Jordana Aarons has produced award winning dramatic & documentary films. Aarons’ films have participated in over 100 festival screenings.
Some highlights include the films Tongue Bully, in competition at Sundance; Adam Avenger directed by Chris Trebilcock, awarded the Golden Sprocket at TIFF Sprockets (TIFF Kids) & the Golden Kite at Nueva Miranda Film Festival; and the climate change docs The Polar Explorer and The Antartica Challenge, winning numerous international awards, released theatrically and on TV throughout Europe, and broadcast domestically by the CBC. Aarons co-produced Stage to Screen, 6 short films celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre premiering during TIFF 2013 and featuring the talents of Canada’s top emerging filmmakers. The films enjoyed impressive festival runs. In particular, Danis Goulet’s Wakening screened before TIFF’s opening night gala film at the Elgin was invited into competition at Sundance, presented in Berlin by ImagineNative and winner of ReelWorld’s Best Short Award, and Jeremy Ball’s The Archivist, which was invited to the Cannes Film Festival as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program and played Fantasia Film Festival. In the same year, Aarons produced the short films Detention, a teen-zombie-thriller by Will Pascoe screening at Mile High Film Festival, and No Free Ride directed by Bruce MacDonald. Aarons was the Supervising Producer of season 3 for the Canadian Screen Award winning hit series Ruby Sky Pi for CBC TV and Web. She Executive Produced the short film Mariner by writer/director Thyrone Tommy which premiered at TIFF in 2016 and was chosen for TIFF’s Top Ten Canadian Shorts.
Recently completed is the short film Roped based on the Margaret Atwood poem “Half-hanged Mary”, written and directed by Riel Stone.
In development is the crime-thriller Needles, which has received ongoing development funding from the Harold Greenberg Fund and was invited to Whistler’s Feature Project Lab. Needles is now being developed for TV as a limited series.
Aarons sat on the International Jury for Film Racing’s 24 & 100 Hour competitions from 2010 to 2014 and the short film jury for Toronto’s Reel Indie Festival 2014 & 2015. She has produced the Industry Series Conference for Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival from 2014 to 2016.