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Lunch with the Filmmakers

  • Rocket Bakery (Rocket Room) 272 Water Street St. John's, NL, A1C 1B7 Canada (map)

Join the team behind our Festival’s amazing opening night feature, An Audience of Chairs, for an intimate lunch panel where you can chat with the filmmakers and actors to discover the process, stories and secrets behind their work.

This panel will feature lead actor Carolina Bartczak, director Deanne Foley and film editor Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

Tickets must be purchased (reserved with a Delegate Pass) in advance through the LSPU Hall Box Office. Tickets are not available at the door and will be available for purchase until 12pm the day prior, subject to availability. Limited seating.


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Carolina Bartczak

Actor, Maura.

Carolina is a Canadian/Polish actor born in Germany. She studied arts in Lyon, France, and acting in New York. Carolina reached international audiences as the Marvel comic book character, Magda, the wife of Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. Carolina also works as a producer and is currently writing her first feature based on a favourite childhood novel. Carolina is also known for The Smurfs 2, Brick Mansions, and Maura in An Audience of Chairs.


Deanne Foley


DEANNE FOLEY is a Canadian feature film director-writer hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her debut feature film, BEAT DOWN garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction and won Best Debut at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival. Her sophomore feature, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and Best Canadian Feature at the Whistler Film Festival. Most recently, Deanne directed the dramatic award-winning feature film, AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Joan Clark, starring Carolina Bartczak (Xmen Apocalypse) and Gord Rand (Orphan Black). The film picked up four awards at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival 2018 including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. She also co-directed and co-wrote the award-winning, female-driven feature film, HOPELESS ROMANTIC starring Lynda Boyd (The Age of Adaline/Republic of Doyle).

She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada & Writers Guild of Canada.


Wiebke von Carolsfeld

Wiebke von Carolsfeld is a Montreal-based editor, writer and director. Marion Bridge, her critically acclaimed directorial debut, won many awards including Best First Feature at TIFF and Sudbury. Since, Wiebke wrote and directed Walk With Us, Stay and The Saver, which received nominations from the CSA, DGC, WGC, AIFF, winning among others Best Screenplay from the Chlotrudis Society. Wiebke has edited numerous features including Eisenstein (Genie Award Nomination), Fugitive Pieces and Audience of Chairs.

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Noreen Golfman


Noreen Golfman is the founding director and Chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world.

Now in its 29th year, the SJIWFF was created to support and promote women filmmakers and produces several screenings, workshops and other events throughout the year, culminating in a five-day annual film festival held in October in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Noreen is active in Canadian cultural issues; she is vice-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and chair of the board of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Since 2011 she has co-chaired the board of directors of Business and the Arts NL, an organization that brokers relationships and funding between the arts and the corporate/private sectors. She also writes on arts and culture in popular venues, and she has worked as a commentator, reviewer and performer for CBC radio and television. Dr. Golfman has received several awards including the Women in Film and Television WAVE Award, and she has been inducted into the NL Hall of Honour. Tongue in cheek, she is most proud of her Broadcasting Corporation Newfoundland Award for playing Ariel Flint on The Great Eastern!

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