Celeste 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 Quebec Cinema Awards (formerly the Jutras).
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 drama 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. Celeste also has a comedy series, “Activista,” in pre-development at Muse Entertainment Enterprises (Bellevue, Being Human, Bomb Girls, Durham County) with the support of Bell Media.
Complete List of Awards and Achievements
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, Gala du Cinema Quebecois (formerly Jutra Awards), 2016 (for “Gurov and Anna”)
Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival, 2015 (for “Gurov and Anna”)
Selectee, TIFF Talent Lab, Toronto International Film Festival, 2015
First Prize, Women in Film and Television Screenwriting Competition, 2009
Award for playwriting, Montreal Arts Matters Festival, 2008
Award for playwriting, Montreal Arts Matters Festival, 2007
Award for playwriting, Montreal Arts Matters Festival, 2006