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Independent Filmmakers and Agency Representation

Interested in learning the ins and outs of getting an agent? This panel will explore the range of representation available for independent filmmakers from Canadian agencies. It is important to have champions for emerging talent throughout the film industry to aid in the building of a more inclusive landscape. This panel will focus on agencies that are doing that work. Panelists will be sharing information on processes, contractual agreements and success stories as they work to galvanize the importance of empowering diverse key production creatives in a changing industry.

Coral Aiken is a creative producer based in Toronto. Her company Aiken Heart Films, specializes in developing new talent in film, television and digital cinema, and collaborates with a new generation of filmmakers to create relevant, thought-provoking films that resonate with audiences. Aiken is an alumna of York University’s Film MFA, Berlinale Talents, Trans Atlantic Partners and TIFF studio. She has screened work internationally with films in competition at Cannes Cinéfondation, Rotterdam, BAFICI and TIFF.

Jennifer Irons, Meta Talent Agency
Jennifer Irons is a writer turned talent agent who studied at Act One in Los Angeles, California. She was named one of Canada’s top 20 Emerging Filmmakers of Color in 2019, won the 2019 Canada Telefilm New Voices Award, and received the 2019 Bell Media/Corus Entertainment TV Writing Program award. Jennifer’s short film Opportune screened at the 2019 Toronto Black Film Festival, and her dramatic feature, Intolerance: No More, screened at the 2020 American Black Film Festival, before being picked up for distribution by Random Media. Jennifer was staffed on the US/Canada co-production television series, Pretty Hard Cases, and in the development room of the BYUtv and Marble Media co-productions The Parker Andersons, and Amelia Parker. In 2021, Jennifer founded META Talent Agency to help increase access and opportunities for Canadian BIPOC writers and directors.

Courtenay Bainbridge, Meridian Artists
As a Toronto-based filmmaker and alumni of both the Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson’ Image Arts program, Courtenay was worked in the film industry for over 20 years in various roles on productions such as Spotlight, Pacific Rim, Robocop, and Being Erica. She produced a number of well-traveled short films including Benjamin, Still, Life on Juniper, and Hit Men. Most recently she was an associate producer on Mean Dreams which had its premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Courtenay joined the team at Meridian Artists as an Agent in 2016 and works closely with their directing clients as well as heading the Key Creative division.

TBC, Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)
Bio to come.

Wed 20 October 2021, 1 - 2:30 pm   
(Registration deadline is Wed 20 October 12:00 pm)

Instructor: TBA
Category: Industry Panels
Maximum Capacity: 50
1.5 hours of instruction $0 or PWYC donation