Sonya Ballantyne is a filmmaker and writer originally from Misipawistik Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional film genres such as horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Sonya is a vocal advocate for positive media representation for Indigenous peoples and has spoken on the topic at We Day Manitoba, a TedX Winnipeg event in 2017 and at San Diego Comic Con in 2018. Her first film “Crash Site” has played at various festivals around the world and was recently translated into French. Her second film “Nosisim” is a short documentary focusing on her relationship with her grandmother Virginia and a drawing done of her by famed Anishinaabe artist Daphne Odjig. Her next film “Eagle Girl” will be released this summer.