Panels & Workshops

Panels & Workshops

Learn something new at KFX! There’s something for everyone whether you’re interested in acting, cosplay, podcasts, table-top gaming, or more! Please note some of these workshops/panels have limited spacing. Pre-registration is encouraged where applicable.

Celebrity Guest panel: Gigi Saul Guerrero

3:15 – 4:15 PM – Sunday July 16th

Kelowna Community Theatre

Born and raised in Mexico City, also known by fans as “La Muñeca Del Terror” in Latin America. She is a Mexican genre director/filmmaker and actress now living in Vancouver Canada, Gigi graduated with honors at Capilano University’s BOSA CENTRE FOR FILM AND ANIMATION and is also a current Directing instructor at Vancouver Film School. She has been praised as one of the top, emerging directors in the horror genre by Empire, Dread Central, Fangoria and Bloody Disgusting.


Business In Cosplay

With Kristy North Peigan aka Kristiclesgg

Making your hobby a potential business! Learn some methods for creating a business in cosplay and how you can give back to your community with your passions, and even possibly make a living from it as well. We will touch on everything from selling prints, making merchandise, community engagement, and more!

Building community Through Independent Filmmaking

With OSIF and YKA

1:00 – 1:45 PM – Saturday July 15th

Kelowna Community Theatre

The Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking (OSIF) and YKA Films discuss independent filmmaking and answer your questions. Learn how you can get started, the landscape of the industry in our region, cool projects that have been happening, and what it’s like working as an independent filmmaker.

Hear us Scream!: Introducing the Feminist Horror Genre

With Ann McKinnon and Jessica Stites Mor

2:15 – 3:15 PM – Sunday July 16th

Kelowna Community Theatre

Enjoy a conversation with gender scholar Ann McKinnon from Okanagan College and film historian Jessica Stites Mor of UBCO about scream queens, witches, monsters and how horror helps us deal with social and emotional issues. They’ll walk you through some of the major themes and greatest hits of the genre. (Presentation followed by Q&A).

Indigenous Cosplay and Representation

With Kristy North Peigan aka Kristiclesgg

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Saturday July 15th

Kelowna Community Theatre

Cosplaying Indigenously! We talk about indigenous experiences in cosplay, and the impact and inclusion of indigenous representation in cosplay and in friend groups. We will also chat about what is and is not appropriate with famous characters in pop culture, what you are “allowed” to cosplay, and what is cultural appropriation. Long-time cosplayer Kristy North Peigan aka Kristiclesgg is a Blackfoot cosplayer from the Piikani Nation specializing in foam crafting and prop making. We talk about shared experiences and how to respect your indigenous friends when making cosplay groups!

So you wanna Work On a Movie?


1:00 – 1:45 PM – Sunday July 16th

Kelowna Community Theatre

Enjoy a panel with IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), a world-renowned organization representing the most talented and skilled professionals in the entertainment industry.

Local Celebrity Panel – Matt Brown

5:45 – 6:45 PM – Saturday July 15th

Kelowna Community Theatre

Enjoy a panel with Matt Brown! Matt started acting on stage at a young age and kept with it, and studied for his BFA at UBC-O majoring in Film, Sculpture, and Creative Writing. His credits range from different theatre companies to various independent and 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.

So you Wanna Be a Theatre Star?

With Bonnie Gratz

12:15 – 12:45 – Sunday July 16th

Kelowna Community Theatre

Are you ready to rock the stage, but not sure where to start? Want to move from community theatre to the professional world? Join New Vintage Theatre’s Artistic Director as she gives you the theatre star 101.

Working At Disneyworld: The Life of a cast Member

With Marta Oraniewicz and Keiko Bolen

1:30 – 2:00 PM – Sunday July 16th

Black Box Theatre

Sit down and hear about the life of two former Disney World cast members and how they ended up working in the happiest place on earth.


How-to-Play Magic: The Gathering 

With Aaron Johnson

Join the over 35 million people in the world already playing the famous trading card game Magic: The Gathering. Learn how to play, start your card collection, and learn strategies for victory with long-time player Aaron Johnson.

How-to-Play: Dungeons and Dragons

With Aaron Johnson

Start Adventuring with the Legendary Tabletop RPG, Dungeons and Dragons! Learn how to make your own character and how to play D&D with Local DM, Aaron Johnson, who will be running a One-Shot Adventure after the Seminar! Don’t worry about dice, just bring your spirit for adventure!