Canadian Female Directors working on Indie Films

by gloriay-19399 | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public

This is a work-in-progress list of female directors in Canada who are making Canadian content in the Independent Film Scene.

1. Deepa Mehta

Director | Fire

Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and ...

3. Hannah Cheesman

Actress | Mama

Hannah Cheesman is a CSA-nominated actor, writer and filmmaker based in Toronto and LA. Named one of Playback's 2015 "Five to Watch" and a 2014 TIFF Emerging Canadian Filmmaker, Hannah's hit digital series "Whatever, Linda" has won 16 awards worldwide, most recently scooping up the top prize during...

5. Gloria Yazdani

Actress | Sisters of Mercy

Gloria Yazdani is a highly seasoned entertainer with expertise in film, live theatre and television production.

She enjoys proven success producing, directing, performing, and publicizing original entertainment for both English and Persian-speaking audience in North America since 2008. In addition ...

6. Rebeccah Love

Writer | Acres

Rebeccah Love is a writer and director, known for Acres (2018), Ripe (2019) and A Woman's Block (2018).

7. Caroline Monnet

Director | Ikwe

Caroline Monnet is an award winning filmmaker and visual artist working in film/video, installation and printmaking. Her work has been exhibited extensively in film festivals and galleries, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand vidéoformes (France), Urban Shaman ...

8. Eva Cvijanovic

Animation_department | Hedgehog's Home

9. Naledi Jackson

Writer | The Drop In

Naledi Jackson is known for her work on The Drop In (2017) and Anne (2017).

10. Ashley McKenzie

Director | Werewolf

Ashley McKenzie is an emerging writer-director from Cape Breton Island, Canada. Her 2015 short 4 Quarters screened at TIFF, VIFF, Stockholm IFF, Festival du nouveau cinema, and won Best Short Film at the Atlantic Film Festival. With her previous work, Stray ('13), When You Sleep ('12), and Rhonda's...

11. Sophy Romvari

Director | Pumpkin Movie

Sophy Romvari is a director and actress, known for Pumpkin Movie (2017), It's Him (2017) and Let Your Heart Be Light (2016).

12. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

13. Stella Meghie

Director | Jean of the Joneses

Stella Meghie is a director and writer, known for Jean of the Joneses (2016).

14. Jennifer Baichwal

Director | Manufactured Landscapes

Jennifer Baichwal was born in 1965 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is a director and producer, known for Manufactured Landscapes (2006), Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) and Watermark (2013).

15. Mireille Dansereau

Director | La vie rêvée

Mireille Dansereau was born on December 19, 1943. She is a director and writer, known for La vie rêvée (1972), Le sourd dans la ville (1987) and Heart Break (1979).

16. Torill Kove

Animation_department | The Danish Poet

Torill Kove is known for her work on The Danish Poet (2006), My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts (1999) and Me and My Moulton (2014).

17. Karen Lam

Writer | Evangeline

Karen Lam is a writer and director, known for Evangeline (2013), Chiral (2015) and The Meeting (2013).

19. Ruba Nadda

Director | Cairo Time

Ruba Nadda is an internationally and critically acclaimed writer, director and producer living in Toronto. She has written and directed 17 films which include: Cairo Time (2009); Sabah (2005); Aadan (2004); Unsettled (2001); and I always come to you (2000); Blue turning Grey over you (1999), Black ...

20. Martine Chartrand

Director | Âme noire - Black Soul

Martine Chartrand is a director and writer, known for Âme noire - Black Soul (2001), MacPherson (2012) and T.V. Tango (1992).

23. Sook-Yin Lee

Actress | Shortbus

Sook-Yin Lee was born in 1966 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress and writer, known for Shortbus (2006), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) and Octavio Is Dead! (2018).

24. Domee Shi

Animation_department | Inside Out

Domee Shi is known for her work on Inside Out (2015), Bao (2018) and Incredibles 2 (2018).

25. Terre Nash

Editor | Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics

Terre Nash was born in 1949 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada as Teresa Nash. She is an editor and director, known for Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics (1995), If You Love This Planet (1982) and Speaking Our Peace (1985).

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