Karen Chapman - bio

Karen Chapman

Born to Guyanese parents, award-winning filmmaker Karen Chapman is committed to honing her craft as a storyteller. She is an alumnus of Emily Carr University, the Banff Centre, Women in the Director Chair, the CaribbeanTales Incubator, the HotDocs Accelerator and TIFF Talent Lab and the TIFF 2020 Accelerator.

Chapman’s CBC Short Doc, ​Walk Good​ won WIFT – Toronto’s 2017 Audience Choice Award at their annual Showcase and her short,​ Lesson Injustice​ won the Best Screenplay Award the year after.

In 2018, she completed the Cineplex Film Program – Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and was ​named Chapman​ one of the “5 Filmmakers to Watch” by ​Playback Magazine.

Chapman’s love story, ​Essequibo Rapture,​ won the Caribbean Film Academy’s International Screenplay Competition and it received funding from Bell Media’s, Harold Greenberg, Shorts to Feature Fund.

Her VR experience​, They Should be Flowers, premiered at HotDocs and was nominated for a Canada Screen Award for Best Immersive Non-Fiction.

And her short​ Measure,​ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, where it won the International Hollywood Foreign Press Award and Residency at the 2020, Golden Globe Awards.

Chapman is currently preparing to shoot her first feature film, ​Village Keeper ​through Telefilm Canada’s Talent Program.

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Walk Good: A Mother Loses 3 Children To Gun Violence