REELWORLD'S 2021 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
MEET MINA SHUM
What drives me is the story, who it’s told by and how it’s told. I chase perspectives and because of this quest, the stories live in the land of infinite possibilities.
“It already is.”
Keep overhead low – the greatest freedom you have is time to write that next script.
"It already is." For me this means, what world do you want to see, what world do I want to live in? I write from there.
With the right team – anything is now possible from the home studio. That allowed me to make my latest in isolation.
I have written my own opportunities out of necessity. This I value most, grateful for the words, films and moments conjured and ideas expressed. How to do that? Study acting, take an acting class, you’ll learn about dramaturgy as well inherently. Write everyday. I’m always writing something. And make work, by any means necessary. More BIPOC faces everywhere please, in front of, behind, everywhere in between.
Study acting, take an acting class, you’ll learn
about dramaturgy as well inherently.
Write everyday. I’m always writing something.
And make work, by any means necessary.
It’s better to try and fail,
then to not try at all.
- mina shum
The Award of Excellence honours Canadian industry leaders whose creative excellence over decades has impacted the representation of Canada's diversity positively nationally and internationally. We are proud to announce our 2021 Award of Excellence Recipient is Mina Shum.
Mina Shum has written and directed award-winning films that have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin. Her features are Double Happiness (94), which won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF, and Best First Feature at Berlin and an audience award at Torino; Drive, She Said (97); Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (02); Ninth Floor (15); and Meditation Park (17), which won TIFF Film Circuit’s People’s Choice Award and CAAMFest’s Audience Award. Shum’s other creative ventures include short films, essays, installations and immersive theatre. In 2020, Shum was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University. Shum has a BA in Theatre Studies and a Diploma in Film Production from the University of British Columbia. In 2021, Shum was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Drama Series.