Ally Pankiw is a Canadian writer and director who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She is best known for directing the entire first season of the Netflix series “Feel Good,” as well as directing episodes for TV shows like “Shrill” and “The Great” on Hulu. Pankiw has also worked as a writer on the popular TV show “Schitt’s Creek” and is currently developing a new original series for Hulu and 20th Century Fox Animation with the show’s star and creator, Dan Levy.
In addition to her work in television, Pankiw has also directed and written an indie feature film called “I Used To Be Funny,” a dramedy that premiered at SXSW film festival in 2023. The film was produced with support from Telefilm, Ontario Creates, and WME Independent. Pankiw has also directed music videos for top artists such as Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, and Phoebe Bridgers, as well as commercials and branded content for major brands like Pepsi, Amazon, and Chanel.
Pankiw’s short films have been screened at prestigious festivals like TIFF’s Inside Out, Outfest, The LA Comedy Fest, and Frameline. She has also directed two digital series for CBC Comedy, “An Awkward Girl Dates” and “Terrific Women,” which was nominated for a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for best series. Pankiw’s career has been supported by various organizations such as TIFF, the Harold Greenberg Fund, Bell Media, and the O. She was also selected as one of Film Independent’s 2018 Directing Lab fellows for her feature film, “The Hiding House.