Member Profile

Ava Karvonen



A thirty five-year industry veteran, Ava is the founder of Reel Girls Media. Her work has seen more than 100 worldwide screenings and been internationally recognized with more than 50 awards and nominations. Her work includes creating and producing five series, producing two children’s series, executive producing two online hit webseries Frick I Love Nature and How to Learn Anything, producing 15 documentary specials, games, cross-platform projects and more than 200 webisodes and podcasts. She recently produced the critically acclaimed documentary, Finding Bobbi, telling the story of a woman who returns to stage 20 years after last performing as a man. She also directed seasons 1 & 2 of Chaos and Courage for APTN; the CBC special Keeping Canada Alive; Homefront (including a media embed to Afghanistan); The Lie Detective; and Seeds of Change (taking her to China). Her projects have been developed and produced with the support of the NFB, Telefilm, Canada Media Fund, CBC, Discovery, SuperChannel, Global, TELUS, Bravo, APTN, CTV, Access, SCN, Book, Court, OMNI, CLT, Shaw Children’s Programming Fund, and the Rogers Documentary Fund. She is currently developing the a feature film with Writer/Director Anne Wheeler. Ava has a BA and a MA in Communication & Technology from the University of Alberta. She mentors filmmakers with the National Screen Institute (35 project teams to date) and teaches industry courses in diploma, undergraduate and graduate level programs. She is the current chair of Women in Film and Television Alberta and holds two passports (Canada and Finland).


  • Producer - Advanced
  • Director - Advanced
  • Writer - Intermediate

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