December 1 to 4, 2023


Music videos are a unique blend of artistry, storytelling, and technical finesse, and the combination of multifaceted skills, from cinematography and editing to direction and choreography, are essential to be successful in this endeavor.

What ignites the spark of creativity in music video production? Our panelists will share their sources of inspiration, from music itself to visual arts, culture, and everyday life. Explore the alchemy of transforming sound into compelling visuals.

With so many varied references infusing ideas into a music video, Diversity is vital in making them successful. We will explore how inclusivity enhances storytelling, bringing authenticity, resonance, and fresh narratives to the forefront. This conversation will delve into the impact of diverse casting, directing, and production on the final visual product.


Ian Steaman, Writer & Producer

Ian Steaman is a recovering music industry executive turned award-winning screenwriter & producer. A 2020 graduate of the CFC Bell Media Prime Time TV program he has since gone on to develop Deadstock, an original half-hour workplace comedy with CBC. He has also completed stints as Story Editor for the interconnected family comedies, The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker, Junior Story Editor for CBC’s Pretty Hard Cases and Executive Story Editor on the NBC Peacock family comedy, Take Note, the episode which he wrote solo (“Growth”) was selected for the Best Live Action Scripted (9+) award at the 2023 Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence. Most recently he was also nominated for a 2023 Canadian Screen Award for his role as a producer on the inaugural Legacy Awards for CBC and taken on additional producer duties for the short films, Best Self (2021), Life’s A Blur (2022) and Woman Meets Girl (2023).


Cazhhmere, Director

Cazhhmere Downey is an international award-winning director. With over 200 videos under her belt, she has directed artists ranging from Kardinal Offishall to the Backstreet Boys. Cazhhmere attended the CFC’s Directors' Lab and the WBD Access x Canadian Academy Directors Program. She directed on SHELVED (CTV), MURODCH MYSTERIES (CBC) and is completing a 4-part documentary series SOUNDS BLACK (Corus).

Odartey Oryee, Director

Odartey's visual language is infused with his deep appreciation for art, culture, and storytelling. He has a keen eye for detail and a talent for capturing the essence of his subjects through photography and film. Often highlighting stories that shape his community and lived experiences.

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