KAT HIDALGO, FOUNDER

Kat started her career as a news broadcasting coordinator at Canal Uno, in Ecuador. Shortly after, she was called by the sports production team, which worked in partnership with Fox Sports (Argentina) and Caracol TV (Colombia). In this role, she produced transmissions of high-profile sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup Qualifying, the Copa America, the Copa Libertadores, the ATP Challenger, and the Davis Cup.  Kat left the world of sports and joined the Endemol Andino team, to become one of the producers of Big Brother Pacific, which aired in Ecuador, Chile and Peru. Following this, she produced TV commercials for several multinational corporations. 

Kat decided to make some drastic changes in both her personal and professional life, and she moved to Toronto. Though she had to start over in many ways, she felt that the move was essential in order to gain access to global opportunities that would facilitate the dissemination of her ambitious vision. She truly believes that film and television are mediums that can help people come to a better understanding of each other; of their shared and separate histories, of the state of the world, and of what needs to change in it. 

Kat is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers’ Lab. Her short film credits include THE WHALE, HAILSTORM, and YOUR MOTHER AND I; an adaption of Dave Eggers’ eponymous story, directed by Anna Maguire, starring Don McKellar and Julia Sarah Stone. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 and has gone on to play at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2016, Cucalorus Film Festival 2016, St. Louis International Film Festival 2016,  as well as playing in competition at the BFI London Film Festival 2016, and most recently winning Best British Short Film at The 2017 London Short Film Festival. Kat  was a Jury at LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2016. 

In 2017 Kat completed four new short films; THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING, MINE IS YOURS, SPARTA NORTH, and her directorial debut BATHROOM RULES, a five-minute story that portrays how the lack of gender neutral bathrooms impacts students’ academic performance, safety and, mental and physical health.





HAILSTORM (15:25)

Deeply committed eco-terrorist, Hailey, is the leader of a radical group dedicated to bombing the meat-packing factory responsible for an E. coli outbreak that killed her daughter. As the group prepares for the bombing, Hailey is distracted by a predicament: she’s pregnant.

  • Starring: Melissa Hood, Matthew G. Brown, Matt Murray, Rebecca Applebaum & Leah Doz
  • Directed by: John Virtue
  • Produced by: Kat Hidalgo & Sebastian Barriuso
  • Written by: John Virtue & Lindsay Gossling
  • Edited by: Jane MacRae
  • Cinematography: Jackson Parrell
  • Production Design by: Helen Kotsonis
  • Score by: Joseph Murray, Lodewijk Vos & Matthew O’Halloran






THE WHALE (13:30)

Successful stockbroker, Kyle McWhirther, is used to getting his way. After losing a major client, Kyle becomes fixated on trying to close the deal. Once it becomes clear that the deal with his client is off, the situation escalates to confrontation, and Kyle is led to a violent revelation in this character study of a man going through a painful metamorphosis.

  • Starring: Drew Nelson & Brent Carver
  • Directed by: Michael Peterson
  • Produced by: Kat Hidalgo
  • Written by: Kevin Cockle & Michael Peterson
  • Edited by: Victor C. H. Fan
  • Cinematography: Rob Walsh
  • Production design by: Ciara Vernon
  • Score by: Donovan Seidle






SIMONA (02:06)

When Simona’s carefully controlled and highly successful life is interrupted by a sudden undeniable attraction to a (until recently, straight) divorcee named Abby, she finds herself unable to stop from falling in love. But when the act of making love (something she has denied herself for many years) triggers the memories of past sexual trauma, Simona’s façade is quickly destroyed and she is left raw. Terrified of being vulnerable in front of Abby, Simona pushes her away, but Abby, now deeply in love and seeing Simona’s true self, refuses to go. Only when Simona finally sees the pain she is causing Abby by keeping her out, is she able the strength to open up about her pain and decide to heal. The two must find a way to navigate this difficult but loving journey together, as Simona learns to acknowledge her demons, and accept and embrace who she is.

  • Starring:  Eliane Gagnon & Kimberly Laferriere
  • Directed by: Kathleen Hepburn & Kat Hidalgo
  • Produced by: Kat Hidalgo
  • Written by: Kathleen Hepburn
  • Edited by: John Nicholls
  • Cinematography:  Kevin C. Wong
  • Production design by:  Kathleen Hepburn
  • Score by: Adeline