12 November, 2017

Gloria Ui Young Kim

Born in Seoul, Korea, writer/director Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. With a degree in English Lit at University of Toronto, she worked at numerous magazines, most notably Maclean’s. She’s an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, and TIFF Talent Lab. Her short film, ROCK GARDEN: A LOVE STORY (CBC, BRAVO, IFC), described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful” and “perverse,” has won numerous awards including the Global Audience Award for Best Anarchy Film: Slamdance 2008 and the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. THE AUCTION (CBC, IFC), premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and won Best Short Film among others and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. She wrote, directed, produced FLAMENCO, for CBC, 2015 which won a number of awards, including the 2017 Corus Fearless Female Filmmaker Award. She has won numerous Golds at the Cannes Lions, Bessies, the Marketing Awards, One Club, ADCC, etc. WHY DO I DANCE… has had over a million views on Youtube since its launch in 2012. She has recently directed an episodes of Sinking Ship’s Dino Dana (TVO, Amazon) and Riverbanks’ When I Grow Up (TVO) and is one of the two directors for BGM’s It’s My Party (TVO). Gloria is now making her first feature, DEBRA AND MONA, a transformative love story about a Korean stripper and her at-odds 9 year old daughter and their journey of self-empowerment, for which she’s received the Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award, and was in the 2nd round of competition at Sundance Screenwriting Lab 2015; the 2015 Spotlight on Screenwriters; and the 2013 Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. She has been chosen by Women in View as one of the 2017 Five in Focus and is also directing a feature documentary about medical marijuana for Titlecard Pictures.

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