Director Biography – Hollie Olenik (YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY)

Born & raised in Oshawa, Ontario (with a penchant for the dramatic), Hollie Olenik is a Toronto-based writer and director. She is in her fifth year of film production at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. She has written & directed multiple short films including narratives Ophelia, Your Mileage May Vary, and an experimental piece, Liminal. Her work has been broadcasted on the CBC and has screened at festivals such as the Youth Lens Film Festival and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. She recently received Image Arts’ Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award for her work on Your Mileage May Vary. Hollie is focused on challenging and deconstructing the film industry to create a broader space for radical stories and she draws much of her inspiration for stories about LGBTQ+ women from her own experiences growing up queer. Outside of film she is also interested in writing for theatre and theatre production.

Hollie’s most recent film was Dirt Town, her thesis film centered on growing up in Oshawa which premiered at the Ryerson University Film Festival last year. To see more of her work follow her personal Instagram @probablyhollie & her thesis Instagram @dirttownfilm

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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