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 women and girls and has spoken on the topic at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, We Day Manitoba, and at a TedX Winnipeg event in 2017. 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 later this year.