Writer | DIRECTOR | Creator OF COOL SHIT
Monica Mustelier is an award-winning Afro-Latina writer and director who gets hives in cold weather. During her time as a performer, 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. Today, Monica is a healthy up-and-coming director. She is passionate about storytelling and loves co-creating great shit.
In 2020, she was nominated for By Black’s People’s Choice Award for Best Black Canadian Film Director and is an alumna of Women In The Director’s Chair. Recently she received the Indigenous Screen Office’s Solidarity Fund to develop her feature film “ByThe River” and incorporate her production company Clark Park Films. Her short film “Waterfalls” written and will be directed by Monica, won Best Short Screenplay. Recently she's received funding and goes to camera next September.
Her project, "Rainbow Baby" (directed by Monica), was selected for Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC) for the Short Film Creation Lab 2020. Monica is also a recipient of a Writers For Writers Diversity Initiative Award -Toronto Screenwriting Conference.
She also won CineFAM's Micro Cinema Challenge 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, Official Selection - Toronto Black Film Festival, Finalist - The International Gullah Film Festival, Official Selection - Legacy Film Showcase, Official Selection - Fern FiIm Festival. So, that’s almost 100 awards for one film shot entirely on an iPhone 10x.
Her latest directorial project, neo-noir dystopian comedy "Complaint", premiered at the New York International Women’s Film Festival and won two Artistic Awards of Merit in the Best Short Competition - Female Filmmaker Award and Best Short. Won Best Shorts Award, Best Editing, Best Actress and Best Canadian Film at the Canadian Cinematography & Film Awards and is currently an Official Selection at Imagine This Women’s Film Festival.
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 the comedic short The Standoff, Winner Audience Choice Award - Vino’s Commercial Festival.
Currently, Monica has several films and digital projects in various stages of production and development. Keep up with her on her Insta feed @monicamustelier to see pictures of her judgemental cat and goofy poodle.