Photo by: Megan Toompuu
Photo by: Megan Toompuu
Photo by: Philippe Spurrell
ABOUT EMMA CATALFAMO
Emma Catalfamo is an accomplished, creative and award-winning filmmaker with extensive artistic interests. Her short films have won many awards at various festivals, including a 2019 Bronze Remi for Best Student Film ("Kindling" at Worldfest Houston 2019).
Emma is a graduate of Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Canada); specifically the prestigious Specialization in Film Studies program. In 2019, Emma received a MA Filmmaking from The London Film School (UK), which allowed her to hone in on the craft of filmmaking. Whilst at LFS, Emma worked on a number of short films as a director and camera operator.
With a deep interest in subjectively framing the world from different angles, naturally she likes to do so utilizing both film and photography.
Particularly, through film and photography she is drawn to telling unique stories and conveying complex imagery and feelings through the creation of intimate visual moments. Her works are palpable slices of life, realistic events that are shown in ways that defy the mundanity of everyday existence.
Her previous cinematic works have dealt with themes such as addiction, mental illness, unexpected pregnancy and toxic masculinity, as well as the generally oppressive nature of idealized gender roles.
This portfolio is a selection of the cinema and photography Emma has done over the past few years.
Most recently, Emma completed her directorial feature film debut, On the Fringe of Wild (2021), in which she started her own production company, Dancing Caribou Productions (DCP Inc.), to facilitate this process. The feature had its World Premiere at OUTShine Miami Film Festival 2021 and its California Premiere at FilmOut San Diego 2021, however both were exhibited virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
On the Fringe of Wild (2021) had its American release on October 12th, 2021, to various VOD streaming platforms, as well as through additional local cable, satellite providers and on DVD.
Current U.S. purchase links for On the Fringe of Wild (2021) below:
International and local Canadian releases are to be announced in the near future.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
2019 - Worldfest- Houston Remi Winner: Bronze - Kindling
2019 - New York Screenplay Contest Park Avenue Award Winner - Ali
2019 - LA Shorts Awards Diamond Award: Best Short Film - Kindling
2018 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Film Short - Kindling
2018 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Women Filmmaker - Kindling
2018 - Miami Independent Film Festival Monthly Edition - Kindling
2018 - Canada Shorts Award of Commendation - Hatch
2017 - One-Reeler Short Film Competition Special Mention - Wash
2017 - Best Shorts Award of Recognition: Film Short - Wash
2017 - LA Shorts Awards Platinum Award: Best Experimental - Hatch
2017 - Top Indie Film Awards: Best Original Idea - Hatch
2017 - Top Indie Film Awards: Best Sound - Hatch
2016 - Best Shorts Award of Recognition: Film Short - Hatch
2015 - Best Shorts Award of Recognition: Experimental - Meat
2015 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Film Short - Fish Out of Water
2015 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Direction - Fish Out of Water
2015 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Cinematography - Fish Out of Water
2015 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Editing - Fish Out of Water
2014 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Experimental - Mains
2013 - Best Shorts Award of Merit: Cinematography - Serenity
In addition to creating her own work, Emma is very interested in helping others, particularily in the realms of "directing-for-hire", camera operating, photography and editing.
If you are interested in contacting her about a project, please email her via the form below or message her on LinkedIn.