Montreal-born screenwriter/director Joshua Maheu’s mission is to showcase the stories of underrepresented voices. From people with differing abilities to Queer culture,
Joshua aims to shape the world into a more inclusive place.
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).
Having curated summers and worked at camps for children with disabilities for ten years, his latest project L’Arpège remains a truly introspective and intimate project. He wrote the piece as a response to the representation of people with disabilities in cinema.
Thus far, L'Arpège has won Best Soundtrack (2020 Reale Film Festival), Best Women's Short Film and a Jury Award for Best Student Film (2020 Uruvatti International Film Festival) along with six finalist awards for Best Short Film (i.e. Eurasia Fest 2020, Florence Film Festival 2019, 1904 Deaf Film Festival) and Audience's Choice (1904 Deaf Film Festival); while having accumulated multiple official selections worldwide.
As he is excited to conclude L’Arpège's festival run, Joshua is currently working on an avant-garde murder mystery series, which has already won a Finalist Award for Best TV Script at the 2020 Wiki Screenwriting Contest and is in the run as a Semifinalist at ScreenCraft's 2021 TV Pilot Competition.
2020, L'Arpège wins Best Women's Short Film & a Special Jury Award for Best Student Film at UIFF 2020.
2020, Sugar places as a Semifinalist at ScreenCraft's TV Pilot Competition.
2020, L'Arpège is nominated for Best Student Film at the Vancouver Short Film Festival.
2020, L'Arpège wins Best Soundtrack at the Reale Film Festival.
2020, Sugar wins a Finalist Awards for Best TV Script at the Wiki Screenplay Contest.
2020, L'Arpège is officially selected for Seize The Film Festival.
2020, L'Arpège wins a Finalist Awards for both Best Short Film and Audience's Choice at the 1904 Deaf Film Festival.
2020, L'Arpège wins a Finalist Award in the Best Short Film category at the "Eurasia Fest" International Film Festival.
2019, L'Arpège is nominated for Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design & Best Hair & Best Female Lead at the Roma Independent Prisma Awards.
2019, L'Arpège is officially selected for the private Lift-Off Paris International Online Festival.
2019, L'Arpège wins a Finalist Award for Best Short Film at the Florence Film Awards.
2017, S.U.G.A.R. wins at the North American Film Awards.