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Diversity in Film

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More and more, increasing diversity both in front of and behind the camera is being recognized as a pertinent issue in this industry. Join us for a candid discussion on diversity in the industry luminaries who have transformed the industry through championing gender parity and representation in television and film.

This panel will feature Aisling Chin-Yee (Fluent Films, co-creator of #AfterMeToo), Mehernaz Lentin (CBC Films), and Anna Serner (CEO, Swedish Film Institute). Moderated by Jan Miller (Trans Atlantic Partners).

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.



Anna Serner

Anna Serner is the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute since 2011. She has a LLM and has studied film, both practically and scientifically.

During Anna’s time at the Swedish Film Institute it has gone from being semi-private funding to all public funding. Since then the organisation has redone the funding schemes.

During the past seven years the work on gender equality has been focused and successful. During the same time Swedish film has improved remarkably in quality with many international successes such as Le Palme d’Or and Grand Prix in Cannes, Lux Prize and two nominations to The Academy Awards, among many others.

Photo by Marie-Therese Karlberg.


Aisling Chin-Yee

Aisling Chin-Yee is an award-winning producer, writer, and director based in Montreal, Canada. She is currently in post-production on her feature film directorial debut, The Rest of Us. Aisling founded Fluent Films in early 2016. She co-created, #AfterMeToo, aimed to analyze the issue of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. In 2018 she was selected for the 50 Women Change the World in Media and Entertainment in Hollywood.

Her feature drama The Day Between will be shot in 2018, and is executive produced by Jean-Marc Vallée, with the financial support of Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenberg Fund.

As part of our filmmaking community, Aisling often participates on international film and industry juries, like Fantasia, FIN, and The Toronto International Film Festival's Pitch This! Competitions. She is also a Berlinale Talent Alumni, a Rotterdam Producer's Network Alumni, a Tribeca Film Institute Alumni, and currently part of the prestigious Academy Women Director Mentorship Program. She is also on the board of Women in View.


Mehernaz Lentin

As Senior Director of CBC Films for Canada’s public broadcaster, Mehernaz Lentin is responsible for overseeing the funding and pre-licensing of Canadian features for broadcast and streaming on CBC platforms. An award-winning independent producer with over 20 years’ experience in the Canadian film and television industry, Lentin began her career at the Canadian Film Centre in 1990: working closely with Filmmakers in Residence, coordinating the Master Lecture Series and developing new programs to highlight the work of Canadian creators. Since then, she has worked with some of Canada’s leading filmmakers, with producing credits that include: Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015, Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell), Fall (2014, Terrance Odette), Invisible City (2009, Hubert Davis), Toxic Trespass (2007, Barri Cohen), and three Deepa Mehta features: Heaven on Earth (2008), The Republic of Love (2003) and Bollywood/Hollywood (2002).

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Jan Miller

Jan Miller draws from 25 years in the global marketplace as an international screen consultant, mission lead, connector and trainer. She is the Director of Trans Atlantic Partners and one of the top Pitching & Concept Development workshops globally. An architect of the international co-pro market Strategic Partners for 15 years, the National Screen Institute and Women in Film and Television- Atlantic, Jan also serves on the national Board of Women View and the Actors Fund of Canada. She presented two 5 Women in Focus editions for Women in View as well as organized the WIFT-AT Shadow Project for emerging female directing talent. Supporting talent is in Jan’s DNA, working with key industry players globally to connect projects and talent.

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