Anita Doron is an award-winning Canadian-Hungarian writer, director and story editor. She was born in Transcarpathia, a little known land of nomadic ghosts, barley mush and apricot brandy. She was one of the youngest published poets in the former USSR and grew up in a family of high altitude mountaineers. At 12, Anita’s first film – an environmental protest piece – raised the ire of Soviet bureaucracy and set her on a path to cinema.
Anita’s movies have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Future of Cinema Salon at the Cannes Film Festival. As writer and director, her features films include, The End of Silence, Late Fragment, Europa East, Mystico Fantastico! and The Lesser Blessed. The Lesser Blessed received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Anita wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated animated feature film, The Breadwinner. Anita was nominated for an Annie Award, a Humanitas Prize, and won a Canadian Screen Award for her work on the screenplay.
Anita is a TED Fellow, an initiative bringing together international visionaries – scientists, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, doctors, journalists, and inventors – to collaborate across disciplines to create positive change around the world. As part of her Fellowship, and through the support of the Guggenheim Foundation, Anita is collaborating on a sci-fi graphic novel which will also be adapted for television. She is also working with Suleiman Bakhit, another TED Fellow and 2016 WEF Young Global Leader, to prevent violent extremism through stories of heroism inspired by mythology and narratives of hope and tolerance.
An alumna of the CFC, and the WIDC program in Banff, Anita is also a past member of the Board of Directors of CWWA, the non profit that oversees the WIDC program.
Currently, Anita is developing several new screenplays.
Awards & Nominations
The Breadwinner (animated feature film, as writer)
2018 Nominee, Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Film Production, Annie Awards
2018 Best Adapted Screenplay, Canadian Screen Awards
2018 Nominee, Humanitas Prize
2017 Best Animated Feature Film, Los Angelas Film Critics Association Awards
The Lesser Blessed (feature film)
2013 Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay, Canadian Screen Awards
2013 Nominee, Best Feature Film for Youth, Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Children’s Jury Main Prize)
2013 Nominee, Best Feature Film for Youth, Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Golden Slipper)
2012 Telefilm Canada Birk’s Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film Award
The End of Silence (feature film)
2006 Best Feature Film, Canadian Filmmakers’ Festival
2006 Best In Show, Female Eye Film Festival
2006 Best Best Foreign Film, Tahoe/Reno Film Festival
2003 WIDC BANFF Fellowship Award