cinefam limitless program

CineFAM Limitless is an internship program targeted toward Canadian BIPOC women and non-binary filmmakers. The purpose of this internship is to create a short proof of concept film that showcases a feature film or television series in development. 

In partnership with CaribbeanTales, the CineFAM Limitless program aims to facilitate the launch of your career with the guidance of established industry mentors.

About The Program

The Limitless program will develop and promote extraordinary original works by women and non-binary people of colour whose voices are typically under-represented or marginalized within the Canadian media landscape.

Benefits of the Program

  • $10,000 plus additional production resources
  • The finished works will premiere at the CineFAM Film Festival 2022 and stream on CineFAM.ca
  • Production and delivery of the final film will take place over Spring/Summer 2022

This nine-month program offers a safe, supportive digital space where participants can showcase their work, engage in meaningful discussions, and create connections with like-minded individuals in their field. The ultimate goal of Limitless is to fill a critical gap in the Canadian Film Industry by enabling access and integration of women and non-binary creators of Colour. 

Eligibility

Eligible filmmakers must be mid-career artists who have produced at least one (1) project that has screened publicly in Canada or abroad.

2022 Participants

AEYLIYA HUSAIN

Aeyliya Husain is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on issues of representation, women, and photography. Her work has been exhibited at festivals both nationally and internationally including, San Francisco Docfest, Glasgow Short Film Festival, São Paulo Film Festival and has been broadcasted on CBC, BBC, RSI (Swiss Public TV) and France 4. At the Tribeca Film Festival, her film ‘Shooting War’ was nominated for best short documentary. Her most recent film ‘The Fifth Region’ was screened at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival and has aired on The Documentary Channel and SBS Australia, to name a few.

Project Title: Reframed

ANA DE LARA

Ana de Lara is a Filipina-Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter who has earned over 30 accolades for her films and screenplays in North America and Europe. She was the lead producer for two feature films, which earned a nomination for the 2021 CMPA Emerging Producer Award and the 2021 and 2019 BC Leo Award for Best Picture.  Her short film, GOOD GIRLS DON’T, aired on CBC Canadian Reflections and is currently playing on CBC Gem, Air Canada and Air Korea. She is an alumna of the Telefilm Talent to Watch, Women in the Directors Chair and WIFTV Genre Lab programs.

Project Title: On the Wings of Sorrow

ASIS SETHI

Playback Magazine’s 10 to Watch, Asis Sethi is a Canadian filmmaker who graduated from Humber College where she currently teaches. Her career in broadcasting spans over 15 years as producer and host on lifestyle shows. Her REMI Award winning short on menstruation, ‘A Bloody Mess’, was screened at 30 film festivals. Her 16-episode documentary series on Sikh shrines in India, ‘Darshan Dekh Jeeva’, was funded by Rogers Documentary Fund. She directed a documentary on post 9/11 effects on turban wearers which premiered on OMNI Television.

Project Title: Slam Dunk, Sehaj!

Dahlia Fernandes

Meet Dahlia Fernandes, Indo-Canadian emerging director, producer, songwriter and film marketer. Her work has been featured on Amazon Prime UK and US, Cineplex Canada Online and Showtime. Fernandes blossomed in recent years under the mentorship of award-winning director and Academy member, Frances-Anne Solomon. Her work includes production of Darius McCrary’s “I’m Not Laughing” video podcast, global tour of “Hero: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross”, Associate Producer of T. Bankolé’s film “Leimert” and romantic drama “Have we Met Before?”.

Project Title: Have We Met Before

GRACE WANG

Grace Wang is a writer, director and photographer. Her films have screened at the Berlin International Directors Lounge, Ebertfest, Cleveland International Film Festival and Queens World Film Festival amongst others. She has won several accolades, some of which include the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Pitch Competition, Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival, Best Fiction finalist at Macau International Short Film Festival, and Best Experimental Short finalist at Bali International Short Film Festival. Her work has been supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts and showcased on Air Canada, Comcast USA, and CBC.

Project Title: Deluge

NAUZANIN KNIGHT

Nauzanin Knight, Executive Producer of 1844 Studios, is a Canadian woman of Caribbean and Middle Eastern descent. Nauzanin completed her MSc at University College London, in the UK, and began her career in creative writing before directing her attention to film projects. She is a Women in the Director’s Chair (2020), Whistler Film Festival Doc Lab (2019), BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media (2020), and Rogers Sports & Media/ReelWorld Level-Up Writer’s Program (2021) Alumna.

Project Title: Notes on Being Un-Popular

SUKI MOTOYI

Suki Motoyi is an Indigiqueer Nitsiitapi currently living in the sacred place where the prairies meet the mountains. Suki is passionate about creating stories and films that revolve around indigeneity, sexuality, language, and resistance. They are looking forward to taking the next steps within their career with the help of the CineFAM Limitless program, and making their ancestors proud.

Project Title: Beyond Blood

SURI PARMAR

Suri Parmar is a screenwriter and filmmaker alumna of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers’ Lab, and international artist residencies that include the Rejkjavík Talent Lab. In her current role as a coordinator and assistant producer of branded media, she has worked on projects for the Hetrick-Martin Institute and New York Fashion Week.

Project Title: Demon Queen

Partners

Thank you to our partners who help make the Limitless Program possible.

Partners

Thank you to our partners who help make the Limitless Program possible.

CaribbeanTales Limitless Sponsor