Gloria Mercer  •  Director/Producer

Gloria Mercer is a filmmaker  from Vancouver, which is located on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her award-winning short films have screened at international festivals worldwide. She is an alumni of the Simon Fraser University Film Program, and recently completed the Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module program.

Her short film Hekademia was awarded support from the National Film Board of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. It has screened at festivals worldwide, and recently won Best Sci-Fi at the Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival. It will have its broadcast premiere on CBC Gem through the Canadian Reflections program in December of 2021.

At Women in the Director’s Chair, Gloria developed the feature feminist thriller, A Safe Distance, written by her partner Aidan West. The two filmed the short film version of A Safe Distance in August, 2020, and it is now touring the festival circuit.

Gloria and Aidan are now in pre-production for their newest short Smoke Eater, which was one of only three projects selected for funding for the Harold Greenberg Fund “Shorts to Features” program.

Gloria seeks to expand upon representations of women by creating stories that interrogate gender and foreground complicated female characters. Her work examines themes of loneliness, self-discovery, and relationships between women. She is passionate about featuring more women in front of and behind the camera, and fostering new talent in the BC film industry.

Aidan West  •  Writer/Producer

Aidan West is a writer and filmmaker. He is an alumnus of the SFU undergraduate film program. He is currently enrolled at the MFA screenwriting program at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

Recently he was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenwriting fellowship. His screenplays have placed in the second round at the Austin Film Festival, and have won awards through the California Film Awards, Canada International Film Festival, and placed as a quarter-finalist at the Fresh Voices Screenplay competition.

His film, Ellen Infinity, produced through SFU’s film program, screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and other festivals across North America. He is a frequent producing partner and collaborator of Gloria Mercer, and a co-founder of See Horse Films.