kourtney jackson

(un)braiding myths

about    films


2016-18   Concordia University, BA Communication Studies


meditations on a process (2023)

(for Transformations: A Cross Generational Commissioning Project by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto [LIFT])


2023    Transformations: Short Films Exploring a City in Flux, LIFT, Toronto, ON

Cerca De Ti (2023) (commissioned by the 8 fest)


2023    the 8 fest, Toronto, ON


2023    Shorts in Conversation, Ace Hotel, Toronto, ON

In My Bones (2021) (co-directed with Roya DelSol)


2022    Images Festival, Toronto, ON


2022    Camel Cafe, Toronto, ON

Wash Day (2020)


2022    Filmladen Kassel e.V., Kassel, DE

2022    Massimadi Festival, Montreal, QC

2021    Cologne International Women’s Film Festival, Dortmund, DE

2021    Black Film Festival Zurich, Zurich, CHE

2021    Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln, Dortmund, DE

2021    International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, DE

2021    Dawson City Film Festival, Dawson, YT

2021    Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, USA

2021    CineYouth Film Festival, Chicago, USA

2021    Reelout Queer Film Festival, Kingston, ON

2020    National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), Seattle, USA

2020    Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, Baltimore, USA

2020    BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, USA

2020    Breakthroughs Film Festival, Toronto, ON

2020    AfroPrairie Film Festival, Winnipeg, MB

2020    TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, Young Creators Showcase, Toronto, ON


2023    All Those Sensations in My Body, Dotdotdot, Vienna, AUT

2023    Queer City Cinema (Balkan touring program)

2023    Queer City Cinema (Canadian touring program)

2021    Ignite x Adobe Shorts Screening, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA

2021    Femtastic Film Club, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), Winnipeg, MB

2021    Hairstory Short Film Drive-In, African American Museum, Dallas, USA

2020    SKIN DEEP, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON

2020    All Things Hairs, Plump! Sessions, London, ON

2020    Manifesto Festival, Toronto, ON

2020    Black History Month Program, Civic Theatre, Nelson, BC

2019    what if media looked like us? london edition, sisterhood media, London, ON


Digital TIFF Bell Lightbox - Black Futures on Film, Black Canadian Shorts



1 vers[us] 1 (2018)


2019    Insomniac Film Festival

2019    Breakthroughs Film Festival

2019    AfroPrairie Film Festival

2018    Regent Park Film Festival, Emerging Director’s Spotlight, Toronto, ON


2021    Bring it Black: Films by Black Artists in Canada, Cinema Politica, Montreal, QC

2019    DON’T @ ME, Black Artists Union, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2019    what if media looked like us? scarborough edition, sisterhood media, Scarborough, ON




2020    Best Canadian Film, Wash Day, Breakthroughs Film Festival, Toronto, ON

2020    Audience Choice Award, Wash Day, Breakthroughs Film Festival, Toronto, ON

2018    Emerging Directors Spotlight Award, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, ON


2020    Sundance Ignite x Adobe Artist Grant, Sundance Institute, Park City, USA

2019    CUE Artist Grant, CUE Toronto, Toronto, ON

Residencies & Fellowships

2022    Silence Awareness Existence, Arteles Creative Center, Tampere, FI

2020-21 Fellow, Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship, Park City, USA

2019    Resident, Black Women Film! Canada Leadership Program, Toronto, ON


Next Stop: Season 2 - Story Editor, Writer

Gay Mean Girls: Season 2 - Story Coordinator, Writer

IPHIGENIA AND THE FURIES (ON TAURIAN LAND) (2019), Saga Collectif and lemonTree Creations - Associate Producer

Group Exhibitions

2024    Shedding Heaviness, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON

2022    for those of us who live at the shoreline, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK

2019    Stick It to The Man, Margin of Eras Gallery, Toronto, ON

Artist Talks and Panels

2021    Sundance Ignite x Adobe Shorts Screening, Q&A, Park City, USA

2021    Cartography and Hybridism of the Female Body, Art Without Borders - Black Brazil Art, Brazil

2020    Short Film Distribution Panel, sisterhood media at Bend Film Festival, Bend, USA

2020    What A Time to Be Black Artist Panel, Our Women’s Voices X Black Women With Wings, Toronto, ON

Professional Activities


  • Clients: Adornment Stories, LGBT Youthline, Theatre Passe Muraille, and BAND Gallery among others

  • Skillset includes shooting video footage, interviewing video subjects, and creating works for archival, promotional, and artistic purposes

  • Specialization in documenting theatrical production including archives of performances, and dramaturgical workshops


OYA Black Arts Coalition, Program Coordinator — present

Pleasure Dome, Board Member — 06/2021 – 06/2023

FEM Script Lab, Creative Producer — 02/2021 – 02/2022

CHARLES STREET VIDEO, Assistant Equipment and Programming Coordinator — 10/2020 – 01/2021


Associate Producer — 10/2018 - 01/2019

CAHOOTS THEATRE, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator — 07/2018 - 08/2018


RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE, Youth in Focus Workshop Facilitator — 02/2020 - 11/2020

REGENT PARK FILM FESTIVAL, School Program Advisory Member — 06/2018 - 07/2019

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