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The annual SWIFF Industry Summit helps connect young professionals from the community with established leaders in the field. Featuring interactive workshops and masterclasses led by experts from different facets of the industry, the summit is a great way to engage with successful creatives and learn more about careers in the arts. Events for this year's summit (November 3rd-6th 2022) will be announced later this fall. 

Last year's workshops included Directing & Acting with filmmaker/actors Joey Klein and Star Slade; Documentary Filmmaking with award-winning director/producer Hugh Gibson; and Work in Film with the Directors Guild of Canada.

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& Acting


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Filmmaker/actors Joey Klein and Star Slade lead this workshop on how to foster evocative and efficient on-set communication. Through a series of interactive demonstrations, Joey and Star will introduce the “5 Super Objectives” that drive character 'fight' and motivations, and will teach techniques on how to direct and operate as actors in a particular scene. The action will be broken down into individual moments and beats through participants working through the scene with Joey and Star, supporting collaborative performance to mimic a real on-set environment.

Thursday November 18th @ 9:30am

Sarnia Public Library

Presented by the DGC Ontario

Joey Klein is an acclaimed director, writer, and actor from Toronto. Joey’s directorial debut, The Other Half, premiered in competition at South By Southwest 2016. His second feature as a writer/director, Castle in the Ground, premiered to universal praise at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019 before playing numerous other festivals (including SWIFF 2019) prior to its wide release. Joey has also received widespread acclaim for his acting, including an ACTRA Award for Best Male Performance in We're Still Together (2016). 


Star Slade is an emerging Toronto-based actor originally from Alberta. Star is best known for playing the role of Luna in four seasons of Burden of Truth on CBC, as well as performances in Netflix's Frontier (opposite Jason Momoa) and feature film Castle in the Ground.

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Hugh Gibson is a Toronto-based director, writer, and producer. His debut directorial feature, The Stairs (2016), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Toronto Film Critics Association Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. Other credits include A Place Called Los Pereyra (2009, producer), which premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and the short films A Tomb with a View (2014, producer) and Hogtown Blues (2004, director), both of which also played at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Award-winning director/producer Hugh Gibson will lead a workshop on independent, DIY filmmaking, with a particular focus on documentary techniques. The workshop will include a case study from Gibson's acclaimed feature film, The Stairs, plus discussion of practical approaches with hands-on, interactive components. Gibson will answer questions and provide tailored feedback and guidance.

Friday November 19th @ 10am

Collide (148 Front St. N)

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Work in Film

with the DGC


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Join David Seymour and Zoe Georgaras as they provide an introduction to the Directors Guild of Canada, along with an overview of steps to work in the booming world of film and television. David and Zoe will introduce you to the Guild’s Apprentice Program, in which you’ll learn about on-set roles including Assistant Director, Production Designer, and Production Accountant, among many others. They’ll also cover options for joining the Guild, and the advantages of becoming a DGC Ontario Member or Apprentice. A Q&A period will follow the presentation.

Friday November 19th @ 1:30pm


Presented by the DGC Ontario

David Seymour is the Director of Member Services at Directors Guild of Canada, Ontario District Council. Prior to his position as a senior staff member, David worked in the film industry in various capacities for 20 years, predominantly as an Assistant Director.

Zoe Georgaras is the newest addition to the membership department taking on the role as Outreach and Apprentice Coordinator for the Directors Guild of Canada, Ontario District Council. Zoe is an artistic person with a passion for travel and film. She has lived, worked and studied in France, The Netherlands, Mexico and across Canada as an Actor and Director in theatre and film.  She also has 15 years of customer service experience in film and arts festivals as well as the hospitality industry.