Demi. Z（XIAOMIN ZHANG）
President – Canadian Film and Television Institute (CFTI)
Chairwoman – North American International Multicultural Filmmakers’ Society (NAIMFS)
Mrs. Zhang is one of the most noted movie stars and directors of the 1980′s and 1990′s in China. In 1982, she was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy Performance Program. After graduation, she performed and directed many noted films and television drama programs (more than 15), and has been honoured by many domestic and international awards. Among her film works, the most representative one is entitled: “Great President” in which she performed as Soong Ching-ling and won the Best Supporting Actress at the tenth Hundred Flowers Awards. At the same time, she won recognition as one of the top ten Chinese stars in the tenth Three Competition of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Her first work as a director is entitled: “Great Collision” and has won great success in both commercial and artistic respects, which is a unique achievement in China. She also has received the honour of youngest female director. In the year 2002, Demi immigrated to Canada. She established the Canadian Television and Film Institute to help more people realize their film dreams. For this generous and impressive decision, she received the 2012 Greatest Chinese Entrepreneurial and Artistic Individual award from Fairchild Television.
AWARDS: 1986: “Cloud of Romance” (TV play): The most viewed film and video of that year and recipient of first prize for the Gold Tape competition. Awarded the favorite TV program by the National TV program competition in Fujian Province. 1987: Great President: Best Supporting Actress at the 10th Hundred Flowers Awards. 1988: Still Water Ripples: Best Actress Award from The Golden Panda Sichuan TV Festival. 1986-1990: Continuously awarded three times the Zhao Ziyue young actor award for progress. Recommended twice by China Film Group general firm for a special award. 1999: Red Altar: Best Film and Best Female Director award at the Spain Orense Film Festival, and also the top viewed and rated TV program on Chinese Television, with one hundred thousand RMB given as a reward. Her micro-novel: “London Western District” received a special award. 2012: Won the 2012 Greatest Chinese Entrepreneurial and Artistic Individual award from Fairchild Television Canada, the largest Chinese television channel.
Body Movement & Dancing Instructor
Katerina has over 30 years of teaching and professional competing experiences. She attended and won many international dance competitions. She also holds Canadian DanceSport Federation Adjudicators Licenses (A+,B+) with the experience of officiating DanceSport competitions in and out of Canada.
Directing and Acting Instructor
Mr. Tian is a professional actor, director, and producer with over 30 years of work experience in Chinese and Canadian film industry. He was the Assistant Director for feature films like “Life” (1984), “King of the Children” (1987). He worked with Kaige Chen, renowned Chinese director. From 1988 to 1989, Mr. Tian was the AD and the Co-Producer for “Kawashima Yoshiko” where he worked with Ping He, famous Chinese film director. In 1989, Mr. Tian wrote the screenplay “Buddies”, adapted into a television series by Shanxi TV Station. Between 1990 – 1992 he was the co-writer and actor in “The Offense”, feature film. Mr. Tian was the Co-Founder and the Executive Producer of China ‘Swan’ Film Ltd from 1993 to 1996, . In 1994 – 95, he was the Coordinator of “Farewell My Concubine” (feature) directed by Kaige Chen. In 1999 and 2000, he acted as the Executive Producer of Beijing Tianwu Cultural Media Ltd. In Sep 2010 he became Vice President of Canada Dream Journey Film Corporation & Training Institute. Since 2012 he teaches Directing and Acting at Canadian Film and Television Institute where he also acts as Vice-President.
Editing & Film Theory Instructor
Zoran’s films and videos are archived with Europeana, the European Union’s virtual library for the preservation of cultural heritage, as well as with GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art) network. TransMediale (Berlin) has archived his films and videos for their permanent collection. With a mélange of talent and skills: visual artist, music video director, and film director, Zoran remains dedicated to the world of motion pictures and media arts.
Rob Hillstead is a Canadian filmmaker currently living and working in Vancouver. He has produced and directed numerous independent films, ranging from feature-length narrative and documentary to short form music video and experimental. Rob has extensive technical expertise in cinematography, specializing in lighting and camera. His technician experience has allowed him to observe, study, and work under world-class cinematographers, directors, and actors over the last 10 years on big-budget movies and television series.
Holding a BFA in Film and Video Production and MFA in Media Production from the University for Regina, Rob’s academic research focuses on directing, visual storytelling, and independent production.
Voice, Singing & Music Instructor
Zachary grew up in a musical family, playing and singing in bands from an early age then went on to study music at Kwantlen and McGill Universities and graduated from McGill with Bachelors in Vocal Performance. He’s been teaching privately and publicly for five years in the lower mainland, in schools including Aspire Music Academy, the Walnut Grove Academy of Music and Dance, and Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford. His goal is to help people discover their talent and to develop their own unique instrument. He wants you to be confident of your technical and artistic capabilities and to freely express yourself in whatever style you choose!