Tamara Scherbak has won awards for Best Director and Best Film for “Dedashka”. Her other works, “I U SHE” (a collaboration with music artist Peaches for Pop Montreal), “Only Sky & Water” (part of the TIFF Emerging Filmmakers Competition), “Recycle, Reuse, Remix” (produced by the National Film Board of Canada), and “Raya” have screened in numerous film festivals nationally and internationally including in competition at the Hot Docs Film Festival. She has also directed a number of music videos and branded content which have aired/streamed on the Bravo Network and Vice Canada among other outlets. In particular, the 4-part Vice/Yoplait branded content digital series she directed “For the Better” / “Pour le mieux” garnered several million views online. In 2018, she was 1 of 51 finalists for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Apprenticeship for Women Directors. Most Recently, she was selected for the 2019 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative with her project in development, Cazzarola! a film adaptation of Canadian novelist Norman Nawrocki’s book by the same name.
Tamara was 1 of 9 writer/directors selected for the Berlinale Talents Short Film Station with her script “Is Your Teen a Homosexual?” which has gone on the screen at many festivals around the world including le Rendez-vous Québec cinéma. She has also been selected as a writer/director for the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab, the RIDM Talent Lab, The Festival du Nouveau Cinema Talent Incubator and as filmmaker-in-residence at 33 Officina Creativa in Italy.
While getting her B.F.A in Film Production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema she did exchanges at the E.I.C.T.V. in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba and at the Centre Imagine in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Aside from her fiction and documentary work, she has created interactive multi-media installations with The Other Theatre such as Etiquette 4 Lucid Dreaming, presented at the New Museum Ideas City Festival in New York.
Previously, she has enjoyed bringing to life the projects of other talented filmmakers through the magic of editing. She attended the Post-Production Studio for editors at the Berlinale Talent Campus and has worked on numerous productions in film and television such as “Surviving Bokator” which had its international premiere at the Austin Film Festival, the Canadian Screen Award, Prix Gémeaux and Rockie award nominated “Burgundy Jazz” and “Musically Medicated”, nominated for best first-time documentary at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québecois. As well as for broadcasters such as CBC/Radio-Canada, Évasion, YTV & Syfy.