Bretten Hannam - Director/Writer/Co-Producer/Co-Casting Director  

Bretten Hannam is a Two-Spirit filmmaker of Mi'kmaw, Ojibwe, and Scottish ancestry living in Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) where he was raised. His films deal with themes of community, culture, language, and tradition with a focus on Two-Spirit and LGBTQ identity. He co-wrote the short CHAMPAGNE which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015 he wrote and directed a Telefilm Micro-budget feature, NORTH MOUNTAIN, a Two-Spirit thriller, which won Best Original Score at the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature. 

He is a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, Outfest Screenwriting Lab, and the CFC writer’s Lab. Brett regularly teaches writing and directing workshops at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, and in Mi’kmaw communities across Nova Scotia.

In 2017 he was selected as one of six filmmakers in Canada to attend the Whistler Film Festival’s Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship. Brett recently completed a short doc commissioned by Cinema Politica in the genre of Indigenous Futurism premiering this week in Montreal.


Gharrett Patrick Paon - Producer/1st Assistant Director/Co-Casting Director/Acting Coach   

Gharrett Patrick Paon is an actor-producer of Mi’kmaw and Acadian ancestry based in Toronto and Halifax. He is the founder of Rebel Road Films and a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s - Producer’s Lab (’17). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. 

Gharrett has appeared on screen in a variety of recurring roles including AMC’s Emmy-nominated series THE KILLING. His work on screen has been recognized with three ACTRA Award nominations for I AM SYD STONE, FORGIVE ME, and SEX & VIOLENCE. 

In 2016 Gharrett produced and production managed WILD WILD EAST and OCEAN PARKS, 12 hours of nature documentary television for Smithsonian Channel. He also co-produced 10 Minute Time Machine, which screened in the official selection of FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival. 

In 2017 Gharrett was the recipient of the prestigious Nova Scotia Talent Trust Young Artist of Excellence Award, and The Shelagh Mackenzie Filmmaking Award. 


Catherine Lutes - Director of Photography

Catherine Lutes, csc is an award winning cinematographer.  Her work has screened at international festivals including Sundance and TIFF, and spanned numerous mediums of visual art, including commercials, music videos, television shows including You Me Her, and Baroness Von Sketch Show; and films such as The People Garden (Best Cinematography - RIFF) Winter Buoy (best doc at Nordic international film festival),  and Molly Maxwell.  She currently has two feature films Patricia Rozema's Mouthpiece and Jasmin Mozaffari's Firecrackers, as well as Claire Edmondson's Short film Exit  which will all be premiering at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Virginia Kilbertus - Composer

Virginia Kilbertus is a composer for film, television and video games. She has worked with numerous prominent orchestras and ensembles in North America and Europe, including the Budapest Art Orchestra and Hilary Skewes studio orchestra at the renowned Air Studios in London, England. Kilbertus has scored multiple short films and video games by emerging filmmakers and game designers, and mentored with Canadian screen composer Rob Carli.

Kilbertus has continued to work with Carli and Jim McGrath. Her credits include work on Darken, directed by Audrey Cummings, and Tulips, Love, Honour and a Bike, by Mike van Diem, as well as original scores for the shorts, Without Arms, Irse, Una Ultima Noche, and the Easy Trigger indie video game, Westernland: Dust to Dust. Kilbertus holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from McGill University, where she graduated with a citation for Outstanding Achievement in Composition and was awarded the prestigious Helmut Blume Memorial Scholarship. She also holds a Master of Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games from Berklee College of Music.


Evan MacDonald - Composer  

Evan MacDonald is an award winning music composer based out of Montreal, Canada. Immediately after graduating from Berklee College of Music's Masters program in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games, he began working full time as a film and television composer. Evan has been lucky to have worked on projects that have premiered at Cannes international Film Festival to having music placed in ads during the Super Bowl. Evan was recently featured as a recipient for the SOCAN Young Foundation Award for Emerging Audio-Visual Composers which features Canada's top audio visual composer under the age of 30. 

His biggest accomplishment to date is recording in the legendary AIR Studios in London, England with a 55 piece orchestra consisting of musicians from the London Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as some of the top session musicians in the world. 

Always on the pursuit of perfection, Evan is most passionate in working with filmmakers who really believe in their craft. Evan thrives off of collaboration and the process of building a unique score for each and every project he is lucky enough to work on.


Lukas Pearse - Sound Design

Lukas Pearse is a bassist/media artist/composer/sound editor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

An award-winning film composer and member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Lukas  is an acoustic, electric and digital musician and sound artist with professional experience in a wide array of genres and creative forms.

Rooted in visual art as firmly as in music, Lukas Pearse also provides both improvised and composed live visuals for music, modern dance, fine art and theatrical events.

Since 2015, Lukas Pearse has served as the Artistic Director of the Upstream Music Association, founded in 1992, committed to the presentation of new compositions for improvising musicians, with a focus on large ensembles, as well as presenting the annual Open Waters Festival of New and Improvised Music.

With extensive teaching experience, Lukas Pearse is also a passionate educator both privately and through the artist-run Centre For Art Tapesand the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Shaun Rykiss - Editor

Shaun Rykiss graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology before attending Vancouver Film School to pursue a career in storytelling.

Following graduation, he began editing unscripted television for Rogue Productions, where he played an instrumental role in developing two award-winning one-hour docu-series, Jim Shockey’s Uncharted and Carter’s W.A.R. (Wild Animal Response), editing 19 episodes and serving as supervising editor for more than 60 hours of content.

Following his success in unscripted content, Shaun was selected as a 2017 Editor in Residence at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre (CFC) in Toronto, which he participated in with the generous support of the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund. Since graduation he has worked directly with such established filmmakers as Stephanie Morgenstern (Flashpoint, X Company), Megan Follows (Reign, Murdoch Mysteries), and Amy Jo Johnson (The Space Between, Flashpoint).

Doug Woods - Colourist & Online  

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Jon Mann - Production Coordinator

Jon Mann is a graduate of Acadia University (POLS, 2011) and the New York Film Academy (Screenwriting, 2013). In 2012, he wrote the documentary Drink ‘Em Dry which premiered at Harvard Law School, making Jon the youngest person in the school's history to present written work (at age 22). After Harvard, the film Drink 'Em Dry is now in universities and colleges in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. Drink ‘Em Dry was also nominated for Best Canadian Documentary at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (2012). In 2014, Jon completed his first feature-length documentary, Project Power, which follows the social movement against the sale of NB Power to Hydro-Quebec in 2010. In 2015 Jon co-wrote and directed the short-film Rearview which racked up wins and nominations at film festivals world-wide. In 2018, Jon and production partner Rob Ramsay's project Wolfville won the National Screen Institute's Totally Television program. Cahoots & Missy, written and directed by Jon, were released summer 2018

Jack Leahy - Key Grip/2nd Assistant Camera/Stills Photographer

Kelly Li - Continuity

Presently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies, Kelly Li is an aspiring filmmaker who loves film theory and production in equal measures. Having gained her start in filmmaking by working in the art department of the 2018 FILM 5 productions “Drown the Lovers,” “Greenness,” and “Passage,” Kelly continues to contribute to Halifax’s independent film scene as a set designer, continuity supervisor, props master, and set decorator..

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Sheldon Hachey - Sound Mixer

Co-founder of SoundBuds Recording, Sheldon Hachey has been a hard-working and relentless filmmaker since even before he graduated from NSCC's Screen Arts program in 2017. With a keen eye for filmmaking and an astute infatuation with gear/tech, Sheldon has never ceased working in the world of film. 

Known for his production management roles on Cinema 902 feature films including Dillon Garland's "The Last Divide", Chelsea Comeau's "Creepy Crawling", and Ron MacDonald's "Shadow in the Mirror", Sheldon has now shifted his career towards Production Sound, being recognized for his work on Jinos Akhtarkhavari's "The Party", Shelly Thompson's "Duck Duck Goose", and Connor Robins' "Love Letter". He still finds time for passion projects and has just completed his first stop motion film, and continues to involve himself in as many Nova Scotian productions as possible.

Burton Howell - Boom Operator 

Co-founder of SoundBuds Recording, Burton Howell is an up-and-coming filmmaker in Halifax. After directing his first short film at Brock University, he graduated after 3 years and returned to Nova Scotia. With a family deeply immersed in the world of film, Burton's unrivaled passion and entheusiasm on set shines through, and he has wasted no time getting involved in the NS film business. Providing assistance as a PA on numerous FILM 5 projects, Burton's filmmaking career snowballed, and he has quickly established a presence in Halifax. He is currently the dedicated Boom Operator for SoundBuds Recording and plans to continue to create quality content. 

As a new AFCOOP member and aspiring entrepeneur, Burton Howell is looking to make waves in the world of film.

Cynthia Amsden - Publicist  

With 200+ film/television credits to her name, Cynthia Amsden is known for her work as a unit and festival publicist. Credits include Kodachrome, Sleeping Giant, Hurt, Killjoys, fan-favorite Lost Girl and launching Orphan Black. She worked with Sarah Polley on Stories We Tell, Take This Waltz, and Away From Her. For Copperheart Entertainment, she worked on A Christmas Horror Story, Wolves, Haunter, 388 Arletta Ave. and Vincenzo Natali's Splice. For Blue Ice Pictures, she did Indian Detective, Madiba, The Book of Negroes, Cairo Time, The Bang Bang Club and Inescapable. She handled publicity on Guy Maddin's Saddest Music in the World, Brand Upon the Brain, and My Winnipeg. For producer Don Carmody, Amsden was the publicist for Goon, Silent Hill, Silent Hill Revelation 3D and Resident Evil: Afterlife. And a thousand years ago, she wrote the press kit for Bowling for Columbine..