Albert Nerenberg is an acclaimed director, journalist, and Laughologist, one of the world’s top experts on laughter. He directed Laughology, the first feature documentary on laughter for CTV in 2009 and Stupidity, the first featured documentary on Stupidity in 2007. Nerenberg is the inventor of the Ultimate Laughter Championships and is a frequent keynote speaker. He is currently working on a film about the true nature of hypnosis. As a Laughologist, Nerenberg was the recipient of France’s Rire D’Or Award for contribution to the understanding of laughter and was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and wellness in 2012 by



    [ALEX JANSEN image]
    Alex Jansen is owner and operator of Pop Sandbox, a multimedia production and publishing company with a central focus on graphic novels and film. He founded the Kingston Canadian Film Festival in 2001 and directed the first few years of the event.
    Pop Sandbox' inaugural release was the ground-breaking 300-page journalistic comic book, KENK, which had its highly publicized premiere during Hot Docs and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 2010. It was the first graphic novel ever excerpted nationally by the Globe & Mail and the first graphic novel to be featured on the cover of Now Magazine, Canada's biggest weekly newspaper. KENK was recently named a Best Book of 2010 by Quill & Quire, Canada's top literary magazine, and was a special presentation at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam. It is currently being developed into a fully animated film.
    Pop Sandbox' second release is The Next Day, both a traditional print graphic novel and a robust interactive animated web documentary being co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada, and they have two further projects slated for 2011 release. Prior to launching Pop Sandbox, Jansen spent four years managing home entertainment with Mongrel Media, Canada's premiere independent and foreign film distribution company.
    In addition to his extensive distribution background, Jansen was Co-Producer of the feature film WALK BACKWARDS, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001.

    [ANDREW GURNEY image]
    Andrew Gurney is a Toronto-Based Picture Editor, Production Coordinator for KCFF and a Queen's University alumnus. Andrew has been involved with more than a dozen television series including Splatalot - a medieval themed reality series that has aired in over 100 countries - and Japanizi, a new game show now airing on YTV and Disney XD in the United States. Andrew is currently in post on a new series for Cottage Life - Dining INNvasion - set to air this Spring.

    Andrew Lockington is the composer of “Siddarth,” screening at this year’s festival. He has been writing music for feature films and television since 1997. Andrew was awarded “Breakout Composer of the Year” by the International Film Music Critics Association in 2009, and has also composed music for “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” “Primeval: New World,” and “Journey To the Center of the Earth.” Andrew divides his time between Los Angeles and Toronto with his wife and three children.

    [BRENT NURSE image]
    Brent Nurse has an eye for the compelling secrets and dark or interesting spots of our souls that sends us on journey's we can't stop watching. Aside from Funny Thing About Coffee,  Brent's work has included the internationally released 21 Brothers (Guinness record winner), Do the Right Thing/Sesame Street, An Undertaking, and the YouTube Viral video, Out For A Rip.  

    [BROOKE BUNDY image]
    Brooke Bundy is an American actress who has appeared in a number of film and television shows, including “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One,” the “Mission Impossible” television series, and the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. Brooke was a producer on the film "The Dirties", screening at KCFF'14.

    [CALVIN THOMAS image]
    Calvin Thomas’  independent feature “The Oxbow Cure” is screening at this year’s festival. Described by The Globe and Mail as a “potent and poetic piece of portraiture”, the film premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival earlier this year. Both natives of Toronto, Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas also worked on the feature “Amy George,” which gained attention internationally at festivals and nationally as a TIFF selection.

    Christian Kelley (Shorts Programmer) currently works for Bell Media in the programming department for Space, The Comedy Network and Comedy Gold. He’s previously directed a CBC Bucky Award-nominated music video for Born Ruffians, appeared as a sarcastic video store clerk* on HBO (“Good Dog/God”) and spent last summer coaching a ragtag softball team to an impressive 2nd place finish (in their division). He was born and raised in Carleton County, New Brunswick, hopes to own a dog before the year is over and loves movies of all durations.

    [DON MCKELLAR image]
    Since his entry into Canadian cinema, McKellar has been involved in numerous projects. He appeared in Atom Egoyan's films The Adjuster (1991) and Exotica(1994), the latter of which earned him the Genie for best supporting actor. McKellar collaborated with François Girard, authoring the screenplays for his films Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1992), and the Academy Award winning (Best Original Score) The Red Violin (1998). He also appeared alongside Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh in David Cronenberg's 1999 film eXistenZ.
    McKellar has emerged as a filmmaker in his own right; his directorial debut, Last Night (1998), garnered impressive critical acclaim, winning the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival and the Claude Jutra Award at the Genies. In 2001 he played the role of Oliver Tapscrew in the TV children's drama series I Was a Rat, whilst in 2004, his second film, Childstar, opened at the Toronto International Film Festival to enthusiastic reviews.

    [INGRID VENINGER  image]

    KCFF ’14: The Animal Project

    Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid formed pUNK Films Inc. with a ‘nothing is impossible’ manifesto. In 2012, she was awarded the Jay Scott Prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association and executive produced 5 features films for $5000, launching the 1KWAVE in Toronto. Since 2008, Ingrid has produced six feature films: ONLY (TIFF 2008, Rome, Slamdance), NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (TIFF 2008, 10 Genie Nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw), MODRA (TIFF 2010, Canada’s TOP TEN), i am a good person/i am a bad person (TIFF 2011, MoMA, Goa), THE END OF TIME (TIFF 2012, Locarno, IDFA), and THE ANIMAL PROJECT (TIFF 2013, Whistler, St. John’s Int’l Women’s Film Festival, Cucalorus, Bratislava, Goa, Sarasota, FEMCine Santiago, Nashville).
    Twitter: @punkfilmsnow #theanimalproject



    [JACOB SWITZER  image]
    Jacob Switzer is a Canadian actor. He is starring in “The Animal Project” at this year’s festival. Jacob has starred in several features, shorts and television series, including “Hemlock Grove,” “i am a good person/i am a bad person,” “Only” and “Hidden Driveway”.

    [JAMES STEWART image]
    James Stewart is an award-winning director, storyteller, artist, digital innovator and multi-platform visual designer whose work ranges from mobile to giant screen, and from viral to stereoscopic 3D museum installations. Through his production company, Geneva Film Co. in Toronto, Canada, James has created work using 3D, 4D, gesture control, stop-motion animation and immersive environments. James’ projects include 3D work for Samsung, Toyota, Lexus, Sprint and JCPenney; Ontario 4D, produced for the Ontario Pavilion at the Vancouver Olympics and two live 3D concert films of Montreux Jazz Festival.  His 3D work on Werner Herzog’s Cave Of Forgotten Dreams won the Lumiere Award from the International 3D Society was called “the reinvention of the cinema medium”.  In 2012, he produced the world’s first gesture-controlled 3D cinema experience for the US launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3. His new art film, Béatrice Coron’s Daily Battles – based on Coron’s papercut artwork - premiered at TED2013 and is currently playing at film festivals and museums worldwide. James’ award winning 3D stop-motion short film Foxed! is currently playing at film festivals. As a director and artist, James has been featured in Shots magazine, the Directors issue of SHOOT magazine, is a six-time speaker at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, and presented the TEDTalk Storytelling in the Next Dimension at TED2011. 

    [JASON ANDERSON image]
    Director of Programming for KCFF, Jason Anderson also writes about film regularly for The Grid, the Toronto Star, Cinema Scope magazine and He also teaches at Innis College at the University of Toronto and is the author of the novel "Showbiz."

    [JASON LAPEYRE image]
    Jason Lapeyre’s feature film directing credits include I DECLARE WAR (2012), COLD BLOODED (2012), as well as Faceless (2012), a documentary about an inpatient psychiatry unit, which played at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. His films have been shown in over 25 film festivals around the world and have been broadcast in Canada and the UK. He also produced the short film, THE CAPTURED BIRD.

    [JASON NOBREGA image]
    A graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design, Jason Nobrega is an artist and animator with a focus on video post-production and painting. The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is thrilled to have Nobrega on board for three animation workshops this year.

    Jeffrey Mueller is the producer and director of “Earl’s Flying Lessons,” an animated series screening at this year’s festival. He is the owner and president of Magpie Entertainment, a Vancouver-based production company. Jeffrey worked as a VFX/Rigger on “Pompei,” which will be coming to theatres this year, and has also worked on a number of television series including “Covert Affairs”, “Reign”, “Lucky 7” and “Warehouse 13." 

    [JO-ANNE MCARTHUR image]
    The We Animals project was created by award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur who has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over one hundred animal organizations, among them Igualdad Animal, Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from her photography. Many organizations continue to work closely with Jo-Anne on campaigns and investigations. Recent awards and accolades include the 2013 Compassion for Animals Award; the 2011 Canadian Empathy Award (art category); one of CBC's Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary's 2010 "Friend of Farm Animals" award; HuffPost WOMEN's "Top 10 Women trying to change the world"; one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior; and the "Shining World Compassion Award" by Supreme Master Ching Hai. Jo-Anne is the subject of Canadian film maker Liz Marshall's celebrated documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine and her first book, also entitled We Animals, was published by Lantern Books in 2013. She hails from Toronto, Canada.

    [KARA HAFLIDSON image]
    Kara Haflidson is Production Executive, Factual & Comedy in Bell Media’s Independent Production Unit. In this role, Kara overseas the development and production of original Canadian series across Bell Media’s family of channels including CTV, COMEDY, E! and most recently TMN. In her tenure as Production Executive, Kara has launched several new series across conventional and specialty. CTV has launched the quirky half hour comedy SATISFACTION, and the soon to be launched multi-cam comedy SPUN OUT. Kara’s projects on Bell Media specialty channels include BRAVE NEW GIRLS, POP QUIZ and MATCH GAME. In 2013 Kara was listed as one of Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Canada List of emerging power players with potential to be tomorrow's industry leaders.

    [KAREN WALTON image]
    Karen Walton is an award-winning screenwriter and producer working in film, television and online media. She’s best known for penning the cult-hit horror film, GINGER SNAPS. Her most recent work appears on the critically-acclaimed Canadian television series, ORPHAN BLACK. An ardent advocate for the professional arts – and particularly community engagement among artists. Karen founded a popular, online network of ‘Canadian screenwriters & their sketchy friends’ called inkcanadain 2007. She currently resides in Toronto with the best cat ever.

    [KATHY SCHULTZ image]
    Kathy Shultz has been working in film and television for over 10 years. Her award winning stop motion animated short “A Sea Turtle Story” (Official Selection- TIFF KIDS 2012,Golden Apple – for Best Animated Film 2013 at ZLIN FILM FESTIVAL, Professional Jury Award- PLEIN LA BOBINE FILM FESTIVAL) marks her directorial debut. Made for the National Film Board of Canada, the project began as a children’s book about sea turtles based on her experience working with biologists and conservationists in India and Southeast Asia. Kathy currently lives in Toronto, where she also teaches animation to young people and is developing an interactive film project about the Kermode Bear of the Great Bear Rainforest in BC.  “A Sea Turtle Story” will be screening with the “C IS FOR CANADA” on Sunday March 2, 2:45pm.



    [LEV LEWIS image]
    Lev Lewis is a filmmaker and musician and all around Toronto luminary. He has served in multiple capacities on the films Amy George and The Oxbow Cure. He is currently at work on a third feature with filmmaking duo Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas. He spends his spare time tracking down and viewing old Oscar broadcasts.

    [LIZ MARSHALL image]
    Liz Marshall is a multi-award winning director, writer, and producer, and a cross-platform creator who combines character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the nineties, she has created eleven documentaries that focus on a range of issues spanning from animal rights, to censorship affecting writers and journalists and war-affected children. Her film “Ghosts in our Machine” is screening at this year’s festival.



    Marie-Claire Lalonde is the producer of “Discopathe”. She has also produced a series of the short films, music videos and web series. In 2009, Marie-Claire founded the production company Film Thugs. She is also one of the four shareholders of Villains Films, a company whose mission is focused on helping creators with strong ideas develop their projects.



    [MARNI VAN DYK image]
    Marni is a Toronto-based actress and producer best known for her roles in “Prank Science,” “The 99,” and “Match Game.” She is starring as Emmy in “I Am Not A Weird Person” at this year’s festival.

    Matthew Johnson is the director and co-writer of “The Dirties.” Receiving high-acclaim from TIFF and the Locarno Film Festival, Johnson’s independent feature is screening at this year’s festival. Matthew has also worked on the web series “Nirvana the band the show.”  Named one of the most important films of the year by Kevin Smith, “The Dirties” is Matthew’s first feature.

    Maxwell McCabe-Lokos has been working in the arts since the mid nineties. He was formally trained in music theory, piano, and choral for nine years at St. Michaels Choir in Toronto, and fronted the band “Deadly Snakes”. The band’s fourth record, “Porcella,” was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize in 2006. In 2003, he began acting in television and film. He starred in “Lars and the Real Girl,” “The Tracy Fragments,” and “Mouth to Mouth.” Since 2009, Maxwell has been honing his skills as a screenwriter and filmmaker, writing several short films, including “Paris 1919.” He co-wrote and is starring in “The Husband” at this year’s festival.

    Meaghan Brander is the Manager of  Film Circuit with the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF's outreach programming division devoted to promoting Canadian cinema across Canada.In this capacity, she has had the opportunity to coordinate screenings of some of Canada’s best and most popular films at festivals and other venues across the country, as well as international locations as far-reaching as Australia and South America. Since beginning her employment with TIFF in 2004, Meaghan has traveled to several international festivals to preview films and serve on both feature and short film juries. Meaghan holds a degree in Film Studies from Queen's University. 

    [MOLLY MCGLYNN image]
    Molly McGlynn is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker. Her short film “I Am Not A Weird Person” is screening this year at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Molly has also worked for the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, several television series, and as an assistant to Deepa Mehta, the director of Water. In addition to creating short films, Molly is also a contributor and writer at

    [NAOMI JAYE image]
    Naomi Jaye is the director of “The Pin,” which is screening at this year’s festival. “The Pin” is Canada’s first feature Yiddish-language film. Naomi also directed the television series “Seeking Simone,” and the short films “Peep” and “A Dozen for Lulu.” 

    [NICOLA LUKSIC  image]
    Nicola Luksic is a radio documentary producer currently based at Ideas on CBC Radio One. Her radio documentary work has taken her to the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia), Chiapas and Zambia. She also created and produced several short-run series on CBC Radio including The Bottom Line with David Suzuki and And Sometimes Y - an award-winning show on language. She is co-chair of CBC Radio's program development committee and helps oversee the creation of new national
    radio shows.

    [PAUL STILLO image]
    Paul Stillo brings over 25 years of experience to his role as SOCAN’s Senior Account Executive, Film & TV.
    Before arriving to Member Services, Paul spent many years in SOCAN's Audio Visual Distribution Department, analysing and identifying thousands of cue sheets and television performances each quarter so that SOCAN members could receive their royalties promptly.
    Paul’s present position allows him to continue applying this knowledge more directly with SOCAN’s membership. 
    Currently, he is responsible for managing the domestic and international royalties of many high-earning, high-profile film and television composers from Canada.

    [RENAUD GAUTHIER  image]

    Renaud Gauthier is a french canadian guy from Montreal raised on The Price is Right, CHiP's, Bionic Woman, The Streets of San Francisco, The Incredible Hulk, Miami Vice and Saturday Night Live.

    As a very young rocker, he shook hands with Mötley Crüe in July '84 and was perplexed by their cadaverous appearance. He has read all of Stephen King's and Elmore Leonard's books, twice, and has been an avid reader of Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen magazine, or Ray Bradbury short stories ever since he became addicted as a teenager in the 80's. He collects 16mm film, classic arcade games and 70's clothes and artifacts.

    He decided to become a filmmaker after watching Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" in 1990, high on caffeine. A true “Renaissance Man”, he writes, directs, produces, composes and stars in all of his productions. 

Renaud currently works in the television industry and has just premiered his first feature, DISCOPATH, at Fantasia 2013 


    Richard Goddard co-created “Q with Jian Ghomeshi” in 2007, and continues today as one of the show’s producers. Over the past five years, he has piloted “Q Live at the Gould”, co-productions with CBC TV’s “The National” (including interviews with Leonard Cohen and Neil Young) and has lead multiple co-productions with WNYC in New York and WBEZ in Chicago. As a graduate of Ryerson Journalism (‘05) and Queen’s Commerce (’91), he believes that programming innovation, risk-taking, and brand building are one and the same.

    [RICHIE MEHTA image]
    Richie Mehta is the director of “Siddarth,” a feature film screening at this year’s festival. Born in Toronto, Richie studied painting, sculpting and directing. His debut feature “Amal” and short film “System of Units” both garnered high critical acclaim from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Montreal International Film Festival, and the London International Film Festival.  

    [ROB VROOM image]
    Rob Vroom is a producer and cinematographer who has been working in the industry for over 14 years. He began producing short films and music videos but quickly realized he had a creative itch that needed scratching so he focused on cinematography. After attending the American Film Institute, Vroom quickly established himself as a cinematographer both in the industry. It wasn't long before he realized that he had needed to satisfy both his passions. In 2012, Rob re-united with Pat Kiely and set out to produce and shoot his first feature film. Two years later, the hard work paid off with the release of Three Night Stand.

    [THOM ERNST image]
    Thom Ernst is the producer and host of Saturday Night at the Movies, and has been with the team since 1998. He made his on-camera debut as part of his new hosting duties in September 2010. Ernst is also a playwright, a freelance writer, a film columnist, an on-air critic and an active member of the Toronto Film Critic’s Association. 

    [YONAH LEWIS image]
    Yonah Lewis’ independent feature “The Oxbow Cure” is screening at this year’s festival. Described by The Globe and Mail as a “potent and poetic piece of portraiture”, the film premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival earlier this year. Both natives of Toronto, Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas also worked on the feature “Amy George,” which gained attention internationally at festivals and nationally as a TIFF selection.