RYAN ATIMOYOO, Filmmaker Instructor
Ryan Atimoyoo is a First Nations, international award-winning writer, director, and producer within the Vancouver filmmaking community. He has studied at New York’s Circle in the Square Theater School, The University of Saskatchewan, The Vancouver Film School and holds a Joint MFA in Screenwriting and Film Production from The University of British Columbia.
Ryan has gathered numerous international awards and screenings ranging from being a 2011 semi-finalist in
the Sundance Screenwriting Program, Best Web Series/
Best VFX in The New Media Film Festival, Best Horror Screenplay in The Canada International Film Festival, A Golden Ace award from The Las Vegas Film Festival and various others.
Ryan has enjoyed the full range spectrum of storytelling from directing and cinematography through to acting and visual effects. He has recently finished shooting a short film commissioned by The Canada Council for the Arts titled Macimanitonahk or “The Devil Dwelling” as well as working on his first full-length Feature Film.
AMANDA ROSE SCHELLENBERG, Program Coordinator and Registered Social Worker
Amanda has a passion for filmmaking and social entrepreneurship. While pursuing her Bachelor of Social Work at UBC, Amanda would always look for ways to include her love for film in her practice. She has produced, written and directed several short films surrounding the theme of challenging stereotypes and advocating for social change.
Her experience as a Registered Social Worker includes
coordinating community-based programs for youth with
disabilities and their families; acting as a student advocate for indigenous post-secondary youth; as well as assisting with the marketing of new programs for the YWCA Metro Vancouver.
As much as Amanda loves spending time behind-the-scenes, she equally enjoys being in front of the camera as a broadcaster and actor. Amanda has appeared as a co-host for ShawTV’s television show, Go! Okanagan. Herself, along with co-host Doug Brown, would be found out in the community each week interviewing patrons at local events and sharing their stories. In 2014, Amanda won the award for Best Actress at the Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmakers Showcase for her work in Eye Love You, a film directed and produced by Chelsea McEvoy
Currently Amanda sits as a board member and the Communications Committee Chair for the Access to Media Education Society – an organization that gives giving youth the opportunity to creatively express themselves through media arts.
Amanda’s lifelong goal involves creating a social enterprise that equally combines her love for film with her love for social work. She is excited to partner with the Frames Film Project and Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House and bring that goal to reality.