Life is back on the streets and in the theatres of Toronto! The Ekran Award Jury is rolling up their sleeves and preparing to view & select the best feature film, documentary and short from Ekran’s 5 day Polish Film Festival at the Revue Theatre. The wide array of films is very exciting and our decision making will be tough!
How does the jury decide? These are the key factors: Artistic excellence, impact, originality and relevance to today’s Poland. Naturally, Ekran has a People’s Choice Award where the whole audience gets to vote.
We hope to see you all at The Revue! Here are the members of The Ekran Award Jury:
Ottie Lockey has lived in Toronto since 1978 with her Poland born spouse Eve Zaremba. Her short films, shot in Poland, have screened in Toronto, Vancouver and at the University of Warsaw. For several years Ottie has served Ekran - Toronto Polish Film Festival - both as a board member and as Jury Chair.
B.A., LL.B., is a retired lawyer, writer, film and video critic and a film festival consultant.
Anne Marie Perrault
President of AMP Talent Group Inc, a multi award winning Toronto based talent agency since 2004, Anne Marie represents leading talent in Film & TV Canada. In addition, Anne Marie is the President of the Canadian Actors Symposium, a mentorship and educational event in support of actors in the Film and Television Arts.
Language scientist, born and raised in Szczecin, Poland, home of the world's oldest continuously running cinema.
Margaret P. Bonikowska
Dr. Margaret P. Bonikowska is an award winning journalist (press, radio, TV), podcast producer (English language POLcast, linguist, English teacher, author, educator, and community & human rights activist. She is the editor-in-chief of the daily "Gazeta" (www.gazetagazeta.com), which for nine years organized the annual Toronto Polish Film Festival, several Canadian Polish film premieres and many Polish film promotion projects, all co-organized and hosted by Margaret.
In 1991, Butch Kaplan began producing both feature films and television. His fluency in foreign languages (French, Hebrew, Spanish) and understanding of local customs has enabled him to work in many different parts of the world including Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia and Canada. His credits include Babylon A.D., John Q, Pamiętnik, Devs, The Mosquito Coast, Fear The Walking Dead.
Katie Uhlmann is an award-winning actor, writer and director. She is best known for her role as Candy Kemper on NBC/Global's hit medical drama, NURSES. She is also known for her talk show, KATIE CHATS, where she interviewed over 3000 professionals working in film and tv.