Vanessa Magic is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and director whose work centers around loneliness and grief, often from the eye of the outsider, with an Afrofuturist and Afrosurrealist lens. She is the winner of The 2023 Slamdance Mentorship, an alumni of The Warner Media Discovery Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program '22 and Women In the Director's Chair '23. Vanessa’s short film, Oneironautic, was officially selected at the '21 Florence Short Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival and the Reelworld Film Festival, where she was nominated for Standout Writer and Director. Her short film, The Absurdity Of The Black Female Experience, premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival, where it won the Best Experimental Audience Award 2023. Her latest short, The Future Above Us played at Telefilm's Not Short on Talent initiative at The Marche du Cannes, and at the Reelworld Film Festival. Vanessa has directed six episodes for the CBC Gem Digital Series Near or Far which will premiere Spring 2024.
Vanessa has written scripts for Momolu (TVO), The Game Savers (CBC) and Aunty B's House (CBC). She story-edited and co-produced a Canadian Heritage Minute about Jackie Shane (Historica). She has also directed an episode of the web series True Dating Stories (CBC/Fuse TV) and two episodes of Alter Egos (A. Side). Vanessa was the co-writer on the Omni limited docu-series Katiba Banat Sister's in Arms (OMNI). Vanessa is currently writing her first feature, a tech-noir thriller about memories and dreams.
Vanessa's passion is writing stories highlighting female protagonists and leaving the viewer learning something new and maybe unexpected. Inspired by her dreams, she is eager to create worlds and narratives untold, unseen and filled with magic. With her sights set on the future, she is excited to create weird worlds, people and words for them to say to connect her to the cosmos.