Feature Film (in development)
Queen Tut is a colourful queer dramedy that tells the story of an Egyptian teenage boy, Nabil, who's recently lost his mother and moved from Cairo to Toronto. He struggles with being a fish-out-of-water until he is introduced into Toronto’s wild and lively drag world. Through drag, he finds a home and an identity at the expense of his relationship with his father.
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Queen Tut is being co-developed with executive producer Ingrid Veninger of pUNK Films.
Queen Tut has been officially selected to be one of five projects at the Whistler Film Festival's Power Pitch program to be pitched in front of Paramount Pictures, Myriad Pictures, and Bell Media.
REEM MORSI - Director
Reem Morsi is an award winning Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker with deep roots in humanitarian aid for children in war-torn and impoverished nations. Her short films have been screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner, TIFF, Yorkton, Whistler, BBC, CineSud, and many other festivals throughout the globe. Morsi has been developing her skills as a director with a Masters in Filmmaking at the London Film School, then at the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Canadian Film Centre's Directors' Lab, the TIFF Talent Lab, and the Women in Director's Chair program. As a director, Morsi has been able to engage audiences by dramatizing sincere characters who have heart, are driven, and can be quite funny at times.
Morsi's recent awards include winning Best Canadian Short at the London Worldwide Comedy Festival (Bootleg, 2016), the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (2017), and winning 3 Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best Director (Show and Tell, 2017), Emerging Director (Show and Tell, 2017), Best Short Subject - Fiction (Show and Tell, 2017) and Best Drama (The Door, 2016).
Reem Morsi is excited to dramatize the experience of belonging to two different worlds with the story of Queen Tut.
Bryan mark - writer
Bryan Mark is an emerging queer Screenwriter and Urban Geographer. Mark's most recent project was the Jewish-Canadian short film, Kavod, about an Israeli soldier returning home to Canada with the mental scars of losing a civilian child in the midst of battle. With a passion for understanding those without a voice, Bryan has spent the last half-decade researching and producing academic papers on anti-poverty activism, urban redevelopment in marginalized communities, gentrification, digital consumer culture, "ethnic" preservation, and hipster culture. Recently graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Urban Studies. Mark currently works as a Community Planner for the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust. Under the supervision of Dr. Alison L Bain, Mark will be completing his Master's in Geography at York University.
Mark's recent accolades include Official Selection at the Intercut Screenwriting Festival (Queen Tut), the Mohammed Naik Malik Scholarship for active leadership in diversity & urban work, the Francis Frisken Urban Studies Award, and the Lynn M Bell Urban Studies Achievement Award.
Bryan Mark is intrigued by the idea of seeing his academic work dramatized in his first-feature, Queen Tut.
SHANT joshi - producer
Shant Joshi is an emerging queer Indo-Canadian film producer and entrepreneur. Joshi has worked with a number of well-respected filmmakers as a Unit Production Manager and Line Producer including with Ingrid Veninger on her fem-queer coming-of-age feature Porcupine Lake (World Premiere at TIFF 2017), John Greyson on his queer surrealist features Last Car and Jericho, and Mathew Murray on his hit-drama web series Teenagers: Season 2. In 2014, Joshi co-founded a production company for feature development and short form production, Paper Frame Pictures, and a film festival for emerging Canadian filmmakers, the Future of Film Showcase. Since then, Joshi has produced over 12 short films that have screened at film festivals all over the globe in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Florence, Melbourne, and Sydney.
As a producer of the feature project Fantome, Joshi utilized social media to garner enough online votes to bring the project into the Top 15 of the CineCoup Film Accelerator competition in 2015. After graduating from York University with Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film Production, Shant Joshi moved to Los Angeles to start a narrative feature production sister-company, Fae Pictures.
Shant is eager to showcase Toronto's lesser known drag world through the eyes of a foreigner with Queen Tut.
Ingrid veninger - executive producer
Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid formed pUNK Films in 2003 with a ‘nothing is impossible’ manifesto. Since 2008, Ingrid has written/directed 5 features (Only, Modra, i am a good person/i am a bad person, The Animal Project, He Hated Pigeons) all of which have premiered at international festivals: TIFF, Rotterdam, Slamdance, Whistler, Rome, OUTFest, FEMCine, MoMA, garnering awards and distribution worldwide. In 2014, Ingrid initiated the pUNK Films FEMMES LAB to foster feature films written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winning actor Melissa Leo. Currently, Ingrid is completing her MFA at York University. Her 6th feature film, PORCUPINE LAKE, will have its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Ingrid has really enjoyed the Queen Tut story and hopes to help see it grow into a great film.