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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.

Friday November 4th @ 9:00am - 4pm

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.