Mina Shum


Mina Shum is an independent writer/director, born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada. She has written and directed six films: these include Picture Perfect, which received the nomination for Best Drama under 30 minutes at the 1989 Yorkton Film Festival; Shortchanged; and Love In. Me, Mom and Mona followed and won a Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Short at the Toronto Festival of Festivals in 1993. In 1993, she also completed her segment--entitled Hunger--of the Cinework's Co-op film, Breaking Up in 3 Minutes.

As a director resident at the Canadian Film Centre, Mina developed her first feature length film, Double Happiness, which premiered at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival. There, it won a Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Feature and tied for third place with Krystof Kieslowski's ROUGE for the Metro Media Prize, voted on by the 6000 accredited members of the international media covering the festival. In Torino, Italy, the film won a Special Jury Award in a Feature Film Competition. There it also took the top People's Choice Award. At the 1994 Genies, where the film was nominated for seven awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, Double Happiness won two awards: Best Actress (Sandra Oh) and Best Editing (Alison Grace).

Mina has been actively attempting to express herself since the age of fifteen. The past decade has seen her attain a BA in Theatre, a Diploma in Film Production (both from the University of British Columbia), play in an alternative rock band called Playdoh Republic, publish her concert photography, write English dialogue for a Hong Kong action flick, direct theatre and become an ACTRA member through her acting. Most recently, Mina has taught a Directing Drama for Film Workshop and a Screenwriting Workshop for New Initiatives in Film, an NFB Studio D program. She also spent 5 years of her life working part-time at Macdonald's Restaurants of Canada and maintains that she learned the basics of the film business there.

Films by Mina Shum