Joanna Tsanis is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. Her films have screened at multiple festivals including FANTASIA and FANTASTIC FEST. Her directorial debut Imagine a World (2019) premiered at Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2019 and screened at Fantasia Festival, Mórbido Film Fest, and Nightmares Film Festival where she won the award for ‘Best Director, Short’.
Joanna’s latest horror short Mourn (2020), starring Lynne Griffin of the cult classic Black Christmas (1974) had its virtual premiere at Fantastic Fest, its drive-in premiere at Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles, and its TV premiere on Super Channel via Blood in the Snow Film Festival‘s select programming. Mourn will also screen at Splat!FilmFest (of the Méliès International Festivals Federation) in December 2020.
In 2018, 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.
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 documentary short for the charity 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 an international documentary, several genre shorts, and a feature-length horror anthology film (currently in post-production).
Joanna is a grant recipient of the 2018 Nick Mirkopoulos Canadian Content Initiative (Cinespace Film Studios).
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 passionate about mental health awareness and is a member of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Toronto.