Leslie Ann Coles, Creator/ Director/ Producer
Leslie - Ann Coles of LA Coles Fine Art Films is an independent filmmaker. A former modern dancer and choreographer, Leslie - Ann transitioned into film and TV in 2000 with her award winning debut film, "In The Refrigerator" that screened in 35 film festivals and garnered thirteen international awards for Best Debut Film, Best Picture, Best Short Film, Best Avant Garde and the Grand Jury Award for Filmmaker In An Acting Role. Leslie - Ann, a Women In The Director’s Chair (WIDC) alumni won three CTV Banff Fellowships for her original series, all optioned.
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) awarded LA Coles Fine Art Films a Development Grant for "Melody Makers, Should've Been There" currently in post production. Leslie - Ann has written an interactive digital media project which follows Melody Makers titled, LENS ON MUSIC aka F-STOP and she has other projects in various stages of development, and post production.
As Founder and Executive Director of the Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) est. 2001, Leslie Ann previews over 300 independent films annually. She recently completed producing ten (10) short films directed by Aboriginal youth under the FeFF Young Filmmaker Development Workshop. These films will premiere at the FeFF 2016. To date the FeFF has produced forty-six short films involving youth including youth at risk. Having viewed and programmed films at the FeFF for the past fourteen years Leslie - Ann has a keen eye, and appreciation for good documentary film making. The Female Eye is regaled for its fine programming.
Richard Hanet, Producer
In addition to his law practice, Richard has acted as an executive producer on various projects including the feature film “One Week”, awarded a gala presentation at TIFF 2008, and successfully released with a Canadian box office exceeding $1,250,000; the 2010 feature film “Score: A Hockey Musical”, which was the opening film at TIFF in 2010; and, most recently, Michael McGowan’s “Still Mine”, a drama starring two Academy Award-nominated actors – James Cromwell (“Babe”) and Geneviève Bujold (“Anne of the Thousand Days”) – which premiered as a special presentation at TIFF in 2012 and was released worldwide in 2013 to achieve a world wide box office in the range of $2,000,000 to date.
In the documentary area, Richard is executive producing two theatrical feature docs being Melody Makers and the soon to be completed $750,000 picture “Athenaeum Enterprise” (aka “A History of Receding Horizons”) directed by Alison Rose.Richard has had numerous theatrical and documentary credits, only a portion of which are noted on IMBD, including a credit on the Academy Award nominee documentary “Prisoner of Paradise”. By way of background, Entente Entertainment Inc. was incorporated June 2, 2004 out of the ashes of Alliance Atlantis by Richard Hanet and Andy Thomson to catalyse Canadian factual production by co-ordinating international financing opportunities with Canadian producers and broadcasters, either as a consultant or a producer itself. After a successful first few years, Richard assumed full control of Entente after the retirement of Andy. Since then it has further expanded its mandate to include involvement in the scripted area. As well as providing the services of Richard as an executive producer as noted above, Entente is presently is developing, either independently or as a co-producing partner, a number of projects, including factual series and feature films and continues to expand its business to assist new, ground breaking projects to unprecedented successes.
Richard is often recommended as a co-production partner by Telefilm and the OMDC, particularly to mine the experience of Richard in managing the production of complex projects, or alternatively, to assist newer producers or creative types with the production of their projects.
Mark Sanders, Producer
For over 25 years, Mark has worked in a creative capacity on over 50 films and 400 episodes of television. As owner of Film PaniK, Mark produced several multi-award winning films that have been presented at over 100 film festivals worldwide. Mark had a longstanding working relationship with film maverick and mentor, John Dunning of Cinepix, Canada’s first independent studio, now known as Lionsgate. As a founder at Berkshire Axis Media, he exercised his executive skills, although he most known for being in edit suites and the trenches with the film crews. After four good years and four feature films, Mark returned to his own independent production company.