Emily Schooley is an award-winning actor and emerging filmmaker who is known for blending genres and pushing boundaries in her work. She is the founder of Laughing Cat Productions, a Toronto-based production company that focuses on telling bold, intelligent, and entertaining women-led stories.
Emily’s previous short films as writer/director/producer - 'Psyche' and 'Life and the Art of Lying' - have both been recognized with festival awards, with the latter also being included on CFMDC’s 2019 Queer Compilation. Her work has screened internationally, including festivals in the US, UK, Europe, Africa, and China.
In 2020, Emily was selected as one of just 100 women from across Canada to be part of Banff Spark, a development accelerator for women in media. She is also an associate member of the Toronto chapter of Film Fatales, and has appeared as an on-camera expert in several documentaries, including 'A Big Set of Lungs' (examining the horror genre) and 'MeAfterToo' (discussing the MeToo movement).
The stories that Emily brings to stage and screen centre under-represented voices and stories, featuring recurring themes such as physical and mental health, trauma, sexuality and gender identity, and the experience of being 'other'. She ultimately makes films for her fellow rebels, outcasts, and changemakers - to remind those who have historically been marginalized that their voices, experiences, and identities deeply matter.
Outside of her creative projects, Emily is an activist and animal enthusiast. She strongly supports gender equality and women escaping abusive situations, is an avid watchdog against police misconduct, and frequently speaks out for LGBTQ rights and equity-focused representation in media. She also fosters rescue cats with Team Cat Rescue, an organization that focuses on saving animals from high-kill shelters.
Best LGBT Short Award, and Audience Award Runner Up
Life and the Art of Lying
Toronto Short Film Festival
Toronto, ON
2018
Audience Choice - Best Indie Horror
Psyche
Festigious International Film Festival
2016
Award of Commendation
Life and the Art of Lying
Canada Shorts
Saint John, New Brunswick
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