Richard B. Pierre was born in Oakland, California immigrating to Toronto at the age of nine. He is a writer, producer and director with a goal of telling stories that depict the lives of diverse individuals and their cultures while making films that are deeply personal.
A graduate of Ryerson University's film program, Richard’s professional experience ranges from writing, shooting, editing and directing. Richard’s first feature-length screenplay 'Crooked' was selected as a quarter-finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2011 he received the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the Toronto Urban Film Festival. His first dramatic 35 mm short film ‘The Toboggan,’ funded by the Ontario Arts Council, premiered at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2012 his first interactive short film ‘Far From The Heart’ was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award and he was named a ReelWorld Film Festival 2012 Emerging 20 Filmmaker. He received the 2015 Curtíssima Award for Best Short Under Five Minutes for his film ’The Toboggan.’ His first documentary 'What Are You?' was the Third Place Winner at Los Angeles CineFest 2020. His latest project “An Uninvited Guest” funded by the Ontario Arts Council, world premiered at the 2020 San Diego Black Film Festival.
Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
Whistler Film Festival
Whistler
2020
Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival
St. Louis
2020
Best Thriller Award / Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
HollyShorts Film festival
Hollywood
2020
Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
York
2020
Stand Out Actor for a Short Film Award / Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
ReelWorld Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
Grimmfest
Manchester
2020
Short Narrative Silver Prize / Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
Social Justice Film Festival
Seattle
2020
Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
Montreal International Black Film Festival
Montreal
2020
Impact Award / Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
CaribbeanTales International Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Official Selection
An Uninvited Guest
2020 San Diego Black Film Festival
San Diego
2020
Official Selection
What Are You?
NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival
Edmonton
2020
Official Selection
What Are You?
TIDE Film Festival
New York City
2020
Official Selection
What Are You?
CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte
2020
InkTip Prize & Best Recorded Sound
What Are You?
Culture & Diversity Film Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Third Place Winner
What Are You?
Los Angeles CineFest 2020
Los Angeles
2020
official selection
What Are You?
Rapport Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
What Are You?
Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
2020
official selection
What Are You?
Lunenburg Doc Fest
Lunenburg
2020
Official Selection
What Are You?
St. Louis International Film Festival
St. Louis, Missouri
2019
Official Selection
What Are You?
Africa International Film Festival
Tinapa
2019
Official Selection
What Are You?
Twin Cities Black Film Festival
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2019
Official Selection
What Are You?
African Diaspora International Film Festival
Washington, DC
2019
2015 Curtíssima Award for Best Short Under Five Minutes ‘The Toboggan'
The Toboggan
Farcume Short Film Festival of Faro 2015
2015
Semifinalist
The Cookie Racket
SHORTSNONSTOP Mobile Movie Festival 2011
2011
Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmaker
'Fresh Start' 60
2011 Toronto Urban Film festival
2011
Official Selection
What Are You?
National Black Film Festival 2020
Houston, Texas
Official Selection
What Are You?
Toronto Short Film Festival
Toronto
Official Selection
What Are You?
San Francisco Black Film Festival 2020
San Francisco, California
Golden Sheaf Award Documentary Social/Political Nominee
What Are You?
Yorkton Film Festival 2020
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
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