Aiken Heart Films is a production company based in Toronto specializing in developing new talent in film, television and digital cinema. Aiken Heart collaborates with a new generation of filmmakers to create relevant, thought-provoking and original films that resonate with audiences.

Aiken Heart has screened work internationally, with films in competition at the Festival de Cannes Cinefondation, Rotterdam, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Founder Coral Aiken is an alumna of York University Film MFA, Berlinale Talents, Trans Atlantic Partners and was one of eight producers selected for TIFF studio in 2014.

Aiken Heart produced the feature film Big Muddy, a contemporary noir-western set in the Canadian badlands, which premiered at TIFF in 2014 to critical acclaim. Notes on the Gaze, a commission for by director Chelsea McMullan, was one of the popular streaming site's most viewed videos of the year.

Aiken Heart’s upcoming feature film The People Garden is a stylish mystery set in Japan, and was co-produced with Scythia Films. The high profile indie, which won the audience award at TIFF Studio screenwriting lab, stars Dree Hemingway and Pamela Anderson, and will be released in 2016.


The People Garden (feature, 2016)

the people garden

A young actress travels to Japan to breakup with her rock star boyfriend, and discovers he’s gone missing in the notorious suicide forest.

Directed by Nadia Litz, starring Dree Hemingway, Pamela Anderson

Official Selection BAFICI 2016, Winner of the Audience Prize at the 2013 TIFF Studio Screenwriting Lab.

Notes on the Gaze (short, 2015)

notes on the gaze

An experimental documentary examining how women look at each other on the street. Commissioned by popular streaming site Nowness, based on “Women in Clothes” by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton.

Directed by Chelsea McMullan.

Flamenco (short, 2015)


A production of Carmen goes awry when a love triangle between the players blur the lines between performance and off-stage relationships.

Premiered at Reel Asian Film Festival 2015. Winner of the Reel Asian Film Festival’s So You Think You Can Pitch Competition.

Directed by Gloria Kim, starring Anjelica Scannura, Keon Alexander, Ana Lia Arias Garrido

Big Muddy (feature, 2014)

Big Muddy

A modern day outlaw returns home to reconcile her dark past after her teenage son commits a horrible crime.

Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Winner of Arizona International Film Festival Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography.

Directed by Jefferson Moneo, starring Nadia Litz, Justin Kelly, Stephen McHattie, James LeGros

Going South (short, 2013)

going south

A young woman, longing to escape her rural life, is visited by a mysterious drifter. Official selection Cannes Cinefondation, 2013, and Vancouver International Film Festival.

Directed by Jefferson Moneo, starring Shana Dowdeswell, Sean Friel, Kenneth Heaton, John Brodsky

Big Muddy (short, 2011)

big muddy short

A teenage outlaw, forced into a life of crime by his mother and her boyfriend, is visited by a mysterious drifter from his long forgotten past.

Directed by Jefferson Moneo, starring Tricia Braun, John Brodsky, Kenneth Heaton and Rob van Meenan

Official selection Cannes Cinefondation, 2011

Sahara Sahara (short, 2010)

sahara sahara

A two channel video that follows a group of female vigilantes.

Directed by Geoffrey Pugen.

Screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival and in the Special Project Space at Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Les Nanas (short, 2010)

les nanas

Three doll-like women have a tea party: it ends badly.

Screened at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the Shorts Showcase Film Festival!! on PBS, the NorthWest Film and Video Festival, MIXNYC Film Festival, and chosen as the CINE-X Showcase’s Best Regional Film at the Olympia Film Festival.

Directed by Danielle Morgan.