Paul de Silva is a Gemini award-winning film and Television Producer/Director/Writer and Media and Arts and Culture educator and consultant. His career has spanned television broadcasting, independent film and television production, journalism, public education, and inter-cultural communications.
He is currently the Co-Director of the International Diaspora Film Festival based in Toronto, Canada www. diasporafilmfest.com and teaches Media and Film production at The Toronto Film School and at Ryerson University. He was the Vice President of Programming for Vision TV /One, The Body Mind and Spirit Channel and was previously Vision TV’s Director of Independent Production. He was previously Executive in charge of production at CBC Drama for the Gemini Award-winning drama anthology series Inside Stories.
He was Project Director for Canada One TV, an application to the CRTC for a Diversity focused TV/Internet channel.
He was a radio and television reporter with CBC News, a former Human Rights officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and a Communications officer with the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi, Kenya.
He is a recent graduate of the York Ryerson Joint Ph.D. Programme in Communications and Culture and undertaking research in the area of screen-based media, and the role it plays in identity formation, citizen engagement, and social cohesion in diasporic communities.