Rachelle Chartrand has been involved in the film industry for over fifteen years, first as the creative producer of numerous short films, including a co-production shot in South Korea, then as president of Women in Film and Television Vancouver and now as an award-winning screenwriter, producer and president of My Precious Pictures, Inc.
My Precious Pictures is an award-winning production company based in Vancouver, Canada. With a vision to build empathy, spark curiosity and ignite action through highly entertaining storytelling, MPP focuses on socially-charged genre (thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.) films, series and new media; and with its unique, innovative online platform - My Precious Story Lounge, is positioning itself to be an industry leader in audience building and engagement.
Since its launch in 2018, MPP has proven itself to be a production company to watch. It was one of only six Canadian production companies to be chosen to participate in the Producers Lab at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival; EP mentor was David Gross (ROOM, GOON). MPP was also chosen to participate in the 2nd Cohort of the 2020 Spark Accelerator (Banff World Media Festival), Canada’s 2020 Trade Accelerator Program (World Trade Centre Vancouver) and Telefilm's Producers Without Borders (Coproduction Program at European Film Market 2021).
MPP’s first feature, the Telefilm-supported CHAINED, received many accolades during development, including being a semi-finalist in the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowship, as well as winning the Telefilm-sponsored 2018 JETS Program, an international coproduction and pitching competition held during the European Film Market, for Canada. CHAINED received development funding from the highly competitive Harold Greenberg Fund and Creative BC Project Development Fund, as well as production financing through the 2019 Canadian Feature Film Fund (Telefilm Regional). It also received early Canadian broadcast deals from Super Channel and Hollywood Suite.
And the film is well on its way to continued success now that it is complete. CHAINED just had its World Premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October, to great success. CHAINED was also awarded Best BC Film at the 2020 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards as well as Canada's "One To Watch" for CHAINED's writer/director Titus Heckel. The film also received nominations for Best Canadian Screenplay, Best Canadian Actor (Marlon Kazadi), and two for Best Canadian Supporting Actor (Aleks Paunovic and Adrian Holmes).
Vortex Media is the film’s Canadian distributor, and the film is now available across Canada on VOD/EST with a US release set for the end of 2021 through Entertainment Studios/Freestyle.
Collaborations include coproducing DOWNLOADED (2019), a VR narrative short directed by Ollie Rankin and starring Tiera Skovbye (NURSES, RIVERDALE), which had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, the first BC made project to ever be accepted, and was listed on Forbes' 2019 "Top 50 XR Experiences”. THEORY OF EVELYN, a series Rachelle co-created with Titus Heckel, is in development with Sepia Films and was a recipient of the highly competitive 2020 Creative BC/CMF Regional Predevelopment Program. The pilot episode “Black F*#King Holes” was a Quarter-finalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition as well as in the Script Pipeline Competition.