Deborah Chow was born in Toronto shortly after her parents arrived from Australia. She directed her first film while an undergraduate at McGill University, and completed her M.F.A in film at Columbia University. Her graduate thesis, Daypass, screened internationally at over thirty-five festivals and won several awards including Best Actor at the Milano Film Festival and Best Film at Turin. Her short, The Hill, premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, and has screened at festivals around the world as well as being broadcast on CBC, PBS and Rogers Canada. Chow was awarded the inaugural Kodak New Vision Mentorship under the guidance of acclaimed director Patricia Rozema to develop her first feature film, The High Cost of Living, as well as being awarded a Canada Council screenwriting grant for the same purpose.
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