Celebrated for her female-driven stories, filmmaker DANISHKA ESTERHAZY is a graduate of the Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, the Talent Lab at the Toronto International Film Festival and the National Screen Institute. Her debut feature, Black Field, won the Best Feature Drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and the Best Canadian Feature award at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival. Danishka’s films have screened in festivals and theaters around the world and have been broadcast on CBC, Bravo, Super Channel and Movie Central. She is the recent winner of the inaugural Amazon Video Filmmaker Award at Sundance 2017. Esterhazy is currently shooting her new feature film “Level 16”, a feminist dystopian thriller, with Markham Street Films in Toronto. Esterhazy splits her time between Canada and California.

Representation: Jordan Drage, Integral Artists.

“Esterhazy demonstrates a strong grasp of visual storytelling, understanding that a gesture or simple insert can convey all necessary meaning.”
~ Uptown Magazine

“Esterhazy’s skill behind the camera is evident — [Black Field] is a gorgeous movie.”
~ Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star

“Writer-director Danishka Esterhazy gets the feel of rugged prairie life just right.”
~ Variety

“Esterhazy uses the prairie setting to her full advantage, filling time and space with breathtaking visuals that immerse the viewer while mirroring the inner workings of the characters.”
~ Row Three

“With Black Field, [Esterhazy] announces herself as a Canadian filmmaker to watch.”
~ Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press



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Special thanks to the fabulous cast and crew who have helped me make my films.

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