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  • Filmmaker Natasha Heschélle Joins The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative

    Toronto, On – Natasha Heschélle is a Zimbabwe born, Canadian actor and filmmaker. At a very young age it was apparent to everyone that Heschélle’s talents and determination could not be contained. At seven, the budding artist entered a talent show, where she danced to Destiny’s child, winning over sixteen- and seventeen-year-old. The creative gene could not be denied and was on full display in everything the multi-talented Heschélle put her mind too. Taking in every lesson learned and molding them with her own ideas and convictions, the young actor/ filmmaker has never looked back. Since making her professional acting debut, Heschélle has appeared in commercials, film, and TV projects. Committed to the direction of her craft, Heschélle is careful with her choices and doesn’t waiver. It’s important to be heard. Part of the reason for becoming a filmmaker, was to create projects for actors that look like her, roles that are respectful, challenging and purposeful. Heschélle, has been accepted into the The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative. The program is a national training and access program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color creators and producers. Heschélle understands the importance of knowledge. The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative will listen to the voices & share knowledge that will improve and sustain the young actor/filmmaker as a valued part of the industry. A gift. “I am so very honored to be accepted into the The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative.” - Vision Newspaper

  • Natasha Heschélle selected for the 2021 Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative

    May 12, 2021 Banff Media Festival Online ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative will jumpstart and accelerate the careers of up to 100 participants by providing full registration access to the festival, a bespoke professional development curriculum plus access to networking opportunities with key industry buyers, with a dedicated mandate to offer a portion of fellowships to francophone and women professionals. In addition, a sub-group of twenty-five (25) of the program participants will be selected to take part in the Diversity of Voices Pitch Program, through which they will receive personalized advice from high-profile industry mentors and private networking or pitching opportunities with senior international development executives. 2021 PROGRAM UPDATES: Throughout 2021, a stark light has been shone on the systemic inequities and racism that Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities continue to face throughout society, including in the film and television industry. Although diversity, inclusion, and representation are continuous priorities in BANFF’s content and fellowships programs, we can and intend to do more to champion meaningful change and support these underrepresented communities. In this spirit, the 2021 edition of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative will be open exclusively to candidates who identify as being from one or more racially diverse groups, such as African, Black, Caribbean, East Asian, First Nations, Inuit, Latinx, Métis, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Western Asian. Now entering its fourth year, the Diversity of Voices Initiative was designed to offer a professional springboard for francophone, Indigenous, and women creators and producers from across Canada. We will continue the program’s mandate to support these communities, but with an intersectional focus. The 2021 edition of the program will be especially seeking applications from francophone candidates of colour, Indigenous candidates, and women candidates of colour, as well as candidates of colour of all genders. Read more...

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