Robert is a Serbian-Canadian film director, and cinematographer. He’s a published author and a serial entrepreneur. Robert graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 and began working at a Boston hedge fund as a proprietary trader. In 2016, he launched Pensare Films, a Canadian film studio that has now produced 10 films which have screened at over 150 film festivals.
Anastasia brings experience through her design and organization work with the Reelworld Film Festival in Toronto, and the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival in Texas. She has worked as a graphic designer and web designer for several key brands. Buterina is also the founder of Shut Up & Yoga online magazine and has worked on 5 films over the past 2 years.
Masha is a fourth-year student at the Schulich School of Business and has a keen interest in film and theatre. Masha has also worked as a production assistant on two of Pensare Films’ biggest projects. In 2019, she served as the head of Filmmaker relations for the Pendance Film Festival.
Barry is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and producer. He graduated summa cum laude from York University in 2013 with an honors BA in humanities. He’s written countless screenplays, stage plays, and directed the 2016 feature film A Journey to a Journey.
Tijana brings fifteen years of experience directing and producing licensed TV franchises such as; Kitchen Nightmare, X Factor, and Wheel of Fortune. Other experience includes work on feature films, TV dramas, commercials, and talk shows. She holds a BFA in directing from the Academy of Arts, Belgrade.
Anastasia is a Russian-Canadian writer with experience in event management and graphic design. She was part of the organizational team of TEDxYouth@NTCI, giving her own TEDx talk in 2016. She has a few published short stories and is currently working on a novel. This is her first year with Pendance.