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08mar1:30 pm2:30 pmWomen Trailblazers: The Power of PerseveranceCanada House Celebrates International Women's Day1:30 pm - 2:30 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my timeEvent Type :Panel


(Friday) 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my time

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Come, listen and celebrate the journeys to success of these women who forged their paths, defied systemic barriers and fought through odds to become leaders in their respective fields. 

Moderator: Shannon Walsh, Writer/Director 

Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker and writer whose award-winning films cover topics ranging from labour rights, to grief and climate change. Shannon’s most recent film, The Gig is Up (2021) was hailed by Variety for being “galvanizing and moving” and The Hollywood Reporter called it “a devastating reality check”. Her films have been theatrically released and broadcast globally, screening in festivals around the world such as IDFA, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Doc NYC and many others, as well as playing art spaces, such as the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Her new film “Adrianne & the Castle” is premiering at SXSW in 2024. 



Liz Rosenthal, Curator, Venice VR, Venice International Film Festival, Executive Producer CreativeXR, Founder Power to the Pixel : Liz is Curator of the Venice International Film Festival’s Official Selection and Competition programme Venice Immersive and was instrumental in the launch of the only official immersive content selection and competition in an A-list festival. She is an Executive Producer of award-winning immersive content and helped found and lead accelerator programme, CreativeXR, managed by Arts Council England and Digital Catapult, with three projects in official selection in this year’s SXSW XR Experience section; Soulpaint; Maya,The Birth of a Superhero; and Buried in the Rock. Liz is CEO & Founder of trail-blazing innovation company Power to the Pixel which was the first organisation to create interantional project finance markets and incubator programmes for immersive and interactive works.

Kerry Swanson, Chief Executive Officer Indigenous Screen Office : Kerry Swanson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), an independent funding organization serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis screen-based storytellers across Canada. She is a co-founder of Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival, a celebrated multi-platform biennial event in Toronto, where she now serves as advisor. For over a decade, she helped build the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, serving as Executive Director and later as Board Chair. Kerry is a member of the Board of Directors and Indigenous Steering Council for Forge Project, an exciting new space for Indigenous creative experimentation in upstate New York. She sits on advisory committees for the City of Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival. Kerry has a Master of Communications and Culture from Toronto Metropolitan University. Kerry was born and raised in Treaty 9 territory in a Cree/Ojibwe/Irish and French family. She is a citizen of Michipicoten First Nation with familial ties to Chapleau Cree First Nation.  

Amy Seidenwurm, Founder Antler

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Entry: 21 years+

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Bag searches and security metal detecting wands will be used at the door.

No outside beverages, including coffee and water, are permitted.


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