Nadia Litz

Nadia Litz

Program Completed at the CFC

Cineplex Entertainment Film Program (Directors' Lab), Short Dramatic Film Program

Title of CFC Production Involved In


Completion Year

2009, 2010

Current Information


She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A former child actor, she has described herself as somewhat ambitious. She is of Russian, Polish and British descent. She took an interest in films at the age of 6, and started living in Toronto at 17 to attend York University, but left to audition for the title role in the 1997 film version of Lolita, which she lost to Dominique Swain.

Litz would go on to achieve a long acting resume, although she often received no money for her parts and instead chose projects she liked. In 1998 and 1999 she appeared in episodes of the Canadian television series Due South and Wind at My Back. She starred in Jeremy Podeswa's The Five Senses that screened at The Director's Fortnight in Cannes. She later received the title role in the short filmEvelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl (2002) by Brad Peyton. That year, she also appeared in thetelevision film Salem Witch Trials as Mary Walcott (here called May Walcott), and has starred in films such as Rhinoceros Eyes (2003) and Monkey Warfare (2006) for which she won a Vancouver Critics Award and You Are Here (2011).

Eye Weekly has described her career by saying she was praised for her role in The Five Senses, and that magazine credited her work in Love That Boy with transforming "a potentially irritating character- Phoebe, a 21-year-old overachiever who accidentally falls for a boy seven years her junior- into an oddly endearing figure who's surprised to find herself wracked by the aches that love brings." Her honours have included being named by Maclean's magazine as "25 People Under 25 To Watch" for The Five Senses, and being nominated for a Gemini Award for acting in the television miniseries After the Harvest.

While studying film theory, Litz briefly considered law school as a "fallback career possibility," although the law degree would be used for film production and not to leave the film business. She explained to the press that "I work, but I work in independent films. There have been a few years that I have made a living and a few years that I haven't. It's a struggle for anyone trying to have a full-time career in film in Canada. Or anywhere."

Litz's graduating year she wrote, directed, shot and edited her first short film, on super 8 film called Remembering The Only Time I Tried To Stop My Heart From Failing (and Failed).

In 2009 she attended the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus and studied under Janusz Kaminski and Tilda Swinton who were guest moderators. Later that year, she was accepted as a Director-in-Residence to Norman Jewison's sought after program at the Canadian Film Center. There she directed the successful short film called How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You! which made its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, described by The Style Notebook as "one of the best films at TIFF this year!"