Out On Screen has been in the midst of an executive transition. The search committee’s priority was to find a candidate who could build upon the amazing growth and development of the past 15 years as well as bring fresh new perspectives to invigorate our work. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Stephanie Goodwin, Out On Screen’s new Executive Director. Stephanie brings more than a decade of seasoned leadership experience from the internationally recognized organization Greenpeace, most recently as the B.C. Director.

“Out On Screen has grown into a seasoned and mature queer arts and education organization, and the Board is excited to launch a new chapter under the leadership of Stephanie Goodwin. She brings a passion for the arts, an understanding of the transformative power of film to build vibrant communities, and the tested skills and expertise to grow the organization. Exciting times!” says James Ong, Board Chair.

Stephanie brings a demonstrated record of success in directing $2 million fundraising campaigns, negotiating high-stakes agreements with diverse stakeholders including governments and First Nations, and leading an award-winning team to excellence. She was a key player in the largest rainforest protection package in North American history.

As an architect of the Great Bear Rainforest agreements, she understands what it takes to build and preserve an ambitious, visionary legacy. “Having built a reputation for high impact leadership wherever I am with Greenpeace, whether in the Brazilian Amazon or in European boardrooms, I am profoundly excited to be rooting myself with Out On Screen. I am ready to lead, to continue building a strong, lasting, queer arts organization with an ambitious vision and large supporting community.” says Stephanie.

Stephanie is passionate about the power of cinema to awaken, connect, and catalyze us and is she eager to apply her skills in service of illuminating, celebrating and advancing queer lives. As a long-time festie, Stephanie knows our reputation for programming groundbreaking and provocative work that foregrounds the experiences most likely to be underrepresented in the cinema. As part of our festival community, she intimately knows the impact a truly community-based festival has on each of our members and our collective whole. She is excited to meet our members and communities and listen to what your vision and ideas are for the festival.

Her Master’s work in anti-oppressive education, particularly as it pertain to settler-Indigenous relations in Canada, will bring a depth of knowledge of the sector’s best-practices to Out in Schools. “The way in which we reconcile honest, equitable and reciprocal relationships with and between each other, particularly between settlers in Canada and Indigenous peoples, is one of the challenges of our time. I’m invigorated that the kind of transformational change that I’ve experienced delivering anti-oppression education is being actively carried out with Out On Screen,” says Stephanie.

Out in Schools is unique among queer film festival education programming. The curriculum pushes the leading edge of how to talk about sexuality and gender in classrooms and the facilitators are compelling role models who bring the queer and trans youth experience to life. “Education is an important component of making change.” Stephanie explains. “Out in Schools actively engages youth by providing a critical platform for dialogue between queer youth, their allies, and others about the queer lived experience.”

Stephanie begins November 2nd.