dm films

about

b. 1986, HK.

Our Story


Madeleine
is a British-Canadian writer, director, and actor. After finishing her BFA with honours in film production at York University, she returned to London, England to complete an MFA in acting at The Drama Centre London.  Madeleine’s script The Substitute won an award at Slamdance, and the short went on to play festivals such as Helsinki International Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. Her short film Rape Card was funded by Shorts International, and developed through TIFF Talent Lab and Berlinale Talents. View Madeleine’s previous work here

Dusty is a Toronto-based writer, director and producer. After completing his BFA with honours in film production at York University, he spent 5 years working for academy award-nominated director Deepa Mehta.  His short Winter Hymns won the Grand Jury prize at Slamdance, and the Golden Egg at Reykjavík International Film Festival. His films have screened at festivals worldwide, including TIFF, Krakow Film Festival, and Palm Springs International Film Festival, and have aired on the CBC. His feature screenplay The Hungry Wild was developed through the NSI Features First Program, the Whistler Film Festival's Praxis's Screenwriting Lab, the TIFF Talent Lab and received financing from the Harold Greenberg Fund. View Dusty’s previous work here

Madeleine and Dusty met at the 2015 TIFF Talent Lab and experienced an instant convergence of minds, quickly joining forces as a filmmaking duo. Highly focused on a naturalistic performance style and visual aesthetic, their films explore gender politics, the selfishness of human nature, and abuse of power. Their short film Slap Happy screened at BFI London Film Festival, VIFF and Slamdance, among others, and their latest short Woman in Stall won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Student Short at the Austin Film Festival.

They recently received financing for their first feature through Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program.