(in order of appearance)

Karelle Tremblay | Actor, The Fireflies Are Gone

Despite her young age, Karelle Tremblay is already recognized as one of Quebec's most promising actors. Her role in François Jaros' short film Oh What A Wonderful Feeling attracted attention at International Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2015. That same year, her performance in Anne Émond's Our Loved Ones earned her a place as one of four Rising Stars in Canadian film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her performances in features like Mathieu Denis' Corbo, Podz's Miraculum and Alexis Durand-Brault's The Heart is What Dies Last have made her one of the most sought-after young actors in Quebec. In 2017, Karelle played the main character in Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone, a role for which she won the Gemstone Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. On television, she is a must-see for her regular appearances in series like Unité 9, 19-2 and Jérémie. Karelle Tremblay is inarguably one of her generation's most prominent talents.

Zack Bernbaum | Director, The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

Zack Bernbaum is a Toronto based director + producer and founded Ezeqial Productions to tell engaging, thoughtful, intelligent, offbeat and imaginative stories. His films explore how our identities are shaped in relation to one another and the world around us. His past films, And Now A Word From Our Sponsor – starring Bruce Greenwood and Parker Posey, and Cold Deck – starring Paul Sorvino and Robert Knepper, have played theatrically and sold internationally. His work captures rich aesthetics, authentic performances, and unique tones. In addition to his narrative films, Bernbaum directs and produces commercials for brands and organizations such as Spotify and Outward Bound Canada. Bernbaum is currently in development on a number of exciting projects including Cut for Stone, a high-stakes drama set in the Syrian civil war – which finished in the Top 50 of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

Douglas Nyback | Actor, The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

Originally from Camrose, Douglas Nyback got his start doing Musical Theatre under the tutelage of Charlene Brown, Tom Spila, and Dave McDougall. His first credits came from stages right here in town as a member of the Churchmice Players with starring roles in both The Boyfriend and Guys and Dolls. In 2003 he moved to New York and has since become an actor, screenwriter, and producer with over a decade of experience in projects ranging from independent films, to major network television series and studio features. Douglas is a founding partner of Monolith Pictures and has written and co-written multiple screenplays and worked extensively as a script advisor and story editor. Notable works include the Canadian Film Festival best feature film winner The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova as well as leading roles on SyFy’s Incorporated, People of Earth, Carter, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Defiance, and Amazon Prime’s American Gods. To this day he still credits Caroline Simonson at CCHS for teaching him he could write.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers | Director/Actor, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker and actor. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway. Tailfeathers was the 2018 Sundance Institute Merata Mita Film Fellow and is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Lab and the Hot Docs Doc Accelerator Lab. Her short documentary, Bihttoš, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award Best Short Documentary. Her debut narrative feature, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, co-written and co-directed with Kathleen Hepburn, premiered at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival in the Generation Program. She is currently directing a feature-length documentary about the opiate crisis in her home community of Kainai with the support of the National Film Board of Canada as well as the Hot Docs Cross Currents Fund.

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