Liz Cairns is an award-winning writer and director living on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory in Vancouver, B.C.  A graduate of the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, Liz’s short films have played at festivals internationally, including TIFF, Austin Film Festival, Interfilm Berlin, Palm Springs, Female Eye Film Festival and VIFF, among others. Programmer Curtis Woloschuk commented on Liz's ability to "elicit remarkable performances." In 2017, she was invited to the Berlinale Short Film Station at the Berlinale, one of ten participants selected out of thousands of applicants.  Her latest short film THE HORSES is currently making its festival run, playing at festivals around the world including Palm Springs ShortFest, HollyShorts, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, and the Vancouver International Film Festival where it won Best BC Short Film. Commenting on the award, the jury wrote: “Like many of the best realist filmmakers, Liz Cairns works with immediacy and verisimilitude, allowing the audience the opportunity to be taken into a new landscape not often explored”.  Liz is currently in post-production for her first feature film, INEDIA, being produced by Experimental Forest Films, Amino Acid Technology and Good Question Media. The script was short-listed for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2019. 

Liz is also an in-demand production designer, working on a wide range of projects. She was the production designer on NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (TIFF 2017) and THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (Berlinale 2019). She has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and won a Leo Award in 2019.


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Carl Liberman, The Characters Agency