Erik Anderson is an orphan of Canadian cinema. Both self taught and self funded, he began making short films out of pocket in 2002, and by 2011 completed his first no-budget feature while pursuing an Honours Degree in Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal. The film, 'The Second Times of Troubles,' won Best Feature at both the Os International Film Festival in Norway and the Hamilton Film Festival. Since then, he's continued to make challenging work that defies genre and formal convention. His latest no-budget feature, the meta-cinematic 'My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson,' began as a graduate film for an MFA in Film Production at York University, and is most reminiscent of a literary work of auto-fiction (it might also be the longest film in Canadian history). It screened at the TIFF Lightbox last fall, and won the prestigious Norman McLaren Award at the Montreal World Film Festival as well as Best Narrative Feature at the Brussels Independent Film Festival. He lives below the poverty line in an apartment with mice in Toronto, and hopes to one-day find a producer and a budget to keep making films.
  • Director (6 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Short, Student
    Cuba No Vaca2017
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Short, Student
    Morning Light2014
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Producer (5 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Short, Student
    Cuba No Vaca2017
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Short, Student
  • Acting (4 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Short, Student
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Short, Student
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Short, Student
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Short, Student
  • Editor (4 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    Cuba No Vaca2017
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Short, Student
    Morning Light2014
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Director of Photography (3 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Short, Student
Best Narrative Feature
Plato's Republic: Book I
Brussels Independent Film Festival, as part of 'My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson'
Brussels
2019
WINNER - Best Narrative Feature
My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson
Brussels Independent Film Festival
Brussels
2019
Norman McLaren Award
Plato's Republic: Book I
Montreal World Film Festival, as part of 'My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson'
Montreal
2018
WINNER - NORMAN MCLAREN AWARD for Best Student Film
My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson
Montreal World Film Festival
Montreal
2018
College
York University
MFA in Film Production
20132016
College
Concordia University
BA with Distinction; Hons. Political Science, Minor Film Studies
20082013
Birth City
Vancouver, BC
Current City
Toronto, ON
Hometown
Victoria, BC