Orla Garriques

Orla Garriques

Affiliated Program

ASTOUND Initiative, Fifth Wave BIPOC Advisory Committee

Biography

Orla Garriques (she/her) is a multi-faceted professional working at the intersection of film, television, digital media, arts and education.

Working with award-winning production companies in development, business affairs, marketing, digital content and audience engagement, her Film/TV credits include: Little Mosque on the Prairie,Designer Guys, Style Dept., Guns, Skin Deep, Jozi-H and Love Jacked.

She has delivered initiatives promoting Canadian content and talent abroad for leading media institutions The National Film Board of Canada, South African Documentary Filmmakers’ Association, Revue Noire France and has programmed films and forums at Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Reelworld, and Durban FilmMart.

A self-professed black-girl nerd, Garriques has produced / collaborated on several DM projects including DruMeBa developed at CFC Media Lab and MaRS Institute; NFB’s award-winning I Was Here and Street HealthSite+Sound DM series with Kat Cizek; Little Mosque’s first digital project. She is currently working with June Givanni and King’s College London on the Pan Africa Cinema digital archive.

She co-founded the youth MIC Mentorship program providing in-field training and access, has facilitated the MaRS Future Leaders Kid’s Boot Camp, the StArt program for underserved youth and workshops for professionals.

Orla is the Marketing Director for Inner City Films, overseeing marketing, exhibition and export strategy for film and tv properties. She sits on the board of The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the Advisory council of the Centre for Study of Black Canadian Diaspora, and the Advisory committee of CFC Media Lab Fifth Wave for female digital entrepreneurs.