Katia Shannon writes and directs films fuelled by a love for passionate stories of human endeavour. Her latest short film, Standstill, an atmospheric thriller, premiered at the 2019 Calgary International Film Festival and screened at the Bahamas International Film Festival as well as the Whistler Film Festival where it was nominated for the EDA award for Best Female-Directed Short presented by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.
Taking her first plunge in film at age 9, Katia wrote the winning script for a national contest run by the CBC (Radio-Canada). Produced in 35 mm, the short film opened the Carrousel International du film de Rimouski. She later graduated from Concordia University in Montréal with a BFA in Film Production and an award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. Her student shorts were selected in film festivals internationally.
Katia also has credits as a documentary editor, assistant director, post-production supervisor and assistant editor on several documentaries, broadcast on Sky UK, Direct TV, Canal D and YesTV. She recently completed the editing of the feature documentary Mental States, produced by ID Vision Films, which premiered at the 2019 Manhattan Film Festival and won the award for Best Social Justice film.