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Hannah Cheesman
…Workin’ Moms…
Thursday – 2:30pm

Hannah Cheesman is a Canadian Screen Award-nominated actor, writer and filmmaker based in Toronto and LA. Named one of Playback’s 2015 “Five to Watch” and a 2014 TIFF Emerging Canadian Filmmaker, Hannah’s hit digital series Whatever, Linda (co-creator, writer, producer, star) has travelled to festivals around the globe, winning 16 awards worldwide. The show is currently being adapted for television with Bell media alongside EP Graeme Manson (creator/showrunner Orphan Black). Her first feature film, The Definites (co-director, writer, producer, star), was acquired by Mongrel Media and is currently doing the film festival tour. Most recently, Hannah worked writing on such shows as Find me in Paris (Cottonwood/ZDF, live action dance series about a time-traveling ballerina), Workin’ Moms (CBC) and in the development room of upcoming comedy series from Project 10 in collaboration with the CBC, as well as in the writers room of Orphan Black (BBC A/Bell). Hannah’s most recent BravoFACT-funded short, Emmy (starring Amanda Brugel of The Handmaid’s Tale) is showing at Miami film fest and the Canadian film fest. Her previous short film, Cheese, has shown at over 20 festivals around the globe, including Cannes’ Coup De Coeur, Whistler and Palm Springs, and has sold in Canada (CBC), France (Salaud Morisette/RADI) and Japan (Pacific Voice), winning 5 awards to date. 
Hannah recently participated in TIFF/Telefilm’s 2017 Pitch This competition, where she pitched her upcoming feature film Boring Girls, based on Sara Taylor’s novel of the same name, about two teenage girls who become death metal musicians and go on a quest for revenge more gruesome than any of their lyrics. Hannah is currently writing the feature film adaptation courtesy of Telefilm, and is directing her first commercial this month. Hannah has spoken on panels at SXSW, Female Eye Film Festival, WIFT, Women on Screen, as well as teaching screenwriting at the Creative Lab Hawaii and PEI Screenwriters Bootcamp. She wrote a feature series for the Globe and Mail in 2014-2015, and is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada, and The University of Toronto.

Session: The Women who make Workin’ Moms work (Thursday March 8, 2:30pm)