Industry Sessions: Breakfast With Experts

Excellent Mentoring and Networking Opportunity


Enjoy a meal and conversation with the professional of your choice, each from a different corner of the filmmaking industry. These casual mentoring sessions are always incredibly valuable to both emerging filmmakers and film fans alike, so don’t miss your chance to listen and learn!

Your mentors are:

[Clockwise from L-R] Shelly Quade, Susan Curran, Greg Jeffs, Paige Murray, Craig Thompson, Kelly Payne

[Clockwise from L-R] Shelly Quade, Susan Curran, Greg Jeffs, Paige Murray, Craig Thompson, Kelly Payne

Craig Thompson

President and Executive Producer, Ballinran Entertainment, and with over 25 years’ experience in content creation, production and management, and more than a decade as a working journalist (CBC, CBC Radio (England), CTV). Craig specializes in Film and television production management, event management, financing, strategic and business consulting in the media industry. Recent feature documentary credits: Game Changers (2017), The Truth is in the Stars (2017), Mostly Sunny (2016), and Chaos on the Bridge (2014).


Shelly Quade

As manager of programs and development and TELUS partner liaison, Shelly helps coordinate NSI Features First and all TELUS STORYHIVE editions. She prides herself on organization and creative thought and particularly enjoys hearing other people’s stories. Based on the east coast, Shelly represents NSI from her office in Halifax, always looking for the next story to be told.

Susan Curran

With over 2 decades in the industry, Susan has worked as a marketing executive for BMG, Sony Wonder, Tower Records, Universal Music and Anchor Bay. As Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, her notable accomplishments include the release of over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over 100 of which were Canadian acquisitions, including hits like The Walking Dead, Three’s Company and Sesame Street. As VP of Marketing and Acquisitions at A71 and V71, Susan continues to champion new talent, enjoying the energy and ingenuity of the creative people she meets in the independent film community.

Greg Jeffs

An NSI Features First alumni, Greg has written and produced short films that have been broadcast, released theatrically and are available on iTunes. His short film, THE HUNT, was named the best short film of 2013 by RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE. His directorial debut, IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD premiered at the 2016 Horror Channel Fright Fest. Through his work with William F. White he helps new talent learn the industry procedures and develop a plan for their project that will help maximize the results.

Paige Murray

Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over eight years and is currently the Development Manager, Comedy and Drama for CBC English Television. As the key point of contact for comedy and drama submissions, Paige actively looks for new talent and projects and evaluates series pitches to fulfill CBC’s programming needs. Paige is also the programmer for Canadian Reflections, the longest running Canadian short film showcase on national broadcast television. Paige currently sits as Vice Chair of the Breakthroughs Film Festival Board. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women, trans and non-binary directors.

Kelly Payne

Ontario Creates (formally OMDC) supports the province of Ontario’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries. As Program Consultant, Film and Television Kelly brings over 20 years’ of industry experience to the administration and development of programs and strategies which help to drive innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Her portfolio includes the Film Fund, Industry Development and the Marketing and Distribution Initiative.

When: October 26th, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Where: Hilton Doubletree, Blakes

Tickets: $35, not included with Industry Sessions Passport.

Purchase your ticket here.