Director BIO: Fia Perera (MERMAID)

Fia Perera is an award winning director and writer who has pulled from years of experience as an actor in front of the camera to hone her skills behind the camera as a director. Fia has appeared in numerous comedy clubs throughout the country as well as top clubs in NYC and LA such as The Improv, Comedy Store, Caroline’s, Gotham, Ice House and Joe’s Pub to name a few. She has appeared in films with Harrison Ford and Ashley Judd and has written over fifteen plays produced off Broadway in NYC in venues such as The Labyrinth Theatre Company and Don’t Tell Mama’s. In LA her work was produced at the HBO Workspace, Hyperion Theatre, Comedy Central Stage and Hudson Theatre to sold out crowds and critical acclaim. She won both a Kids First and Telly award for her animated kids’ show, Seafun For Kids and has written and produced several TV series including, Inappropriate Fairy Tales, Ghost Shrink as well as the award winning TV pilot “Do The Voice”. In January 2019, Fia produced and directed the hilarious comedy pilot “Baby Steps”. Fia has also scribed several feature films and TV projects that are in various stages of development. Mermaid is a passion piece that Fia is deeply committed to making as a feature film in order to help create change within a conservative demographic that have been intolerant and fearful of the LGBTQ community.

Director Statement

As a writer and filmmaker I was deeply moved to write a story about the plight of our LGBTQ youth in this country after researching countless stories and speaking to several trans teenagers and their parent’s who spoke openly about their fears and struggles to find acceptance within their own bodies, in their families, communities and faith based groups. I was stunned to hear that children as young as 6 years old are driven to take their own lives as a result of great shame, bullying, isolation and persecution from their peers, family members and religious faiths. The thing that struck me was the intense loneliness many of these children and their parent’s experience. My goal is to bring awareness to their plight and assist organizations such as “The Trevor Project” to continue to prevent suicide within this community and help these children know that they truly matter


By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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