Irina Lord is a Romanian-Canadian writer-director best known for exploring women-driven stories with an edge - "subtle, yet unsettling". She holds a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Oxford, and an MFA in Contemporary Arts from Simon Fraser University. Her work was featured in international film festivals, by broadcasters and art institutions in both Canada and Europe, including the CBC, the Cinemateque and Modern Art Oxford.

Lord’s debut feature film, "Soft-Spoken Weepy Cult Child", funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, and developed through the VIFF 2019 catalyst program, is scheduled for North American distribution in Fall 2023. Nominated for a Borsos Award for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay, “with a visual style all its own, this is the sort of calling card feature that announces the arrival of a major new talent to the Canadian cinematic scene”.

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