All film screenings, Q&As, and panels take place at the Arts Court Theatre (2nd floor, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa ON). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event time.

Saturday, March 18th - 10:00am
Panel | Women in Film: The Future is Female

An interactive discussion featuring women in the film industry who will discuss their work, their successes and failures, and what the future holds for them and women in film everywhere. Hosted by EFF member, Maissa Houri.

Wiebke von Carolsfeld made her directorial debut with Marion Bridge (starring Molly Parker, introducing Ellen Page). The film went on to win numerous awards including Best First Feature at TIFF, and a nomination for Outstanding Direction from the DGC. It has played at festivals around the world. Since then, she wrote and directed the documentary Walk With Us, and the feature film Stay, a Canadian/Irish co-production, starring Taylor Schilling and Aidan Quinn. Her most recent film as writer/director/editor is The Saver, based on Edeet Ravel’s novel. Wiebke received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay (Canadian Screen Awards).

Wiebke von Carolsfeld


Lisa Meuser attended Carleton University, achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies. She also attained her certification as a television producer. Following her education, Lisa wrote and produced the feature film Me, My Mom, and Whistle as well as over ten theatre productions in the Ottawa region. Lisa enjoys filmmaking, continuing her creative writing, and a variety of athletics, both organised and not. From its inception in 2005, the passionate and motivated Lisa Meuser has been the primary driving force behind The Meus Productions’ continued achievements in the fields of theater, television and film.

Lisa Meuser

Talent Agent

MJ Mulligan


Haunted by childhood memories of an eccentric artist, Ottawa filmmaker Dina Salha unburies a family secret after thirty years of silence and rescues treasured works of art that have long disappeared.

MJ Mulligan is an Outaouais based screenwriter and emerging filmmaker. She's collaborated with Ottawa directors on shorts that have gone on to many international film festivals. In 2014, she was a finalist in the Lady Filmmakers Festival (Beverly Hills) for her short script Minerva's War. She's now working on features and TV projects with various collaborators in Ottawa. She's online at:

Morgana McKenzie is an award-winning director and cinematographer. Her short films have screened at over 100 festivals and won over 30 awards. In 2016, her short film Ellie won the Gertrude Löwengren Award for Best Fiction Film from TIFF. In 2014, Morgana was awarded the Best Emerging Female Filmmaker award by NFFTY, one of the world’s largest festivals for emerging filmmakers.

Morgana McKenzie

Christine Mao

Christine Mao is an actor (ACTRA) and voice artist, and she has a love for directing, producing and screenwriting, too. She has an B.A. Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University, an LL.B. from the University of Windsor, and she has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2000. 

In 2015, Christine participated in the ACTRA National Diversity Committee’s Short Film  Competition 2.0, and she was 1 of the 3 winners selected from across Canada. The challenge was for ACTRA members to submit a script answering the question, “How are diverse Canadian stories important for our screens and our society?” Her answer, entitled Drum With Us, can be see at:

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