Mingu is the founder of TSFF, an independent filmmaker and a TV broadcaster. He is excited to launch another year of TSFF, celebrating its 7th year anniversary. Mingu is dedicated in providing all filmmakers, first-time to experienced, an option to create films in more communicable ways than the norm. He is continuously fascinated by all the creativity and hardwork filmmakers provide using their smartphones.
Jay Clarke was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario and grew up loving film - from blockbusters to bargain basement. He has written and directed several short films, some of which have acquired Canadian & worldwide distribution. In addition to TSFF, he also programs short films for Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival, Hamilton's Hexploitation Film Festival and Toronto's monthly short film showcase, Little Terrors. He is very excited to enter into this ever-growing medium presented by the TSFF.
Andrew is a digital media marketing student with 7 years of social media experience as well as film and television work. He believes in the power of technologies like smartphones to democratize the film process and help emerging filmmakers explore new opportunities.
When it comes to all things film and entertainment related, Stephanie loves to be at the forefront tweeting and sharing her discoveries with the public. She is a Social Media Marketing student and has been fervently volunteering for different film festivals over the last 3 years. She is always actively seeking for new opportunities to learn and grow, and is very excited to be working with the Toronto Smartphone Film Festival team as the Public Relations Coordinator.
Jen is excited to be part of TSFF family for 3 years in a row now. As a Host/MC, Jen has engaged with thousands of audience members around the world. Jen's previous experience include working with different film and cultural festivals as well as sports organizations like FIFA, ISU and Skate Canada. Jen loves communicating with people on stage, and she believes films are able to do that across different cultures on screens.
Susan has been with TSFF since its inaugural year in 2012. Although her studies were in music and education, she couldn't hold herself back from exploring her other passions, organizing and managing events and festivals. Susan loves meeting new people, exploring new ideas and never hesitates to get involved. Through TSFF, she hopes to meet people alike in building a creative and innovative community!
Luke Bandara has been involved in the Toronto film scene since 2012. He holds a diploma in Business Contact Centre Operations from Centennial College. While in college Luke began his interest in film & technology and started volunteering with Reel Asian Film Festival in 2012. He earned his festival wings through Special Events Management, Volunteer Captaining, and Front of House Operations for Reel Asian. Since then he is involved with most of the major film, performance, and sports organizations in the city including Toronto Smart Phone Film Festival, Hot Docs, Luminato, Startup Fashion Week - Toronto, CBC-Canadian Music Week, International Fan Festival Toronto, RBC Canadian Open, Toronto Honda Indy, to name a few. He is the former Tech Assistant at Startup Fashion Week Toronto, Volunteer-office aid at Luminato and recently appointed Operations Leader at International Fan Festival Toronto. He is excited to be working with our awesome crew of volunteers to showcase our 8th Toronto Smartphone Film Festival screenings bringing evocative storytelling through the power of smartphone technology.