Aidan Shipley

Represented by: Meaghan Denomme


Aidan Shipley is a Toronto-based filmmaker/writer/actor who graduated from Ryerson University’s film program in 2014. His thesis film, Dorsal, was awarded the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film by the National Screen Institute and subsequently acquired by CBC. He co-wrote/directed the short film Boxing, which premiered at TIFF in 2015, followed by his first feature Cardinals, which premiered at TIFF in 2017 and has since screened at a variety of international festivals including New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City & London. He has also shot and produced documentaries for both NBC’s Left Field and The Marshall Project, and in 2018, he won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Directing in a Web Series for the virtual reality short film Deerbrook. He went on to produce the feature documentary, A Girl Named C, executive produced by Sophia Bush, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2018 and won the Best Feature Documentary at The Big Apple Film Festival. In 2020, he joined the Directors Guild of Canada as a director. His latest project was directing a new VR Immersive experience titled The Basement. He is currently developing and writing a feature film, Let Me Help You, and is also developing and writing a tv series with Amanda Brugel, titled Rent Me.


Let Me Help You (In Development) Writer/Director Feature
Rent Me (In Development) Co-writer/Creator TV Series
The Basement (2022) Director VR Narrative/CMF
Deerbrook (2018) 1 Director/Story VR Narrative
Cardinals (2017) 2 Director Feature/TIFF Premiere
A Girl Named C (2018) 3 Producer/DOP Feature Doc/Dir. Emily Kassie
Boxing (2016) 4 Director/Co-Writer Narrative Short/TIFF
Come Back (2016) Director/Story Narrative Short
Dorsal (2015) 5 Director/Story Narrative Short
Bridges (2014) Director Narrative Short
Suze (2022) 1st AD Feature/Wildling Pictures
Learn to Swim (2021) 1st AD Feature/TIFF Top 10
Inheritance (2021) 1st AD Short/TIFF Premiere
Avocado Toast (2019) 1st AD TV Series/OUTtv
Glitter’s Wild Women (2017) 1st AD/Executive Producer Narrative Short/TIFF
Lucy In My Eyes (2016) 1st AD/Producer Narrative Short/Austin FF
Running Season (2015) 1st AD/Producer Short/Slamdance
CSA (Canadian Screen Award) Winner – Best Direction of a Web Series/Program – Deerbrook (2019)
Winner of the National Screen Institutes A&E Short Filmmakers Award for Best Film (2016)
Recipient of the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award from Ryerson University (2014)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) – Film – Ryerson University – (2010-2014)
Actor/Director at The Gary Goddard Agency (2011-present)
Guest Director/Teacher at George Brown University (2020)
1Canadian Screen Award Winner for best direction in a web program (2019); Winner of Best Virtual Reality Experience at Sitges Film Festival (2018); Premiered at AFI Fest; Acquired by Dark Corner Distribution.
2Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Selection at the Whistler Film Festival; One of six films nominated for the Impact Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival; Screened in NYC, London & Los Angeles.

3Winner of Best Feature Documentary at the Big Apple Film Festival (2019); World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival.

4World Premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); One of nine films selected for TIFF’s Short Cuts Remix Screening; Selection of the Sundance Short Film Connection; Acquired by the CBC.
5Winner of the National Screen Institutes A&E Short Filmmakers Award for Best Film; Official Selection of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the Atlantic Film Festival; Acquired by the CBC.

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