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Canadian Delegation


Analee Weinberger
Canadian Delegation Candidate
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Analee Weinberger

Analee Weinberger is a filmmaker, media educator and producer based in Vancouver, BC who specializes in documentary video as a tool for community engagement and creative expression. She has a background in studio photography and an interest in incorporating non-traditional documentary techniques such as animation and video poetry in her work. She is a former education director at The Cinematheque in Vancouver, has worked at Necessary Illusions, a Montreal-based documentary production company, and holds a master’s degree in social work from McGill University.


Dominic Lafontaine
Canadian Delegation Candidate
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Dominic Lafontaine

Dominic Lafontaine is an Algonquin multimedia artist, poet and musician. His audacious, humourous and often absurd works explore the very notions of cultural identity, meaning and belonging. A graduate in visual arts from the University of Ottawa, he synthesizes his knowledge of traditional art forms with new media in order to redefine the substance and visual language of contemporary native art. His motto: “Research, remix and repeat!”


Édith Jorisch
Canadian Delegation Candidate
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Édith Jorisch

Édith Jorisch is a screenwriter and director of fiction and documentary films. Her documentary The Heir was selected for the FIFA International Festival in 2017. She has won two Gemini Awards, including Best Documentary. Her work has been broadcast on Télé-Québec, Radio-Canada, RDI, TV5, TFI and Histoire. Édith turned to fiction with the short film TibbitsHill, an allegorical fable about music as an anti-militarist weapon. Her most recent short film, Awe, was an opportunity for the director to play with the line separating fiction from documentary.


Jose Aguirre
Canadian Delegation Candidate
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Jose Aguirre

With his previous studies in Industrial engineering (Universidad Catolica del Peru) and music technology (McGill University), Jose possesses the right combination of technical and management knowledge that is invaluable to the success of Signal Space Lab. His work as Creative Audio Lead has allowed him to be a part of the entire process of interactive projects, working closely with a wide range of professionals: producers, game designers, artists, programmers, etc.


Maria Chekhanovich
Canadian Delegation Candidate
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Maria Chekhanovich

Maria Chekhanovich is a visual artist, bridging multiple disciplines such as video, performance and installation. She currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada, where she is pursuing her MFA studies at Concordia University. Her work is about visiting places, whether internal or external, that expose and harness complexity, connection and co-creation. She believes that art is the strongest tool for social, political and environmental transformation. Her most recent video work, Being With, is currently exhibited in Venice, Italy.


Nicole Bedford
Canadian Delegation Candidate
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Nicole Bedford

Nicole Bedford is a director and media artist based in Ottawa, Ontario. An avid storyteller from a very young age, Nicole has paired her artistic expressions with her academic background to explore complex concepts through documentary film. Ultimately, her passion for video stems from a desire to help build a collective sense of community through the shared parts of our individual experiences.

Israeli Delegation


Irit Dolev
Israeli Delegation Candidate
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Irit Dolev

Irit Dolev is a creative content entrepreneur, documentary director, content editor and journalist. In the past year, she directed The Outstanding, a documentary series that followed unique groups and communities in Israel. Dolev is one of the creators and the producer of Citizen K, a true crime documentary series that investigated a legal case of double murder and points to a distortion of justice. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Hottest Place in Hell, an independent magazine. She lectures and teaches film, media and storytelling at a variety of colleges in Israel such as Kamara Obscura, Minshar, Hamiclala Leminhal College and is currently teaching at IDC Herzliya.


Daniella Koffler
Israeli Delegation Candidate
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Daniella Koffler

Daniella Koffler is an animation director, producer, co-founder and creative director of Moofa Production House. Over the years, Daniella has worked as an animation director on a range of projects for commercial and commissioned films. Her short independent films Compartments (2017), Stairs to No End (2011), The List (2008) and Strings (2013) were screened at several international festivals and won numerous awards. Daniella is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (BFA Screen-Based Arts, 2011) and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (MA in European Studies and Art History, 2008). Daniella is a board member of the Israeli Animation Union and the The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund.


Noam Kaplan
Israeli Delegation Candidate
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Noam Kaplan

Noam Kaplan is an honorary graduate of The Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. His movie Blue White Collar Criminal was the first Israeli student film to be distributed in theatres and was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s residency program. His films Manpower and I am Hummus received rave reviews. Over the years, he has supervised the artistic process of several TV drama series for the Israeli cable company HOT.


Adam Weingrod
Israeli Delegation Candidate
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Adam Weingrod

Adam Weingrod is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Jaffa. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Tel Aviv University. His first feature documentary The Island was commissioned by yesDoco channel and screened in over 25 international film festivals including Santa Barbara and Docaviv. Adam has also directed and produced a number of award-winning short films, documentaries and fiction, that have been screened around the globe. In addition to filmmaking, Adam is an accomplished jazz musician and composer, with a BA from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.


Omri Burstyn
Israeli Delegation Candidate
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Omri Burstyn

Omri Burstyn was born in Israel in 1985 and graduated from The Sam Spiegel Film school in 2014. During his studies, Omri directed several shorts and founded InDradio, an independent radio station as part of the Israeli InDNegev Music Festival. His award-winning short film At Dawn (2015) is a reflection of his experiences in human rights and peace movements. The film was supported by multiple Israeli film funds and had its world premiere at the prestigious PÖFF (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival). He also wrote and produced the short film The Caregiver (2018) which was screened and won awards at numerous festivals. In the past year, Omri has been developing his first feature film while completing his BA in education.


Yohai Shalom Hadad
Israeli Delegation Candidate
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Yohai Shalom Hadad

Yohai Shalom Hadad is a graduate of the screenwriting program at Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. He is a director, screenwriter and producer. His films Sun or Rain, The Lost Reservation, Children of the Moon, Special Treatment, Hush My Baby and Thou Shalt Not Dance have received rave reviews.

  • Gesher Multicultural Film Fund

    Driven by the conviction that a powerful film can be a catalyst for social change, the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund (GMFF) is a unique fund in the landscape of the Israeli film industry. It invests in and fosters the development, production and distribution of feature films, documentaries and animation films of all genres that focus on social and cultural issues in order to contribute to the public discourse in Israel and around the world.

    The GMFF promotes talented upcoming filmmakers at the start of their careers, including those from minority sectors that are geographically and socially removed. The GMFF provides expert professional guidance, a database, funding and innovative and creative initiatives, accompanying each project “from the idea to the screen.”

    Working programs developed by the GMFF have been adopted by several organizations in Israel and around the world with great success. The films supported by the GMFF have gone on to be screened in the official competitions of the most celebrated international film festivals and have won a number of prestigious prizes.

  • Makor Foundation for Israeli Films

    The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films invests in the development and production of films, documentary series, narrative short films and animated shorts, and narrative works that explore new media and new technologies. The foundation aims to invest in works that explore the richness and complexity of the cultural, social and political identities within Israeli society and of the country’s ethnic and religious minorities. Its mandate is to provide indiscriminate support of emerging and veteran filmmakers of all religions, faiths, races, ages and cultural backgrounds, and to encourage creativity through the quest for excellence and the defiance of established and stereotypical perceptions.

    The Makor Foundation has supported hundreds of films that have garnered both local and international acclaim, been broadcast on major Israeli and foreign television channels and screened in major international film festivals, museums and art galleries as well as in film festivals promoting the constant connection of the Diaspora with Israel. The foundation recently developed collaborations with broadcasters and other funds and foundations in Israel and around the world to broaden the scope of its investments and help filmmakers in the development and production phases of their projects, whether they’re working on documentaries, short films, animated films or digital works.

  • The Haifa International Film Festival

    The Haifa International Film Festival, the first such film festival in Israel, was inaugurated in 1983 and quickly gained a reputation as an important international cinematic event. The festival attracts some 300,000 visitors who attend the screenings of about 280 new films from around the world, live concerts and outdoor screenings for the whole family. The festival celebrates the artistic achievements in new Israeli cinema and its uncompromising, diverse character which addresses issues of Israeli society and pluralism. Some 300 guests from the Israeli and international film and television industry participate in the festival, meeting the audience, holding master classes and participating in industry workshops and competitions. Every year, the HIFF organizes a big international exhibition devoted to new media where it showcases the best narrative and artistic experiences in VR and AR and the latest Israeli virtual reality films. It also promotes films made by Israeli students and invites several guests to discuss their works with the public.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won 100 awards, including 21 Webbys. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB creators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.

  • Canada Media Fund

    The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audio-visual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors.

  • Hub Montréal

    HUB Montréal is a professional market that fosters digital creativity in the cultural, entertainment and experiential marketing industries.

  • Xn Québec

    The Digital Experiences Producers Association Xn Québec brings together the key players from Québec’s digital creation industry, namely more than 130 studios specializing in the production of content for various technological platforms.

    Xn Québec is a catalyst for the development, consolidation and success of companies in the creative, media and cultural industries that are active across all forms of digital expression. It does this through various activities and events that foster networking and contribute to the growth of the industry.

    Xn Québec brings the voices of digital creators together and amplifies the crossover of diverse networks and forms of expertise. It encourages the synergy of resources and knowledge in the production and broadcasting spheres.

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