Latest Projects/In Development
Short film In development (2019) - writer/director: Anna Hopkins
Underpaint follows a woman’s trajectory through a museum; artworks evoking a gamut of emotions surrounding grief, as well as surfacing happy memories of her late father, a painter himself.
This film aims to blend paint and motion photography to tell a very personal story about Anna’s father, the late Canadian painter Tom Hopkins. Emmy award-winning VFX producer Mike Gibson has come on board to help achieve this surrealist approach to the film.
*Semi finalist in the Fresh Voices screenplay competition (2019) - Finalists have yet to be announced
THE GIVE & TAKE
Writer/Director Anna Hopkins
A grounded nine year old girl is forced to organize basement junk as punishment, and comes across an old 1980's video game console, transporting her back in time to chat with a young musician who is also struggling with limitations of his situation, neither of them realizing they are communicating through a parallel universe.
Producers: Anna Hopkins, Mark Waters, Kieran Crilly
*Top 10 at Cinequest Film Festival screenwriting competition 2017
*Received a 2017 BravoFACT production grant
*Finalist at Hollyshorts Screenwriting Competition 2018
*Official selection at Austin Film Festival (2018) Hollyshorts Film Festival (2018), San Diego International Kids' Film Festival (2018), Short to the Point (2018), Kids First! (2018), St. John's International Women's Film Festival (2018), Cinequest Film Festival (2019)
*Exclusive online premiere with DUST, premiere online sci-fi film platform
MAMA OF DADA
(short film - in development)
Writer: Anna Hopkins
When a woman who knows nothing about art history finds herself arrested for accidentally defacing the most influential art work of the twentieth century, she must think quickly and use the very ideas she ends up learning about modern art to her advantage, in order to get herself out of a precarious situation.
*Winner Best Comedy Short - Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition 2018
*One of 10 scripts shortlisted within the US and UK for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist Choice Award
SMALL POND GLORY
(feature - in development)
Writer/Director: Clara Altimas
Producer: Alyson Richards
Two estranged sisters are unwillingly brought together to co direct their hometown’s annual Christmas play in order to honour their mother’s dying wish.
*Recipient of Telefilm Comedy Exchange (2018)
*Harold Greenberg Fund recipient (2018)
JEREMY AND MARGOT MAKE A BABY
Writer: Clara Altimas
Director: Dan Beirne
Jeremy and his boyfriend Cruz want to have a baby. Their friend Margot, who may or may not be in love with Jeremy, is going to be their surrogate. What could possibly go wrong?
*Austin Film Festival 2016, Official Selection
*Chosen to take part in Queer Ideas Incubator Series (2015)
*Inside Out Film Festival 2017, Official Selection
Writer/Director: Clara Altimas
Benson is a feature length dark comedy following Benson Wright an overeating, improv teacher and single dad through the struggles and ever so rare triumphs of life in the aftermath of his wife’s death.
This is a teaser for the feature film which is currently in development.
Featuring: Jack Greystone
Director: Natalie Rae Robison
Writers: Anna Hopkins, Clara Altimas
Cinematographer: Kiel Milligan
Special Thanks: Kevin.Murphy
A satirical short film presenting trendy initiatives promoting girl power and bandwagon politics in a talk show setting – In development to be turned into a web series.
* Runner up for the Funny Eye Award at the Woodstock Comedy Festical (2015)
* Girl Couch won ACTRA Toronto’s TAWC screenplay competition and was chosen to be produced through the program (2014)
Writers: Anna Hopkins and Clara Altimas
Director (short): Clara Altimas
Clara Altimas is a writer, director and actor originally from Montreal, now based in Toronto. Her short film JEREMY AND MARGOT MAKE A BABY, which she wrote, produced, and acted in premiered at the Austin Film Festival (October 2016) and was released online as part of the NSI’s film festival (November 2017). Clara is in development on two features and completed the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange with her feature script SMALL POND GLORY this past spring (2018). Clara is currently shifting her abilities into the tv world, working in the writing room on half hour comedies CRAWFORD (CBC) and KIM'S CONVENIENCE (CBC) and directing the digital series OFF KILTER (CBC). Clara studied screenwriting with the UCLA Extension Program and completed a residency in the Writer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. She attributes her love of story and character to her extensive training in acting; she studied Meisner technique with the late Jacqueline McClintock, scene study and script analysis with the renowned Larry Moss, and improvisation at Toronto’s Second City.
Originally from Montreal, Anna Hopkins now splits her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. She has worked extensively in film and television, from starring alongside Paul Giamatti in critically acclaimed BARNEY'S VERSION to playing fan favourite series regulars and recurring characters on television shows such as SHADOWHUNTERS (a role that earned her a Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV VIllain), ARROW and THE EXPANSE. In conjunction with acting, she is busy developing original material. Her short film directorial debut, THE GIVE AND TAKE was a recipient of a bravoFACT! production grant, and had its US premiere at Hollyshort Film Festival (2018), and is continuing the festival circuit. Anna was shortlisted as one of ten artists within the US and UK by the prestigious KSF Foundation for their Artist Choice Award (2017) for her short screenplay which she is set to direct, MAMA OF DADA, a surrealist comedy about the modern art world. That screenplay also recently won top prize at the Nashville Film Festival (2018) for Best Comedy Short. Anna can next be seen going head to head opposite Kim Coates in the explosive new season of BAD BLOOD on City TV, and is currently filming TIN CAN, Seth A. Smith’s new bio-sci-fi film where she is playing the lead role.
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