CFC Celebrates 22/23 CBC Actors Conservatory and Bell Media Prime Time TV Program at Industry Showcase

Posted: Jul 17, 2023

CFC showcase group photo of actor residents 2022

Photography by @zeikgraphic

On July 10, 2023, we hosted the CFC Industry Showcase at TIFF Bell Lightbox, which honoured the work and success of the 22/23 CBC Actors Conservatory and the first-ever comedy cohort of the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program. The evening brought together a mix of industry folks and CFC talent for a special screening of 13 promos from the recent alumni of the CBC Actors Conservatory and the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program. Our newest alumni delivered an astounding 90+ minute lineup of original content that reflected their individual talents, voices and artistry. These talented creators (pictured above), have worked passionately throughout their CFC residency to create short cinematic pieces that illustrate the range and depth of their unique storytelling.

The evening kicked off with an introduction from CFC’s Executive Director maxine bailey, highlighting the organization’s commitment to the future of Canadian storytelling and its mission to support creators who represent the many communities from coast to coast to coast…  

The CBC Actors Conservatory is a renowned acting program designed to enhance an actor’s confidence, expand their onscreen portfolio and establish strong creative and industry partnerships. Throughout the course of the six-month program, these actors received tailored mentorship and participated in a series of intensive workshops, industry sessions and on-camera opportunities. Alsseny Camara, Augusto Bitter, Isabella Shibuta, Ivy Miller, Kat Khan, Leishe Meyboom, Rachael Dolan, and Riley Davis gave us a first look at their actors’ close-ups at the CFC Industry Showcase, which was a true testament of the value of their experience, and how far these artists have come in strengthening their skills and expanding their creativity. Watch the cohort’s showcase below. 

2022 CBC Actors Conservatory Showcase

The first-ever comedy cohort of the CFC’s Bell Media Prime Time TV Program officially launched in October 2022, welcoming six talented Black, Indigenous and People of Colour writers into this 5 ½ month program. During the first half of the program the writers worked as a professional comedy story room under the mentorship of award-winning playwright, actor and Kim’s Convenience co-creator, writer and executive producer Ins Choi developing his new show The Parks based on his hit play Bad Parent. The second half of the program saw the writers developing their own original series delivering pilot scripts and for some a produced proof of concept/TV Teaser. This program is recognized industry-wide for training TV series writers and developing new projects for the marketplace that help fuel the industry with more diverse and authentic comedic stories and storytellers. Ameera Siddiqui, Jackson Chow, Mona Hersi, Shirley Yip, and Vincent Lui showcased engaging (and hilarious!) TV teasers. Kanika Ambrose who also participated in the comedy cohort, was all smiles as she joined her fellow CFC colleagues in celebration of their hard earned success. Take a look at their series concepts and TV teasers below. 

2022 Bell Media Prime TV Comedy Showcase

To learn more about these CFC alumni, their body of work and their Showcases, please check out the link below.

22/23 CBC Actors Conservatory 

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

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