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 was recently a writer and co-producer of Hudson & Rex, a new police drama for CityTV, and developed Activista, a political satire, with Muse Entertainment and Chelsea Handler Productions. She is currently developing the miniseries adaptation of Eve LaPlante’s Marmee & Louisa for Engage Entertainment, announced in a January 2020 edition of the New York Times. Celeste also continues to work in features, presently writing Ethel’s Orchestra, a new feature film produced by Marie-Claude Poulin (Brooklyn, Café de Flore), and an adaptation of Iris Owens’ Darling for Item 7 (The Hummingbird Project).
Complete List of Awards and Achievements
Fellow, 2020 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Program
Resident, TIFF Writers’ Studio 2018/2019 (for “The Brac”)
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 (for The Brac, pilot, “No Barge”)
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