ANA DE LARA has written, directed, and produced a number of award-winning short films, most notably: Near Silence, In Control, and First Winter Last.
Near Silence won the Jury Prize for the Best Narrative Short in the Women in Film Festival (Vancouver) and was one of three films shortlisted for the Lindalee Tracey Award. The film addressed Huntington’s disease and euthanasia and was praised in the Montreal Gazette as “striking and highly original” when it premiered in the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival.
In Control, Ana’s film about domestic violence from a child’s perspective, won the Jury Prize for Best Children’s Film in Toronto’s Commffest Film Festival. It screened internationally in 16 festivals, including the Rhode Island Independent Film Festival and the Washington D.C. Film Festival.
First Winter Last, a visual poem about immigration and racism, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Canadian Fiction in the CBC Radio Canada International Migrations Competition. The film screened at numerous festivals including the Montreal World Film Festival and the Vancouver Women in Film Festival.
Ana was one of eight female Canadian directors selected for the 2016 Women in the Directors Chair Story & Leadership Program to develop her first feature film script, The Virgin Mary Had a Little Lamb. She is a BC Arts Council and National Film Board grants recipient and has served as president on CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers Board of Directors.
Ana initially studied video production to enhance her repertoire as an acting instructor, and in the process of filming her classroom projects, she discovered a passion for directing. She attended a workshop at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School, and further honed her skills by participating in film creation challenges at CineVic.