This year's festival was one for the books, so our judges had their work cut out for them!
Trish Rainone is an actress, writer, producer, actress and podcaster from Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Trish landed her first principle role in the horror flick, 'Black Forest' in 2012, as May Iris. Shortly after wrapping, she auditioned for the Trailer Park Boys' film 'Swearnet: The Movie.' She didn't get the role she went out for, but was offered a spot as a Sunshine Girl. She has since co-created and starred (as Heather) in the critically acclaimed Webseries, 'My Roommate's an Escort,' which has garnered over one million views across platforms, lead her to being featured on 'e-Talk: CTV', 'CP: 24', a raving review in the 'Globe & Mail' (John Doyle: April 2017), and festivals world-wide. 'My Roommate's an Escort' took home Best Comedy at the Miami Web Festival in 2018, Best New Media at the Kapow Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Director's Choice Best Series Award & the Audience Choice Award at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. She has gained many nominations for Best Lead actress for her work as Ellen in 'One Night Stand' (WKZ Media) at festivals worldwide. Other acting credits include V-Wars and The Void.
Robbie Weber is a filmmaker from Kitchener, Ontario. He is passionate about writing and directing and is currently editing a low budget comedy, fantasy, horror film; a throwback to 80s and 90s flicks.
Weber is a 2016 graduate of broadcast television, where he specialized in short film. He directed and produced four short films in 2016, including: Serve Warm and All Along the Wrecking Ball. Before graduation he received the award for outstanding achievement in electronic field production.
He was a grip and extra in the feature film Dead Rush (2016). He has also starred in several short films including: The Agency (2016), Sci-Fi Noir (2016), and The Fixer (2016).
He has been writing scripts as well as music and lyrics since childhood.
He began volunteering with Rogers TV in 2014, filming live sports and other events.
Weber is a new face to the film festival scene but his film notebooks are filled front to back. He is one of those guys with a film collection that makes movie lovers light up!
Robbie is hoping to network with more cast/crew members and all filmmakers. He will continue to make films and he believes a small budget is good for new filmmakers, adding, “Limitations force you to solve problems creatively. I want limitations. I want to be tested.”