Ally Pankiw is a Canadian writer/director, who works between LA and Toronto, and is represented by Partizan and Asymetric. She got her start as part of a directing collective, 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, Differin, WestJet, 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 and Imagine Entertainment. 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. And for which she was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for best direction in a series.
She is currently directing the full first season of the new Netflix / Channel 4 comedy series, Mae and George, which was created by and stars Canadian comedian, Mae Martin. The full cast includes Lisa Kudrow, Charlotte Ritchie, Sophie Thompson, Adrian Lukis and Phil Burgers.
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, the OMDC, and Barn 12 producer, James Weyman. And she was selected as one of Film Independent's 2018 Directing Lab fellows for her feature, The Hiding House, which she wrote and will be directing.