Senior Director - CBC Films
As Senior Director of CBC Films for Canada’s public broadcaster, Mehernaz Lentin is responsible for overseeing the funding and pre-licensing of Canadian features for broadcast and streaming on CBC platforms. An award-winning independent producer with over 20 years’ experience in the Canadian film and television industry, Lentin began her career at the Canadian Film Centre in 1990: working closely with Filmmakers in Residence, coordinating the Master Lecture Series and developing new programs to highlight the work of Canadian creators. Since then, she has worked with some of Canada’s leading filmmakers, with producing credits that include: Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015, Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell), Fall (2014, Terrance Odette), Invisible City (2009, Hubert Davis), Toxic Trespass (2007, Barri Cohen), and three Deepa Mehta features: Heaven on Earth (2008), The Republic of Love (2003) and Bollywood/Hollywood (2002). She has served on juries for the Canadian Screen Awards, Gemini and Genie Awards, Telefilm Canada’s Screenwriters Assistance Programme, Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Feature Film Development Fund, and was a board member for the Toronto Film Commission from 2013 to 2015.
CBC Films encompasses the national public broadcaster’s continued investment in Canadian cinema and spans film initiatives including funding, pre-buys and acquisitions for CBC broadcast and streaming platforms. CBC Films funding supports the production of feature films led by female, LGBTQ, Indigenous and diverse filmmakers that reflect, represent, and reframe a range of perspectives through character-driven stories that are at the centre of the Canadian experience.