Level 16 starts production

Danishka Esterhazy’s new film, science fiction thriller “Level 16”, has received funding from CBC’s Breaking Barriers Film Fund and will shoot in Toronto in October 2017. Additional funding and support was provided by Telefilm Canada, NSI Features First program and the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, the Shaw Rocket Fund, OMDC, Harold Greenberg Fund, WIFT-T Development Incubator and IFP No Borders.

Read the full Variety article here.

Read the full Playback article here.


Esterhazy joins Integral Artists for Representation

Danishka has signed with Integral Artists — a distinguished talent agency and management firm operating throughout North America, with its primary office in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. The firm represents some of Canada’s leading screenwriters, directors, producers and authors. Danishka will be represented by agent Jordan Drage.


Danishka wins Amazon Video Direct Filmmaker Award at Sundance 2017

On Monday, January 23, at the IMDb’s annual Sundance Film Festival award ceremony,  Esterhazy was awarded the Amazon Video Direct Inaugural Filmmaker Award. The event took place at the IMDb Studio on Main Street, Park City. Esterhazy was honored for her independent feature films. Also receiving an award at the event was actor Peter Dinklage who was honored with the 2017 IMDb “Fan Favorite” STARmeter award. Director Kevin Smith, Col Needham (Founder and CEO of IMDb) and other special guests attended the star-studded celebration.


You can watch a video of the award ceremony here:


H&G now available through National Film Board

Danishka’s second feature film, H&G, is now available through the National Film Board as part of the Canada Screens collection. You can rent the film here.

The Snow Queen featured in new essay

Professor Pauline Greenhill’s essay “Team Snow Queen: feminist cinematic ‘misinterpretations’ of a fairy tale” was recently published in the academic journal Studies in European Cinema. This paper explores the films of four women directors whose work is inspired by fairy tales: Tamara van den DopCatherine BreillatPäivi Hartzell and Danishka Esterhazy. Dr. Greenhill is Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Here is the summary:

Four women directors’ live-action films available in English – Päivi Hartzell’s feature Lumikuningatar (The Snow Queen, 1986), Danishka Esterhazy’s short The Snow Queen(2005), Tamar van den Dop’s feature Blind (2007), and Catherine Breillat’s feature La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty, 2010) – use Hans Christian Andersen’s story ‘The Snow Queen’ as hypotext. Explorations of gendered positions in culture and in film, directly linked to a readily identifiable fairy tale, these works offer a compelling example of how geographically and temporally dispersed adaptations can share perspectives beyond their common source material, ones which I argue can be directly linked to what one director felicitously called a (feminist) ‘misinterpretation’ of the original. First, their Snow Queens are lookers in two senses: having a beautiful physical appearance, and actually looking and seeing within the films’ diegeses. Second, they show the Snow Queen’s physical movements and gestures as stylised or unusual. Third, they conflate the characters of Gerda and Kai and/or problematise their gender, making it ambiguous, doubling it, or rendering it in composite. Fourth, unlike Andersen’s story, these films’ climactic scenes focus on interactions/relations between Kai/Gerda and the Snow Queen.



Danishka’s films featured at album release

Paris To Kyiv’s Fragmenti recording was originally released in 2005, a sonic tapestry of ancient Ukrainian song fragments and contemporary sounds. Nearly 11 years later, after circulating throughout the roster of artists on Balanced Records, a remix album has been compiled featuring electronic and avant garde interpretations by Ken Gregory, Joe Silva, Rise Ashen, Kasm, J57, Solidaze, Cayetano, Miguel Graça, Trevor Walker and Anders Peterson.

The album will be released on May 14th. The event will feature two short films by Danishka Esterhazy featuring Paris To Kyiv’s music: The Red Hood & Danishka’s music video of Joe Silva’s remix.




Danishka’s script wins Gold Remi for Best Original Comedy Short

Q&A, the directorial debut of Ashley Hirt, has won the Gold Remi for Best Original Comedy Short at Worldfest Houston. The film was written by Danishka Esterhazy and stars Rebecca Gibson. Produced by Red Czarina.

Q&A tells the story of a frazzled indie director who struggles to answer strangely honest questions from the audience when her film is screened at an art house theater. Q&A is a comedy about the disconnect between polite public discourse and the true motivations that drive us.

New film collaboration with Francesca Lia Block

Danishka has teamed up with celebrated novelist and short story writer Francesca Lia Block. The result is a new short film entitled The Singing Bones — adapted from Block’s story “Bones” in The Rose and the Beast.

Production took place over four days in August/September 2015. The film will be released in 2016.

Read more in this blog posting by Francesca Lia Block. Or, check out the film’s Facebook page.

Danishka wins Screenplay Award

Danishka has been awarded the UBC Creative Writing Award for Best Screenplay at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Danishka feature-length screenplay “Jagged Winter” was selected from among hundreds of international submissions from Switzerland, New Zealand, Turkey, The United States, Great Britain and Canada.


Danishka joins Femmes Lab

Danishka Esterhazy has been chosen to join a group of women filmmakers in a new venture founded by Ingrid Veninger and funded by Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo.

Read the full CBC article here.

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