studios, featuring new sound stages and support space.

About The Canada Media Fund

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit