Matthew Kowalchuk

My greatest satisfaction as a filmmaker comes when taking a risk, trusting in those I've chosen to work with, and enjoying the ride together.

About Matt

Matthew has been recognized as one of Canada's emerging playwrights and filmmakers. His first feature, Lawrence & Holloman is garnering "Must See" mentions on the festival circuit. After premiering at VIFF 2013, he won the BC Emerging Director Award, as well as the Rising Star Filmmaker Award from the Edmonton International Film Festival.

He has also written and directed four acclaimed short films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Hearing Test, Penguins (Are So Sensitive To My Needs), and his debut, the 35mm-shot The Janitors (co-directed with Daniel Arnold), which has been shown worldwide and was a recipient of the coveted National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize.

Matthew has long been a student of comedy, having first trained as an improvisor with Edmonton's storied Rapid Fire Theatre. He got his start as a writer working in comedy troupes and with Rapid Fire’s weekly sketch comedy show, The 11:02 Show, which led him to playwriting and then directing.

Originally from Vancouver, Matthew eventually returned to his birthplace, where he earned his degree from UBC’s department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing.

Interview with Matthew - Popcorn and Vodka blog, March 2014.

Podcast interview with Matthew - The Cold Open-BC Part 1 | Part 2, November 2014.

Feature film - Lawrence & Holloman

Matthew's first feature film, Lawrence & Holloman, was nominated for 9 Leo Awards and 4 Canadian Comedy awards, with Matthew nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay for both. The film has won thirteen awards including recently being named Best Feature Film at the Canadian Comedy Awards.

After a Canadian theatrical run, Lawrence & Holloman has now been picked up by distributor 108 Media Corp, and will have a limited USA theatrical release in spring of 2015.


Short film - Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story

Matthew's most recent project was directing Crazy 8s Film Society Winner, BED BUGS: A Musical Love Story.

Festival List

  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Cannes Short Film Corner (International Premiere)
  • Edmonton Film Festival (Canadian short film award)
  • Tacoma Film Festival (USA Premiere)
  • Comedy Cluj International Film Festival (Eastern European Premiere)
  • Colchester Film Festival (UK Premiere)
  • Vancouver Short Film Festival (Won for Best Actress - Shauna Johannesen)
  • Whistler Film Festival


Vancouver Sun - Video: Crazy 8s Shauna Johannesen's Bed Bugs A Musical Love Story challenges conventional wisdom of bed bug

EP Daily - Crazy 8s challenges filmmakers to create under pressure

Other Recent Work

Contact Matt


For all booking enquiries, please contact Matt's representation:
Ben Silverman


Matt on imdb :


Matt on twitter: @mattkowalchuk