Canted Pictures Inc.
Film Production Company
1. An award-winning film production company founded by Ava Torres and HW Deng specializing in narrative content. Our work has been official selections at the National Screen Institute of Canada, Orlando Film Festival, Kansas City Film Festival, WorldFest Houston, and Hollyshorts, among others.
Ava is the producer of the production company, Canted Pictures. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto, holding 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) under the guidance of the co-founder of Rhombus Media. Since then she worked as an Associate for the Prime Time Division at Meridian Artists, a talent agency that represents writers on leading Canadian shows such as Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, Corner Gas and Orphan Black. Ava has brought all of this experience to her recent position at the CBC Film and Digital Originals Department and continues to bring her passion for developing and producing great original content.
Writer & Director
An award-winning writer and director, Helmann was born in Texas, but raised in Kitchener, Ontario. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies program, he is half-Taiwanese and half-German. Given his mixed background, his films focus on characters struggling with change and the ability to belong.
Since his graduation, he has worked in the Directors Guild of Canada as Trainee Assistant Director for SUICIDE SQUAD and THE NEXT STEP television series. He is also the co-founder of Canted Pictures, as well as the winning recipient of the Ontario Start-up Pitch Competition and the Waterloo Arts Fund grant.
His short film, THROUGH ROSE-COLORED GLASSES, won Best Film at the Grand River Film Festival (2016), and was an official selection at the National Screen Institute of Canada (2016), a Canadian Screen Awards qualifier. Together, his work has screened at Orlando Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Kansas City FilmFest, and Palm Springs International Film Festival, among others. Recently, his short script for MACABRE CHRISTMAS was a semi-finalist for the ScreenCraft Film Production Fund (2017).