Maude Michaud is an award-winning writer-director from Montreal, Quebec who specializes in genre entertainment. Her debut feature film Dys- World Premiered in July 2014 at the Fantasia International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature. Her body of work includes over a dozen critically acclaimed short films which have toured the international festival circuit, as well as a documentary web series about women horror filmmakers, which served as a basis for her Master’s thesis. She studied film and communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal, where she obtained a B.A. and a M.A. degree.
An avid cinephile since her childhood, she has been nurturing a passion for storytelling and aims to create stories that challenge genre boundaries and audience expectations. She strives to create compelling entertainment that will take audiences on a journey out of their comfort zone while getting them to experience different perspectives of the world. Aptly described as representing the "horror of normality", her stories tread the fine line between the familiar and the uncanny while tackling raw universal themes.
In addition to filmmaking, Maude Michaud also nurtures a passion for photography and writing. She has been working as a portrait photographer for a few years and she loves to explore the storytelling potential of the medium through conceptual projects. As for writing, most of her published work is non-fiction/academic based, but she is currently returning to her initial passion by trying her hand at fiction.
2nd Place - Stage 32's Annual TV Writing Contest (2017) - Whipped (TV pilot script)
Public Choice Award: Best Canadian Feature - Fantasia International Film Festival (2014) - Dys- (feature film)
Audience Award: Best Feature - Cellar Door Film Festival (2014) - Dys- (feature film)
3rd place - Audience Award: Best Canadian Feature - Fantasia International Film Festival (2010) - Frankenstein Unlimited (anthology feature film - Reflection segment directed by Maude Michaud)