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.
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.
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