Protocols in Process + PRACTICE

imagineNATIVE, 401 Richmond Building, Suite 446
October 19, 11:15am–12:15pm

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This discussion dovetails from the previous panel, as we take considerations and challenges of implementing a new production guide for Canada. imagineNATIVE sits down with Penny Smallacombe of Screen Australia to understand the practicalities and benefits that have come from nearly a decade of Protocols and Pathways implementation, and we learn of case studies in Canada that will inform our own guide for content creators both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.



Marcia Nickerson | Chair, imagineNATIVE

Marcia Nickerson is a leader in the field of Indigenous governance, providing high-level advisory services to Indigenous, federal, and provincial governments, Indigenous organizations, and other public sector clients. Nickerson is currently an independent consultant and has been the Chair of the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival for the past seven years. Most recently, she worked with several industry partners and the Indigenous content creators to help create an Indigenous Screen Office.





Penny Smallacombe | Head of Indigenous | Screen Australia

Penny Smallacombe is a Member of the Maramanindji people, from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has a Masters of Arts (Documentary Producing) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. At AFTRS, Penny produced two documentaries - Roger  and A Change of Heart. A Change of Heart was nominated for a Dendy Award and played at several International film festivals including IDFA. Between 2004 and 2005 Penny worked in the Indigenous Programs Unit at the ABC, where she produced and directed for series 6 and 7 of Message Sticks. Penny’s ABC stories Leila Murray and the Long Grassers were nominated for Human Rights awards. Penny also produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2 and was a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the NT, and before beginning her role at Screen Australia, Penny was working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS.


Michelle van Beusekom | Executive Director, English Language Production | NFB

Michelle van Beusekom is the Executive Director of English Language Production at the National Film Board, Canada’s public producer of documentary, animation and interactive/immersive projects. She leads the creative direction, operations, and finances for five production studios which work with talented emerging, mid-career and established directors from across the country. English Program studios have about 100 projects underway at any given time and release an average of 30 projects per year.  Recent releases include the feature documentaries The Road ForwardBirth of A FamilyOur People Will Be HealedUnarmed Verses and A Better Man; the short animations ThreadsThe Mountain of SGaana and Hedgehog's Home; and the VR theatre-doc hybrid Hold Me Close.  Prior to joining the NFB in 2006, Michelle worked as a production exec at CBC and the Women’s Television Network.  She co-programmed Planet in Focus from 1999-2002. She holds a Masters degree in Social and Political Thought and speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.  Michelle is the co-lead on the NFB’s recently announced Indigenous Equity Plan.


Zoe Hopkins | Director and Producer

Zoe Hopkins was born in Bella Bella, a Heiltsuk fishing village on the coast of BC, home to her mother and maternal family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.? She now lives in her father’s community of Six Nations, where she is raising her son, and where she teaches the Mohawk language online to students across Turtle Island.? 

Hopkins is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. Her films have screened Internationally at festivals including Sundance and Berlinale. A member of the Embargo Collective, Hopkins’ work includes the short film Mohawk Midnight Runners, and has won awards at the NSI Online Film Festival, imagineNATIVE, SWAIA, Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Yellowknife International Film Festival, and the Niagara Integrated Film Festival. Kayaking for Beginners is her first feature film. 

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