Corus | NSI Fearless Female Director 2016

Kate Yorga

Director | Writer | Content Creator

Kate Yorga is a writer/director who won the Corus | National Screen Institute (NSI) Fearless Female Director Award for her dramatic short film When It is Dark, a meditation on love and the afterlife that involved live-action, animation, green screen and shooting underwater.

She has written and directed short films and music videos, and shadowed on two CBC series, observing veteran directors Eleanore Lindo on Heartland and Louis Choquette on This Life. Her extensive background in film/TV includes work as a First A.D. and producer, and as a production manager on documentary films. She briefly pursued acting by learning scene study, method acting and Second City improv–the latter a huge asset for storytelling one-upping her 30 first-cousins in the badlands of southern Saskatchewan.

Kate has a journalism diploma and wrote extensively for various trade publications and national consumer magazines. She recently completed a series of brain-exploding professional film/TV-writing workshops with L.A. instructor Corey Mandell. Kate is developing a web series, dramatic feature film, documentary feature and a TV pilot. She is currently writing a series of scripts for a Toronto production company’s true crime podcast.