Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid formed pUNK Films in 2003 with a ‘nothing is impossible’ manifesto. Since 2008, Ingrid has written/directed 5 features (Only, Modra, i am a good person/i am a bad person, The Animal Project, He Hated Pigeons) all of which have premiered at international festivals including: TIFF, Rotterdam, Slamdance, Whistler, Rome, OUTFest, FEMCine and MoMA, garnering awards and distribution worldwide. In 2014, Ingrid initiated the pUNK Films FEMMES LAB to foster feature films written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winning actor Melissa Leo. Currently, Ingrid is a part-time member of the Film Studies Faculty at York University, Screenwriter-in- Residence at the University of Toronto, and Film Mentor at the Canadian Film Centre. Recently she completed her 6th feature PORCUPINE LAKE, produced with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada and Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund with distribution in Canada by Films We Like and world sales by Outplay Films. World Premiere 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
“As Sofia Coppola did for “Lost in Translation”, Veninger uses naturalistic acting, keen cultural observations and deadpan comedy to excellent effect.” Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“A skilled demolisher of boundaries, Veninger presents visions of the human experience that are at once bold and genuine.” Martin Bilodeau, TIFF
“Along with Xavier Dolan, Veninger is one of precious few Canadian directors guaranteed to give us something fascinating.” Dave Robson, soundonsight.org
“Ingrid Veninger is a full-service cinephile who writes, produces, acts, directs, and has even worked as cinematographer and production designer. Canadian film would be less interesting without her.” Richard Crouse
“Influenced by John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh, Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger is developing an approach to her humanist form of dramatic cinema that is clearly all hers.” Greg Klymkiw, The Film Corner