BFF 2020: Meet the Jury Online Panel

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Strengthening community & building a new film industry post-COVID.

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Join co-chair of Breakthroughs Film Festival, Robyn Citizen, in a panel discussion with our festival jury.

Kelly-Fyffe Marshall, Tricia Hagoriles and Sofia Banzhaf join us in a candid conversation about how emerging filmmakers can build community right now at a time of social distancing and talk about the concrete ways in which we can slowly build a new, sustainable film industry, leaving behind toxic practices that were never working in the first place, and were particularly harmful for underrepresented communities.

Join us at 12pm on Saturday June 20th! Registration is free.

This event will have ASL interpretation thanks to the wonderful folks at Deaf Spectrum.

Breakthroughs Film Festival is the only festival in Canada to showcase films by emerging women and non-binary filmmakers. The 9th edition of the festival will run from June 25-28 showing 17 films over 4 nights of screenings followed by filmmaker Q&As. Buy your tickets today!


Kelly Fyffe-Marshall is a dedicated British born director and activist striving to solidify her mark amongst the film industry’s finest. Kelly has directed music videos, web series episodes, short films and written many narrative projects. With her extensive experience Kelly has also been invited to be a juror for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television as well as many other prestigious film festivals. In November 2018 Kelly spoke at TEDx with a speech titled “Make Ripples Where You Are” speaking on making change in the world. Her writer/director work includes award-winning short film Haven (18), which premiered at SXSW as well as newly completed shorts Marathon (20) and Black Bodies (20). She is currently in development for her debut feature When Morning Comes. Kelly’s love for film mixed with her passion for community development and humanitarianism leaves every project she touches impactful. She uses film to change perspectives and share powerful stories.

Tricia Hagoriles is an award-winning, Toronto-based filmmaker. Her first short film, Beat, garnered her the RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award at the 2015 Inside Out Toronto LGBTQ Film Festival, and her second short, The Morning After has played in festivals internationally and is currently streaming on Tello Films. Her non-film work includes serving as creative director for Colour Me Dragg, a live showcase that strictly featured queer performers of colour; she also directed Boiband the Boyband which premiered in the 39th Rhubarb Theatre Festival and the multiple award-winning 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival show, Tita Jokes. Most recently, Tricia was a resident of the 2019 Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and has received the inaugural Inside Out + OUTtv Outspoken Documentary Fund for her upcoming work: The Archivist.

Sofia Banzhaf is German-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Tkaronto (Toronto). She is a writer, filmmaker and actor whose most recent work I Am In the World as Free and Slender as a Deer on a Plain is a short film Banzhaf wrote and directed and which premiered at TIFF in 2019 and went on to play VIFF, FNC, and FIN among others. It was awarded a place on TIFF's annual year-end Canada's Top Ten list for short films and it continues its international festival run in 2020 beginning with the Palm Springs Shorts Fest and Maryland Film Festival. Her work in front of the camera has garnered praise at TIFF and abroad for films like Closet Monster (TIFF 2015), Splinters (TIFF, 2018) and Black Conflux (TIFF, 2019). In 2020 she was named one of Elle Magazine's Rising Canadian Stars. Her novella Pony Castle was the recipient of the Metatron Prize for Rising Authors.

Robyn Citizen, PhD is a film curator, independent scholar and Texan based in Toronto. Her eclectic film background includes lecturing in the Departments of Asian Studies and Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia from 2012-2017, film criticism and writing chapters in edited volumes on transnational science-fiction films, Asian cult cinema and Get Out (2017). She is a programmer for JAYU's Human Rights Film Festival, the International Programmer for the TIFF 2019 Short Cuts and served on juries for the Norwegian Short Film Festival, Reelworld Film Festival and the Philadelphia Film Festival.

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