Born to Guyanese parents, award-winning filmmaker Karen Chapman is committed to honing her craft as a storyteller. She is an alumnus of Emily Carr University, the Banff Centre, Women in the Director Chair, the CaribbeanTales Incubator, the HotDocs Accelerator, TIFF Talent Lab and the TIFF 2020 Accelerator.
Chapman’s CBC Short Doc, Walk Good won WIFT – Toronto’s 2017 Audience Choice Award at their annual Showcase and her short, Lesson Injustice won the Best Screenplay Award the year after.
In 2018, she completed the Cineplex Film Program – Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and was named one of the “5 Filmmakers to Watch” by Playback Magazine. Chapman’s love story, Essequibo Rapture, won the Caribbean Film Academy’s International Screenplay Competition and it received funding from Bell Media’s, Harold Greenberg, Shorts to Feature Fund.
Her VR experience, They Should be Flowers, premiered at HotDocs 2019 and was nominated for the Canada Screen Award for Best Immersive Non-Fiction.
And her short, Measure premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, where it won the International Hollywood Foreign Press and Residency Award at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. Measure also went on to win CineFilm’s Best Overall Film and Karen was awarded Best Directing at the 2020 Women In Film and Television – Toronto Showcase.
Chapman recently joined Director X and Taj Critchlow at Fela, a newly launched music video, commercial and film production company, where she directed the 2020 International Global Goals Campaign for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which was filmed virtually in Mumbai, Namibia and Toronto.
And most recently, Chapman directed her first television episode for PBS’s, Odd Squad Mobile Unit and Hulu’s Holly Hobbie. She is also creating a feature film through Telefilm Canada’s Talent Program. Years of work and 43 short films later, Karen is proud to be the recipient of the 2020 ReelWorld Trailblazer Award and is a resident of Ontario.