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The Snow Queen from Danishka Esterhazy on Vimeo.


A young girl growing up in a depressed Canadian town creates a fairy tale alter ego to escape from her loneliness.

Creative team

Writer/director: Danishka Esterhazy
Producer: Sara Lazer

About the creative team


Danishka Esterhazy

Celebrated for her visually stunning and female-driven films, writer/director Danishka Esterhazy has delighted audiences across Canada and around the world with her haunting stories. She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her debut feature, Black Field, won the best feature drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and the best Canadian feature award at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival. She recently finished principal photography on her second feature H&G. Esterhazy is a co-founder of the Manitoba production company Red Czarina Productions.

Danishka’s films have screened in festivals, theaters and galleries around the world including the Rome International Film Festival, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, the Short Film Festival of India, La Maison Rouge in Paris, Kölner Filmhaus in Germany and the Reel Women International Film Festival in Hollywood. Her films have been broadcast on Bravo, CBC and Super Channel. Danishka is also a recipient of the prestigious Kodak New Vision Award for most promising female Canadian director – awarded by Women in Film and Television – Toronto.

About the cast

Brittani Schick / Young Talia


Brittani Schick’s acting career started at age five. She was picked from a crowd of about one hundred people during her older brothers audition for Society’s Child. Upon completion, she was unsure how she felt of the entire filming process. Her enthusiasm was obvious after viewing herself on television. She started auditions of her own, landing parts in More Than Meets the Eye, In the Dark, and A Winning Season just to name a few. She has appeared in a rock video and as a principal actress in a directors workshop. Brittani’s best film experience to date was on the set of The Snow Queen where she felt she was treated like a VIP. Brittani’s formal training for film and television was taken with Rebecca Gibson. Micki Enstrom-Snell provides her musical instruction for piano and voice. Brittani loves sports, the outdoors is extremely competitive and never backs down from a challenge.

Brittani’s acting idols are Hillary Duff, Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. She hopes to become a successful actress one day, and earn enough money to help others less fortunate.

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