Sonya Ballantyne is a Cree filmmaker and writer originally from Misipawistik Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. With a father that liked to embellish tales of his life and a mother that loved movies of various genres, Sonya grew up with a wild imagination, a bizarre taste in movies, and a love of creating her own stories. Sonya won the 2014 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition at Gimli Film Festival for her short film Crash Site and recently won the 2016 Short Film Pitch competition at ImagineNative Film Festival with her forthcoming short film Eagle Girl. Both films feature Cree girls in the lead role and were inspired by Sonya’s favourite pieces of fiction: Superman comics (Crash Site) and The Hobbit (Eagle Girl). Sonya’s next film Nosisim, focuses on the relationship she had with her grandmother Virginia and her search for a drawing of Virginia done by Daphne Odjig in the 1960s.
We are excited to offer Sonya her first stage directing gig at FemFest 2107. She will be at the helm for Two Indians with the support of mentor Hope McIntyre.
Sonya will also be presenting at the TEDxWinnipeg in June.