ALFONS ADETUYI, PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / PRESIDENT
Alfons Adetuyi is an award-winning producer and director recognized for both navigating the complexities of financing international co-productions and producing successful cross-cultural films and television series.
His company, Inner City Films, has produced over 130 episodes of primetime television as well as feature films that have been distributed in the US, Canada and Europe, including four official co-productions with South Africa: the first official SA/CA co-pro EKHAYA: A FAMILY CHRONICLE/ MOLO FISH (CBC/SABC), followed by JOZI H (CBC/SABC), LOVE JACKED and DREAMS OF THE MOON. Love Jacked opened the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles was released theatrically in the US and Canada and is currently streaming worldwide on Netflix. He also Executive Produced the feature film BEAT THE WORLD (Sony Pictures/Wild Bunch/eOne), GANESH, BOY WONDER (Discovery), and the TV series SKIN DEEP (SLICE/Oxygen) and NORTH/SOUTH (CBC).
Alfons directed and produced the award-winning feature film HIGH CHICAGO and during its festival tour of Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto, the film garnered both the Audience Choice Award and Best Canadian Feature at the Reelworld Film Festival. Alfons was featured in Indie Wire‘s ‘Shadow and Act’ Black Filmmakers to Watch and named as one of 2018’s Top 30 Black Directors.
Alfons’ sci-fi TV series, RIO TEN, has recently been selected for development by the Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive administered by CMF and the NFVF, making this his 5th Canada-South African co-production.
CORA TONNO, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
A successful developer, eager to forge new frontiers, Cora began working in film and television and exploring all areas of the business including sales, marketing and finance and now works as an Executive Producer overseeing the growth of Inner City Films (ICF). Under her tenure, ICF has developed a number of international co-productions with the UK, France, India and South Africa. Attending international film and TV markets, Cora secures financial partners for ICF’s production slate, which includes, sci-fi series, drama, trans-media and feature film.
LISA DI MICHELE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / EDITOR
Lisa Di Michele is an award-winning editor with more than a decade of editing experience in scripted and unscripted television, shorts, and feature film. She is also an experience executive producer working with US, Canada and South Africa productions. Di Michele’s work has aired on the CBC, NBC, Life, and Oxygen. She has edited numerous seasons of the provocative lifestyle TV series Skin Deep, award winning documentary Ganesh Boy Wonder. Her feature films include Trouble Sleeping, Love Jacked, High Chicago, and The Incredible 25th Year Of Mitzi Bearclaw.
ORLA GARRIQUES, MARKETING DIRECTOR
Orla Garriques is a multi-faceted professional working at the intersection of film, television, digital media and the arts. She has delivered collaborative initiatives that promote content and talent abroad for leading media institutions The National Film Board of Canada and South African Documentary Filmmakers’ Association. As a cultural curator, she has programmed films and professional forums at Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Reel World, and Durban FilmMart. Garriques is an alumna and mentor of the Canadian Film Centre, co-founded the 10-year MIC Mentorship program, and has worked with production companies in the areas of business affairs, marketing, digital content creation and audience engagement. Film and TV credits include: Little Mosque on the Prairie, Designer Guys, Guns, Made In Canada, Skin Deep, Jozi-H and Love Jacked.
CHERISE SOLOMON, DIGITAL CONTENT AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
Cherise is a digital media professional managing online presence, creating digital content and managing social media channels across Inner City Films’ companies and projects. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University and completed the OYA Pathways Program, where she was a casting assistant and post-production supervisor on her cohorts’ film Confessions. Cherise has produced digital content and live events for multi-disciplinary arts organizations including SuiteLife Arts, CELAFI’25 and Doe Eye Media’s Made In Canada. Her internship with ICF on ICF’s feature film Love Jacked brought fresh perspectives and evolved into a long-term position, where her varied skill set and background in design and communication make her a valued member of the ICF team.