Joanna Tsanis is an award-winning writer, producer, and filmmaker. Her directorial debut Imagine a World (2019), a satirical horror short, premiered at Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2019 and screened in multiple festivals around the world including Fantasia Festival, Mórbido Film Fest, and Nightmares Film Festival where she won the award for ‘Best Director, Short’.
Joanna wrote and produced Eleftheromania (2018), a WWII-era short film starring Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis. The film screened at several festivals worldwide, including Raindance Film Festival. Joanna won the award for ‘Best Short Screenplay’ at Mindfield Film Festival, and the award for ‘Best Drama’ at Toronto Shorts International Film Festival.
Joanna recently directed the dramatic horror short Mourn (2020), starring Lynne Griffin of the cult classic Black Christmas (1974). The film had its virtual premiere at Fantastic Fest 2020 aka ‘Fantastic Fest Celebration’, and its drive-in premiere at Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles. Mourn will screen on Super Channel via Blood in the Snow Film Festival‘s select programming on November 2, 2020.
Formerly a comic book critic for the Toronto Standard, Joanna has a varied history with storytelling. She has produced numerous branded videos, both animated and live-action. Her branded documentary short Girls Helping Girls screened at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the 2017 Gabby Awards. In 2019, Joanna wrote an educational sci-fi game for Ryerson University titled Academic Integrity in Space.
In addition to freelance producing, Joanna also works at the award-winning film studio Landed Entertainments where she produces both short and long-form content including a documentary on job recruitment in the United States, several genre shorts, and a feature-length horror anthology film (currently filming).
Joanna actively lends her production experience to student filmmakers at Ryerson University where she ran an alumni film festival and managed a grant and mentorship program for film students in continuing education.
Joanna is a grant recipient of the 2018 Nick Mirkopoulos Canadian Content Initiative (Cinespace Film Studios).