Ariel Smith | Short Drama
Canada | 2019 | 13 min
World Premiere

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 10:00am
Shorts Program: Tribulations
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Hunger is the story of a young family in crisis. Lucy, a stay at home mother, finds relief from her stress and emotional pain through an eating disorder which is negatively impacting her young daughter Lilly.


Ariel Smith is an award winning Nehiyaw and Jewish Filmmaker, video artist, writer, and cultural worker. Having created independent media art since 2001. Much of her work has shown at festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally. Ariel is largely self-taught, but honed many of her skills by becoming heavily involved in artist-run centres in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. Her passion for artist-run culture has become an integral part of her practice.

Ariel has over a decade of experience in arts administration and management. She has worked as the Technical Director of SAW Video Media Arts Centre in Ottawa from 2006-2014, was the Director of the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition from 2013-2016, Executive Director at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival from 2016-2017 and is currently the Managing + Artistic Director at Native Women in the Arts, Toronto.

Ariel has worked as a programmer for such organizations as Galerie SAW Gallery, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, REEL Canada, and imagineNATIVE. She is currently a guest curator for an upcoming international Indigenous quinquennial exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.