BLUE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR INAUGURAL YEAR
Launch of early bird pass sales
February 24, 2022 – Helen du Toit, Executive & Artistic Director for Blue Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) today unveiled the Festival’s Advisory Committee assembled for this year’s inaugural edition. A diverse group composed of leading voices in the industry, the committee includes Daniel Bekerman, Allison Black, Drew Fagan, Jennifer Frees, Marni Moreau, Tamara Podemski, John Rakich, Sudz Sutherland, and Tara Woodbury.
BMFF runs from June 1-5 and the public can now purchase early bird passes and make reservations at Blue Mountain Resort in advance of the June festival. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to book accommodation early. Passes are available at Bluemtnfilmfest.ca.
The BMFF advisory members are led by Committee Chair, Daniel Bekerman. One of Canada’s most prolific producers, Bekerman’s credits include the Sundance and Indie Spirit winner The Witch, Falling, Come To Daddy, and Percy Vs. Goliath. His company, Scythia Films, is also one of the country’s leading service production providers.
“As a film producer, I have a deep appreciation for festivals and the important role they play in launching a film. I have a long professional history with Helen and her ability to galvanize people and run a successful festival is second to none,” said Daniel Bekerman. “It is my honour to work with this incredibly talented group of people as we come together to help launch BMFF to the world.”
“On behalf of the BMFF team, I am delighted to join forces with these exceptionally creative minds,” said Helen du Toit, Executive & Artistic Director. “The breadth of knowledge and expertise each member will bring to the committee will ensure a constructive collaboration of ideas to both strategically shape the future direction of the festival as well as improve the filmmaker and audience experience.”
Known for her care and passion for story, creative producer Allison Black most recently produced the international award-winning Giant Little Ones by director Keith Behrman, which premiered at TIFF ’18. Previously, she produced director Nathan Morlando’s award-winning Cannes Film Festival world premiere Mean Dreams, and the TIFF award-winning debut feature Citizen Gangster. Black is currently in development on several feature and series projects.
Drew Fagan is a professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and a senior advisor at McMillan Vantage Policy Group. He is a former deputy minister of infrastructure and of tourism, culture, and sport with the Province of Ontario. In addition to BMFF, he is a board member of Waterfront Toronto, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.
Jennifer Frees is Senior VP Business Development for the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Jennifer formerly served as VP Partnerships at the Toronto International Film Festival. An internationally sought-after business development speaker and workshop facilitator, Jennifer also serves on various boards, including Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and ArtStarts.
After working in advertising and marketing at CHUM Television, CTV, and Rogers Sportsnet, Marni Moreau happily returned to South Georgian Bay to promote CMH Heli-Skiing and the Ikon Pass to ski enthusiasts, and to develop Blue Mountain as a location for film and production projects.
Tamara Podemski is an award-winning Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on sharing stories that amplify underrepresented and marginalized voices. Tamara has received countless recognitions, including the Sundance Special Jury Prize for Acting, an IFC Spirit Award, and an ACTRA Award and Canadian Screen Award for her role on CBC’s Coroner.
A seasoned Location Manager, John Rakich is the current President of the Location Managers Guild International and the Location Caucus Representative for the board of the Directors Guild of Canada (Ontario). A frequent speaker about filming in Canada, production sustainability, labour workforce development and training, and the economic benefits of location-based filming, John is also a regular panelist at San Diego Comic Con. His production credits include American Gods, Shadow Hunters, and The Expanse.
Award-winning writer/director Sudz Sutherland premiered his first feature film Love, Sex and Eating the Bones at TIFF, which won the Best First Feature Award and 3 Genie nominations. Doomstown, his next feature, won 3 Gemini Awards, including Best TV Movie and Best Direction. The prolific TV director’s highly anticipated 4 part docu series about Black History, entitled BLK: An Origin Story, will be released on The HISTORY Channel on February 26.
As Netflix Canada’s first content executive, Tara Woodbury is in charge of developing and commissioning all Canadian scripted series. Previously as EP & VP Dev for Sphere Media Plus, Tara developed and EP’d the smash medical hit Transplant for CTV and NBC. As an independent producer, her sci-fi thriller Night Raiders by director Danis Goulet was a TIFF Gala and won the DGC Discovery Award.
About Blue Mountain Film Festival
Presented by Blue Mountain Village Association and located in the heart of Blue Mountain Village 90 minutes from Toronto in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada, the first annual international film festival is scheduled for June 1-5, 2022.
The festival includes five days of international films with a spotlight on Canadian productions, a three day creative forum, concerts and parties. The festival is gratefully supported by founding sponsor Blue Mountain Resort, Bruce Grey Simcoe, host municipality Town of The Blue Mountains, Telefilm Canada, Tourism Simcoe County, Crozier Consulting Engineers, justincase, with more to be announced. Blue Mountain is Ontario’s favourite four-season destination nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and the sparkling shores of Georgian Bay. The pedestrian village features 50 shops, restaurants, spa, and award-winning festivals and events. Blue Mountain Resort offers 1,000 luxury accommodation units, 53,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space and year-round activities including skiing, snowboarding, championship golf, 30km hiking trail network and a variety of mountain attractions.
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