Suzette has traveled extensively and has been fortunate to live in other countries, including the United States, Holland and Australia. These experiences have been invaluable in developing Suzette’s appreciation and understanding of the Global Village.
By bringing Vancouver and Canada a Festival that honours web content from around the world, Suzette is aspiring to create an awareness that will be beneficial for web series, web content creators and their teams, and will help the web platform move forward as a more evolved entertainment medium.
As Vancouver WebFest’s Director of Operations Ashleigh combines her years of experience in the creative arts and non-profit world with her lifelong passion for storytelling and new media.
Over the years, Ashleigh has honed her community outreach and operations expertise with organization such as Capture Photography Festival, the Vancouver Biennale, Crazy8s Film Society, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Infocus Film School, Tomorrow Collective Arts Society and the Vancouver Opera Association.
She is a graduate of Demonfort University (UK) with Bachelor of Arts in Media and American Studies and holds a Certificate in Web Design from City College Brighton & Hove (UK).
Shiva is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s Film Production and Directing program with 4 years of work experience in the independent film industry and another 2 years under the umbrella of DGC (Directors Guild of Canada) and IATSE local 212.
Her short film “The Art of Being One” which she directed and produced, appeared in several film festivals and won the “Award of Merit” from IndieFest film festival in California, "Award of Excellence" from Best Shorts Competition, and "Best Short Film" from Short Film Channel.
She is the founder of Eriol Pictures Inc, a Vancouver based film production company currently developing socially-relevant projects.
Shiva also has donated so much of her time to national and global campaigns supporting freedom of speech, civil liberties, and transparency.
Movie and theater actor, Alessandro has worked as an organizer and event producer for short films and plays. In recent years he has dedicated his time in organization and production toward the realization of multimedia art projects, both nationally and internationally. Alessandro is a talent scout for various actor agencies, as well as working as an assistant teacher.
As Head of External Relations for the first edition of the Roma Web Fest (2013), a Member of the Technical Committee in the evaluation commissions of Roma Web Fest 2013 and Roma Web Fashion Film Fest 2013, Alessandro brings to Vancouver Web Fest exceptional talent and skills.
Myles Liversidge is a BCIT graduate with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design. He is also Vancouver Web Fest’s IT Director. With his vast knowledge in information technology he has developed, designed, implemented and supported computer-based information systems including software development and installation for over 20 years. When Myles isn’t fixing things, his favourite past time is videography and photography.
Liam is originally from Scotland, and currently works as a Production Coordinator at Nitrogen Studios in Vancouver. Having worked on the feature film Sausage Party, he is currently involved in Guillermo Del Toro's Trollhunters television series. Liam is also a passionate independent filmmaker and is very interested by content on all platforms, including web series. This will be Liam's second year as part of the VWF team.
Amar studied Business Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he earned a peer award for distinct leadership. So it's only natural that he aspires to help lead the pack in any efforts to promote local entrepreneurs and creatives. He's organized a craft fair and web content screening event to do just that.
Amar is honoured and excited to help VWF coordinate an event featuring local YouTubers and content creators. He also writes for 604Now, a leading Vancouver online publication on the side of his government desk job.
Lori Watt is an award winning actress, producer and director based in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.
She is co-founder of Frolicking Divas, which recently brought the 1st Canadian production of Heathers the Musical to the York Theatre in Vancouver. Previous productions include The Odd Couple (female version), The Vagina Monologues, and Lascivious Something to name a few select credits.
Lori was also the co-founder of Exquisite Corpse productions with Matthew Seagle and Gregory Milne. This award winning team brought you such shorts as: Tained, Notes, Locker #5, martyr.com, It Starts with a Feeding, and Knights of the Eternal Truth Sword.
On screen you may have seen her in the Watchmen (Rorschach’s Mom), Hatt’s Creek, or the recently released Wrecker. Having just returned from Sundance, Lori is thrilled to be joining the Vancouver Web Fest team for 2016.
When not working in the private country club industry you can find Tony volunteering around town giving his time, energy and heart to causes near and dear to him and various community events. A cancer survivor for the past 7 years, Tony has spent a lot of his free time with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada helping raise awareness and giving support through his public speaking engagements and charity marathon and triathlon runs. He is also a huge supporter and volunteer with the Health Initiative for Men (HIM) Clinics through Vancouver Coastal Health and the Fraser Health Authority. He is also a supporter of Animal Rights and living a Vegan plant based lifestyle. This past year while volunteering at VIFF he met up with our own Executive Director Suzette and the two hit it off. He is now adding Vancouver Web Fest to his busy calendar of volunteering events! A native of Toronto, Tony now calls Vancouver home with his amazing partner Don and their beautiful daughter Maya. He is super excited to be joining our team this year!!
Cleo is an actor making her way in the Vancouver film industry for the last five years. She was lucky enough to have been part of the cast for “The Actress Diaries”, an Official Selection of VWF 2014. Her most recent work can be seen in the feature film “The Interview”. Not only does she enjoy performing, but Cleo also finds what goes on behind the scenes fascinating and therefore devotes some time working crew on certain projects as well. She loves being able to help tell amazing stories and hopes to create some of her own in the near future. Currently, she balances her time between training with some of the city’s talented instructors, seeing patients (she checks on people’s eyeballs!) and hitting up various dance classes.
Gordon Au is an event manager experienced in planning, operations, and logistics and works with event producers to execute their conferences, festivals, seminars, and live events. Gordon recently made the transition into events and has helped with the Car Free Day festivals, Big Data Week, Rifflandia, Music 4.5 seminars, Canada Day London celebrations, and the Juno Awards. He likes the challenge of pushing himself outside of his comfort zone with this transition and enjoys working in the creative and entertainment industries. Gordon most recently became the first paid staff member of the Car Free Day festivals where he will oversee and support all of the Vancouver festivals. Gordon is excited to be a part of the Vancouver Web Fest team.
Kristin Jackson is an accomplished graphic designer in print and web, working in the advertising, design, social media and corporate communications fields. She is the Director of Communications for Frostbite Pictures, and has contributed her design talents for the studio's slate of series, from pitch decks to title art.
She also manages the social media needs for Frostbite and several of the series, updating Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with news and announcements, engaging in fan interactions and creating artwork and graphics for the sites. Kristin has been working with VWF for four years, and is very happy to be able to lend her talents to the festival!
She entered social media in 2007 after fifteen years working on feature films (like Shooter and iRobot) where she learned from award winning production designers how to fully use visual elements to tell stories.
Stephanie offers to the VWF team her creativity and an eye on digital storytelling trends including the widely popular techniques of transmedia structure, alternate reality games and adding interactive components all with a hyper focus on engaging people not broadcasting to them.
She is an active member to entertainment connectors such as Backstage Vancouver, Crazy TV Talk Podcast and contributes to digital communities Vancouver Transmedia Group, The Social Media Club of Vancouver, the Women Talking Tech podcast among others.
So much more than a writer, actor, and travel host. Everything you need to know about me is on www.livingyourbest.net
Thanks to Suzette and Paula for bringing me on board! Super excited to be a part of the classiest web fest around. No joke.
Erika Thompson is a Vancouver based actor, choreographer, producer and director. She is a graduate of the acting program at Vancouver Film School and also holds a degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph. She was recently seen in the leading role for the musical Junk!, which premiered at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival and will be on stage again this November. She is also co-founder of the production company Hybrid Entertainment and has produced several short films and music videos including Fidelis Obinna’s first music video “Out There”.
With work experience in film/television, theatre and market research industries, Erika brings her creativity and passion to each new project. She is thrilled to be part of the Vancouver Web Fest team.
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