“…dark, stylish and often lyrical drama that’s just quirky and comical enough”
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail review: Sitting on the Edge of Marlene

Ana Valine is an award-winning writer and director who is recognized as one of Canada’s exciting new filmmakers. She has written, directed and produced fiction, experimental and documentary films through her independent production company, Rodeo Queen Pictures. Her feature film debut, Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, received rave reviews and has been called, “a movie that rattles you and never lets you feel completely comfortable, which is exactly the appeal of it,” (VanCity Buzz Review.) Ana much anticipated second feature film, Once There Was a Winter premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Valine has spent most of her life in the arts. From theatre, visual arts and writing to filmmaking, her creative endeavours have been enhanced with varied life experiences including a welder’s apprenticeship on the Alberta pipeline, training horses, tree planting, and special event and music tours. She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab: Short Dramatic Film Program and WIDC 2012 at Banff. She has recently been working on a Masters degree.

Earlier works include the short films, alice & bastard, a love poem, Nightmare on Cambie Street and How Eunice Got Her Baby all have screened at film festivals internationally and have been honoured with several awards both in Canada and abroad. Interviewed and featured in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Province, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Global TV, CBC Radio’s the ‘Early Edition’ & ‘On the Coast’, CKNW Radio, Vancity Buzz, “Midnight Rider Radio Program”, in Busan, and on CBC French Television, Valine makes art and dance films, and has a passion for women’s strive/thrive stories and bringing those who live on the outside into view.

Awards & Nominations

Once There Was a Winter (feature film)
2019 Cult Critic Movie Award

Sitting On the Edge of Marlene (feature film)
2015 Best Canadian Feature, Female Eye Film Festival
2014 Best Emerging BC Filmmaker, Vancouver International Film Festival
2014 Women In Film Award, WIFT Vancouver
2014 Nominee, Best Canadian Feature Film, Vancouver International Film Festival
2014 Nominee, Best BC Feature Film, Vancouver International Film Festival
2014 Best Direction of a Feature FIlm, Leo Awards
2014 Nominee, Best Feature Film, Leo Awards
2014 Nominee, Best Screenwriting of a Feature Film, Leo Awards

How Eunice Got Her Baby (short)
2010 Best Direction of a Short Drama, Leo Award
2010 Best Short Film, Female Eye Film Festival

WIDC Award Winner

“The WIDC Feature Film Award will help us make Sitting On the Edge of Marlene a reality and will certainly help build the kind of momentum every project needs. This community has been an enormous support while I’ve grown as a writer and director. I look forward to taking the next big step with this award and the generosity of the sponsors and WIDC.”

— Director, Sitting On the Edge of Marlene