Marianne Farley is a director/screenwriter, producer, and actress from Montreal, Canada. Fully bilingual, she has performed in a variety of projects in Canada, the U.S., and even Finland. Her work in television includes Heroes Reborn (NBC), This Life (CBC), 19-2 (Bravo), The Dead Zone, Le Gentleman, and Les Invincibles. In film, she has played in, among others, La Peau Blanche (Best First Feature film award at the 2004 TIFF, and Claude Jutras award at the 2005 Genie Awards), Christmas Choir, Imaginaerum, and Uvanga.
More than ready to bring her artistic vision to the next level, in 2014 she began working on personal directorial projects. Her first short film, RANSACK/Saccage was selected by numerous film festivals throughout the world and her second critically acclaimed short film MARGUERITE has won, up to now, over forty awards around the globe. In fact, the film also earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Live Action Short Film in 2019. In early 2018 she wrote and directed a short film to the song Yet Not The End by Dear Criminals which was presented by Telefilm Canada at Berlinale in February of that year. Marianne has just completed her latest short film FRIMAS (produced by Ô Films) and she is in the post production phase of her first feature film NORTH OF ALBANY (cowritten with Claude Brie). The film stars Céline Bonnier, Zeneb Blanchet, Naomi Cormier and Rick Roberts and is set to come out in the spring of 2022.
Marianne has a passion for profound yet simple storytelling. Her experience as an actress drives every decision she makes as a director. The characters must propel the story forward in the truth of the moment. In November 2015 she studied writing with Dara Marks and Deb Norton (Engaging The Feminine Heroic) and it opened her up to a whole new perspective on writing for women.
A true lover of the seventh art, Marianne has produced four short films and two feature films, LES NÔTRES by Jeanne Leblanc (cowritten by Judith Baribeau and Jeanne Leblanc) in which she plays one of the lead roles and NORTH OF ALBANY. Both films are coproduced with Benoit Beaulieu. Through their production company SLYKID & SKYKID they are also developing the feature films LA FAUCHE (written by Camille Trudel) and À DEMI-SOUPIR (cowritten with Claude Brie).