Nikila Cole

WIDC Alumna:
WIDC 2013 – Banff
Location: Toronto, ON / LA, CA
Genres: documentary, drama, life style
Formats: digital media long form, feature film, short film, limited series, television series
Agent: Sohrab Merchant (416.964.8522 x271), The Characters Talent Agency
Previous Work:

My Father, Joe
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Wanderings: A Journey to Connect
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Out of Nowhere
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Nikila (Nikki) Cole has established an international reputation as an award-winning writer, producer, and director. Formerly a critically acclaimed choreographer and theater director, she transitioned into film production and continued circling the globe with her 11-year old daughter Sarah for three years. They created a PBS and Vision TV documentary Wanderings: A Journey to Connect, as they explored strange and unusual Jewish communities from Korea to Iceland to India. She was the Series Producer/director of You…Me & the Kids for WTN and also produced audio-visual materials for Vancouver’s Pacific Space Centre, the King Abdulaziz Historical Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was production manager for several English and foreign language Motion Simulator Ride films including Mars and Seatrek for SimEx Inc. Her other documentaries and dance films include Paul’s Piece of Sky (PBS) about a struggling African American Dance Company and INTIMACIES about Michael Kearns, Hollywood’s first openly HIV+ actor. (Bravo, Audience Vote: Best Documentary, Palm Springs Int’l Film Fest).

Now, after an extensive career as a writer/producer/director/story producer of over 15 factual series including The Shopping Bags, Take This House & Sell It, Till Debt Do Us Part, Four Weddings, Storage Wars Canada, and Ice Road Truckers, she’s expanded into scripted entertainment with a dramatic BravoFACT short, My Father, Joe adapted from a story by Jack Engelhard (Indecent Proposal).  After winning five international awards including the Special Jury Remi Award at WorldFest Houston, it was well received in the Cannes Marche, broadcast on The Movie Channel and released on iTunes.

She directed the Canadian Screen Awards nominated Tessa and Scott about Canada’s Olympic ice dancing champions for the W Network, as well the CSA nominated Keeping Canada Alive, and Canada’s Smartest Person for the CBC. She was the showrunner for a CBC pilot. Anything But Average, exploring the real life stories behind Canada’s statistics.

Nikki is currently developing two drama series, two features, and a documentary. One of the features, The Bride’s Wedding, was recently selected out of 2,000 submissions as a quarter finalist in the Screen Craft International Screen Play Competition in Los Angeles. She is looking forward to meeting potential international collaborators/ producing partners, broadcasters, and distributors and having fruitful and interesting discussions!

Awards and Nominations:

 My Father, Joe (short drama)
Distributor: Shorts International, iTunes. TMN

“A supremely touching film”, editor, columnist Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
“May bring a lump to the throat or two. Plus you gotta love the brief inclusion of a bagel bakery for an authentic 1940’s Montreal Jewish feel” – Martin Dunfy, Georgia Straight

Awards:
2011 Special Jury Remi Award, WorldFest, Houston
2011 Best Dramatic Short, daVinci Film Festival Oregon
2011 Best Family Film, Honolulu Film Awards, Hawaii
2010 Best Foreign Film, Shamrock Film Festival, Rosemont, Minneapolis

Official Selections:
2011 CANNES Independent Film Festival
2011 Gold Lion Int’l Film Festival, Swaziland, Africa
2011 San Diego Jewish Film Festival
2011 Women in Film and Television Toronto Short Film Festival
2011 New Jersey Jewish Film Festivals, Cherry Hill and West Orange
2011 Reel 2 Real Youth Film Festival, Vancouver
2011 Puerto Rico Film Festival
2011 daVinci Film Festival, Oregon
2010 FilmAnthropy Film Festival, Hollywood, CA
2010 Toronto Independent Film Festival
2010 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

In Selection:
2013 Human Rights Film Festival, Winnipeg
2012 Garden State Film Festival, New Jersey
2012 Waterfront Film Festival, Michigan

In a Closed Room (short drama)

“A film name to watch for!” – New York Filmmakers

Best Short Film Award, Cincinnati Film Festival, NYU-SCE
Best Practical Information Nomination, CSA (Gemini)

Agent vs. Agent, Buy Me! Shopping Bags, Debbie Travis: Facelift (lifestyle series)

Best Practical Information Award, CSA (Gemini)

You…Me & the Kids (docu-drama series)
Best Information Series, Leo Award

Tonembee: Moving Forward with Vision (series of doc webisodes about Kenya)
2014 Remi Award, WorldFEst, Houston

Intimacies (feature documentary)

“The show’s final performance was captured on film and melded with the HIV-positive actor’s own life story to create Intimacies; a powerful piece of cinema verite that charts the emotional landscape of AIDS in far greater detail than anything churned out by Hollywood.” – Portland Weekly

“A heroic film”! – LA Times

Audience Vote, Best Documentary, Palm Springs International Film Festival

Wanderings: A Journey to Connect (one-hour documentary)

Best Documentary, Leo Award nomination
Best Documentary, Golden Sheaf nomination

Education:
University of British Columbia, Arts
NYU:SCE Certificate Film Program
Women In the Director’s Chair, Banff
Beyond the Craft Screenwriting Workshop, James Jermanok, NYC
The Business of Pitching Seminar, Corky Kessler, Los Angeles

Foundation Support:
Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Canada Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Greater London Arts Association, Arts Council of Great Britain

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