Lives in Toronto, ON
Gabrielle Zilkha grew up in a family of funny neurotics from Montreal, Canada – something she believes is at the heart of her severe Trypophobia but also what sparked her love of storytelling.
Gabrielle is passionate about telling stories with heart and humour. Most recently, she wrote and directed the documentary feature Queering the Script (Outfest - Special Programming Award 2019) about the rise of queer fandom and LGBTQ+ representation on scripted TV. The film was described by The Hollywood reporter as being “a pep rally for queer women on TV.” She also directed and produced the feature documentary Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana (Vision TV 2016) about a small lost Jewish tribe in rural Ghana. The documentary included an interactive site where communities around the world could explore the small village in Western Ghana and purchase goods from the community featured in the film.
Gabrielle’s other notable credits include the CBC Arts series Queer (Self) Portraits (TO Webfest Award for Best LGBT Series 2017) and her short comedy Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny (2013) which was shortlisted for the Iris Prize and the recipient of multiple audiences and jury awards.
Passionate about equity and promoting diversity in the media industry, Gabrielle also works as the Programs Director for POV, an organization dedicated to helping under-represented youth break into the media industry through education, training, mentorship and job placement.
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2019 - Outfest Freedom Award
2017 - WebfestTO Award
2014 - GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Best Short Film
2014 - London Lesbian Film Festival Best Short Film
2013 - Inside Out Audience Award for Best Short Film
2013 - Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Festival Audience Award for Best Short
2013 - Iris Prize Shortlistee