Canted Pictures Inc.
An award-winning film production company founded by Ava Torres and Helmann Wilhelm specializing in narrative content.
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. After graduating from the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies program, Helmann co-founded Canted Pictures. He is a two-time winning recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts grant, the Waterloo Region Arts Fund, and the Ontario Start-up Pitch Competition.
Helmann’s work has been selected three times at the prestigious Austin Film Festival, including a semi-finalist placement where his script ranked the top 2% out of 13,000 submissions. Other notable placements include the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Nashville Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and the National Screen Institute of Canada. Helmann was also chosen as one of Canada’s top 20 emerging BIPOC filmmakers by the Reelworld Screen Institute. Recently, his 1-hour pilot, CREEMORE VILLAGE, was selected as one of 25 projects for the Netflix-Banff Fellowship and Pitch Program where he was mentored by showrunner Joseph Kay.