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Funding 101

  • NIFCO (Red House) 40 Kings Road St. John's, NL, A1C 1N7 Canada (map)

You have the idea, now you need the funds to make it happen. In an ever-evolving world of financing, we will be offering a panel with a focus on provincial and federal funding opportunities for film, television, digital media and web series.

Featuring representatives from the Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation, Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund.

This panel is FREE to attend!


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Dorian Rowe

Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation

Dorian Rowe is the Executive Director and Film Commissioner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, a Crown corporation of the province.

2017-18 was the best year ever for film and television activity in Newfoundland and Labrador, exceeding $50 million in production activity. Through the equity and tax credit programs, Dorian manages more than $8 million in provincial investments annually. These funds are an essential investment component of local screen productions, during a time when overall volume has increased dramatically, and resulted, last year, in the creation of more than 600 fulltime employment equivalencies.

As film commissioner for the province, Dorian represents the industry on a daily basis through partnership enquiries and has developed co-production opportunities at international markets and through screen industry missions he has led.

Prior to joining the NLFDC, Dorian worked extensively in production and post-production and as a show-runner in film and television, spearheading two documentary television series. He has served on the board executives of a number of organizations central to local creative industries. Nationally, he serves on the Association of Provincial Funding Agencies and is currently Co-Chair of the National Tax Credit Committee.

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Lori McCurdy

Telefilm Canada
Regional Feature Film Executive (Atlantic) / Director, Performance and Quality Management

Lori is the Telefilm representative for all feature film clients in the Atlantic region. Her mandate is to develop and support feature film talent (producers, writers and directors) in the Atlantic region, primarily through investment in an annual portfolio of projects with budgets less than $2.5 million.

Hailing from Nova Scotia, and having worked at Telefilm’s Halifax office for 21 years, McCurdy is well-known to the Atlantic industry. She has had hands-on experience with feature film, television, digital media and industry development. Her previous roles include Investment Analyst, Business Affairs Lead Analyst, Television Business Unit Director and National Officer, Industry Development. Lori is also a member of the Telefilm Corporate Services team in her role as Director, Performance and Quality Management.


Nathalie Clermont

Canada Media Fund
Nathalie Clermont has been working in the film, television and digital media industry for more than twenty-five years, with extensive experience in policy development and financing. Since joining the organization in 2007, she has been a key advisor on CMF policies and programs. She also ensures consistency in service standards and application processes for all CMF programs.

Prior to joining the CMF in March 2007 as Director of Program Management, Nathalie spent 15 years at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), where she was the team leader of the Business Affairs Unit, which was responsible for equity investment programs in cinema and television.

Nathalie holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal.


Robin Mirsky

Rogers Group of Funds
Robin Mirsky is Executive Director of the Rogers Group of Funds. Robin joined Rogers Communications in 1989. She is responsible for the Rogers Group of Funds, which includes the Rogers Telefund, a $32 million interim financing fund for Canadian independent productions, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, an $8 million equity investment fund for Canadian television and the Rogers Documentary Fund, a $2 million Fund that awards grants to Canadian independent documentary filmmakers. Collectively, these funds have provided more than $500 million in funding for Canadian independent productions.

Robin also sits on a number of industry related Boards such as the Banff World Media Festival and the Canadian Film Centre. She is currently co-chair of the Board of Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival in Toronto and a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Board of Directors.





Jennifer Hawley is a Producer/Production Manager based out of St. John’s, NL. In 2017 she was selected to participate in Telefilm and NIFCO’s Picture Start program, enabling her to produce the short film, Casey. Her short film has screened at both national and international film festivals and was selected as part of Telefilm’s Not Short On Talent program, where it screened during the short film corner at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2018 Jennifer was selected to participate in Telefilm’s Talent To Watch program with the feature film, Little Orphans. Jennifer and her team are set to begin production in spring of 2019. Jennifer is a board member for the Nickle Independent Film Festival.

Earlier Event: October 18
Thursday, October 18
Later Event: October 18
Lunch with the Filmmakers