Barry Thorson

Executive Director

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Raeesa Farooqi

Programming & Communications Director

Having been a summer student with the organization back in 2014, Raeesa Farooqi was excited to come back to CSIF in April 2017 as the Programming & Communications Director. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.A. in Economics & Film Studies. She has served on many boards and committees including NUTV, the DouglasQuarry Community Association, and President for the University of Calgary Film Society. Through her work and volunteer experience, she has developed a strong passion for advocating for the arts & culture sector and the positive impact it has on economic and community development.

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Nick Haywood

Production Director

As CSIF's Production Director since August 2016, Nick Haywood has become a vital part of the independent film scene in Alberta. A graduate of the SAIT Film & Video Production Program, he credits his position at CSIF and the close connections he’s made within the community for continuing to grow his passion for filmmaking. In 2015 he produced the Telus Storyhive funded film; PsyBorgs, which in 2017 lead to the development of the 100K continuation of the same name, in which he co-stars and writes.

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