NSI | Corus Fearless Female Director Award 2016
Kate Yorga’s When It Is Dark is a brilliantly conceived piece of art that looks stunning…a wholly entertaining and visceral experience that shows Kate is a filmmaker worth keeping an eye on. — Kirk Haviland – film critic, programmer & juror
Kate Yorga’s love of film goes back to a childhood raised on a ranch in rural Saskatchewan, watching black-and-white classics on late-night television or seeing films at the local Dreamland Theater. The very first film she ever saw? The Wizard of Oz at the age of four!
She has been an actor, production assistant, locations coordinator, distribution trafficker, producer at a film-funding agency and programmer for an international film festival.
Film gives Kate a chance to marry her three loves—words, pictures and music—to tell stories for screens big and small.
Her directorial debut was the action/comedy live-action short Book Club—a satire of Fight Club. She was 2nd Unit Director on the Cronenberg Evolution – Body/Mind/Change videos for the gallery exhibition & Internet. Her second film as director & writer is the live-action/animation dramatic short When It Is Dark.
Her short dramatic live-action script First Gear was one of only eight selected for the 2014 Women on Screen Short Screenplay Incubator.
Her films have screened at various film festivals, including: Palm Springs International ShortFest (CA), WIFT-T Annual Short Film Showcase (ON), Holly Shorts Film Festival (CA), Hill Country Film Festival (TX), Action on Film International Film Festival (CA), the Toronto Independent Film Festival (ON) and the National Screen Institute Canada Film Festival (online).