Maya Gallus’ feature-length documentary Girl Inside premiered at Hot Docs 2007 in Toronto and has played at various film festivals, including DOXA in Vancouver, the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, New Fest in New York and Frameline in San Francisco.
Her first film, the award-winning documentary Elizabeth Smart: On The Side of the Angels, which she directed, wrote and co-produced, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in 1991, then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Canada House, UK and other festivals. On The Side of the Angels won Best Production of the Festival, Best Documentary and Best Editing at the 1991 Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards, as well as Best Narration at the 1991 Atlantic Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Direction at the 1992 Gemini Awards and has been broadcast in Canada and internationally.
Gallus’ provocative feature-length documentary Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1997, followed by screenings at the Melbourne Film Festival; MostraRIO, Rio de Janeiro; the Feminale Festival in Germany; the Fetisch Film Festival, France; Frameline, San Francisco; Los Angeles Out Fest; and many others. Erotica played theatrically in Toronto, San Francisco, San Sebastian and Tokyo, and was broadcast in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Erotica was nominated for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the 1997 Genie Awards and Best Arts documentary at Hot Docs 1998.
In 2002, Gallus formed Red Queen Productions with Justine Pimlott. Together they created, produced and directed Punch Like A Girl, the critically acclaimed six-part reality series on amateur women’s boxing. Punch Like A Girl was broadcast in Canada and the U.S. and was nominated for two Gemini Awards for Best Direction in 2003.
Gallus and Pimlott co-produced Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men in 2005. Written by Gallus and directed by Justine Pimlott, Fag Hags won the audience award at the 2005 Inside Out Film Festival and Best Canadian Film at the 2006 Reel Out Film Festival. The film has since played at NewFest, the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film festival and San Francisco’s Frameline, among others, and has been broadcast on CBC.
Gallus is currently developing feature documentaries and narrative fiction films.