Ava Karvonen is a storyteller and cross platform producer, with more than thirty years of industry experience – everything from working as a movie publicist to writing, directing and producing. Her twenty-year old production company is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (www.reelgirlsmedia.com).
Ava’s credits include (but are not limited to) creating and producing three television series (The Lie Detective, Wild Files and Booked), award winning documentaries; the serious game Murder or Suicide; web series; podcasts; and an award winning online companion to an animated TV series where the audience can use digital assets from the series to create their own comics and stories (anashinteractive.com). In addition to producing, Ava also writes and directs. She directed two seasons of the documentary series Chaos and Courage; worked as one of the directors on the CBC series Keeping Canada Alive; created, wrote and directed The Lie Detective; directed and produced Homefront (a story that followed five soldiers and their families from pre-deployment until their return from Afghanistan); and directed Seeds of Change (telling the story of childhood friends who return to China to help restore the health of China’s Yangtze River). Her work has been internationally recognized with more than 40 awards, including the CFTPA Award for Best Convergent New Media, a Japan Prize, and the Ojai California Festival Theme Award: “Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film”.
In addition to producing, Ava has been working with Raindance since 2014, teaches part-time at NAIT polytechnic and FAVA (Film and Video Arts society of Alberta), has served on several juries in Canada and abroad, sits on the executive board of IATSE Local 210 and is a past board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), DOC Alberta, AMPIA (Alberta Media Producers Industry Association), WIFT (Women in Film and Television), the AIDS Network, Edmonton Arts Council, Filmmakers for Conservation (an international organization of which she is also a founding board member) and the Digital Media Association of Alberta (DMAA).
Ava loves to travel (having travelled to more than sixty countries) and holds both a Canadian and a Finnish passport.