Koumbie  - Selection Committee, Guest Artist Mentor
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Koumbie (she/they) is an award winning actor, director, writer and producer based in Kjipuktuk/ Halifax, Nova Scotia. In front of the camera they have appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV’s Aquateam, CBC’s Mr. D, Studio Black, Diggstown, Moonshine, and the final season of Outtv’s Sex & Violence. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award winning short films, including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave film, Ariyah & Tristan’s Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode of Studio Black S2. In 2016 she was named a “One to Watch” by Sea in Be Scene, in 2018 she was selected as a Five in Focus – Atlantic director and in the same year won a Telefilm Talent to Watch grant. In 2022 Koumbie received a Wave Award for their dedication to the industry and was named by Atlantic Business as one of their top 30 under 30. As an advocate and community member she serves as Vice President on ACTRA Maritimes Council, chair of WIFT-Atlantic and on numerous other boards and committees. Their passion for equity, safety and inclusion has also led them to become one of the first Intimacy Coordinators in Atlantic Canada.  Her feature film bystanders premiered at Atlantic International Film Festival where is took home The Best Atlantic Script Award and continued on to have a successful cross country theatrical release. Koumbie is drawn to stories that feature new voices and perspectives.

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