Heather K. Dahlstrom

Heather K. Dahlstrom

Program Completed at the CFC

Short Dramatic Film Program

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Heather K. Dahlstrom is a filmmaker, photographer and writer born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, a graduate of the Confederation College Film Production program (’99) and alumni of the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab (’12). Heather currently lives in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and is the owner of The XY Company.

She was nominated in 2011 for an Ontario's Premier Award, for Outstanding College graduates, and was nominated in 2014 for a Best Motion Picture Canadian Screen Award for the feature film EMPIRE OF DIRT, which she co-produced with Jennifer Podemski & Geoff Ewart.

EMPIRE OF DIRT premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (’13), and had its US premiere at the Palm Springs Film Festival (’14). EMPIRE OF DIRT was nominated for five 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (Best Motion Picture, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing), taking home the award for Best Screenplay – Shannon Masters (CFC Alumni – ’05).

Previously her BravoFACT funded short TEN FOR GRANDPA had its world premiere at Sundance (’09), and went on to play at over 50 festivals, world wide. Other shorts produced for BravoFACT include: REVIELLE (’13 – Golden Sheaf Award nominated), THE GOLDEN TICKET (’13 – Golden Sheaf Award nominated), DAVE VS DEATH (’12 – Golden Sheaf Award nominated), FINAL VIEW (’12), DOG EAT DOG (’10), THE ROSE SELLER (’10). Independently produced shorts include: SINKERS (’14), KAKABEKA (’13), THE APPOINTMENT (’10), A GUIDING HAND (’10), SNAPS (’04), GUMMI (’00).

Heather produced the Canadian Film Centre Short Dramatic Film Program film HOW TO RID YOUR LOVER OF A NEGATIVE EMOTION CAUSED BY YOU!, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (’10). The film went on to be nominated for numerous awards, and won the Best Horror Short award at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in 2011.

Heather currently works as the Northern Ontario Film Outreach Officer for Cultural Industries Ontario North, helping to cultivate and promote Northern Ontario as a film, television & media production location.