Katia Shannon writes and directs heartfelt films of love and adversity. Her latest, Standstill, premiered at the 2019 Calgary International Film Festival and is currently touring the festival circuit. The atmospheric thriller was also nominated for the EDA award for Best Female-Directed Short at the Whistler Film Festival 2019.
Taking her first plunge in film at the age of 9, Katia wrote the winning script for a national contest run by CBC (Radio-Canada). She studied Film Production at the renowned Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema where she was recognised with an award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking and her student films were selected in festivals internationally.
After graduating, Katia worked on several Hollywood and broadcast titles, as acting film commissioner for the region of the Laurentides, and as a documentary editor with her work broadcast on Sky UK, Direct TV, Canal D and YesTV. She recently edited the feature documentary Mental States which won the award for Best Social Justice film at the 2019 Manhattan Film Festival.
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