Andrew Rowe has been enthralled by cinema since he was a small child, when he believed working at a video store was the best job in the world. As soon as he realized the video store wasn’t where movies were actually made, he decided he would be a filmmaker.

In 2008, he began creating no-budget films with friends, and, after a number of successful shorts, he won the largest short film bursary in Canada, the 2014 MPPIA Short Film Award. The resulting film, Vehicular Romanticide, went on to win multiple awards on the festival circuit, including best director, from both the Twister Alley International Film Festival and the Deep in the Heart International Film Festival. This lead to his debut feature film, Crown and Anchor, which is set for a 2018 release.

Andrew values character over plot, and holds the belief that interesting characters make for interesting stories—if the writer is true to their behavior. As a student of film history, he strives to make films that get back to the basics: films where every framing, lighting and editing choice is carefully considered, with attention to what those choices say about the characters and the film as a whole. He loves drawing on the history of film, especially those with depth of theme, character, and style, which can be studied time and again. Drawing on this inspiration, his aim is to utilize these elements and principles of cinema to captivate his audience through rich, dimensional storytelling.

Andrew was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, but currently resides in Kenora, Ontario. He spends his free time with his favourite people in the world: his wife and young son. His family is a source of inspiration to him; they inspire him to be his best self, and have helped motivate him to infuse his filmmaking with a sense of meaning and intention.

 

What people are saying

“Entertaining, smart, and definitely worth your time.” – Cinephilia & Beyond, on Andrew’s short film Sleepy Stories

“The hilarious Sleepy Stories was the stand out film of the night. The writing in the film is spot on.” – Vancouver Weekly

“Bordering on the type of unnerving audience sympathy that only a masterful piece of cinema can achieve.” – Failed Critics on Vehicular Romanticide

“I thought Vehicular Romanticide by Andrew Rowe was genius.” – Josh Hope, filmmaker and founder of Twister Alley International Film Festival

“[Vehicular Romanticide] was abstract and funny at the same time.” – Hollywood North Magazine