Leah Johnston is a Nova Scotian filmmaker, photographer and actor who has recently moved to Toronto. She has written and directed four award-winning short films that have screened at dozens of international festivals, including Fantasia Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival (Telefilm- Not Short on Talent), Montreal World Film Festival and the CBC Gala at Atlantic Film Festival. Recent honors include a sweep of the awards at Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Technical Achievement), wins at both Edmonton International Film Festival and Silver Wave Film Festival for Best Canadian Short, the Corus Fearless Female Director award (National Screen Institute), the 35k Bravofact Pitch prize for Women in Film, an award for Best Horror (Silver Wave Film Festival), two Special Jury Prizes (Worldfest Houston) and nominations for Best Emerging Filmmaker and Best Short at Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards. She is currently developing her first feature film, CREATURE HE, while pursuing work in television and commercial directing.
Leah will participate in a Q&A after her film (INGRID & THE BLACK HOLE) screens in the opening night film package (The Moment When) at 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 9 at GPLT. She’ll also participate on The Director’s Creative Process panel on Sunday, May 14.