director portrait

Kourtney Roy’s studies in photography, at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and later at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, inspired her to develop her fastidious and vibrant aesthetic, which lends itself particularly well to both glossy paper and film. Roy works extensively as an independent photographer/filmmaker in the art world, as well as the advertising world of print and video. Instilled with a dark sense of humour, taking cues as much from the grotesque nature of seemingly placid settings as from the tensions simmering just under the surface, her photographs have garnered many prizes and grants, including the Prix Picto in 2007, the Emily Award ECUAD in 2012, the Prix Carte Blanche PMU/Le Bal in 2013 and Pernod Ricard’s prestigious Carte Blanche in 2018. She was also chosen as a recipient for a grant from the French National Center of the Arts (2018) and the National Library of France's photographic commission in 2022. In 2023 her photo book, THE OTHER END OF THE RAINBOW won the Prix des Libraires photo book of the year in France and as well she was the recipient of the Prix Swiss Life. In 2019 she won the best experimental film award at the Brest European Short Film Festival with her dark and dreamy short, MORNING, VEGAS. Her second short, SLICE OF HEAVEN, was premiered at the 2020 Raindance Film Festival in London. Her debut directorial feature film, KRYPTIC, a time-bending, creature-feature premiered at the 2024 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.


Kourtney’s clients include: Credit Suisse, Diesel, Dior, Galleries Lafayette, Louis Vuitton, Pernod Ricard and Volkswagen, and publiciations: Vogue, Numero, Madame Figaro, Sunday Times, GQ, L’Officel and Esquire.