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Our Team &

Board of Directors

Submissions Director &



Mardig has been working with MIWAFF since the company’s formation in 2015. He oversees the submissions of films as the Submission Director.   


Since 2015 , Mardig has been exposed to film production , marketing and judging .

Mardig Bidanian

Festival Director


Originally from Montreal, Canada, Eddy Kara started making films at the age of 17. After graduating from Vanier College with a specialization in Theatre, he graduated from the Vancouver Film School in Film Production.

Since 2016, he has been the Festival Director of the MIWAFF, where he won the award for Best Director in 2015, for his work in "The Sociopath's Guild".

2015 & 2019 Wreath Award Winner
Eddy Kara

Communications &

Member of the Board


Matthew Benzrihem is a podcast personality. Having launched his two years ago, he has been an advocate for film and politics. He was also a contributor and consultant for MIWAFF 2019, and is a member of this year’s Board of Directors. He is in charge of festival operations and logistics since this year it is virtual. He is currently completing his studies for a Bachelor’s in Political Science at Concordia University.

Matthew Benzrihem
Olivia Jastrzebski

Festival Consultant

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