Born in Montreal, Kim started her image-making career as a fashion photographer in Milan, Italy. When an editor at Vogue called her photography cinematographic, it opened a new door and she never looked back. Kim attended a filmmaking workshop in New York City and began making films. A versatile storyteller, Kim enjoys different genres. She has directed drama, dark comedy and suspenseful fantasy. An artist at heart, she is interested in how our inner landscape shapes our experience. Her films often challenge stereotypical representations around important social issues. 

  Kim’s short films have screened at festivals internationally and at home. Black Rock Burning (2003), an experiential art documentary on the Burning Man Festival, premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema. Attachment (2009) and Elevator (2013), both fiction shorts, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and screened internationally. 

A Late Thaw (2015) premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival and then won a Goldie Award for "Best Technical" and a nomination for “Best Writing” at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival. In 2016, Elevator was broadcast on CBC's Canadian Reflections. Snow (2017), her most recent short, premiered at the Saint Louis International Film Festival, was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award in Children and Youth Production, and aired on CBC Short Film Face Off (Season 11, Ep. 1) in September 2018. It was also broadcast on CBC's Canadian Reflections. It is now streaming on GEM while both Elevator and A Late Thaw are streaming on Encore+, the Canadian Media Fund’s YouTube channel.

  Kim holds a Master’s Degree in Film Production from York University in Toronto. She has earned four Filmmakers’ Assistance grants from the National Film Board of Canada and a screenwriting grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Kim is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada. 


Kim is currently developing her first feature film. 






Saint Louis International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal World Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Fantasia, Whistler Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival,Toronto Short Film Festival, Vancouver Island Short Film Festival,  Festival Pan Africain (Cannes), Be Films Festival (New York), Spirit Quest Film Festival ( Erie), Montreal Fringe Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, ION International Film Festival (Los Angeles) 6th Manifestation Internationale Video et Art Electronique, Burning Beach Festival (San Francisco),  London Burning Man Festival, Burning Man Film Festival, St John's International Women's Film Festival, NSI Online Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival, International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination, Montreal Black Film Festival, Le Festival Libres Émois du Film Court et du Documentaire, Harlem International Film Festival.


Elevator, Streaming on Encore+, May 2020

A Late Thaw, Streaming on Encore+, May 2020

Snow, CBC Canadian Reflections, September 19th, 2019

Snow, CBC Short Film Face Off, September 8th, 2018

Elevator, CBC Canadian Reflections, June 19th, 2016



Nomination: Golden Sheaf Award in Children’s and Youth Production for Snow, Yorkton Film Festival, 2018

Winner: Award of excellence, International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination for Snow, 2018

Winner: Goldie Award, "Best Technical" for A Late Thaw, Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, 2016

Nomination: Goldie Award, "Best Writing" for A Late Thaw, Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, 2016

Winner: Best Short Film, ACTRA, for Elevator, 2016

Winner: Award of Merit, Best Shorts for Elevator, 2014




Artmistice, portrait passion: Director: Kim Barr : http://www.artmistice.com/fr/author/artmistice/page/3/