EXECUTIVE & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Venay is the founder of R2R and has been the Artistic and Executive Director of the organization since its inception in 1998. A fervent advocate of children’s media, she has worked at the Media Center for Children in New York City, curated film programs for museums and community centres, and conducted hundreds of film appreciation workshops. She has served as a Juror of the International Festival of Film & Video for Children in Isfahan, Iran, and was invited to participate as a discussant on “Documentaries for Young Audiences” at the Flaherty Film Seminar in California. Venay focuses on engaging a network of educators, artists, film industry professionals, and community arts leaders toward broadening knowledge, sharpening perceptions, and stimulating the imaginations of youth about media arts.
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FESTIVAL & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Delphine grew up in France, where she graduated in 2012 from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University with a Master’s degree in International Project Management. She first got involved in the film industry starting as a sales executive, working for theatrical and TV distribution worldwide, as well as festivals and acquisitions. In 2014, Delphine moved to London, UK, and work for an independent VoD platform, just as the platform was launching. Over the 4 years she was there, she covered different branches of the business such as marketing, acquisitions, business development, and operations. During that time, she was also in charge of developing online distribution channels for international short films. Her experience in VoD led her to be involved with the network for independent European VoD platforms, EuroVoD. In 2019, Delphine moved to Vancouver, BC, and started her position as outreach and festival coordinator for the Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth.
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Helen has worked in Publicity and Marketing for several years with the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Leo Awards, and R2R. She’s also the go-to publicist for local production companies and Canadian filmmakers alike (including award winners Bruce Sweeney and Charles Wilkinson) and represents many established film organizations (Women in Film, The Cinematheque and Cineworks). Helen has also worked in documentary filmmaking as an Associate Producer (How to be a Model, which premiered at VIFF and was broadcast on CBC).
Lisa g Nielson
OUR WORLD COORDINATOR
A community artist and filmmaker, Lisa g creates media that has historical reference, social relevance, and humour. Examples of her diverse work include: an award-winning stop motion animation Blue Tuesday, an award-winning live-action video titled Girl on Girl, and a trilogy of films about Riverview Mental Hospital, Asylum, Bedlam, and Consciousness. She leads workshops with youth who often face social, mental or physical barriers, seniors, children, and First Nation elders and youth. Under Lisa’s direction, Our World continues to gather momentum as it brings filmmaking tools to remote BC and Indigenous communities. Our World National (in Partnership with R2R) hosts similar filmmaking workshops across Canada, guiding youth to tell their own stories, celebrate Indigenous culture, language, and life through film.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Tammy’s curatorial practice pre-supposes a lens of intersectional justice in promoting media literacy and critical dialogue to a new generation. In addition to her work at R2R, Tammy is responsible for the MODES Program at the Vancouver International Film Festival, as well as coordinating, writing, and consulting for the International team. Tammy has been involved in program selection with both Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival and DOXA Documentary Film Festival (also serving on the Canadian Jury for the Colin Low Award in 2017) and was a long-time Associate Member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, where she also trained as an Assitant Director. Tammy has worked on several films, music videos, and television shows in many capacities.
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Will has been working in film and video since co-founding Sad Hill Media in 2009. Since completing a degree in film production at Simon Fraser University, he has been involved in the art film community in numerous roles: as a regular volunteer at The Cinematheque since 2014, as a workshop instructor at VIVO Center for Media Arts, as a film critic who maintains his own blog, as a writer-director of numerous independent short films, and as an editor and sound designer for fellow filmmakers. Both his personal works and those he has worked on as a collaborator have been screened in major film festivals around the world. Whether for his own projects or someone else’s, his work behind the camera and the keyboard is always focused on finding fresh, gripping new approaches to cinema that encourage people to see their world in new ways.
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PROGRAM ASSOCIATE & YOUTH JURY COORDINATOR
With over 15 years of experience, Jessica grew up in Cambridge, England, and is an award-winning writer and director and is the former president of Cineworks in Vancouver. She is a graduate of the Candian Film Centre and an alumna of Women In the Director’s Chair (Banff Centre for the Arts). She holds a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature and American Studies from Hull University, UK, and a diploma in Film Production from Vancouver Film School. Jessica’s films have won numerous awards including a Gemini, several Leo Awards and a Kodak Image Award. Currently, she teaches Writing at VFS.
WEB & PRINT DESIGNER
A professional designer since 1996, Amanda bleeds creativity and adventure. For many years, she has wandered in the realm of front-end design and visual communications for web and print. Amanda loves design, not just for it’s own sake, but for what it can do for people. Complex patterns, imaginative concepts and simple solutions to visual challenges are some of the things that inspire her every day. Free of any particular style or perspective, nothing excites her more than a new design problem to solve, and, to her, any challenge can be conquered with deep creative thought. Take a look at her website.
Laurel Terlesky is an artist, designer and educator with a Master of Fine Arts. Since 2011 Laurel has taught Visual Effects in the New Media program at British Columbia Institute of Technology. As an independent contractor, Laurel has contributed to various motion graphics projects both for film, TV and live events, designed and programmed websites and designed print materials. Her clients include TBA Global, POV Works, Anaid Productions (where she worked on the series X-Weighted creating an animated flash series for their website) and various projects for both CBC Television and Radio-Canada, including CBC’s late night innovative cross-platform project, Zed — allowing her to jump between web, print and broadcast motion graphics.
Board of Directors – 2018 to 2019
Ali joined the Board of Directors in 2016 after being on the R2R’s Senior Youth Jury for four years. She is currently an undergraduate student at SFU pursuing a degree in First Nations Studies and Publishing. Ali also works for the First Nations Studies department and the digital humanities project The People and the Text.
Jessica is a labour and employment lawyer originally from San Francisco, practicing at Harris & Co. in various sectors including the film industry. She spends her free time hiking and camping with her husband, two small kids and dog. She has been a member of the Board since 2016.
Maria Cecilia Saba
Maria Cecilia Saba is an independent media artist, programmer and researcher. Before coming to Vancouver, she worked as a documentary film instructor at the University of Lima and earned a diploma in Arts & Cultural Management from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She completed the MA program in Comparative Media Arts at Simon Fraser University, where she focused her research on Peruvian Andean horror films. She was the Festival and Outreach Coordinator for R2R for two years, worked at SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, and collaborates with the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.
Jodi is a certified teacher, with over fifteen years of professional experience. Jodi holds a Masters of Education from UBC and is the BC Regional Director of Educational Programs for the non-profit FAST. Jodi’s also the founder of !mperative Education which offers a variety of workshops and presentations for schools and businesses on bullying, social/emotional intelligence, and mindfulness.
Nicole holds a BA from Western University, and began her career in the fashion industry working internationally as part of a design creative team. Her love of the West Coast brought her back to Vancouver where she continues to live. Her career path has evolved from video games to animation and eventually to tourism. Passionate about the arts, and an active member of the community, Nicole joined the board of the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in 2016 and is currently board president.
Robyn Ludwig has been a script and continuity supervisor in the film and television industry in Victoria and Vancouver since 2016. She also holds a Master of Film and Literature from the University of York, U.K.
Jeff Chiba Stearns
Thomas Giwusk Isaac-Came
Lisa g. Nielsen
Moira “Mo” Simpson
Ryder Thomas White
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