Elza Kephart writes and directs horror and fantasy films. She holds a BFA from Emerson College and the Canadian Film Center’s Director’s Lab. At 24, she wrote and directed her first feature, Graveyard Alive. It played in over 20 international film festivals including Fantasia, Fantasporto and Sitges, winning the Kodak Cinematography Award at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Her second feature film, Go in the Wilderness, premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, and is being distributed on various platforms, including itunes. Her third feature, SLAXX, produced by EMA Films (Turbo Kid), had its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature, and its International Premiere at the Sitges International Film Festival.
Elza has obtained development financing for feature projects Brothers in Arms, Chair Obscure, Le fantôme de la Libération, Night of the Pendulum and Sweet Blood. Sweet Blood was selected to the Frontières Market, the Torino SeriesLab, and pitched at Series Mania (Paris).
Elza has attended the TIFF Talent Lab, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Telluride Student Symposium and has been a panelist for Fantasia, Film Fatales, WIFT, and From our Dark Side. She is one of the co-founders of the Montreal chapter of Film Fatales, and one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion Québec.www.midnightkingdom.com