actor | writer | director | producer | advocate

© 2018 Rebecca Gibson

BIO

 

Rebecca Gibson knew she wanted to work as a writer, director, producer, and actor from a very young age. Following graduation from the New York Film Academy, a CFTPA International Internship took Rebecca to Los Angeles at the start of her film journey. Since, in addition to her own work as an actor, director, writer, and producer, Rebecca has trained and mentored thousands of writers, directors, actors, producers, and craftspeople. 

 

Now a Partner in one of Canada's top 20 independent production companies, Eagle Vision, Rebecca is the Showrunner (Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Head Writer, and Creative Producer) of the CBC/APTN television series Taken in addition to being an award-winning episode writer and director. Rebecca won a Beyond Borders Media Award, and was nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards - Best Factual Series, Best Cross Platform Project, and the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research. As a writer, director, and producer, Rebecca’s work includes the digital documentary series Child First, which premiered at the Understanding the Disability Trajectory of First Nations Families of Children with Disabilities National Summit, the documentary Daphne Korol: The Drama Queen of Winnipeg, and most recently the award-winning short comedy Hard Way Girl, which premiered in Russia and has been playing festivals around the world. Rebecca co-wrote and produced the award-winning drama H&G which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and is distributed by Multiple Media in Canada, and Amazon Prime in the United States and Europe. Rebecca is CEO of Moving Future Productions Inc., whose Orange Daisy Project is a social action campaign in support of mental health for teen girls, that includes a 40-part digital documentary series, a mentorship for emerging female filmmakers, a school and community tour, and a best-selling mental health workbook, which Rebecca co-wrote with her mentee Erin Danylchuk. Rebecca was honoured as a CAMH Difference Maker for her mental health advocacy and is ACTRA Manitoba's 2018 Woman of the Year. Most recently, Rebecca produced Deco Dawson's first feature film Diaspora, featuring an all-new cast of actors speaking 59 different languages, supported by Telefilm and Manitoba Film and Music. Rebecca is also an alum of TAP (Trans Atlantic Partners Producer Program).

Rebecca’s work as a theatre producer and director has included productions of The Tempest, Rent, and Sweeney Todd and she has done fundraising through her theatrical work for arts and community organizations, and for people living with AIDS and HIV. She is on the Board of Directors for On Screen Manitoba, and the Gimli Film Festival. Rebecca is a member of the Canadian Media Producer's Association, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, ACTRA, Canadian Actors' Equity Association, The Winnipeg Film Group, Creative Manitoba, New Media Manitoba, and a leading member of WCAM - Women's Committee of ACTRA Manitoba. Rebecca recently collaborated with the Gimli Film Festival and Women in View to bring the highly successful Future is Female* day to the fest. Rebecca volunteers regularly offering individual mentorship, and work for schools and community organizations. Recently Rebecca was the Women's Mosaic Film Fund mentor, supporting filmmaker Erin Hembrador as she made her first film, was Sarah Luby's career mentor through Creative Manitoba and was the director mentor for Women in the Director's Chair ShortWorks Award pilot project. Rebecca has a track record of commitment to diversity, parity, accessibility, and inclusion in the film and television industry. 

FESTIVALS, AWARDS, and HONOURS

TAKEN - NOMINATED Best Cross Platform Project 2019 Canadian Screen Awards

TAKEN - NOMINATED Best Factual Series 2018 Canadian Screen Awards

TAKEN - NOMINATED Barbara Sears Award for Best Research 2018 Canadian Screen Awards

TAKEN - NOMINATED Best English Electronic Media, Ep. Fonassa 2018 Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada Media Awards

TAKEN - WINNER Best English Electronic Media, Ep. Cherisse 2018 Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada Media Awards

TAKEN - WINNER Award of Merit, 2017 Accolade Global Film Competition (Writer/Director/Producer)

TAKEN - Official Selection - Cinema New York City (Writer/Director/Producer)

TAKEN - NOMINATED Golden Sheaf Award, 2017 Yorkton Film Festival, Documentary Series (Writer/Director/Producer)

ACTRA Manitoba - Woman of the Year, 2018

ORANGE DAISY PROJECT - HONOUREE CAMH DifferenceMaker, National Recipient

ORANGE DAISY PROJECT - Official Selection 2018 Short to the Point Film Festival, Romania

THE PINKERTONS - WINNER ACTRA Award, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series

THE MURDOCH MYSTERIES - WINNER Blizzard Award, Best Supporting Actress

DAPHNE KOROL: DRAMA QUEEN OF WINNIPEG - NOMINATED 2016 Windy Award, Short Documentary (Writer/Director/Producer)

LOVESICK - WINNER Audience Choice, Comedy, 2017 Cinequest (Associate Producer/Supporting Lead)

LOVESICK - WINNER ShowCanada Spotlight Award, Los Angeles, 2016 (Associate Producer/Supporting Lead)

LOVESICK - Official Selection of the Whistler Film Festival (Borsos Nominee), 2016 (Associate Producer/Supporting Lead)

HARD WAY GIRL - Official Selection 2017 Near Nazareth Film Festival, Israel (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - Official Selection 2017 Artemis Film Festival, Los Angeles (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - NOMINATED 2017 Windy Awards (Screenplay, Editor) (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - Official Selection 2016 Bridge of Arts International Motivational Film Festival, Russia  (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - Official Selection of the Oscar-qualifier 2016 LA Shorts Film Festival (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - Official Selection of the 2016 Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - Official Selection 2016 Toronto International Short Film Festival (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - Official Selection 2016 LA Femme Film Festival (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - WINNER two 2016 Joey Awards (Writer/Director/Producer)

HARD WAY GIRL - NOMINATED 2018 ACTRA Awards (Writer/Director/Producer)

THE SINGING BONES - WINNER Special Jury Award Best Short 50th annual WorldFest Houston, 2017 (Producer) 

THE SINGING BONES - Official Selection Female Eye Film Festival (Producer)

THE SINGING BONES - Official Selection Culver City Film Festival (Producer)

THE SINGING BONES - Official Selection Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (Producer)

THE SINGING BONES - Official Selection Moving Images Festival (Producer)

WINDCITY - Official Selection 2014 Vancouver Web Fest (Writer/Lead Actor)

WINDCITY - WINNER 2015 Signature Award for Best Non-Broadcast (Writer/Lead Actor)

CHILD FIRST - World Premiere at the Understanding the Disability Trajectory of First Nations Families of Children with Disabilities National Summit (Writer/Director/Producer)

Q&A - Official Selection 2015 Whistler Film Festival, Muskoka Film Festival (Best of Fest) (Producer/Lead Actor)

Q&A - WINNER 2016 WorldFest Houston Gold Remi (Producer/Lead Actor)

H&G - Official Selection of the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival (Producer/Co-Writer)

H&G - Official Selection LA Femme International Film Festival (Producer/Co-Writer)

H&G - Official Selection Canadian Film Fest (Toronto) (Producer/Co-Writer)

H&G - Official Selection of the Women’s International Film Festival (Miami) (Producer/Co-Writer)

H&G - Official Selection Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival (Producer/Co-Writer) 

H&G - Official Selection Female Eye Film Festival, nominated for Best Canadian Feature (Producer/Co-Writer)

H&G - Official Selection of WorldFest Houston, WINNER Silver Remi (Producer/Co-Writer)

H&G - WINNER Joey Award (two nominations in the same category) (Producer/Co-Writer)

SEA LEGS - Official Selection Gimli Film Festival, 2013 (Director)

SEA LEGS - Official Selection National Screen Institute Online Film Festival, 2013 (Director)

TIPI TALES - Parent’s Choice Gold Medal Award WINNER 2003 and 2007 (Writer/Lead Voice Actor and Puppeteer) TIPI TALES - Blizzard for Best Children or Youth Series

HEATER - Official Selection Sundance Film Festival (Production Manager)

JANE GARBAGE - WINNER Vancouver International Women in Film Festival’s Screenwriting Mentorship Competition, 2014 (Writer/Director/Producer)

JANE GARBAGE - selected for the Women in the Director’s Chair SIM 2.0 in Vancouver and Whistler, and the Banff Centre Aspects of Camera and Post programs (Writer/Director/Producer). Supported by Manitoba Arts Council and On Screen Manitoba

JANE GARBAGE - Finalist Amp My Pitch Playback Marketing Summit (Writer/Director/Producer)

JANE GARBAGE - supported by Rogers Development Fund 

JANE GARBAGE - supported by Super Channel Development Fund 

SKINNER - Invited to eQuinoxe Europe, in Austria, 2015 (Writer)

SATAN'S BREW - feature comedy/horror script supported by Telefilm

A DIFFERENT LIGHT - drama based on a true story supported by Telefilm, Manitoba Film and Music

LOVE LIGHTS - romantic comedy in development (written by Rebecca with Ashley Hirt) supported by Rogers Development Fund

SKINNER - drama in development (written by Rebecca) supported by Telefilm, Manitoba Film and Music

THE PRAIRIE BRIDESMAID - romantic comedy in development (written by Rebecca with Daria Salamon) supported by Telefilm, Manitoba Film and Music

7TH GEN - factual series in development (created by Rebecca, Lisa Meeches, and Kyle Irving) supported by APTN

STOLEN BROTHERS - factual series in development ((created by Rebecca, Lisa Meeches, and Kyle Irving) supported by APTN 

STARCATCHER - factual series in development (created by Rebecca, Lisa Meeches, and Kyle Irving) supported by APTN