“I’m so thrilled to receive this amazing award. I can’t thank Women In the Director’s Chair, Carol Whiteman and the jury enough for making my dream come true. With the help of the WIDC Feature Film Award I’m looking forward to creating a beautiful and impactful film.”
Born in Seoul, Korea, and based in Toronto, ON, Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. With a degree in English Lit at U of T, she worked as a journalist at Maclean’s. She attended Ryerson: Image Arts and the 2008 Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film, ROCK GARDEN: NOT A LOVE STORY, described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful”, has won numerous prizes including the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. Her CBC film, THE AUCTION, premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and won Best Short Film, the Audience Choice Award: 2012 WIFT Short Film Showcase and Children’s Jury Prize: Seattle Film Festival for Children, and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. Her other works have won numerous Golds, at the Bessies, the Marketing Awards, ONE CLUB; her OAC-commissioned work, WHY DO I DANCE… has had almost a million views on Youtube since April, 2012; she was in the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab; is a mentor for youth (Female Eye Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival, Hot Docs). She has recently directed the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary film, LIVE, LOVE, ART…, which won Best Interview Film at PR Daily Video Awards and FLAMENCO for CBC (nominated Best Short at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and at KAFFNY). Her script, DEBRA AND MONA won the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award and was featured in the 2015 Spotlight on Screenwriters. Gloria is an alumna of the WIDC CAM, Toronto.