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Writer | DIRECTOR | Creator OF COOL SHIT

Monica Mustelier is an award-winning Afro-Latina filmmaker who is passionate about storytelling. 

 

In the 2000's Monica was an actress who was killed off in everything, but she rose from the dead as an award-winning filmmaker who gets hives in cold weather.  

 

She was nominated for By Black’s People’s Choice Award for Best Black Canadian Film Director (2019), is an alumna of Women In The Director’s Chair, and is a recipient of a Writers For Writers Diversity Initiative Award - Toronto Screenwriting Conference. 

 

Recently she received funding from the Indigenous Screen Office’s Solidarity Fund, Canada Council of the Arts and Toronto Arts Council to develop and produce a slate of screen-based projects and currently has a TV series in development under a Bell Media Slate.

 

Between 2019-2022 she produced and directed several short films that have screened internationally. Some of their notable awards are Toronto Black Film Festival, Official Selection at Austin Comedy Festival, St. John's International  Women's Film Festival, Regina International Film Festival and New York International Women Film Festival, Best Canadian Film at the Canadian Cinematography & Film Awards.

 

"Rainbow Baby" (directed by Monica), was selected for Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC) for the 2020 Short Film Creation Lab which went on to be an Official Selection at the Toronto Women Film Festival, Berlin Arts Film Festival, New York International Women’s Film Festival - Semi-Finalist and Miami Independent Film Festival.

 

Her first micro-short “Weeping Willow” was screened internationally and won several awards. We think it's pretty cool that it was shot entirely on an iPhone 10x. 

Currently, Monica has several films and screen-based projects in various stages of production and development.

 

Keep up with her on her Insta feed @monicamustelier to see pictures of her hip-hop t-shirt obsession, judgemental cat and goofy poodle.