DARCY VAN POELGEEST writer / director

Darcy is a 5 time Leo Award nominated filmmaker. His 30 min documentary Dare to Care won Best Film at Toronto’s COMMFFEST in 2010 and is distributed by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Darcy’s short film, CORVUS (2012) screened at festivals world-wide including Toronto After Dark, Vancouver International Film Festival and Sci-Fi-London. CORVUS was nominated for 3 Golden Sheaf Awards, 9 American Maverick Movie Awards, and 7 Leo Awards including Best Director. CORVUS also became the #1 selling short film in Canada on iTunes and remains one of the all time best sellers. Darcy's latest award winning short film, The Orchard (2015) screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and won 5 awards at the L.A Shorts Awards including Best Screenplay and Best Director. DVP is currently working on his first feature length screenplay, The Forty Fathom Bank, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Darcy is also an accomplished commercial director working with advertising agencies such as Cossette, Taxi and DDB.

Photo Credit - Dustin Rabin https://dustinrabin.com


Short Film | 16 Min | 2015

"Darcy Van Poelgeest’s daring story structure foregrounds the unthinkable actions taken by these men of violence, ensuring that the drama hinges on the lingering ramifications. The imposing landscape of Spences Bridge is used sublimely, stoking the pervasive sense of dread." - Vancouver International Film Festival


Co-Written & Directed by: Darcy Van Poelgeest
Produced by: Mike Gill,  Darcy Van Poelgeest, Lawra Robertson
Co-Written & Based on a Comic by: Ed Brisson

Cinematography: Philip Lanyon

Produced with the assistance of bravoFACT 

Starring: Aaron Poole, Camille Sullivan, Aaron Douglas


  • BravoFACT Award Recipient
  • Exclusive Preview - Noir Comics in Film / SaskExpo, 2015
  • Official Selection - 35th Annual Atlantic Film Festival, 2015
  • Official Selection - 34th Vancouver International Film Festival, 2015
  • Official Selection - 10th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, 2015
  • Official Selection - 69th Yorkton Film Festival, 2016
  • Official Selection - CineFest Sudbury International Film Festival, 2016
  • Winner - Best Supporting Actress / Maverick Movie Awards, 2015
  • Winner - Best Crime Drama / Texas Ultimate Shorts, 2016
  • Winner - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director / L.A Shorts Awards, 2016
  • Winner - Audience Choice Award - Best Short Film / CineFest Sudbury International Film Festival, 2016
  • Nominated - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor / Maverick Movie Awards, 2015
  • Nominated - Best Short Film (Fiction) / The Golden Sheaf Awards, 2016
  • Nominated - Best Short, Production Design, Male Performance, Picture Editing / Leo Awards, 2016
                                                                                                                                                 Aaron Poole & Camille Sullivan - The Orchard

                                                                                                                                                 Aaron Poole & Camille Sullivan - The Orchard

                                                                                                                                                                        Aaron Douglas -  - The Orchard

                                                                                                                                                                        Aaron Douglas -  - The Orchard

                                                                                                                                                                    Official 2015 Poster - The Orchard

Little Bird

Graphic Novel | 2016

Little Bird is a new comic project from creators Darcy Van Poelgeest (W), Ian Bertram (A), and Matt Hollingsworth (C). L.B. is currently on track to melt your brain in 2016 (ish).

Page 5 from LITTLE BIRD



Short Film | 10 Min | 2013


CORVUS follows an extraordinary detective as he pieces together a young woman's murder. The crime reveals itself in a series of moments that allow the detective to see beyond the facts, into the story with a strange sense of familiarity.

CORVUS explores the notion of subjective experience versus hard evidence. Employing contemporary techniques such as high speed videography and multiple live-action layers, CORVUS deconstructs the noir genre within a poetic visual structure.




Production Company: LIS entertainment,
Circle Productions
Produced by: Mike Gill
Written & Directed by: Darcy Van Poelgeest
Director of Photography: Philip Lanyon
Editor: Darcy Van Poelgeest

Starring: Ian Tracey, Sara Canning, Matthew MacCaull


Download Press Kit (54mb)


CORVUS hits #1 selling short film on iTunes!

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CORVUS opens for Big Bad Wolf at TAD 2013. 

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