Evaluation Juries

A jury of experts evaluates all projects that apply for production support through our Experimental Stream and Aboriginal Program, using a criteria-based evaluation process. Projects are selected for support based on the results of this process, and available funding.

The jury provides an external perspective on innovation, and assesses the experience of the production and creative teams on their capacity to deliver the projects submitted for funding.

Evaluation Process

Successful applications are determined using a selective process in reference to an evaluation grid. The four basic assessment criteria and their respective weightings for funding are:

  • Experience and past achievements of the production/development team
  • Innovation and advancement of the project
  • The business plan, including the viability of the project and the financial stability of the applicant
  • The distribution strategy

The jury does not evaluate applications for development and marketing support.

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Carla Beauvais
Montréal, Canada

Carla Beauvais has made diversity and inclusion a major focus in her life. A columnist and social entrepreneur, she’s been tirelessly advocating for better representation and empowerment of Black and marginalized communities for more than 20 years.

A woman of strong convictions, Carla does not hesitate to use her voice for increasing awareness on issues of diversity and inclusion and in speaking out against social injustice. She’s regularly invited to share her opinions on relevant social issues and current events in the media. Her views and articles have been quoted or published in numerous publications including La Presse, Journal Métro (where she was a regular columnist from 2018 to 2020), Le Devoir, The Gazette, and HuffPost. More recently, she was a guest contributor to ICI RDI’s Zone Économie program hosted by Gérald Filion.

With her expertise and in-depth knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues, she’s also worked as a consultant to companies and organizations wishing to implement cultural diversity management programs. In order to better prepare her clients for introducing more inclusive practices, she completed a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University in New York in 2020 and is now in the process of obtaining her Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from Centennial College in Toronto.

Well-known for her commitment to and involvement with Black History Month, Carla was selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in 2013. In 2015, she was named one of top 100 news personalities of the year by The Montreal Gazette.

Carla has been a member of the Véro & Louis Foundation board of directors since 2020. The organization provides services to adults living with autism spectrum disorder. As a mother and someone with personal experience in dealing with the impact of autism, her goal is to help make a difference for families and youth struggling with the disease.

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Feven Ghebremariam
Montréal, Canada

Eritrean-born Feven Ghebremariam is a documentary filmmaker. Over the years, since graduating in communications and training in documentary filmmaking at the Institut national de l’image et du son, she has produced short films that shed light on issues of immigration, inclusion and language decolonization. Concerned about the lack of diversity in film and television, Feven co-founded Black on Black Films, a non-profit collaborative whose mission is to represent and professionalize Afro-descendant creators who wish to work in the audiovisual industry in Québec. Feven is currently developing her first feature-length documentary and recently created her own production company focused on developing powerful content that showcases the rich history and unique voices of underrepresented communities.

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Gentille Menguizani Assih
Montréal, Canada

Gentille M. Assih is the screenwriter and director of the film Sortir de l’ombre. After completing university studies in communications, human resources management, and screenwriting and documentary filmmaking, she immigrated to Canada in 2009 with three full-length documentaries and a short drama to her credit. In 2013, she obtained a Masters degree in cinema from UQAM. In addition to her work as a screenwriter and director, Gentille has been actively involved in television since 2013. She is currently executive producer at Untamed Productions.

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Lisa Valencia Svensson
Toronto, Canada

Lisa is an Emmy award winning producer and Acting Industry Programs Director at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. She was previously Head of Operations at Multitude Films, where she co-produced PRAY AWAY (Tribeca 2020), CALL CENTER BLUES (Academy Award Best Short Documentary shortlist 2021), and ALWAYS IN SEASON (Sundance 2019, Independent Lens). She produced CALL HER GANDA (Tribeca 2018, POV), which The Hollywood Reporter called “heartbreaking and inspirational.” Her first documentary HERMAN'S HOUSE (Full Frame 2012, POV) won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. Her second feature MIGRANT DREAMS (Hot Docs 2016, TVO) won the Canadian Hillman Prize and was a Top Ten Audience Favorite at Hot Docs. Other credits include THE WORLD BEFORE HER (Tribeca 2012, POV) and LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (CPH:DOX 2018).

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Mara Gourd Mercado
Montréal, Canada

Mara Gourd-Mercado is an Argentinean-Canadian arts manager specializing in film, television and digital media. In 2014, she joined the RIDM team as communications director and was executive director from 2015 to 2020. She is now executive director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television– Québec section.

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Mila Zuo
Vancouver, Canada

Mila Zuo is Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media studies at the University of British Columbia. She has written and directed short experimental narrative films and visual essays including Carnal Orient (2016) and Détourning Asia/America with Valerie Soe (2019) which have screened at international film festivals, theaters, art galleries, universities, and institutions which include Anthology Film Archives (NYC) and Slamdance Film Festival. Her most recent film Kin (2021) was awarded the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and is currently screening on the festival circuit, including Portland International Film Festival and Brooklyn Film Festival. Her forthcoming book, Vulgar Beauty: Acting Chinese in the Global Sensorium (Duke University Press, 2022) examines the affective world-making of global Chinese women film stars, and is accompanied by publications about independent Chinese cinemas, celebrity and performance, and racial affects.

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Ravida Din
Montréal, Canada

Ravida Din is a senior media executive and consultant with substantial experience in production and in strategic and financial planning. She formerly served with the National Film Board of Canada as an Executive Producer and then as Director of English Language Production. She has produced or executive produced numerous documentaries and interactive digital projects. Among her notable successes are the feature documentaries Pink Ribbons, Inc. (World Premiere, Toronto International Film Festival) which went on to become instrumental in the breast cancer activist movement in North American and Payback (World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival), the first film adaptation of a non-fiction work by Margaret Atwood. Din initiated and co- produced First Person Digital, an innovative training and production program for creators to explore new approaches to interactive digital storytelling. This program, in collaboration with Studio XX, a feminist media arts centre for women, fostered emerging talent and sparked creative collaborations between filmmakers and multimedia artists.

Ravida Din began her career in cultural, feminist and community organizations whose values continue to underpin her work in media. She has pioneered gender and racial equality programs. She is a Board Member for The Regina International Film Festival where she also serves as the programming director. Since 2015, she has been a Board Member for Just Vision, a Washington-based organization dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East by using media to mediate and bring together Palestinians and Israelis. Among her current projects is In Absentia, a ground-breaking digital work on femicide and violence against women and girls.

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Rinaldo Walcott
Toronto, Canada

Rinaldo Walcott is Professor of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a Full Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute; and a member of the Graduate Program at the Institute of Cinema Studies. From 2002-2007 Rinaldo held the Canada Research Chair of Social Justice and Cultural Studies at OISE.

Rinaldo is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003); he is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000); Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies (Insomniac, 2016). With Idil Abdillahi, he co-authored BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom (ARP Books, 2019). As well Rinaldo is the Co-editor with Roy Moodley of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2010).

Rinaldo’s teaching and research is in the area of Black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism. As an interdisciplinary Black Studies scholar Rinaldo has published in a wide range of venues. His articles have appeared in journals and books, as well as popular venues like newspapers, magazines and online venues, as well as other forms of media. His most recent books the Long Emancipation: Moving Towards Black Freedom from Duke University Press, 2021; and On Property (Biblioasis, 2021). He was born in Barbados.

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Stanley Péan
Montréal, Canada

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in the Saguenay region of Québec, writer and music lover Stanley Péan has published 25 works since 1988, in a variety of genres and styles including novels, short story collections, essays, and fiction for young readers. This playwright, literary translator and cultural journalist is host of Quand le jazz est là weeknights on Radio-Canada’s ICI Musique channel. His most recent work, De préférence la nuit (Les Éditions du Boréal, 2019), garnered the Académie des lettres du Québec’s Prix Victor-Barbeau and was among the finalists of the Governor General's Literary Awards.

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Zaira Zarza
Montréal, Canada

Zaira Zarza is a scholar and film programmer. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at Université de Montréal and is a member of the programming teams at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI). Zarza directed the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Film Festival in 2019. Her project Roots and Routes: Cuban Cinemas of the Diaspora is a travelling showcase featuring the work of Cuban migrant filmmakers.

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