An award-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker, actor and photographer, Leah draws from her multidisciplinary background in theatre, dance, and fine-art in the creation of her work. She is interested in films that are allegorical in nature, using simple stories to explore hidden meanings and symbols. Her short films that have played at over 50 festivals worldwide and been broadcast on Air Canada flights and CBC television.
Her most recent, INGRID & THE BLACK HOLE was the recipient of the $35,000 WIFT/Bravofact Pitch Prize. It was showcased at Cannes Not Short on Talent and Fantasia Film Festival and went on to win Best Canadian Short at both Edmonton International and Silver Wave Film Festivals. It recently swept the awards at Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Technical Achievement) and made the longlist for the 2018 Academy Awards.
SOME THINGS WON'T SLEEP received the 2013 National Screen Institute Drama Prize and racked up prizes across the country for direction, design and performance, including the Corus Fearless Female Filmmaker award;
MY YOUNGER OLDER SISTER which she also stars in earned her nods for both her performance (Nominee- Best Performance by a Leading Actress- ACTRA Maritimes awards) and her filmmaking (Remi Winner- Worldfest Houston. Best Short- Silver Wave Film Festival) and was broadcast on CBC.
Leah was recently one of six directors across Canada selected by the Academy of Canadian Cinema to participate in its inaugural Female Directing Mentorship program. As a result, she was given the opportunity to shadow director David Wellington on Mary Kills People and given the chance to direct several scenes on the episode.
Through her production company BAD FEM, Leah is currently developing an original TV series called KEIRA AND THE TIME KEY, (CMF, Bell Fund) as well as her first feature film, CREATURE HE which was recently showcased at Frontieres International Co-Production market.
She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University and is a graduate of National Screen Institute and the Reykjavik Talent Lab. She is represented for directing by Greenlight Management.