Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including Tribeca, TIFF and Interfilm Berlin. She directed all twenty-three episodes of the award-winning web series Space Riders: Division Earth. The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director. She has directed on numerous television series, including hour-long dramas  – Saving Hope, The Detail, Burden of Truth, Nurses, and the pilot episode of Family Law – and half-hour comedies – This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Little Dog and two seasons of the Emmy-nominated Schitt’s Creek. In 2019, she and her co-director took home a Canadian Screen Award and a DGC Award for Best Direction for their work on Baroness Von Sketch Show season 3. Her first feature, We Were Wolves, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her second feature Suck It Up for which she received the WIDC Feature Film Award, premiered at Slamdance 2017 and won Best Feature Film at the B3 Frankfurt Biennale. Her third feature, an omnibus film called Ordinary Days, won Best Director at the 2018 Canadian Film Festival.

Jordan is a 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.

WIDC Award Winner

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.”

— Director, Suck It Up