VAFF Industry Insight VI² Panel – TOKENS, How to Web Series

Date: November 20, 2021 (Saturday)

Time: 1:00 pm (PST) | 4:00 pm (EST)

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Description: How to Webseries: Case Study

TOKENS, created by  Winnifred Jong Case Study with Canada Media Fund


Winnifred Jong is an award winning Toronto-based filmmaker and alumna of the Women In the Director’s Chair. Since being named one of Playback’s 5-to-Watch in 2018 she has gone on to direct episodes of CORONER, HEARTLAND, PRETTY HARD CASES, NURSES, ENDLINGS, and PRIVATE EYES. In 2020, she received a Directors’ Guild of Canada Award for her work on Hallmark’s MYSTERY 101: DEAD TALK.

Winnifred created, wrote and directed the comedic web series TOKENS; boldly becoming the first short form series to be nominated for Best Ensemble at the ACTRA Awards and went on to receive four Canadian Screen Award nominations (including Best Writing) and winning for Best Direction. In 2020 she was recognized with the Sandi Ross Award.

She is currently working as the producing-director on OWN’s upcoming series THE KINGS OF NAPA which will premiere in January 2022.  Other upcoming credits include WB/CW’s KUNG FU and Netflix’s FIREFLY LANE.


Monica Keen has worked at Telefilm Canada since 1991 in various capacities.  She began her career at Telefilm as a development analyst, has also worked as a feature film analyst and is currently a CMFPA business analyst.  For the past 14 years she has worked primarily as a member of the Canada Media Fund’s Program Administration team helping to administer a number of funds including the Indigenous, POV, Diverse Languages, Digital Linear Series and Performance Envelope Programs.





Andrew Chung

Andrew Chung is a Writer/Director based in Toronto. His films have screened at festivals around the world, and have been broadcast on Air Canada, CBC, and the Super Channel. His short film, “Ma“, won him Best Short Film at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and his critically acclaimed digital series, “Millions“, won him Best Director at the Marseille Web Fest in France. His feature film, “White Elephant“, won Best Feature Film, Best Director, and Best Writer at the Reelworld Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature and Best Overall Performance at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and Best Ensemble and Best Set Design at the Canadian Film Fest.

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