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Highlights from The Ontario Screen Creator's Conference on Oct 23rd


Forest City Film Festival 2021
presents the much-anticipated industry weekend

Ontario Screen Creator's Conference

OSCC takes place Thursday, October 21 - Sunday, October 24, 2021
with a special early program on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Full event details here.




Audiences can watch a case study on the successful 2020 film, BEANS, featuring key team members from the film. Inspired by true events, BEANS is about a Mohawk girl on the cusp of adolescence who must grow up fast and become her own kind of warrior during the armed stand-off known as the 1990 Oka Crisis.




Saturday, October 23, 2021

2:30PM - 4:00PM

RBC Place - 300 York St, London, ON N6B 1P8

In-Person Tickets are $25; available here.

Virtual Tickets are $15; available here.



Ontario Screen Creator’s Conference (OSCC) presents a live, in-person, and virtual conversation with Beans producer Anne-Marie Gelinas and co-writer, executive producer Meredith Vuchnich. Additionally, a pre-recorded interview with director and co-writer Tracey Deer and Vuchnich will be included in this event.

Beans is a coming-of-age story, inspired by co-writer/director Tracey Deer’s own experience as a 12-year-old Mohawk girl who had to grow up fast during the 1990 Oka Crisis, a 78-day armed stand-off between the Quebec/Canadian governments and the Mohawk who were peacefully protesting a golf course expansion that would desecrate their burial ground.

Beans bowed at TIFF 2020 and went on to achieve Berlin’s Generation Kplus Crystal Bear for best film, the Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture and Best First Feature, TIFF Emerging Talent Award (Deer), TIFF’s Canada Top Ten, second runner-up for TIFF People’s Choice Award, VIFF’s Best Canadian Film, VFCC’s One to Watch (actor Kiawentiio), DGC Discovery Award, and the feature film WGC Screenwriting Award.


Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer led the acclaimed dramedy MOHAWK GIRLS to five award-winning seasons as its co-creator, director, and co-showrunner. She received four consecutive Canadian Screen Award nominations for Best Direction in a Comedy Series for MOHAWK GIRLS, and she has been honoured at TIFF with the Birks Diamond Tribute Award. She recently returned from Los Angeles, where she was a writing co-EP on the Netflix/CBC series Anne with an E. She’s currently working on INNER CITY GIRL, a feature about Aboriginal gang life, with Original Pictures. Tracey’s work has been honoured with two Gemini Awards and numerous awards from multiple film festivals, including Hot Docs. She has worked with the CBC, the National Film Board, and numerous independent production companies throughout Canada in both documentary and fiction. Tracey chairs the Board of Directors of Women in View, a non-profit that promotes greater diversity and gender parity in Canadian media. She has mentored emerging talent as leader of the Director Training Program at the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, as a guest at the National Screen Institute (NSI) New Indigenous Voices Program, and as mentor at NSI’s new IndigiDocs training course


Anne-Marie Gélinas, founder of EMAfilms, has produced internationally recognized films that span the globe and appeal to international audiences. Her distinctive and diverse filmography includes award-winning drama (BEANS: TIFF, BERLINALE-CRYSTAL BEAR, CSA’S BEST MOTION PICTURE), documentary (CHIENNE DE VIE: HOT DOCS), and buzzy genre films (SLAXX: STIGES, FRIGHTFEST, TURBO KID: SUNDANCE, SXSW). 


Meredith Vuchnich is an award-winning Canadian screenwriter for film and TV. Her writing for television includes one-hour dramas (Regenesis, Remedy, Godiva’s, REMEDY, GODIVA’S) and half-hour dramatic comedies. As a creator, she has developed series with CBC, Global and YTV. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writer in a Dramatic Series and, with Tracey Deer, won the 2019 TIFF-CBC Screenwriter Award. She has a M.A. in theatre from Northwestern University and attended the Canadian Film Centre TV Writing Programme. Co-writing with Tracey Deer, their 2020 feature Beans had its World Premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. We list her credits as a Screenwriter first.


OSCC is a series of live events designed to educate, entertain and inspire emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. Each event features successful industry professionals sharing their experiences and insights through instructional dialogue, cautionary tales, and fascinating conversation. 

OSCC takes place on Thursday, October 21 - Sunday, October 24, 2021, with a special early program on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Full event details here.

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