I discovered my love for film and television (and now web series) only after becoming a working professional. I recently left the 9-5 to pursue my creative ambitions and I am now coaching others on how to do the same. I’ve worked in communications and HR in the federal public service and I have also worked in film and television production: the feature thriller Penthouse North (starring Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan), Radio Canada’s Toi et moi: malgré tout and in Acquisitions at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. I made my first film and documentary, The City That Fun Forgot?, without any prior experience and it had a local sold-out premiere in 2014, garnering local and national media coverage. Another documentary short, Go Back Home, was shortlisted for the 2016 TVO Short Doc Contest and broadcasted last year. My latest project is the doc web series, The Secret Lives of Public Servants, which picked up award nominations at Brooklyn Web Fest and The Mirror Mountain Film Festival and received press coverage, including front page of The Ottawa Citizen. More info on me: amenjafri.com.
Here’s what I can provide advice on:
- How to start making films and work in the industry without prior experience or formal training
- What is involved in making a documentary series
- How to attract attention to your project in the media and the public
- How to connect with local sponsors to support your project
- How to balance your day job with your passion for filmmaking and web series
I look forward to connecting with all of you!