Montreal-born Queer screenwriter Joshua Maheu's creativity is driven by LGBTQ+ experiences and tales. And with a tumultuous past as a former escort, they sure are endless. His mission is to showcase the stories of underrepresented voices with truth and heart.
Joshua Maheu first pursued an educational path in Communications Studies at Concordia University, in Montreal, before fully committing to his passion of storytelling. Within his curriculum, his final film project S.U.G.A.R. (2017) truly led him to his filmic debut while winning his first award at the North American Film Awards.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, his pursuit took him to the sought-after Vancouver Film School where he completed a one-year film production degree. During said year, he wrote and directed his most recent award-winning success: L'Arpège (2019). A truly introspective and intimate project. He wrote the piece as a response to the representation of people with disabilities in cinema.
L'Arpège has won Best Soundtrack (2020 Reale Film Festival), Best Women's Short Film and a Jury Award (2020 Uruvatti International Film Festival) along with six finalist awards; while having accumulated multiple official selections worldwide.
As he is excited to conclude L’Arpège's festival run, Joshua is currently in the works of his first series, Sugar, which has already won a Finalist Award for Best TV Script (2020 Wiki Screenwriting Contest) and was a Semifinalist in Screencraft's 2021 TV Pilot Competition. A series reflecting his own experience as a gay escort. The good. The bad. An honest experience. All from the heart.
Les Petites Garces Thriller ⋄ Mystery An expat fashion student, in Paris' most competitive "école de mode", becomes suspect number one as her fellow classmates, the competition, are murdered—one by one.
Film by VFS Productions (Drama and Short) Writer & Director After locking herself from the outside world, Élyse, a former deaf pianist, begins to perceive the sounds around her as rays of colour. Yet, this gift is not as radiant as it seems. Through connection and love, Élyse navigates the treacherous waters of confidence and true happiness.
Series by VFS Productions (Drama) Creator & Director
A Prey's Prayer
Film by VFS Productions (Horror and Short) Dolly Assistant Felix wakes up in a room he doesn't know with his fiancee Faith being the only reliable source at his disposal - or is she not.
Film by VFS Productions (Drama and Short) Second Assistant Camera Emily has had a rough life plagued with sadness and misfortune but now she will have to face it in the form of "The Other" whether she survives or not will be up to her.
Can Someone Hear Me?
Film by VFS Productions (Sci-Fi) Production manager
Film by VFS Productions (Drama and Short) Production manager
Order of the Sword
Film Set decorator
Jacki Vaupshas: S.u.g.a.r.
Film by Concordia Productions Director Embark on a blast to the past in this burlesque inspired short film. Through prissy smiles, obnoxious laughter and delectable pot roasts, come enjoy the reality that is the suburban diner party. Set in the 1950s, the protagonist (Sugar) shares a performance in both conflicting realities. Amidst the flaky and fake, she will strip away (quite literally) from their repressed sentiments.
"Semifinalist" at the 2021 Screencraft TV Pilot Script Competition
Finalist at the 2021 Oaxaca Pitch Fest
"Best Short Narrative Official Selection" at the 2021 Oaxaca Film Fest
"Best Short Film Finalist" at the 2020 Eurasia Fest International Film Festival
"Best Short Film Finalist" at the 2020 1904 Deaf Film Festival
"Audience Choice Award Finalist" at the 2020 1904 Deaf Film Festival
"Best Short Film Nominee" at the 2020 Seize The Film Festival
"Best TV Script Finalist" at the 2020 Wiki Screenplay Contest
"Best Soundtrack Winner" at the 2020 Reale Film Festival
"Best Short Film Nominee" at the 2020 New West Film Festival
"Best Women's Short Film Winner" at the 2020 Uruvatti Film Festival
"Best Student Film Jury Award" at the 2020 Uruvatti Film Festival
"Best Short Film Finalist" at the 2019 Florence Film Awards
"Best Short Film Nominee" at the 2019 Prisma Film Festival
"Best Short Film Nominee" at the 2019 Paris Lift-Off Online Film Festival
"Bronze Award" Laureate for the North American Film Awards
Vancouver Film School