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 Jutra Awards.
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. The pilot for Celeste’s original dramatic series, “The Brac,” inspired by her experiences living on the remote island of Cayman Brac, was selected for the 2017 Blacklist/ATX writing partnership with HBO, Sony, FX, et al. and earned Celeste an invitation to the 2018/2019 TIFF Writers’ Studio. The series will be produced by Marie-Claude Poulin (Brooklyn, War Witch, Cafe de Flore). Celeste also has a half-hour series, “Activista,” in development at Muse Entertainment (US), as well as features in development at Item 7, Keston International, and ZooFilms.
Celeste is currently a writer and co-producer of Rex (CityTV), a police drama in production in St. John’s Newfoundland.
Complete List of Awards and Achievements
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 Jutra Awards (for “Gurov and Anna”)
Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival, 2015 (for “Gurov and Anna”)
Resident, TIFF Talent Lab, Toronto International Film Festival, 2015
First Prize, Women in Film and Television Screenwriting Competition, 2009
Winner – Drama, Concordia University Literary Awards, 2009
Winner – Drama, Concordia University Literary Awards, 2008
Winner – Drama, Concordia University Literary Awards, 2007