Title: "Why Do I Dance"
Client: Ontario Arts Council
Born in Seoul, Korea to a long line of media makers, Gloria Kim emigrated to Canada when she was three years old. After graduating from the University of Toronto with her degree in English literature, she went on to work for magazines such as National Post Business, Report on Business, Canadian Living, Chatelaine and Canadian Business and Maclean’s.
Gloria found her true love when she started attending Ryerson for film. Her 35mm short film, Rock Garden: A Love Story (11 min. 2007), won the CBC WIFT Canadian Reflections Award (CBC, Bravo!FACT) and has been described by Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful” with “an amazing visual sensibility”. The film also won the 2009 ELAN Award for Best Visual Effects, the Global Audience Award for Best Anarchy Film at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and the September Slamdance Anarchy Competition. It has also won the Special Jury Award at the 41st Annual WorldFest in Houston, was chosen for the Short Film Competition at the 23rd Torino GLBT Film Festival and nominated by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for Best Cinematography in 2009. In between short film projects and feature script development recently she has directed a dance promo for the Ontario Council of the Arts, completed work on a viral campaign for Organic Meadows.
In 2011 Gloria directed a short documentary profiling Toronto artist Shane Fistell as part of Saatchi & Saatchi’s ambitious @RANDOM project for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. which has gone on to win awards for cinematography at the ADCC’s and Gold for Best PSA at the 2012 Marketing Awards as well as winning Campaign Gold at the 2012 BESSIES. The short film has continued its awards sweep with a win at the prestigious OneScreen festival put on by the One Club in New York.
Gloria also recently finished a short with the CBC, called The Auction (17 min. 2010). It won the Children’s Jury Award at the Seattle Film Festival for Children, the LIFT & Fuji Best Short Film Award at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children. It has been nominated for awards at both the Sarasota Film Festival and WorldFest Houston, where it goes next. The Auction was funded by NFB FAP, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Among other honours and awards, Gloria was a guest at the 2010 Governor General’s Awards in Video and Media Arts; received a scholarship from NBC Universal and an Access and Career Development Grant from the Ontario Arts Council to complete the prestigious Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program: 2008 Director’s Lab started by Norman Jewison; was shortlisted for the Ontario Arts Council-administered 2009 K.M.Hunter’s Award; was chosen for the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab and was a finalist of the 2009 Telefilm Pitch This! Competition. She was invited to speak at the 2006 CFTPA PrimeTime conference and at the WIFT International Women’s Day. She is represented for commercials by internationally renowned Imported Artists.