Coral Aiken is a creative producer based in Toronto.
Coral Aiken founded Aiken Heart Films to develop fresh and original work for an engaged audience.
Coral has produced short and feature films which have screened in competition at Festival de Cannes Cinefondation, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Buenos Aires Festival Internacional De Cine Independiente (BAFICI), Marfa Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, winning cinematography awards at the Arizona International Film Festival and Rhode Island International Film Festival. She produced one of the top viewed films on Nowness.com. Her latest short film Titanyum was selected for the Locarno Filmmakers Academy in 2018, premiered in competition at the Sarajevo International Film Festival, and continues screening at festivals internationally gaining recognition with awards in Serbia and Turkey.
Born in Winnipeg, Coral began her career in the arts as a contemporary dancer and theatre artist. Coral founded the theatre company Sight Unseen where she directed multi-channel dance and film works for the stage. Coral moved to Toronto to complete an MFA in Film Production and directing at York University in 2010. She worked with advisor John Greyson to combine movement with artisanal filmmaking in an innovative thesis project. Coral engaged in the Toronto community, working as the Education Coordinator for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, and as head of development for Daniel Bekerman at Scythia Films. She continues to work in production as a line producer and consultant with many clients including Babe Nation Creations, Scythia Films, Film Forge, MDFF, Netflix, Discovery, and CBC.
Coral Aiken continued making her own work, and began collaborating with filmmakers as a creative producer. Coral had early success with a Columbia University student film, Big Muddy screening in competition at Cannes Cinéfondation in 2011. The same team returned to Cannes with Going South in the same program in 2013. The feature film version of Big Muddy premiered in competition at at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2014.
Coral is in development on several projects, including an adaptation of the book Boring Girls, a journey to the dark heart of the heavy metal scene with Hannah Cheesman, a dystopian coming of age story with Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Davis and acclaimed screenwriter Kathleen Hepburn, and a smart romantic comedy with TIFF Pitch This winner Katie McMillan. Coral is developing her own film as writer and director, Garbage Night, a dark comedy, and continuing her collaboration with Gökçe Erdem on her upcoming works. Expanding into international co-production, Coral has recently completed a short film in Istanbul, Turkey, and is currently in production on a feature in Malta with Valerie Buhagiar.