Canadian Female Directors

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Amy Jo Johnson
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Birthdate: October 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dennis, Massachusetts, United States

Amy Jo Johnson is an American-Canadian filmmaker, actress, singer, and songwriter. Over the years, Johnson has been honored at several important film festivals including Long Island Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. A multi-talented personality, Amy Jo Johnson has also directed a couple of films like Tammy's Always Dying and The Space Between.

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Tosca Musk
(Filmmaker)

Tosca Musk
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Birthdate: July 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Africa

South African filmmaker, Tosca Musk, has produced and directed several TV programs, films, and web series. Beginning her career in the early 2000s, she teamed up with Jeff Macpherson to produce the web series, Tiki Bar TV. Her movie, Simple Things, received the California Independent Film Festival Slate Award. She is also the founder of the streaming service Passionflix.

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Nia Vardalos
(Actress)

Nia Vardalos
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Birthdate: September 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Nia Vardalos is a Canadian actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter. She is best known for her portrayal of Fotoula Toula Portokalos in the 2002 romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which she also wrote. For her work in the film, Vardalos received several award nominations. Nia Vardalos is also part of the non-profit collaborative art project, 1 Second Film

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Sarah Polley
(Actress, Director)

Sarah Polley
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Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Amanda Tapping
(Actress, director best known for portraying Samantha Carter in the Canadian–American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe)

Amanda Tapping
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Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochford, Essex, England, United Kingdom

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Joanna Gleason
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Birthdate: June 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Joanna Gleason is a singer and actress best known for her portrayal of the Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods for which she was honored with the Tony Award. Renowned for her musical theatre and stage work, Gleason was also honored with a Special Award for Achievement in Theatre by the New England Theatre Conference in 2007.

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Leslie Hope
(Actress)

Leslie Hope
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Birthdate: May 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Leslie Hope is a Canadian actress best known for her portrayal of Teri Bauer in the popular American action drama TV series, 24. Over the years, she has played an important role as an actress in both the Canadian and American entertainment industries. Apart from being an actress, Leslie Hope is also a director.

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Katherine Barrell
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Birthdate: February 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Crystal Lowe
(Actress)

Crystal Lowe
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Birthdate: January 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Mary Harron
(Film director, Film producer)

Mary Harron
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Birthdate: January 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

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Domee Shi
(Director, StoryBoard Artist)

Domee Shi
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Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chongqing, China

Born in China, Domee Shi moved to Canada with her parents at age 2. Inspired by her painter father and, later, by her interest in anime, she made animation her career. Now a well-known storyboard artist and director for Pixar, she is known for projects such as the Academy Award-winning short Bao.

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June Havoc
(Actress)

June Havoc
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Birthdate: November 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: March 28, 2010

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Laurieann Gibson
(Choreographer)

Laurieann Gibson
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Birthdate: July 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Anna Silk
(Actress)

Anna Silk
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Birthdate: January 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

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Floria Sigismondi
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Pescara, Italy

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Mahnoor Baloch
(Actress known for her roles in the TV shows Chaandni Raatain, Mohabbat Rooth Jaye Toh, and Mera Saaein 2)

Mahnoor Baloch
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Birthdate: July 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States

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Patricia Rozema
(Film director, Screenwriter)

Patricia Rozema
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Birthdate: August 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada

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Gigi Saul Guerrero
(Creating and directing the 2017 horror web series, La Quinceañera)

Gigi Saul Guerrero
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Birthdate: February 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

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Alanis Obomsawin
(Director, Singer)

Alanis Obomsawin
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Birthdate: August 31, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States

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Joyce Wieland
(Filmmaker)

Joyce Wieland
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Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: June 27, 1998

Initially a painter, Joyce Wieland later experimented with mixed media art and also ventured into filmmaking. Her themes were predominantly feminist. She also often used the Canadian national flag colors in her art, expressing her nationalist identity. She later became a cultural icon of sorts in Canada.

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Alison Maclean
(Film director)

Alison Maclean
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Birthdate: July 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Margaret Anglin
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Birthdate: April 3, 1876
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Died: January 7, 1958

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Lula Ali Ismaïl
(First woman from Djibouti to produce a film, earning her the nickname of "the first lady of the Djibouti cinema.")

Lula Ali Ismaïl
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Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Djibouti