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Madeleine Sims-Fewer Instructor, Acting for Film and TVFilm Production

Madeleine Sims-Fewer is a British-Canadian writer, director, and actor. After finishing her BFA with honours in film production at York University, she returned to London, England to complete an MFA in acting at the Drama Centre London. Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including the Helsinki International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Guanajuato International Film Festival. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2016. Sims-Fewer met TFS instructor Dusty Mancinelli at the 2015 TIFF Filmmakers’ Lab, and they quickly joined forces as a filmmaking duo. Focused on a naturalistic performance style and visual aesthetic, their films explore gender politics, human nature, and abuse of power. Their short film Slap Happy screened at the BFI London Film Festival, VIFF, and Slamdance, among other festivals; their short, Woman in Stall, won the Jury Award for Narrative Student Short at the Austin Film Festival and the Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance. Chubby, their third collaboration, was shown at the 2020 Slamdance festival. For her first feature film, Violation, Madeleine received two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021, for Best Actress and the John Dunning Best First Feature Award.