Gina Freitag is a cinephile, writer, and horror enthusiast. She has an M.A. degree in Film Studies from the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University, where she completed a project that examined female archetypes in horror cinema and proposed alternative readings of female representation. Her enthusiasm for horror led to serving as Founder and co-organizer of the Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) for its two year operation. This independent film festival (on hiatus) was dedicated to showcasing local, national, and international horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films. She currently acts as a co-organizer for Eve Film Festival (EFF), and occupies herself developing screenwriting projects, attending arts events, and supporting initiatives that encourage and promote the work of women in screen-based media.
She also enjoys promoting Canadian content. Her publication, The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (co-edited with Prof. André Loiselle, Carleton University) received two launches in ON, Canada. The first took place in Toronto (October 2015) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in conjunction with a special screening of Julian Roffman’s restored cult classic, The Mask (1961), the first feature-length Canadian horror movie and the first feature-length 3D film made in Canada. The second event took place in Ottawa (November 2015) at Carleton University, with the support of the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), and spotlighted a film from local filmmaker, Lee Demarbre’s Smash Cut (2009).