Steven Cerritos is an American born award-winning filmmaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Like most of the new wave of today’s independent filmmakers, he writes, directs and edits the bulk of his own work. Over the last couple of years, Cerritos has created numerous short films. His first short film, “Cerritosis,” was selected for a number of festivals and won him critical acclaim from the online community. His second short film, “In Darkness,” was released to similar acclaim and went on to be distributed by Academy Award® winning film distribution and sales agency OUAT MEDIA. In Darkness would also be eventually be picked up by Movieola for TV and VOD play. The award-winning “Roachfar,” his third official film, is currently enjoying its successful run with the festival circuit. It's won awards at the Toronto Independent Film Festival, Hamilton Film Festival and Moving Image Film Festival. Somewhere in the middle of this, Cerritos also created the Mr. Serial Killer Series, an ongoing series of shorts about the fictional, notorious ‘Happy Face Killer’ and his serial killer friends. The pilot episode, “The Happy Face Killer,” ended up
winning a spot on AF Magazine’s Top Ten List. The next two installments of the series are about to be released into 2013′s festival circuit. In 2011, Cerritos had the honor of being included in Reel World’s E20 program. Participants in this program were heralded as the top twenty emerging filmmakers in Canada. They were also given the opportunity to take part in exclusive workshops and face-to-face meetings with top industry executives during the Toronto International Film Festival. More recently, Cerritos has branched out into music videos. His second music video, Double Eyelid’s “Dead is Better,” was featured on MuchMusic. It also won an award at the fifth annual Hamilton Music & Film Festival (HMFF). His style can best be described as dark and beautiful, with subtle touches of absurdity. Cerritos cites Garth Ennis’ writing, Mark Ryden’s artwork, Joel-Peter Witkin’s photography, and Kentaro Muira’s masterpiece "Berserk” as major influences on his creative output.