The South Georgian Bay Film Festival's (SGBFF) mission is to give regional, national and international filmmakers a platform to express their ideas and visions, as well as provide a venue to showcase the products of their creativity inclusive of the visual and dramatic arts, music industry and cultural background.
Through the art of film, SGBFF encourages understanding, respect, and fairness of all individuals, including their race, colour, creed, ethnicity, culture, place of origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical health status, disability, and socio-economic class.
SGBFF's mandate is to support international, national and regional filmmakers, producers, directors, script writers, actors, animators and their support teams, by providing a medium through which they can showcase their projects, as well as provide film industry related workshops to the residents of the South Georgian Bay area.
The Board of Directors
Kathy Wadham – Secretary, Director
Kathy has been a part of local Film Festivals since 2012, a committee member since 2014 and is currently Co-Chair of the Festival.
Kathy is the Co-Founder of Music Heals The Soul a unique charity that supports primarily The Canadian Diabetes Association as well as Wounded Warriors Canada. Kathy has been a volunteer for numerous events within our community for the past six years, as well as for other organizations.
Kathy proudly had a 12 year career as a competitive Gymnast which brought great accomplishments, travel and a lifetime of friendships. Kathy was coached by Russian Alex Bard a World and Olympic coach for Canada. Unfortunately her gymnastic career came to an end at the age of 18 due to injury.
Kathy was born and raised in the Toronto area and moved full time to Wasaga Beach in 2010.
The 2018 Film Festival Judges
Tanya Henley - Judge
Tanya Henley is an actor, comedian, writer and producer. While studying at the University of Toronto, where she received her BA in Cinema Studies, she trained with The Second City Toronto. She also attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and began performing stand-up comedy. Tanya has performed at high profile comedy clubs in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles including Yuk Yuk’s, Stand-up NY, The Comedy Store and The Hollywood Improv.
Tanya co-wrote, starred in and produced Killing Time and produced Busk both shorts playing in various film festivals and were broadcast on television. Tanya co-produced Paula Tiberius's feature film debut Goldirocks, with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Showcase Television, The Movie Network and Movie Central. Tanya has several television and film projects in development including comedy feature films Recruiting Lindsay Martin and Three Months (Quarter-finalist in the 2106 ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest in Los Angeles).
Doug Measures - Judge
Doug Measures has been a resident of Nottawa since 1977 and has work in television for 34 years. He has a wealth of experience working with community groups facilitating access to Local Community Television in Simcoe County. He has mentored and motivated volunteers in all aspects of community television production. Doug has also served on many community committees in Clearview. Doug is the past chair of the Clearview Recreation & Culture Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Clearview Accessibility Advisory Committee. He is an active member of the Nottawa Memorial Community Centre Board working with volunteers to keep the Nottawa Hall active and relevant. Doug was the Chair of the Clearview Small Halls Festival and continues to support the Festival. Doug served on the Clearview Economic Development Committee. He was a director of the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce and served with the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame board for a few years. He has volunteered in operations and event communications at the Special Olympic World Winter Games and the Paralympic Games. Doug is a member of the Clearview Community Policing Committee as a councillor and prior as a citizen representing the Nottawa area. His professional experience with federal & provincial politicians has kept him connected and respected by his peers at all levels of government. Doug has represented the Township of Clearview on the Collingwood Regional Airport board for 8 years. Doug graduated with Honours in Radio & Television Arts at Seneca College and is graduate of Collingwood Collegiate Institute.
Sean Ban Beaton - Judge
Sean Ban Beaton has performed for audiences all across the country as both an actor and a musician, including nearly four years spent in Toronto & Vancouver playing the role of Eddie in the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!. Other notable credits include Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone (theatre), Tom in The Glass Menagerie (theatre), Please Kill Mr. Know It All (film), Monster Warriors (TV), and the series finale of Little Mosque on the Prairie (TV). He was also the featured performer in a viral OB ad campaign that won a Cannes Film Festival award, and was named ‘Top Ad of the Year’ by the Toronto Star. Sean is a graduate of Sheridan College’s musical theatre program, as well as Harris Institute’s audio production program, and the Commercial Music program at the University of West of Scotland. His main passion is writing music, having fronted the post-punk new wave band FITNESS for the past eight years, and he is currently the Production Coordinator at Warner Music Canada.
Patrick Barfoot - Judge
Patrick Barfoot is an award-winning documentary director and editor who grew up on a small farm in Owen Sound, ON. He graduated from Western University with a BA in Psychology and Creative Writing and went on to earn his Masters degree in Media Production from the renowned Ryerson School of RTA Media. His first professional documentary, “Building a Dream”, recounted the building of Ontario’s first mosque. Since then, he has been involved with several documentary projects including “Music Lessons”, which premiered at Hot Docs 2015. Most recently, his short documentary “The Constant Refugee” has aired on TV Ontario and Air Canada flights.
Matthew Gillespie - Judge
Matthew Gillespie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Toronto, Ontario. Prior to winning Best Documentary Short and Masters Overall Awards at last years SGB Film Festival, he was Head of Post Production and VP of Development at Discovery/Science Channel’s “Survivorman”, where he oversaw all editing, production and programming delivery for the company.
Matthew has over 15 years of extensive post-production and camera work in the television industry. In High School, Matthew filmed and edited a short film titled “Tragic Memories” that went on to garner an award from her Honourable Hilary Weston (on behalf of the Queen of England) and became a part of the Young Drivers of Canada curriculum.
Starting his career training with veteran documentary filmmaker Peter Raymont (“Shake Hands with the Devil”), Matthew quickly established himself in the industry for his passion of Docu-Series and his technical skills for delivering Canada’s foremost shows, including: “From the Ground Up: with Debbie Travis”, “Love It or List It”, “Spectacle: with Elvis Costello”, and “Brides of Beverly Hills”. Matthew has reunited with his long-time Executive Producer, Carolyn Meland, and is currently working on many projects in development for TLC, HGTV, and CBC Kids.
Lori-Ann Clancy - Judge
Lori-Ann Clancy has been a drama and phys. ed teacher and guidance counsellor at St. Theresa’s High School in Midland, Ontario for 24 years. In her time at St. T’s, she has directed 16 Broadway musicals, a dozen Sears Festival productions and over 50 drama class productions. She has also coached the senior girls basketball team for over 20 years. Lori-Ann is the President and Artistic Director of GBMTC (Georgian Bay Musical Theatre Company) and she has directed three of the company’s productions. She is very excited to take on this new venture with the South Georgian Bay Film Festival and hopes to bring new perspective to the judging panel.