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Creating memorable, high-quality cultural and learning experiences for children with film and media presents unique opportunities and challenges for curators, teachers and film programmers.
Creating memorable, high-quality cultural and learning experiences for children with film and media presents unique opportunities and challenges for curators, teachers and film programmers. What criteria are used to select content? How do curators and programmers nurture children's imaginations and deepen the appreciation for media in various spaces online, at film festivals, and in the classroom?

Guest Biographies

    • Kristine Collins
    • Kristine Collins currently holds the position of Head, Education and Institutional Markets at the National Film Board of Canada. Collins and her team are responsible for educational resource and new product development, non-theatrical distribution, and educational workshops across Canada. She is an ardent advocate for media education through her involvement in a range of initiatives and activities-including hands-on education workshops, virtual classrooms, professional development sessions for teachers and speaking engagements at conferences. She played a central role at the NFB Mediatheque, where she led the development of the hands-on workshop program and forged partnerships with organizations such as VANOC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Department of Canadian Heritage and many local, national and international film festivals.
    • Eric Sorenson
    • Eric Sorenson is Director of Research & Content at Kidobi, where he is responsible for content acquisitions, research & development, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Kidobi, Sorenson worked in the Preschool Language Lab at the University of Toronto, where he specialized in linguistic fieldwork. He has extensive experience working with preschool kids, and has worked as a researcher, tutor, and product developer. He is passionate about education, technology, and children's media.
    • Dr. Shrevan Kumar
    • Dr. Shravan Kumar is CEO of the Children's Film Society, India (CFSI), an autonomous body under the Government of India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. A student of history and anthropology with a PhD in Modern Indian History, Kumar has formerly served in several senior positions in the Indian Revenue Service, and has been extensively involved in educational activities for rural children in Bihar through a trust he set up in the memory of his late father. His objective with the CFSI is to give children's cinema wider visibility within and outside the country.
    • Daniella Marchese
    • Daniella Marchese, an experienced arts educator, has developed and facilitated school and community programming for multiple professional arts organizations across the Greater Toronto Area. As Manager, School and Educator programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox, she creates and delivers film-based programming for elementary and secondary students. She also leads TIFF Learning's Professional Development Programmes, which provide educators with tools to integrate film with classroom learning. For TIFF, she has presented at Canada's largest literacy conference, Reading For the Love of It, the Toronto District School Board's Futures Conference and the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's …and still we rise 2013.
    • Neil Anderson
    • Neil Andersen has taught media studies for over thirty years. He has been a computer resource teacher, a literacy consultant, and has given educational keynotes and workshops across Canada, the US, Asia, Australia and Europe. Andersen has taught at the University of Toronto, York University and at Mount Saint Vincent University. He is President of the Association for Media Literacy (Ontario), on the editorial board of The Journal for Media Literacy and on the Education Committee of Media Smarts. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his writing and teaching, including the Jesse McCanse Award from the National Telemedia Council and the Magic Lantern Award from the Association for Media and Technology in Education.