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10 to Watch: Emerging filmmakers talk financing in a system in flux

VIDEO: Kent Donguines, Malachi Ellis, Samantha MacAdam, Renuka Singh and Jadiel Dowlin discuss new decision-makers in the Canadian screen sector and the bumpy road to finance a project.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Renuka Singh

PRESENTED BY CBC: Since becoming a screenwriter in 2018, the B.C. writer has already worked with Lark Productions and Great Pacific Media, and now has a zombie-murder mystery in development.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Kent Donguines

PRESENTED BY CBC: The Vancouver-based producer has already landed on the radar of TIFF, Hot Docs and Netflix as he grows his production banner Aimer Films.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Jadiel Dowlin

PRESENTED BY CBC: The 22-year-old Emmy-nominated actor is already making a name as a screenwriter with a project in development with Sinking Ship and Nelvana.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: JJ Neepin

PRESENTED BY CBC: JJ Neepin is stepping into a new era in her filmmaking career, primed to tell hopeful stories from an Indigenous perspective.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Rob Michaels

PRESENTED BY CBC: The Iraqi-Canadian writer and creator has been rapidly rising behind the scenes. Now, Michaels is setting his sights on increasing Middle Eastern representation in Canadian TV.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Malachi Ellis

PRESENTED BY CBC: The eOne production coordinator has superheroic ambitions as an up-and-coming producer.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Jennifer Irons

PRESENTED BY CBC: At the peak of her writing career Irons made an unexpected pivot to represent the underrepresented with Canada’s first Black-owned film and TV literary agency.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Martha Hagos

PRESENTED BY CBC: Hagos’ career trajectory has evolved from a Corus intern to executive director of B.L.A.C.K. Canada and the Black Academy in a few short years, placing her at the forefront of a cultural shift in Canada.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Samantha MacAdam

PRESENTED BY CBC: Five years after making the leap from editor to filmmaker, MacAdam’s tenacity has kept her momentum building, attracting the attention of comedians such as Gerry Dee and Kevin Hart.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Tamar Bird

PRESENTED BY CBC: The first recipient of this year’s 10 to Watch is the powerhouse producer behind director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s award-winning and culturally impactful shorts.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Shazia Javed

The founder of prodco LifeSketch Media has recently seen success with her documentary 3 Seconds Divorce and her Breakthrough Development Award.