Carys Lewis

Represented by: Meaghan Denomme

Bio

Carys Lewis is a Welsh-Canadian writer and director who splits her time between Toronto and Cardiff. She most recently directed the BBC Comedy web series VANDULLZ, as well as the BBC continuing medical drama CASUALTY. She also worked with Welsh National Opera as their Filmmaker in Residence where she created a trilogy of films: GRAM GIRL, ALT, and FLUORESCENCE (LFF 2019).

Carys is currently developing her feature directorial debut, BLUE MOTHER, with the support of Ffilm Cymru Wales. She is co-writing the feature film, HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU, with playwright Trey Anthony, which advanced to the second round of the 2021 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. The film is supported by Telefilm Canada & Ffilm Cymru Wales. Carys is also developing a half-hour comedy, BLACK MALE BABY, with CBC.

Carys was nominated in 2019 for a BAFTA Cymru in the Short Film category for her BFI funded comedy, STUFFED. Her LGBTQ+ Welsh-language short, AFIACH, premiered at the Iris Prize Festival and was screened on BBC iplayer and S4C. Her award-winning documentary short, ERNEST, premiered at the Wales International Documentary Festival. In 2018, Carys collaborated with revolutionary filmmaker Erika Lust and created an experimental short film funded by Lust Films. She was selected for the BFI London Film Festival NETWORK cohort in 2019, BAFTA Crew 2019/2020, long-listed for the BBC Writer in Residence 2021 and is a proud graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

Resume

Directing
Casualty Episodic BBC (2022)
Vandullz Web Series/Pilot Little Wander/BBC (2021)
Filmmaker in Residence Short Welsh National Opera (2017-2018)
Don’t Touch the Art Short Lust Films (2018)
Stuffed Short BFI Beacons Short Film (2017)
Afiach (Sick) Short Iris Prize Festival (2016)
Ernest Doc Independent (2016)
Off Trac Short BFI Network (2015)
Straight From the Hip Doc Interview Series (Creator/Director)
Venus in Fur Stage Canadian Stage Company (Assistant Director)
Brantwood Stage Sheridan College (Co-Director)
What Makes A Man Stage Necessary Angel Theatre Company (Assistant Director)
Airport Tale Stage New Ideas Festival (Director)
Writing
How Black Mothers Say I Love You Pilot In development with Conquering Lion Pictures/CBC
Black Male Baby Pilot In development with CBC
Blue Mother Feature Feature Film – in development with Ffilm Cymru Wales
Don’t Touch the Art Short Lust Films (2018)
How Black Mothers Say I Love You Feature In development with Conquering Lion Pictures
Stuffed Short BFI Beacons Short Film Fund (2017)
Off Trac Feature In development with BFI
Cottage High Short Independent (2015)
Women on Screen Incubator Short Film Incubator (2014)
The Necessary Angle Stage Artist Interviews (2014)
Nine Mile Portage Stage Theatre by the Bay (2014)
Beyond the Pail Stage Calgary Fringe Festival (2011)
Arts Programming
FEM Script Lab Founder – Screenwriting Lab Toronto (2015-present)
SHIFFT Script Lab Founder – Screenwriting Lab Cardiff (2018-present)
Heart of Wales Project Get Creative BBC (2017)
SHIFFT Female Filmmakers Event – Cardiff (2016)
Berlin Film Society Programming Coordinator (2015)
JSANO School of the Arts Instructor (2014)
Producing
Trey Anthony Productions Documentary Film and Theatre Production (2015)
SummerWorks Associate Producer (2016)
Luminato Festival Education and Community Outreach Coordinator (2012); Intern Assistant of Family Education and Outreach Programming (2010)
The Toronto Fringe Festival TD Artist and Youth Outreach Coordinator (2013)
Common Roof Theatre Co-Producer (2015)
Necessary Angel Theatre Company Assistant Producer and Emerging Director (2014)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – The Rhubarb Festival Festival Assistant (2014)
Grants/Awards
2019 BAFTA Cymru Award Nomination for STUFFED

2019 BFI Selects Participant, London Film Festival

Ontario Arts Council Media Projects: FEM Script Lab

Connectors Project Fund (Ffilm Cymru Wales)

2014 Best Achievement in Fiction Screenwriting: (Nominated) Peter Gerretsen Film Awards

2010 Edna Khubyar Acting Award

2007 Garfield Weston Scholarship: National Scholarship

Education
Ryerson University – The Chang School Screenwriting (2012)
George Brown Theatre School Theatre Arts (2007-2010)

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