Erik Anderson is an orphan of the Canadian film industry. Self taught, 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 his graduate film for an MFA in Film Production at York University, and is most reminiscent of a literary work of auto-fiction. It screened at the TIFF Lightbox 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. It was named by the Globe And Mail as one of the ten best Canadian features in 2019. His most recent film, 'Ewa Goes Viral,' debuted at the 40th FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and has since been nominated for three LEO Awards.
  • Director (7 Credits)
    Ewa Goes Viral2020
    Short
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Student, Short
    ¡Cuba No Vaca!2017
    Documentary, Short, Other
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Student, Short
    Morning Light2014
    Documentary, Student, Short
  • Producer (6 Credits)
    Ewa Goes Viral2020
    Short
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Student, Short
    ¡Cuba No Vaca!2017
    Documentary, Short, Other
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Student, Short
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Ewa Goes Viral2020
    Short
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Student, Short
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Student, Short
  • Acting (4 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Student, Short
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Student, Short
  • Editor (4 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    ¡Cuba No Vaca!2017
    Documentary, Short, Other
    Scenes From Another Marriage2015
    Student, Short
    Morning Light2014
    Documentary, Student, Short
  • Director of Photography (3 Credits)
    Charlemagne2019
    Short
    My Thesis Film: A Thesis Film by Erik Anderson2018
    Feature, Student
    Plato's Republic: Book I2018
    Student, Short
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
Best Editing - Short Drama (nomination)
Ewa Goes Viral
LEO Awards
Vancouver
Best Screenwriting - Short Drama (nomination)
Ewa Goes Viral
LEO Awards
Vancouver
Best Short Drama (nomination)
Ewa Goes Viral
LEO Awards
Vancouver
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