Danishka Esterhazy

Danishka Esterhazy

Program Completed at the CFC

Cineplex Entertainment Film Program (Directors' Lab)

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Celebrated for her female-driven stories, director Danishka Esterhazy is a graduate of the Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute and the Talent Lab at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her debut feature, Black Field, won the Best Feature Drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and the Best Canadian Feature award at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival. Danishka’s films have screened in festivals and theaters around the world including the Rome International Film Festival, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, the Short Film Festival of India, La Maison Rouge in Paris, and Kölner Filmhaus in Germany. Her films have been broadcast on CBC, Bravo, Super Channel and Movie Central. Danishka is also a recipient of the prestigious Kodak New Vision Award – awarded by Women in Film and Television Toronto. Esterhazy was recently part of the pUNK Films Femmes Lab – a screenwriting initiative founded by filmmaker Ingrid Veninger and funded by Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo. Esterhazy is a current member of Alliance for Women Directors and Film Fatales - a collective of female feature directors dedicated to breaking down gender barriers in the film industry. Esterhazy is now in pre-production for her new feature film “Level 16” — a dystopian thriller that will be a Canadian/New Zealand co-production.