Drawn Onward Films Inc. is dedicated to producing quality films that tell great stories by bringing together a unique team of actors, artists and technicians in a collaborative process where respect and creativity are of the utmost importance.
The daughter of an opera singer and a jazz musician, it is no surprise Melanie ended up working in a creative field herself. While she began her artistic career making paintings and sculpture and earning a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MFA from the University of Windsor, she now divides her time between teaching Sculpture & Extended Media at the University of the Fraser Valley, and writing and directing her own films. Her films have screened worldwide, and garnered numerous awards and nominations, including her graduating film ‘Manhood’, which was nominated for Best Lead Actor at the Calgary Fringe Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival; and her short film ‘REST STOP’ which premiered at the Victoria Film Festival in Australia, won Best Cinematography at the U of T Film Festival and was distributed by Ouat Media on the En Route in-flight entertainment system on Air Canada for a year. With more than 13 short films under her belt as a director and/or producer, Melanie attended the highly competitive Women in the Director’s Chair program in 2013 and wrote and directed her first feature film, ‘FSM‘ after being selected as the BC Winner of the Indiecan 10K Challenge. FSM had its World Premier at the Whistler film Festival in Dec 2015 and has upcoming screenings in the US and her hometown of Vancouver.
Demo Reel here.