The Canadian Association of Online Film Critics hosted our Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto, welcoming all members, and officially welcoming to three board members to their Board of Directors. Helmed by Trista DeVries, Chair and Executive Director, the CAOFC welcomed newly nominated Board Members Will Perkins, Editor at Art of the Title and Editor-in-Chief of DorkShelf.com as the Publisher Representative; Amy Saunders, formerly of Warner Bros. and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Publicist and Partner of an emerging PR and communications design firm specializing in film and the arts as the Publicist Representative; and Marina Antunes, freelance writer and Editor-in-Chief at Quiet Earth as Freelance Critic Representative.
“Our first year was very successful,” DeVries said. “Our membership has grown at an exceptional rate, and we are pleased to welcome our new board members to our second year of operation while we develop educational and engaging programs and events for 2017 and beyond.”
The CAOFC Board of Directors continues to work with Greg Klymkiw, programmer, film producer, author and reporter as Board Member and Vice-Chair; broadcaster, producer, film writer, and critic Thom Ernst as Board Member; Dave Voigt, founder and Editor-in-Chief of InTheSeats.com as Board Member; Kristal Cooper, freelance writer as Self-Publisher Representative; and programmer, cultural critic and co-host of podcasts Mamo! and Let’s Scare Matthew Price to Death, Matthew Price as Podcaster Representative.
The CAOFC says goodbye to Alma Parvizian and Susan Smythe-Bishop, both of Touchwood PR, who shared the Publicist Representative position; Kurt Halfyard, critic and publisher at RowThree.com, as Editor/Publisher Representative; and Ariel Fisher, film writer and co-host of A Frame Apart podcast, as the board’s Freelance Critic Representative. Geoff Pevere, renowned film critic and programmer, departs as an active Board Member, but will remain an advisor as a Director Emeritus.
As of 2017, the Canadian Association of Online Film Critics boasts over 30 active general members, all of whom are active online film critics in Canada. The Association’s Annual Report is now available on the CAOFC website and viewable at filmcriticscanada.com/annual-reports.
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