startUp Event Series

startUp Event Series
Behind the Scenes!

Monday, June 21st
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Lights, camera…..ACTION!

Ever considered a career in TV and Film

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the exciting opportunities within Ontario’s TV and Filming Industries!
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals learn how to get your foot in the door!

Event Program:

1:00pm            Event starts – Opening Remarks!

1:10pm            Meet our speakers!

1:30pm            Moderated Panel Discussion

1:50pm            Open Q&A with Attendees

2:05pm            RBC Survey Break

2:15pm            Networking Breakout Begins!

2:55pm            Gift-card Giveaways and Closing Remarks

3:00pm            Event Ends!

Networking Breakouts with Industry Professionals

In the Networking Breakout Session, participants will be split into networking breakout rooms with our speakers and industry professionals. This opportunity is a great way grow your network, especially during the lockdown!

• Youth are encouraged to ask questions via mic or in the chat.
• Each room will have a small activity related to each panelist!

Meet the Panelists!

Selina is a hardworking and ambitious social media manager, filmmaker, photographer and videographer who admires digital storytelling. She was born and raised in Toronto by her Tanzanian mother and Jamaican father. She graduated from the University of Windsor in spring 2019 with a double degree in Digital Journalism and Communications Media and Film. Selina now works at Hungry Eyes Media and Street Voices, while she also juggles other creative jobs as they come. In her free time, she loves to watch movies and be with friends and family.

Social Media Handles: 

Personal Instagram: Selcallum 

Personal Twitter: 

Business Instagram: ShotbySelina 

Business Facebook: 

Business Twitter: 

Selina’s Production Company Website: 

Allie is ArtReach’s Program Manager and has nearly a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector. She’s also an administrator, database manager, grant writer, bibliophile, writer, and dog mom. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social work with a focus on gender diversity studies and psychology, and her work is rooted in anti-oppressive practice, critical anti-racism, and processes of decolonizing. She has worked for and volunteered with organizations like Sketch Working Arts, Pride Toronto, AVNU, Social Planning Toronto, MyStand, Feed the Need, Community Care, and the Boys and Girls Club, among others.

Social Media Handles: 



FB/ Twitter = @ArtReachToronto

IG = @ArtReachTO

Company Website:

Brittanie is an arts professional based in Toronto. She currently works for Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, is a board member of the Canada Comics Open Library and guest lectures at JMC Academy in Melbourne Australia. In the past she’s worked in for the Pan Am Games, worked in the wine industry in both Canada and Australia & New Zealand, and managed a Melbourne-based band’s North American tour.

Social Media Handles: 

Personal Instagram: @brittwithanie 

Company IG: @hotdocs 

Company Twitter: @hotdocs 

Company website: 

Writer/Director/Producer Jessie Anthony is a proud Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation, Beaver clan, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario Canada.

She is a Telefilm Talent to Watch winner for her first feature film titled “Brother, I Cry” which won the 2020 BC Emerging Filmmakers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award from the 2020 imagiNative Film Festival and picked up Best Screenplay from the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival 2021.

She also produced the first ever Indigenous Queer sapphic love story series titled QUERENCIA which won the imagineNATIVE Pitch Competition, gaining a broadcast deal with APTN/The Bell Fund.

When Jessie isn’t working within film you can find her on her Facebook live feeds helping indigenous communities with healing and spiritual guidance.

Social Media Handles: 

Instagram: @passthroughproductions

Kyle Hodges is a prop master/props person who has worked on a number of films in the North Bay and Sudbury areas. These include: Resident Evil, Cardinal, Flee the Light, Like a House on Fire, Carter, and When Hope Calls. As a props master, Kyle is responsible for finding, buying, or building all the required props that are needed for a particular project.

Social Media Handles:

Company website:


Resource List from Behind the Scenes:

Where to find Networking events and Opportunities:



Resources of Professional Development & Skill Development

Master Class

LinkedIn Learning: contact First Work for your 1 YEAR FREE LinkedIn Learning Access!



Screenwriter Software Programs:


Writer Duet

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