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‘Boss Ladies’ to Discuss Success in the Creative Industries During Special International Women’s Day Panel

What is female empowerment and why is it so important? What is the best piece of career advice given to you by another woman? What does it mean to be a ‘boss lady’ in the creative industries?


Those are just some of the questions that will be answered during a special upcoming panel discussion being hosted by Toronto Film School in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8.


Hosted by Graphic Design & Interactive Media Program Director Pheinixx, the hour-long event will feature a panel of multi-talented female creatives, including current Online Writing for Film & TV student Monica Mustelier, Class of 2015 Film Production graduate Shelby Bronstine, and 2016 Writing for Film & TV alumnus Vanessa Carpino.


Successful Females in the Creative Industry | A Special International Women’s Day Panel

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About the Panelists:


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Pheinixx (Host)


With more than 25 years of experience in brand identity, art direction and marketing with brands ranging from Roberto Cavalli and Julien Macdonald, to Warner Bros. Music and GustoTV, Pheinixx has proven a master in the art of communicating through graphic design.

As a sought-after art director, Pheinixx spent a decade leading photographers, stylists and hmu artists in the creation of memorable images for both commercial and editorial projects, and designing layouts and graphic materials for Vogue, Elle, InStyle, GQ and W in Italy, Russia, China and Korea. For two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009, Pheinixx was voted the Canadian Director for Fashion Group International – an elite organization for fashion and beauty executives – and was also one of the finalists in Marketing Magazine’s Creative Face Off.

Pheinixx continues to build brands through strategy and design while directing the Graphic Design & Interactive Media program at Toronto Film School. She remains an active member of several international design organizations, as well as a sought-after guest speaker.



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Monica Mustelier


Monica Mustelier is an Afro-Latinx award-winning writer/director and former actor. After being killed off in several films and TV shows (True Justice, Hardwired), Monica rose from the dead to create her own relatable and engaging web-series, short films and features.

She participated in Women in The Director’s Chair, was nominated for ByBlacksPeople’s Choice Award for Best Black Canadian Film Director and won the Writers For Writers Diversity Initiative Award from the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Her directorial project, Rainbow Baby, was selected by the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee for their Short Film Creation Lab 2020.

Trinity Square Video, CineFam and Caribbean Tales Film Festival also selected Monica to write, produce and direct her dramatic short film, Weeping Willow. That film, which was shot entirely on an iPhone 10x, went on to screen internationally – winning Best Micro Cinema Short at the CineFam Film Fest, being chosen as an Official Selection for the Lift-Off Sessions at Pinewood Studios UK, and a finalist at the Toronto Black Film Fest.



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Vanessa Carpino


Vanessa is a Toronto-based creative professional with a background in media, production and distribution. She is currently a sales manager in the theatrical distribution division at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada, where she plans and executes the theatrical distribution of films from Disney and its affiliated studios. Vanessa is an alumna of the University of Toronto, and Toronto Film School’s Writing for Film & Television program.



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Shelby Bronstine


A graduate of Toronto Film School, Shelby Bronstine is now the Manager of Business Affairs & Operations at Project 10 Productions. She developed her strengths for production coordination and organization in the VFX world, working previously as the Prep Comp Coordinator at Legend3D. Shelby worked closely with artists and senior production in order to complete VFX elements on multiple feature films including Ben-HurPassengers and Resident Evil 6. Switching gears, Shelby got the opportunity to learn the animation process as a Production Coordinator with Spin Master, working on seasons one and two of the successful kids’ series, Rusty Rivets. After one year of production, Shelby jumped at the chance to move into the development department as the Coordinator working on multiple series’ in various stages of development.




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