Canadian Film Centre Announces 18 Storytellers Selected for 2023 Norman Jewison Film Program

Posted: Jun 21, 2023

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Toronto, June 21, 2023 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce the 2023 cohort of the Norman Jewison Film Program, an accelerated professional film program for emerging to mid-level Canadian directors, writers, producers and editors. Eighteen storytellers from across Canada have been selected for the 2023 program, which gets underway on the CFC campus in Toronto on July 10, 2023 and runs until December 14, 2023. The Norman Jewison Film Program is generously supported by Netflix, RBC Emerging Artists and Telefilm Canada, and program partners The Norman & Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation and the Government of Ontario.

“We are delighted to be welcoming these 18 storytellers into the 2023 Norman Jewison Film Program,” shared Kathryn Emslie, Executive Lead, Programs, CFC. “Their current body of work reflects imaginative, bold, personal, entertaining and far-reaching perspectives and stories. We are excited to support their creative voices and help expand their community and their reach.”

Throughout the 2023 program, these Canadian creators will advance their narrative storytelling skills, grow their body of work, build their creative community, and expand their career opportunities through a series of workshops, case studies, industry sessions, cross-program collaborations, and individual mentoring. 

Here are the 2023 residents of the Norman Jewison Film Program:

Directors’ Lab:

  • Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller (she/her)
  • Ian Bawa (he/him)
  • Leah Johnston (she/her)
  • Raghed Charabaty (they/them)
  • Yuqi Kang (she/her)

Producers’ Lab:

  • Isoken Ogiemwonyi (she/her)
  • Kevin Dong (he/him)
  • Lee Marshall (she/her)
  • Malachi Jamaal Ellis (he/him)
  • Nic Altobelli (she/they)

Writers’ Lab:

  • Kimberly Manky (she/her)
  • Margarita Valderrama (she/her)
  • Minh-Anh Vo Dinh (he/him)
  • Mitchell LeBlanc (he/him)

Editors’ Lab:

  • Arielle Skolnik (she/her)
  • Maria Bykina (she/her)
  • Mariana Urrutia (she/her)
  • Ted Husband (he/him)

The Norman Jewison Film Program elevates talented storytellers with bold voices and stories, who go on to become Canada’s leading content creators, cast and crew, business executives and industry leaders. Many of our nation’s acclaimed storytellers are alumni of this program, and the program continues to inspire the next generation of creators who are redefining how Canadian stories are told on screens around the world.

Learn more about the Norman Jewison Film Program here.

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About the CFC
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable cultural organization that drives the future of Canadian storytelling. Our intensive, hands-on programs in film, television, and entertainment technologies empower, shape and advance opportunities for Canadian creators and entrepreneurs working in screen-based industries. Learn more at


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