After studying philosophy and cinema, Hany Ouichou cofounded the Art & Essai production company with Mathieu Denis in 2012. He produced more than 20 shorts and 5 feature films including Mutants (TIFF’s Best Canadian Short Film), I’ll End Up in Jail (Sundance, Clermont-Ferrand), Prank (Venice, Toronto), Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Berlinale, Karlovy Vary, TIFF’s Best Canadian Film Award), and Bungalow (Tallinn). In 2016, he was the recipient of the Emerging Producer Award handed out at the Toronto International Film Festival for “his unique creative vision and impressive talents”. In January 2020, he was named artistic director of the Montreal Video Coop.
From the Abenaki Nation, Kim O’Bomsawin is an award-winning scriptwriter, director and producer. She completed a Master’s degree in sociology before embarking on her documentary filmmaking career. Informing the public on First Peoples issues motivates her approach. The Red Line was her first film (2014). Since then, she wrote and directed feature documentary Quiet Killing which won the “Donald Brittain Award for Best Political and Social Documentary” (Canadian Screen Awards, 2018). With Terre Innue, O’Bomsawin made the documentary Teweikan Revived, which won a Gemini Award in 2019. She continued with the documentary Call Me Human which won several awards. O’Bomsawin also directed Telling Our Story and often gives lectures in schools and institutions on Indigenous cinema and issues that affect First Peoples.