“We have an opportunity to tell a story about grieving in our youth – something we rarely see on film, but a reality that more and more of us are dealing with in our 20s and 30s. I am deeply connected to this project and the team behind it, and to have the support of WIDC and the award’s incredible sponsors will allow us to truly do the story justice.”
Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. Among them, COUNTDOWN has won a number of awards, including a Golden Sheaf for Best Director; NOT OVER EASY was a finalist in CBC’s Short Film Faceoff and swept all three awards at the NSI Online Film Festival; SECONDS won the 2012 TIFF RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition and the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award; and THE TUNNEL premiered at Cannes as part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program. Jordan directed all twenty-three episodes of the IPF-supported web series SPACE RIDERS: DIVISION EARTH for CTV.ca. The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director. Her first feature, WE WERE WOLVES, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her second feature, SUCK IT UP, won the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award and premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. She recently made her foray into television, directing on Saving Hope (CTV) and This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC). Jordan is a 2010 graduate of the Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and an alumna of TIFF Talent Lab, TIFF Pitch This!, and the WIDC Story and Leadership Program.