Governance

OSIF is governed by an artist-run board of directors.  We use the management board model for governing and directing the activities of the organization. The board meets monthly and is actively involved with the society's membership and programming. The Board's duties are to uphold the society's constitution and bylaws, and support the mandate of the organization.

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OSIF Board of Directors - 2021/22


CHELSEA MCEVOY

OSIF President

Chelsea Jade McEvoy is an award winning film director and producer, residing in the Okanagan Valley. Graduating Confederation College’s Film Program in 2011, Chelsea got her start in the industry as a Training Assistant Director on big budget features. Focusing on community engagement and stories that matter, Chelsea has directed several documentaries and short films that focus on the human condition. When she’s not in the director’s chair you can find her behind the lens, an editing station or a pen. Her films will make you laugh, cry and more importantly think. What’s next for Chelsea? She plans to stay focused on her directing career, easing into narrative features and documentary work. “I hope to entertain while changing people’s perspectives and ideas”



ERIN HAZLEHURST

OSIF Vice-President

Erin is an active member of the Independent Film Community as a screenwriter and producer. Most recently, a film she co-wrote and was an associate Producer for (The Sinners) received 5 Leo nominations, and currently appears on all platforms. She currently has several films is pre-production and won dozens of awards as a screenwriter or filmmaker.



Ryan Tebbutt

Director at Large

Ryan Tebbutt is a filmmaker & owner of Edge Digital Media Inc. based out of Kelowna, British Columbia. He has been in the industry for 15 years has worked in a variety of mediums including; feature films, feature documentaries, television and commercials. Formerly working with Pyramid Productions out of Calgary, AB and now working with his production company Ryan has produced and directed multiple award-winning films and is dedicated to telling stories that matter. 

A long time supporter of the local film scene, Ryan is also a past OSIF president (2014) and two time Horrorfest Winner. You can find Ryan grinding away most days on his edit suite or filming for clients around the Okanagan. 


MATT BROWN

Director at Large

Matt was born and raised down in the Fraser Valley until he made his move to the Okanagan in 2002. Since living in the Okanagan, Matt has run several acting programs teaching over a 1,000 students. On top of teaching, Matt works as an actor and director.

Matt started acting on stage at a young age and kept with it. He has studied under the tutelage of Bev Holmes, Scott Swan, Cheryl Matheson, Allan Lysell and Matthew Harrison. Matt also studied for his BFA at UBC-O majoring in Film, Sculpture and Creative Writing.

His credits range from different theatre companies to various independent/professional film roles to music videos (both directed and acted). Brown has appeared on stage in over 50 live productions and has been in over 30 amateur/indie/professional films.



MATT STEWART

Director at Large

Former Executive Director of OSIF -> Matt Stewart (he/him) is a Community Cultivator, ‘Den Mother’ and Executive Coach to entrepreneurs. His "YES, AND..." approach has been fostered & developed over the past 20+ years from coaching, collaborating and advising Senior Leaders across North America in a variety of industries -including: Healthcare, Global Finance, Major International Sport Events including the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan Am Games and Film Production. After a diagnosis of leukemia, Matt left his coaching practice in Canada’s Financial district and moved to Mountains in the Okanagan of British Columbia to Build Community

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KIMBERLY BILLINTON

Director at Large

I am currently the showrunner for an upcoming audio drama in the Okanagan where I have brought many local creatives together to work on the series. I am an active member in the independent film industry as a screenwriter who is part of the Okanagan Screenwriting Guild. I am a past winner of the OSIF Script to Scream competition (2018). In addition, I have a background in marketing, with an emphasis in digital marketing and have helped many independent artists promote their own work and teaching them how to use digital tools available to spread awareness about funding campaigns and classes. I would like to bring these skills to both promote OSIF and educate filmmakers in how to use low-cost digital tools to boost their own creative endeavours. I have also run ads in the past for OSIF and their events/competitions and workshops. Currently, I work for New Vintage Theatre as their Festival Organizer, organizing both the Kelowna Fan Experience and Kelowna International Fringe Festival. Both festivals have synergies with OSIF and my event organization experience can assist in organizing OSIF events that are interesting, cost effective, and meaningful for a variety of stakeholders.


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MATT FORSTER

Director at Large

Matthew Che'z Forster was born in the North of England, in the ship building town of Barrow-in-Furness. In 2009, Matt ventured to the Okanagan to visit family, but instead started his own, and hasn't looked back across the pond since.

In 2019, Matt has jumped head first into the Okanagan film industry, working on over 2 dozen MOW's and Hallmarks in either background or actor roles, taking on numerous lead roles in several indie movies and commercials and had the opportunity to work on a major film "Dangerous", filmed in Kamloops.

While he doesn't have many years experience within the film industry, he's hoping that his life experiences, creative talent and unwavering passion for the community will be enough to add something different and bring a new perspective to the team.

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