Daniela Saioni

Daniela Saioni is an award-winning comedy writer and script supervisor originally from Toronto, Canada.

She began her career as a recipient of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Apprenticeship Training Program in the categories of directing and editing. At a time in the industry when women were greatly discouraged from pursuing directing, she combined her two passions and went on to to make her mark as an internationally-renowned script supervisor on major motion pictures and TV series in 10 countries.

Discovering her calling in comedy later in life, Daniela’s stand-up has been described as ‘smart and subversive’ and was featured on CBC Radio One to over 1.4 million listeners. Her live female-centric comedy room West End Girls was a fixture in Toronto’s independent comedy scene for eight years, helping elevate local stand-up talent and building her audience by providing stage time for women and other underrepresented comics

As a screenwriter, Daniela won Best Screenplay and Best Fresh Voice at the 2019 Toronto Female Eye Film Festival for the darkly comic magic realism feature screenplay Jiyan, based on a story by filmmaker Mazdak Taebi. At FEFF 2014 she took home Best Reserve Screenplay for a raucous female ensemble comedy script, The WBI, co-written with filmmaker Annie Bradley. Their script was also named Harold Greenberg CFF’s Top Ten in 2016 and as the writing duo Nobody’s Daughters, they went on to co-create the pilot and original series concept Ir-Reverend.

Her own short mockumentary First Person Plural: Copy Cat, a spoof of the work of one of her filmmaking idols Errol Morris, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and aired on CBC Newsworld and The Comedy Network.

Daniela has been training sitcom writers since 2012 through her From Schtick to Script original sitcom writing program, which has allowed her to shepherd the creation of over 50 original sitcom pilot scripts.

A veteran script supervisor on major motion pictures including work with some of the industry’s most notable comedy directors, her talents are varied but her mission is singular: change the world, one laugh at a time.

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