A colourful queer dramedy that tells the story of an Egyptian teenage boy, Nabil, who's recently lost his mother and is carted by his father from Cairo to Toronto for work. Nabil struggles with being an outsider until he is parachuted into Toronto’s wild and lively drag world. Through drag, he finds a home and an identity at the expense of his relationship with his father.
-Telefilm Canada has selected QUEEN TUT to receive development financing to write a new draft of the script
-Ingrid Veninger (Porcupine Lake, The End of Time) of pUNK Films signs on to executive produce Queen Tut.
-Producer Shant Joshi participated in Whistler Film Festival's Power Pitch, where he pitched on a Peak 2 Peak ski gondola to executives from Paramount Pictures, Myriad Pictures, and Bell Media. See here...
-Slated for production in Summer 2020
-Seeking 20% in Gap Financing
-Seeking foreign sales agent
-New draft for circulation will be ready September 2019
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REEM MORSI - Director
Reem Morsi is an award winning Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker with deep roots in humanitarian aid. Her short films have been screened at Toronto, Cannes Short Film Corner, Yorkton, Whistler, BBC, CineSud, and many other festivals throughout the globe. Over the past decade, Morsi has been developing her skills as a director with a Master's in Filmmaking at the London Film School, then with attending the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Canadian Film Centre's Directors' Lab, the TIFF Talent Lab, and the Women in Director's Chair program.
This year, Reem Morsi was selected for the Canadian Academy's Apprenticeship for Women Directors. Her recent awards include winning Best Canadian Short at the London Worldwide Comedy Festival (Bootleg, 2016), the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (2017), and winning 4 Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best Director (Show and Tell, 2017), Emerging Director (Show and Tell, 2017), Best Short Subject - Fiction (Show and Tell, 2017) and Best Drama (The Door, 2016).
As a director, Morsi will engage audiences by dramatizing characters who are sincere and have heart, but aren't afraid to have a little fun.
BRYAN MARK - Writer
Bryan Mark is an emerging queer Screenwriter and Urban Geographer. Mark's most recent project was the Jewish-Canadian short film, Kavod, about an Israeli soldier returning home with guilt-ridden PTSD. With a passion for understanding those without a voice, Bryan has spent the last five years studying anti-poverty activism, urban redevelopment in marginalized communities, gentrification, digital consumer culture, "ethnic" preservation, and hipster culture. Recently graduated from York University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Urban Studies, Mark currently works as a Community Planner for the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust. Under the supervision of Dr. Alison L Bain, Mark will be completing his Master's in Geography at York University.
Mark's recent accolades include Official Selection at the Intercut Screenwriting Festival (Queen Tut), the Mohammed Naik Malik Scholarship for active leadership in diversity & urban work, the Francis Frisken Urban Studies Award, and the Lynn M Bell Urban Studies Achievement Award.
As a writer, Mark will bring his sharp wit along with his insight into the worlds of certain under-represented communities.
SHANT JOSHI - Producer
Shant Joshi is a queer Indo-Canadian film producer. Joshi has worked in long form with filmmakers including with Ingrid Veninger on her fem-queer coming-of-age feature Porcupine Lake, John Greyson on his queer surrealist feature Last Car, and Mathew Murray on his hit-drama web series Teenagers: Season 2. Joshi has produced over 12 short films that have screened at film festivals all over the globe in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Florence, Melbourne, and Sydney.
At the age of 19, Shant Joshi co-founded a production company to create short films, music videos, and develop features, Paper Frame Pictures Inc, and a film festival for emerging Canadian filmmakers, the Future of Film Showcase. After graduating from York University with Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film Production, Joshi moved to Los Angeles to be a part of and access the film industry's largest global web of talent and business.
As a producer, Joshi will bring his creative passion as well as his abilities in sales and below-the-line production work.
INGRID VENINGER - Executive Producer
Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid formed pUNK Films in 2003 with a ‘nothing is impossible’ manifesto. Since 2008, Ingrid has written/directed 5 features (Only, Modra, i am a good person/i am a bad person, The Animal Project, He Hated Pigeons) all of which have premiered at international festivals: TIFF, Rotterdam, Slamdance, Whistler, Rome, OUTFest, FEMCine, MoMA, garnering awards and distribution worldwide. In 2014, Ingrid initiated the pUNK Films FEMMES LAB to foster feature films written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winning actor Melissa Leo. Currently, Ingrid is completing her MFA at York University. Her 6th feature film, PORCUPINE LAKE, had its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was sold in Canada and the United States.
As an executive producer, Veninger will bring her creative talent as well as savvy and understanding of the business of film production.