Robin Riad is an Egyptian-Canadian Toronto-based experimental filmmaker, animator and artist. Robin works primarily with analog mediums, specifically 16mm, Super8, and Regular 8mm film. She experiments with different modes of processing and direct animation for her films. An avid filmmaker, she devotes her time to organizations such as the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, as well as film festivals such as Toronto Arab Film and the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival. As one of the technicians at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), she supports many artists and independent filmmakers with their arts practice. 


Technical Experience

May 2022 - Present  Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) - Technical Administrator

October 2021-May 2022 Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) - Technical Coordinator 

August 2020-Present Niagara Custom Lab - Technician  

Teaching, Professional, and Administrative Experience

November 2022 LIFT - Workshop Instructor - Arri SRII 16mm and Aaton XTR Prod Super 16mm Cameras: In Person – Upcoming 

October 2022 LIFT/Toronto Metropolitan University  (TMU) - Workshop Instructor - Telecine for Found Footage/Archival Films – Upcoming 

September 2022 LIFT/ReelAbilities - Workshop Facilitator - Getting Started - Low/No-Cost Introductions to Filmmaking

July 2022  Big on Bloor - Workshop Facilitator - 16mm Pop-Up, Scratch on Film, Animation, Collage 

April 2022 TIFF - Guest - Young Creators Co-Lab: Launch Pad: Industry Networking Session

January 2021 - Present OCAD University - Teaching Assistant (Tutorial Leader) for Integrated Media courses Advanced Animation Studio 1 and 2, Introduction to Experimental Animation. 

January 2018 - Present Freelance Instructor - Freelance one-on-one sessions with filmmakers on analogue film. 


August 2022 - Present the8fest - Chair of the Board of Directors 

June 2022 - Present Toronto Arab Film - Member on the Board of Directors 

May 2022 - Present Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Center (CFMDC) - Member of the Board of Directors.

March 2022 - August 2022 the8fest - Member of the Board of Directors, member of the 2022 Programming Committee. 


OCAD University
Integrated Media: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation


2023 Toronto Queer Film Festival, screening of WIP, Toronto – Upcoming. 

2020 Gradex 105, OCADU, screening of The Double, Toronto

2019​ Screening of The Double​ at The Handlebar, Toronto

2019​ Screening of ​Retrograde Assemblage​ at The Handlebar, Toronto 

2019 ​Gradex 104, OCADU - Camera Operator for Sofy Mesa

2019 ​Gradex 104, OCADU - Film Technician for Kevin Feng 

2017-2019 ​Various screenings at INTM Department at OCAD University


2022 - Toronto Queer Film Festival - Animation Workshop Participant for Upcoming Toronto Queer Film Film Festival  in 2023

2019 - Recipient of the “OCAD Micro-Grant”, OCAD University Student Union

2019 - Recipient of the OCAD U (TSA Summer) Bursary for Full-time Students

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