Paris Roger, Canada
Paris Roger was born in Montreal Canada and has been in the Film and Television Industry for over 20 years internationally. Since 1990 Paris has been involved as a crew member on over 450 film & television projects, starting in 1990 as security, and working his way into Locations, Scouting, Assistant Director (AD), Driver, Electrics, and then starting his own projects as Producer, Director, Writer, and even Acting. He has scouted for films in Japan, Spain, UK, US, Ghana - West Africa, and Canada.
Paris has also been a teacher, film programmer, film festival owner, graphic designer, and much more. Paris is currently writing a feature romantic comedy script, and working on a documentary on Sir Robert Borden. Paris also started the film festival First Take International Student Film Festival in 2000, to which has shown over 350 films from over 50 countries in the 8 year history.
Along with the Toronto African Film & Music Festival, Paris has launched a film distribution side to the festival to bring in African and international films into the Canadian marketplace as well as online.
Sherryann was born in Barbados and raised in the GTA. She is an individual that has always had a passion for helping others.She is known as a volunteer specialist amongst friends and colleagues; having been involved in countless events and organizations across the GTA . With a love of the arts , she has supported theatre productions in the roles of Stage Manager and Set and Prop Management.
Besides volunteer duties, being creative through writing, painting and crafting are her pastimes.
This is her first undertaking as a Festival Director and is looking forward to being part of its success.
Community Outreach Director
Richard Hope and Candice Singh
Marketing & Promotion Team
Richard and Candice have been doing promotions for the last 20 years in Canada & the US, for performers such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Maria Carey, Jennifer Lopez, R Kelly and more. They also have had sold out shows in Canada for over 10 years for Caribana, and the Fire Fete concerts.
Steven McKinnon has been involved in various festivals for the past 7 years. Steven is currently a student at Centennial College – School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture and been involved with Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto as the Marketplace Coordinator & Office Assistant last year. Steven has previously been a volunteered for this festival.
In 2010, Steven was very much a part of a new initiative that involved post-secondary students, which was a student led initiative. Centennial College is the first Ontario college to participate in the festival by creating and making a costume “Amazon Rainforest “and in 2011” Legends of the Orient” costume placed 4th place in the Grand Parade.
Eleanor Cosman is the Founder of Bokke Wines which was formed in Toronto in 2004. The
first winery represented was Lammershoek, located in the Swartland wine region of South Africa, not far from where Eleanor grew up. Eleanor's passion and enthusiasm for wine has led her to expand Bokke's portfolio to include more wineries from South Africa and elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, including Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. In additional to her own portfolio of wines, Eleanor promotes all South African wines through the South African Wine Society (SAWS). SAWS was founded, in Toronto, in 1990 and Eleanor has been the SAWS President for many years. Eleanor is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional
Sommeliers. Bokke Wines was incorporated in 2004 and is licensed by the Alcohol and
Gaming Commission of Ontario & Manitoba (Canada).
Richard has been active as a volunteer in the hospitality field for many years. Richard brings knowledge, experience and responsibility as she has held the position of Volunteer Manager with the Scotia bank Caribbean Carnival in the past. Richard hails from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago. She loves her culture of Carnival and the Steel Drums which she plays with her Church band. Richard also sings with her Church choir, and dances with a dance group. Event Planning, Catering, Dancing, Gardening and Crafting are some of Richard's hobbies.
June is committed to making the festival a great success this year.