On set with my DOP Greg Biskup on my CBC film, Flamenco
On set with my DOP Greg Biskup on my CBC film, Flamenco

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 U of T, she worked at numerous magazines, most notably Maclean’s. She attended Ryerson: Image Arts and the 2008 Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. She became known for writing and directing films of aesthetic excellence with visual and emotional impact. Her short film, Rock Garden: a love story (CBC, BRAVO, IFC), described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful” and “perverse,” has won the Global Audience Award for Best Anarchy Film: Slamdance 2008, a Special Jury Prize: Worldfest 2008 and the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. Her CBC film, THE AUCTION (CBC, IFC), premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and won Best Short Film, the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 WIFT Short Film Showcase and Children’s Jury Prize: Seattle Film Festival for Children, among others and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. Over the last few years, she has been writing and directing award-winning commissioned works for which she has won numerous Golds at the Bessies, the Marketing Awards, One Club, ADCC, etc. Her Ontario Arts Council-commissioned work, Why Do I Dance…Pourquoi je danse… has had over 800,000 views on Youtube since its launch, April 29, 2012. She has written for Sable Films, Coptor Productions, script edited for Scarlet Media and Tetrault Arts. She was shortlisted for the 2009 K.M. Hunter’s Award-Film & Video by the Ontario Arts Council, was in the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab, is a mentor with Hot Docs, the Female Eye Film Festival and the Reel Asian Film Festival, has been a panellist at CFTPA PrimeTime, and a director-observer on Back Alley Production’s Global series, Bomb Girls. Gloria is now writing two features for Gloryous Productions: The Banquet, about a woman who finds love and acceptance through food and family, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts; and a drama, Debra and Mona, about a stripper mom and her at-odds 9 year old daughter trying to unite when the ex-army dad runs off with their rent money, which was in th 2nd round of competition at Sundance Screenwriting Lab 2015, and for which she won the 2013 Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. She recently wrote and directed a film, Flamenco, for CBC, for which she’s won Reel Asian’s “So you Think You Can Pitch” competition and has received support from the Canada Council and Toronto Arts Council. She recently won PR Daily Video Award’s Best Interview Film for her short documentary Live, Love, Art. She continues to direct for the Canadian Film Centre on an ongoing basis.


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