Canted Pictures Inc.
An award-winning film production company founded by Ava Torres and Helmann Wilhelm specializing in narrative content. Our work has been official selections at the National Screen Institute of Canada, Austin Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and WorldFest Houston, among others.
A graduate from the University of Toronto, she holds a Master’s degree in Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies and Spanish Literature. With a keen interest in film and television, she brings a unique perspective to the industry having moved over ten times across four different countries.
She is the winning recipient of the inaugural WIFT-T Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship (2017) and the CMPA Producer Mentorship (2017). Ava has worked as an Associate for the Literary and Director Division at Meridian Artists, a talent agency that represents writers and directors on leading Canadian shows such as Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, and Orphan Black. Ava has brought all of this experience to the broadcasting side of the industry as a Senior Specialist at CBC for their Acquisitions department where their team acquires international shows for the Gem streaming service.
Writer & Director
An award-winning writer and director, Helmann was born in Texas, but raised in Kitchener, Ontario. A graduate from the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies program, he is half-Taiwanese and half-white. Before Canted Pictures, Helmann worked in the AD department for such productions as SUICIDE SQUAD and THE NEXT STEP television series. He is the winning recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts grant, the Waterloo Region Arts Fund, and the Ontario Start-up Pitch Competition. His spec script, SUCCESSION: HUMAN PIÑATA, was selected as a semi-finalist at the 2020 Austin Film Festival where it ranked the top 2% out of 13,000 submissions. In the same year, his 1-hour pilot, THE DISAPPEARED ONES, was a quarterfinalist at the Atlanta Film Festival and Austin Film Festival, both Oscar-qualifying competitions.
Recently, Helmann was chosen as one of Canada’s top 20 emerging BIPOC filmmakers by the Reelworld Film Festival and Screen Institute. As part of Reelworld’s Emerging 20 class, Helmann will be workshopping his feature screenplay, CREEMORE VILLAGE, for Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program.