Writer | DIRECTOR | Creator OF COOL SHIT
Monica Mustelier is an award-winning writer and director who gets hives in cold weather. During her time as an actress, she was killed off in top-ranking films/TV: True Justice - starring "Master of Aikido" Steven Seagal, Hardwired - straight to DVD starring Val Kilmer and Smallville - credited as screaming nurse.
Tired of being killed, Monica arose from the dead (like a phoenix) to create relatable and engaging stories with an inclusive and diverse team both in front of and behind the camera. Most recently she was selected to participate in Women In The Director’s Chair’s Career Advancement Module in Vancouver (woohoo!).
Early this year, she was nominated for By Black’s People’s Choice Award for Best Black Canadian Film Director. Shortly after the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee selected Rainbow Baby, (written by Kate Fenton and directed by Monica), for the 2020 Short Film Creation Lab. They go to camera in fall 2020 or when it’s safe to hug people again.
She also received an award from Trinity Square Video and CaribbeanTales Film Festival to write, produce and direct a dramatic short film, Weeping Willow. It went on to screen internationally, won Best Micro Cinema Short - CineFam Film Festival, Official Selection - Lift-Off Sessions Pinewood Studios UK, Toronto Black Film Festival, and Finalist - The International Gullah Film Festival. So, that’s almost 100 awards for one film shot entirely on an iPhone 10x.
Other awesome stuff she’s won: Monica wrote and starred in the comedic short film God Squad, Winner Best Actress - Vancouver Short Film Festival. She wrote and directed comedic short The Standoff, Winner Audience Choice Award - Vino’s Commercial Festival. Monica is also a recipient of a Writers For Writers Diversity Initiative Award -Toronto Screenwriting Conference.
Projects in various stages of development
By The River - Dramatic Feature (In Development), Writer/Director
A year after a devastating high school shooting, an 18-year-old girl grapples with PTSD and the death of her younger brother by pushing her thrill-seeking behavior to the limits.
Filmores - Genre-bending anthology web series (in Development) Writer/Director
Mysteriously spanning 400 years of history, we follow the people who pass through Toronto’s infamous strip club and hotel.
G.O.A.T - Comedic feature (In Development) Writer/Director
A hilarious story about a woman who is fighting not only for the Blue Ribbon but her self worth at the Royal Canadian Winter Fair.
Rainbow Baby - Short Film (Pre-Production) Director, Written by Kate Fenton
A heartbreaking story about a couple healing from a devastating miscarriage while running an ice cream shop.
Micro-Cinema Instagram Series - (In Production) Director and Creator
One-minute comedic short films varying from horror, lifestyle mockumentary to slice-of-life starring a
five-year-old girl in pandemic isolation.
Keep up with her on her IG feed @monicamustelier to see pictures of #blessed cat and her Instagram
Micro Movie Series.