Ally (Alyssa) Pankiw is a writer, director and producer who works in Los Angeles and Toronto.
She graduated with a JournaIism degree from Ryerson University in 2011 and started her career in media in the world of broadcast news at CityTV.
In 2013 she started writing her own stories and the first short film she both wrote and directed, called 'Her With Me,' screened at a variety of LGBTQ film festivals, including Outfest, Inside Out TO, and Frameline. Between 2013 and 2016 she also had the opportunity to direct a number of music videos and write a variety of scripts within the Canadian creative collective, 'The Young Astronauts.' In 2014 she was signed worldwide by Partizan Entertainment as a director of branded and narrative content and the artists and companies she has directed and produced for since include Benefit, Nasty Gal, Amazon, The Voice, Pepsi, Megan Nicole, Madison Beer, Cody Simpson, Alli Simpson, Ariana Grande, Kira Isabella, W. Darling, Flosstradamus, Lil Jon, The Vamps, The Arkells and The Mohrs.
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.’ Some of the other directors involved included Spike Lee, Diego Luna and Idris Elba. She also wrote on the third season of CBC’s new single camera comedy, ‘Schitt’s Creek.' She has two features in development and she is also developing a pilot with Dan Levy. Her most recent project, the short comedic film, ‘Stake,’ which was funded by BravoFACT, just finished its festival circuit and can be viewed here.
Ally has worked for major news outlets, network reality shows, small independent films, huge commercial production companies, and an interactive media firm, but at the core of all of her experience, is the fact that she always has been, and always will be, a storyteller at heart.