From a very young age, Sam Horak (she/they) felt a calling towards the creation of story. She graduated from Dalhousie University with an honors in theatre and has been writing and directing plays since her cousins could walk. After stumbling into AFCOOP in 2017 and completing the FILM5 trainee program, Horak transitioned to screen arts and began finding work in the film and television industry. In 2020 Horak was accepted to the AFCOOP Film5 program as a writer/director, completing the short film, Dear Dad, F*@# You! (2021) which premiered at FIN and won 'best international short' at the very tiny but cool LA Punk Film Festival. This off-season they are buckling down, pursuing professional development, sharpening skills, writing a feature script and a pilot for a television series. Horak is truly grateful to be able to continue on this journey and for the support of AFCOOP, PARC, EFT and the brilliant storytellers that she's met along the way. Born both a film enthusiast and theatre nerd, Horak hopes to continue exploring story while maintaining their strong interest in Feminism, Queerness and gender equality.