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 serves as Coordinator (Ontario Studio) for the National Film Board of Canada, and also acts as a co-organizer for Eve Film Festival (EFF). In her spare time, she occupies herself developing screenwriting projects, attending film festivals and other arts events, and supporting initiatives that encourage and promote the work of women in screen-based media.
Gina 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).