Meet the funders

How to connect with funders, make meaningful partnerships and finance your stories. RIFFA invites filmmakers, producers and media industry professionals to an intimate discussion with leaders from Canadian funding agencies.

Location: Hotel Saskatchewan
8:30 am: Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am: Opening Remarks
Q & A
11 am: Closing Remarks


EMCEE & MODERATOR

Ravida Din

Ravida Din
Programming Director, RIFFA

Ravida Din is a senior executive with over 25 years of management experience in non-profit cultural, feminist and community organizations. She is an inclusive, values based leader with a deep commitment to positive and progressive social change. As a renowned Canadian film producer who formerly served with the National Film Board of Canada as an Executive Producer and as Head of English Language production, she has extensive experience in the production of documentaries, interactive digital projects, animation and alternative drama. 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.

panelists

Michael DeLuca

Michael DeLuca, Commercial Account Manager
RBC Media & Entertainment

Michael (Mike) DeLuca, as Commercial Account Manager at RBC Royal Bank, is one of three individuals across Manitoba and Saskatchewan to lead the RBC Media and Entertainment team with a personal focus on the Manitoba industry.

A passion for a thriving TV and Film industry in Canada, Mike has enjoyed collaborating with Producers to support them in accessing the advice they need in addition to the interim financing to help bring their projects to fruition.

With previous experience as a Director of Marketing & Communications for a mobile software and services company and as a Manager of Operations for a leading edge Canadian technology company in addition to the three years in his current role, Mike understands the importance of bridging the relationship between economics and the creative.

In addition to Political Studies, Mike studied film throughout his undergrad degree before successfully completing his MBA with the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in 2016. He has even written an hour long TV pilot!

Mike’s commitment to community crisscrosses several areas from culture to wellness to the arts. He proudly serves on the Board of Directors for The Sons of Italy Garibaldi Lodge, the Board of Directors for The Movement Centre of Manitoba, and the Governance Committee for On Screen Manitoba.

Having attended the Gimli Film Festival, Yorkton Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the REEL Pride Film Festival, Mike is excited to make his debut at the Regina International Film Festival and Awards.

Valerie Creighton

Valerie Creighton, President and CEO
Canada Media Fund

Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last 30 years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.

Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms. Valerie has taken part in foreign trade missions, and been recognized with numerous awards nationally and from her home province of Saskatchewan, where she owns and operates the Red Horse Ranch.

Most recently she was invested into the 2016 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, was named one of 2016’s 20 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter, and was awarded as the Honorary Maverick for the 2017 Female Eye Film Festival.

Robin Mirsky

Robin Mirsky, Executive Director
Rogers Group of Funds

Robin Mirsky is Executive Director of the Rogers Group of Funds. Robin joined Rogers Communications in 1989.

She is responsible for the Rogers Group of Funds, which includes the Rogers Telefund, a $32 million interim financing fund for Canadian independent productions, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, an $8 million equity investment fund for Canadian television and the Rogers Documentary Fund, a $2 million Fund that awards grants to Canadian independent documentary filmmakers. Collectively, these funds have provided more than $500 million in funding for Canadian independent productions.

Robin also sits on a number of industry-related Boards such as the Banff World Media Festival and the Canadian Film Centre. She is currently co-chair of the Board of Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival in Toronto and a member of Television’s Board of Directors.

Robin Mirsky

Christa Dickenson, Executive Director
Telefilm Canada

Christa Dickenson is the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. She has over two decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an un-paralleled talent for innovation coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is a highly effective screen-based industries advocate and spokesperson. In addition to a professional background spanning both the creative and business sides of the broadcast, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media industries, Ms. Dickenson has a BAH and Masters of Fine Arts in Film Studies.

Greg Magirescu

Greg Magirescu, CEO
Creative Saskatchewan

Greg Magirescu’scareer portfolio embodies over 35 years in the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Canada and abroad. He has managed small, medium and large-scale events, from community arts programming to overseeing the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games’ Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. He has worked as a touring recording artist, composer/arranger, producer, actor in theatre, film and television, and has crossed over into arts management, both in the non-profit and government sectors at the municipal and provincial levels. He is a cultural strategist and has drafted cultural and social policies/plans for the City of Mississauga, New Westminster (BC), Metro Vancouver, Harbourfront Corporation, the Royal Ontario Museum, Prison Fellowship International, and the United Way of Prince Edward Island. He is a past director on the Board of the Kelowna & District Arts Council, member of the Metro Vancouver Regional Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Board Chair of Culture PEI (now Creative PEI), and is a member of the Association of Provincial Funding Agencies. Greg lives in Regina, where he currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Saskatchewan.