ONIFF 2021 Jury
International Feature Films
Film & Music Producer
He has left an indelible impact around the globe with his passion for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. He has produced over 60 music videos and short films and has recorded 18 albums, plus toured as a musician in over 100 countries. He also recently released a ten-part
webseries about his time as a musician in North Korea.
Multi -award winning actor and director known for his roles in the award-winning action-comedy First Bust (2015) and the Machinima series, Battlefield: Divided we Stand (2015).
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for Fak Yaass (2019), Hudson & Rex (2019) and Shadowlands (2018)
International Documentary Films
He is an internationally acclaimed independent award-winning filmmaker.
He has been in the film industry for more than thirty years and has been an academic for over twenty years.
He studied in the U.S. and went on to pursue filmmaking. After several short award-winning films, he now runs a production company with his partners in the UAE Shoot At Sight.
He graduated in Media and Communication from UCH CEU San Pablo, and has worked in the field for over ten years. He currently holds the position of audiovisual manager at the Aftershare TV agency in Valencia.
International Short Films
He has pursued a career as a professional
scriptwriter since his graduation with honors from Egyptian Higher Film Institute in the year 2000. Growing up in the hectic city of Cairo and inspired by the work of Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, he realized several award-winning films. He is also a full-time Writer/Director for The Egyptian Satellite Channel since 2001
He is a passionate Egyptian actor combining education and
substantial professional work in film production backed by a
network of stage and screen contacts and reputation for artistic
integrity. Amr has appeared in over 42 film, television, and radio
He is an autodidact film editor who started his career in TV, editing news, while studying Painting at the University of Arts in Bucharest. He then reoriented his career towards editing, starting with TV news and shows, documentaries, commercials, trailers and short student films.
Started her career as TV presenter and scriptwriter, then drama and documentary writer and producer. She had her Master’s degree in TV journalism from the American University of Cairo in 2000, and her Ph.D in job satisfaction of communicators in 2012 from Helwan University in Egypt. During her years of study, she never stopped presenting programs, writing for TV,Radio and journalism.
She is the Director of New Horizon Media Arts in Canada and has been associated with several TV channels in India like Zee and ETV when she was an Indian citizen. She is also an activist and advocate for women and children’s rights.
He is writer and filmmaker who also works in production and art management.
International Student Films
He is an author, film director and editor since 1981; a film critic since 2014.
Compared by the Press to Godard, a French scholarship sent him from Algiers to Paris in 1988. Always camera on hand, his 38 years footage enables him to inject a unique temporal depth to his films.
Film Critic & Historian
Renowned author and film critic with several books, novels, film & music
encyclopedias and published articles across the Arab world.
He studied filmmaking at the Egyptian Higher Film Institute in Cairo. He realized several acclaimed films to date..
Canadian Feature Films
Working internationally Angelica, a Toronto based actor has appeared in Film, Television and Commercials. She is also an award-winning producer, accomplished presenter, reporter and host. Her work has been accredited and awarded within North America, while also receiving acclaim in Barcelona, India, Amsterdam, Nice and Cannes.
Born in 1987 in Eastern Turkey, Bedir Afşin is a writer-director living in Montreal, Canada. He is co-founder of Arkadas Film Production, an independent production company based in Turkey, focused on international co-productions.
Melanie Arden is the Senior Vice-President of Original Content/Producer at Renegade Lens Pictures, a Burbank-based production company. Previous production credits include Rain From Stars.
Currently, she was an executive producer for G.O.D. 2.0: The Quantum Genesis and Dark Veil: The Emergence.
He started to work in his father's production company between 1983 and 1992 as assistant producer. In 2007, he founded his own production company and his editing studio Final Cut through which he realized several films and TV series.
Canadian Documentary Films
With over 30 years of experience working in media production and distribution, Cathleen is a creative entrepreneur who writes, produces, and directs for television, digital media, education, and corporate storytelling.
Alona Metzer is an actor/entrepreneur-turned-producer. She trained at David Mamet and William H. Macy's Atlantic Acting School in New York City, and brings her strong entrepreneurial spirit and deep understanding of character to her work as a producer. In 2016, she was awarded the Deluxe Producer Mentorship.
Canadian Short Films
Born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario, he decided to pursue his passion and get into the film industry. Graduating from Digital Animation and then Film Production, his focus is on directing and writing.
He is an award-winning Iraqi-Canadian screenwriter and author. Namir graduated from Vancouver Film School (Writing for Film & Television) and has a B.A from Simon Fraser (English Literature & Creative Writing). His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, and in the film God in Pink: A Documentary. He was recently named a writer to watch by CBC.
Born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick Robynne ventured to Ontario at the age of 18 to pursue her life long dream of Acting and Modelling. She has evolved within the industry and is now as the CEO and producer of her own production company
Stephanie Herrera's work in the arts has led to nominations for a Latin American Achievement Award and a Canadian Comedy Award. She has won a THEA for Best Leading Actress in a Musical and the Art of Transition "Best Entertainment" Award from the Durham Region. Stephanie has performed in a plethora of TV, film, commercials, theater, improv and sketch shows.
Born and raised between Belgium and Israel, Yair has always been fascinated with film and storytelling. After moving to Canada in 2006, he jumped at the opportunity to immerse himself in the thriving Canadian film industry exploring various roles in production and development.
Canadian Student Films
He had a passion for filmmaking since childhood. Fast-forward to present day, he is actively working in the film industry and continues to produce and direct his passion projects: short films, music videos,
She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her works include Eye of the Beholder (1999), Garm Wars: The Last Druid (2014) and Who Is KK Downey? (2008). Also she founded her school of Performing Arts (MSOPA) which has been serving Montreal’s Acting community for over 28 years.
Upon graduation from film studies in 2012, he wrote and co-directed the short
award-winning film Libre-Service. His feature film screenplay “Cadillac Deception” wins the 2017 Cannes screenplay contest in the category
Coming from Egyptian descent, he was was born in Montreal.
Although having shown interest in the entertainment industry at a very young age; it was in 2018, at the age of 55, that he was finally able to resume his acting career; when he was soon cast in CBS’s Blood and Treasure then CTV & NBC Universal’s The Transplant, Apple Inc. & Universal TV’s Little America, as well as in the pilot of No One Killed Jessica.
Tareq A. Gaffar
A Film and TV production graduate from Trebas Institute in Montreal, Canada. He gained his production experience from several independent to international productions. Taking part in one of the successful Egyptian TV series and blockbusters like Ghost in the Shell and Pirates of the Caribbean in addition to TV commercials.