Ally 'Alyssa' Pankiw is a Canadian writer/director, who works in both LA and Toronto, and is represented by Partizan and Asymetric. She got her start as part of a directing collective called the Young Astronauts, with whom she directed and produced music videos for artists like Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Janelle Monae, The Arkells, The Vamps and Lil Jon. Since then, she has been conquering the commercial space — working with top brands like Pepsi, Amazon, Benefit, Nylon, Chanel and Nasty Gal. In 2014 she directed a short film for Pepsi’s 'Beats of The Beautiful Game' World Cup campaign, set to Janelle Monae’s version of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes.’ Other directors involved included Spike Lee, Diego Luna and Idris Elba.
Most recently, Ally has begun working in film and TV. She served as a story editor on the second and third seasons of CBC's Schitt’s Creek, and is now developing an original comedy with its star and creator, Dan Levy. She has also directed behind-the-scenes work for Amazon and Tig Notaro's One Missippi, a music segment for the finale of NBC’s The Voice and most recently, the CBC's Terrific Women, a new digital comedy series, which was just nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best digital series.
In 2015, Ally's Bravo-funded short film, 'Stake,' played a variety of international festivals and she is also the 2016 recipient of another BravoFACT grant, in conjunction with the Harold Greenberg Fund and Inside Out Short to Feature Award, for her film, 'The Inherent Traits of Connor James.' She is also developing another feature called Brooke & Sam in Canada with the Harold Greenberg Fund and Barn 12 producer, James Weyman, who previously managed the Ontario Media Development Corporation. And she was just selected as one of Film Independent's 2018 Directing Lab fellows for her feature, The Hiding House, which she wrote and will be directing.