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.
Kayla developed her knack for storytelling through playwriting and performance creation. She is a screenwriter, director, producer, and editor, who worked with the Calgary International Film Festival in 2018, and LakeShorts International Film Festival in 2019. She’s a sucker for a well-crafted dark comedy and 4K food porn.
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.