Founded in 2001, Quirk Films is Montreal-based filmmaker Maude Michaud’s production banner.
Maude has been a fan of all things horrific and macabre since she was a kid, which resulted in a profound love of horror films and influenced her body of work. She pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in the department of Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal where she specialized in Film Production.
When she turned 16, she produced, wrote, directed and acted in her first short film, Finding Hope, which was screened as part of the official selection of the International Teen Movie Festival in Toronto. The following year, she directed her first horror short, Spirits, which screened at the same festival.
Inspired by this successful foray into film making, she founded her banner, Quirk Films, under which she independently wrote, directed and produced over 15 short films and video projects, both personal projects and commissioned works. Her films have toured the globe on the festival circuit and have gathered some critical acclaim.
Even though she is a huge horror fan, she explored a variety of genres in the films she directed, which resulted in an eclectic body of work including: horror dramas, slightly surreal quirky tales, and explorations of unconventional relationships.She recently contributed to two horror anthology feature films, I Hate L.A. and Frankenstein Unlimited, by directing two short segments she wrote for the respective projects. She is also a horror activist, a feminist and an active member of the Women in Horror movement; she created and directed the ongoing documentary web-series Bloody Breasts: An Exploration of Women, Feminism, and Horror Films. She also works as a director of photography and just released Dys-, her first feature film, which had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.