December 1 to 4, 2023


Co-presented by

BIPOC Filmmakers and Television show writers continue to fight against “Racebending” The changing of a character's perceived race or ethnicity during the adaptation of a work from one medium to another. This has been a longstanding practice to discriminate against people of colour historically used in Hollywood and also seen here in Canada. This panel will discuss what can be done to ensure that the casting remains consistent with the creator’s vision.

Moderator: Karen King - CEO of Productions Without Borders, MCATD

She is s a seasoned veteran of the film and tv industry who commissioned and supervised the development of 15 lifestyle, drama & comedy series including, Da Kink in My Hair and Combat Hospital.


Corey Bowles: Multidisciplinary Artist

From Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, Corey is most known for “Cory” in the TV series TRAILER PARK BOYS. He currently serves as a director, receiving a nomination for the 2016 DGC award for Outstanding Direction in a comedy series. As principal choreographer and director of the companies Verve Mwendo Dance, and Black Rabbit Entertainment, he has created over 70 works/choreographies for stage and film.

Stefan Varna: Film Director

He has been active in the Montreal film community as a Director, DOP, Scriptwriter. His creations cover many genres such as documentaries, dance films, music videos and fiction films.

Marsha Greene: Showrunner, Writer and Producer

She has written for Global’s Private Eyes and Departure, ABC’s Ten Days In The Valley, and CBC’s hit series Coroner. Notably, Marsha was the showrunner for the third season of Global/Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed drama Mary Kills People, for which she’s earned three Canadian Screen Award nominations. .

Sudz Sutherland: Award-winning Writer and Director

Sudz works on both sides of the fence as a freelance writer and director for TV dramas and feature films. Sudz’s latest feature film, Home Again, won the prestigious PAFF‐BAFTA Festival Choice Award in Los Angeles and was recently nominated for Best Direction from the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC).