Meet the Funders

TIFF Kids - Industry Programming

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Representatives from OMDC, CMF, Bell Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund and Telefilm will provide updates on their funding programs and how you can find the money to finance your project.
Speakers to include, Dan Lyon (Regional Feature Film Executive for the Ontario and Nunavut regions, Telefilm Canada), Nathalie Clermont (Director of Program Management, Canada Media Fund), Marcia Douglas (Program Manager, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund), and Agnes Augustin (President and CEO, Shaw Rocket Fund). More speakers to be announced soon.

Guest Biographies

    • Dan Lyon
    • Regional Feature Film Executive: Ontario & Nunavut Regions, Telefilm Canada Prior to joining Telefilm, Dan worked primarily as a distributor and executive producer. Originally an entertainment lawyer, Dan joined Astral Bellevue Pathe Inc. in 1985 and ultimately became Executive Vice-President, Distribution for Astral and its successor companies Coscient, Motion and TVA. He subsequently formed his own company Dandelion Entertainment Ventures Inc. As a distributor, Dan was awarded the Golden Reel for The Art of War and was the first independent buyer in the world (at the screenplay stage) for Roman Polanski's The Pianist which went on to win the Palme D'Or and three Academy Awards. Credits as executive producer include Ginger Snaps, Red Green's Duct Tape Forever, Twist, and Everything's Gone Green. Additional awards include a Peabody for The Interrogation of Michael Crowe. The first project he championed upon joining Telefilm in the fall of 2005 was Away From Her, which received two Academy Award nominations in January 2008 ("Best Adapted Screenplay" and "Best Actress").
    • John Galway
    • John Galway, President of Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund, is has over 20 years of experience in film and television. His experience ranges from film festivals to production and financing. Since joining The Fund in 2005, he has overseen the organization's support of over 500 projects, including Away from Her, Barney's Version and One Week. John has also worked on several industry boards, juries and advisory committees and recently co-founded the Toronto Irish Film Festival.

    • Nathalie Clermont
    • Nathalie Clermont has worked for more than twenty years in the film and television industry, with extensive experience in financing. Since joining the Canada Media Fund in 2007, she acts as a key advisor on CMF policies and programs, ensures consistency in service standards and the application process, and ensures that all file analyses are accurate, fair, and consistent, in accordance with the CMF Guidelines. Previously, Ms. Clermont spent fifteen 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. Ms. Clermont holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal.
    • Marcia Douglas
    • Marcia Douglas is the Program Manager for the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, which invests in Canadian television programs and their associated digital media projects. As an assistant director member of the Directors Guild of Canada, she has worked on numerous TV and film projects for both Canadian independent producers and Viacom. She has produced several award-winning short films and the theatrical feature Siblings (05), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She completed a post-graduate in Children's Media through Centennial College. After working at Corus Entertainment in original programming she joined the Bell Fund. She is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Children's Media Program and the Business of Film and Television Program at Centennial College, and is a speaker at industry events and post-secondary institutions, including Hot Docs, INplay, Centennial College and Humber College.
    • Agnes Austin
    • Since 2004, Agnes Augustin has overseen the Shaw Rocket Fund and its commitment to be a champion of Canadian children's programming through the Fund's investment practices and the creation of various initiatives to support the industry, such as the Shaw Rocket Prize. Prior to joining the Shaw Rocket Fund, Agnes was a Manager and Vice President of Business Affairs for various production and distribution companies, Head of Production for CMT, as well as an independent producer.
    • Shari Cohen
    • Shari Cohen has worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years as a creative artist and production manager for independent production companies, as an entertainment lawyer and business executive for broadcasters and financiers in the film and television industry, and as a Board member for various arts organizations. She is currently a Program Consultant with the Ontario Media Development Corporation where she focuses on supporting the production of screen-based content through funding initiatives, industry development programs, and provides expertise and risk assessment for industry juries. Passionate about great story telling, Cohen presents book reviews for women's organizations and book clubs, and is currently writing a children's book in her spare time when not walking her dog on the beach or foraging for wild mushrooms in northern Ontario.