Celeste Parr earned her Master of Arts in English and Cultural Studies from McGill University in Montreal. Her thesis screenplay, Gurov and Anna, was produced by Zone 3 and premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. The film, directed by Rafael Ouellet, earned Celeste a nomination for Best Screenplay at the 2016 Prix Iris.
Celeste made her television debut writing for Season Two of CBC’s CSA-nominated This Life, for which she was nominated by the 2017 Writer’s Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards for Best Writing for a Television Drama. Celeste is currently the creator and showrunner of Looking for Jane, the series adaptation of Heather Marshall’s novel from producers BentFrame Film & TV and Cineflix Studios. Celeste is also a writer-producer of a new thriller series for a major international streamer. She has original series in development eOne, Blue Ant Media, Pixcom Productions, and Keshet International. Celeste continues to work in features, presently writing Ethel (2023), a new feature film starring Shira Haas (Unorthodox), produced by Marie-Claude Poulin (Brooklyn, War Witch) and directed by Aisling Walsh (Maudie).
Complete List of Awards
Selection, 2022 Wscripted x MUBI Cannes Screenplay List
Fellow, 2020 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Program
Resident, TIFF Writers’ Studio 2018/2019
Nomination, Best Writing for a Television Drama Series, Writer’s Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards, 2017 (for This Life, Episode 208, “Destruction as Creation”)
Winner, The Blacklist/ATX Writing Partnership, 2017
Nomination, Best Screenplay, 2016 Prix Iris (for “Gurov and Anna”)
Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival, 2015 (for “Gurov and Anna”)
Resident, TIFF Talent Lab, Toronto International Film Festival, 2015