Director Biography – Heather Hawthorn Doyle (SONGBIRD)

Heather Hawthorn Doyle has made a name for herself as being a strong story-based director who has a great relationship with actors and crew and a special knack with children, animals and VFX. Her passion lies with directing episodic television and she’s directed episodes of four television series and three TV MOWs.

Heather just finished her director’s cut for an episode of the CBC/Hulu series “Endlings”, her third TV series with the Toronto based award winning production house Sinking Ship Entertainment, having previously directed episodes of “Odd Squad” and “Dino Dana”. Prior to that HHD directed a series of shorts in Vancouver for the multiplatform division of the Disney Channel based on their new hit series “Gabby Duran & the Sunsittables” the first of which debuted this month on YouTube, and late last month she finished her third TV MOW the romantic comedy “My Birthday Boyfriend”. Last year she also directed Romantic Comey TV Movies “Love at Sunset Terrace” and “Eat, Drink & Be Married” the latter of which aired on Corus as part of their Hallmark June Wedding series. Heather has also directed short form narrative films including the heartbreaking original film “Songbird” which has just been released.

Heather is also a very experienced director in factual/lifestyle/documentary and multi-camera talk/variety shows having directed on many popular formats for HGTV, W Network and CTV including more than 300 episodes of the multi-camera daily talk/variety show “TH=he Vicki Gabereau Show”. HHD’s first narrative series was the multi-camera teen sitcom from Thunderbird Entertainment “Some Assembly Required” for YTV.

Heather is also a comedy nerd performing improv and writing with her sketch comedy writing pals every chance she gets.

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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