"What appeals most to me about my job is the creativity, imagining things then translating them into images."

Canada’s international film distribution generates $750 million in revenue annually.

If you want to get into the film industry, take some direction from Vali Fugulin. Vali is a director of documentaries and short films. She was motivated to make films as the ultimate creative expression. While being a director is very creative, it also requires business sense. Unless you have a big team behind you, there is a great deal of time spent on organization, funding submissions, budgets, contracts and personalities.

Did you know? Canadians spend $440 million a year at the box office.

Vali encourages other women to enter the film industry. She says it’s important that women express themselves through film so everyone can benefit from the female point of view. It gives the world a chance to see life in a different way. Vali isn’t sure what she wants to do in the future, but she does know that she wants to stay involved with the creative side of the business.

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Thereís a lot of work that goes into just getting ready to film. Once the prep work is complete itís finally time to shoot. Shooting can be simple or extravagant depending on if youíre producing a fictional film or trying to capture reality with a documentary.

The hours Vali works vary depending on what projects she has on the go. Production, for example, can be very time consuming and somewhat unpredictable. When Vali isnít heavily into production or post-production, she directs her time and energy to her young son, Leo.


Education: DEC in Health Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a specialization in cinema; 2 year film program at INIS (Image and Sound National Institute)

Hobbies: Her new baby Leo