So you made your first documentary. Now what? Meet the first-time directors of Snowbirds, We Could Be Heroes and Whispering Truth to Power as they open up about the journey from constructing an idea to premiering their final product at Hot Docs. Learn from candid anecdotes about the challenges and solutions around creative and funding issues encountered along the way. This session is ideal for emerging filmmakers who want to know what to expect after picture lock. Co-presented with Film Fatales. Moderator Nicolina Lanni, Filmmaker Nicolina Lanni is a Toronto-based filmmaker with a background in journalism. She is a director and producer known for her work on Lost & Found and The Eleven. She has also worked in Broadcast Television, programming for The History Channel, Discovery Channel, NHK and more. She is currently in production on Poundmaker, a feature length documentary. Nicolina is the co-founder of the production company Frank Films Inc, and co-founder of Film Fatales Toronto, a global collective of female filmmakers who meet monthly to help foster more work by and about women. Speakers Hind Bensari, Director, We Could Be Heroes Hind Bensari grew up in London before quitting her job at an investment fund to return to Morocco and produce and direct her first documentary short 475: Break the Silence (2014). Entirely crowdfunded, her film received critical acclaim and became a component of a civic movement that succeeded in repealing the law that allowed men accused of rape to avoid a jail sentence by marrying their victims. Hind is a Tedx speaker, and her first feature documentary, We Could Be Heroes, is an international co-production led by Vibeke Vogel at Bullit Films in Denmark, Habib Attia of Cinétéléfilms in Tunisia, and Moroccan national TV 2M. Joannie Lafrenière, Director, Snowbirds Joannie Lafrenière is a documentary filmmaker and photographer who has an anthropological approach to her work. Holding degrees in journalism and photography, Joannie has directed for television, for the web and for many different independent projects. Her documentary project, The Woman Who Saw the Bear, has been shown in major festivals across Canada and internationally. Joannie lives, works and plays in Montreal. Shameela Seedat, Director, Whispering Truth to Power Former Fulbright scholar Shameela Seedat is a human rights law specialist turned filmmaker from South Africa. She worked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the UNDP/UNIFEM in New York and at a Democracy Think-Tank, and has also published widely on human rights and democratic accountability. Eight years ago, she turned to documentary-filmmaking and has since been commissioned by various television stations and institutes to make character-lead, human and political interest documentaries. Whispering Truth to Power, which charts the last year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, is her first feature-length documentary.