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ANNIE COUTU, Filmmaker

Annie Coutu, independent filmmaker having family and company in Gatineau (Quebec), was born in Rouyn Noranda on April 16, 1972. Annie was awarded first prize for an advertisement concept in 1990 when she directed on live radio and in front of an audience her advertisement. In 1999, she decided to take a chance by directing her own script called From A Distance which was broadcasted on local stations. Loving the experience but wishing to further her skills of the industry, she received via e-mail her answer : the Hollywood Film Festival.


Back from the festival, Annie directed a documentary in the series Lignes de vie about cancer and nutrition which was broadcasted on Canal Vie and TFO.

Afterwards, Annie decided to tackle on her big project: Unexpected. To do this, she started her own production company, Aïsha Productions, and in June 2000, she invested everything she had to start the action. She would present her world premiere on September 14, 2001 in Toronto where she won the Indie Spirit Award - award given simultaneously to both the movie and filmmaker. After having traveled a lot, the movie found itself in nomination in the 2003 IFCT, an international competition where the movie traveled around the world and was nominated for Best International Film.

Since then she worked on many documentaries including A Woman’s Passion, directed Femmes De Pouvoir/ in the series Ça Clique/ which was broadcasted on APTN, Rouler vers l’autonomie which was done with disabled people for which she received an award for her implication in the community. Her film Rewrite your life also received the honourable mention in NYC. Her two lastest documentaries, Retrouvailles and Célébrons la présence aux coeurs de nos vies, will be screened in 2011.

With a real passion for the music, Annie has worked on the series Le Garage to select the next super star and did an experimental video with Efea and as well as R&B with Le Son De L'Afro and Je Danse La Vie.

She has worked on feature film projects like Scare Farm, Teachers Crime and Dead at 17 as well as Metal Tornado. In 2010, she released as a director the TV series Les trésors de la Petite-Nation.

She is now taking her passion to a new level. She finds that a good way to change the world is by choosing projects that reflect her engagements: family, environmental issues, complexity of the human being. The Hero, Manoir aux sortillèges, A Fish Story, Auberge Rouge and Mathias are some of the feature films on which she is working and who will be hitting the screen soon.

ROBERT CORDILEONE, Producer

Robert Cordileone is a producer of filmed entertainment with credits in motion pictures (Mathias, Burning Mussolini, Crossing Nirvana); television series (Les Trésors de la Petite Nation); and documentaries (Test Drive) - both in front of and behind the camera. Robert's career began in his family's accounting business, which later led him to a position with one of Quebec's leading labor unions negotiating contracts, salaries and social benefits for 6000 members of his own local. After 8 dedicated years, Robert left to pursue his life's passion - the film industry.


Robert learned the ropes by having a hands-on approach, rising quickly from intern to production assistant to 1st assistant director. Most recently, he co-produced a documentary film (Retrouvailles avec un Professeur) with Quebec filmmaker Annie Coutu. Robert's accounting and contract negotiations skills were such valuable assets to the production, that he knew he had found his niche in the industry.

Presently, through his company Cordileone Productions, Robert is developing several film and television projects, including a feature film script he's co-writing which is being tracked by one of the Hollywood's talent agencies. His competency in all aspects of the production process - from initial stages of researching to the physical organizing of the production makes Robert Cordileone one of Canada's emerging producers to keep an eye on.

ORLIN DOBREFF, Producer

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1970, Orlin Dobreff emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1993. While in Canada, Orlin attended Concordia University as well as owning multiple stores and kiosks around Quebec for 6 years. He became a Canadian citizen in 1998. In 2000, while visiting his brother in Los Angeles, Orlin was presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to work in the production office of a brand new television show on CBS.


When the show first aired in September of that year, it became the number one hit show in the USA and a year later, the number one television show in the world – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Within the first six months in the production offices, Orlin developed a close relationship with the creator / executive producer of the show Anthony E. Zuiker. Later that year, Anthony asked Orlin to become his Executive Assistant. Orlin took that great opportunity and ran with it.

For the next seven years Orlin worked with Anthony in all stages of producing and creating the CSI shows for broadcast. Specifically, breaking stories, conceiving ideas, developing ideas, writing outlines, giving notes, creating characters, casting and writing scripts. In 2002 Orlin helped launch CSI: Miami and in 2004 CSI: NY.

In 2007, Orlin was promoted to Vice-President of Production of “Dare to Pass Productions”, Anthony E. Zuiker’s production company. He is holding this position till present day. The company has a development deal with CBS Television for 6 years to develop and produce more television shows and movies. Orlin is involved on a day to day basis of the conceiving the ideas, developing and producing all projects.

Orlin currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 10 years and their two children age 6 and 4.