Festival Committee

The Durham Region Film Commission brings this exciting event to Durham Region with the wonderful support of a volunteer committee who are very passionate about showcasing the film industry and talented artists. They are dedicated to the education, growth and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset, honoring the creative spirit and believing that film can effect positive change.

Eileen Kennedy Eileen Kennedy

Eileen is an Economic Development Officer and Film Liaison for The Regional Municipality of Durham with experience in sector development, event management, promotions and business relations. With a passion to grow the film, television and digital media sector in Durham, Eileen believes the film festival is a great opportunity to foster a community that is more artistic, engaged and enlightened.

Kristyn Chambers Kristyn Chambers

As Tourism Co-ordinator for The Regional Municipality of Durham, Kristyn has more than 10 years of experience in community events, marketing and promotion, and business relations. As a longtime resident of Durham Region, Kristyn is proud to promote the area to residents and visitors and assist business owners and organizations in their promotions.

Stephanie Herrera Stephanie Herrera

Stephanie Herrera's work in the arts has led to multiple nominations and awards including a Canadian Comedy Award nomination and the Art of Transition Best Entertainment Award. Stephanie is an accomplished writer and as an actor has performed in a plethora of TV, film, commercials, theatre, improv and sketch shows, including Tony and Tina's Wedding at Second City and as a main-stage performer of TheatreSports Toronto. She is a voice-over actor and was a co-host on the several shows on Rogers TV as well as the community producer and host of Stephanie's Comedy Chat and A Night with Colin Mochrie. She is the founder of Durham Improv & Acting Studio where she has had the opportunity to teach thousands of people and has shared the stage with Canadian greats such as Colin Mochrie, Patrick McKenna, Peter Wildman, and Linda Kash. Her greatest accomplishments are her four, overly dramatic children.

Carla Sinclair Carla Sinclair

Carla has dedicated her career to working in the cultural sector as a filmmaker and advocate for the arts.

Hand-picked from British Columbia, she was recruited to Empty Cup Media in 2008 and is now partner in the Durham-based company. Since graduating from film school in 2007 Carla has worked in radio, television, education and is currently senior management at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.

Sinclair sits on many arts based committees in addition to the Durham Region Film Festival including Advisory Chair for The School of Media, Art and Design at Durham College, The City of Oshawa’s Cultural Summit Planning Team, and Community Forums Group (a sub-committee of Oshawa's Cultural Leadership Council).

Emily Barker Emily Barker

Emily works as a Clerk for the Region of Durham and has over 10 years of experience planning events, projects and serving the public. As an award winning screenwriter, Emily has a passion for the film industry and has worked a variety of roles both behind the scenes and on camera. As life-long Durham Region resident, she is passionate about the growth and success of Durham Region and proud to be a part of the second annual Durham Region Film Festival.

Greg Murphy Greg Murphy

Greg is an artist/educator currently serving as the Dean of the School of Media, Art and Design at Durham College. His paintings can be found in many public and private collections including the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. Greg is past President and Treasurer of the Heads of Media, Arts and Design (HOMAD) for Colleges Ontario and serves on the boards of the Durham Culture Collective, Oshawa Cultural Leadership Council and the Whitby Station Gallery.