Sophy Romvari


Sophy Romvari is a filmmaker born in Victoria, B.C. and based in Toronto. Her critically acclaimed short films have travelled the international festival circuit and have earned her a reputation as a leading young talent.

Her 2017 hybrid documentary Pumpkin Movie premiered at True/False to considerable praise, as well as at Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc Fest. It has been praised by critics as "a lovely, subtle work of feminist protest." In 2018 her short Norman Norman received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also the centerpiece of “Super Succinct and Radically Direct,” a retrospective of Sophy’s work at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. She has directed documentary films for such acclaimed outlets such as CBC Short Docs (In Dog Years, 2019) and Kino Lorber (Remembrance of József Romvári, 2020).

Sophy completed her Master of Fine Arts at York University, where she shot her thesis film Still Processing. The film had its World Premiere at TIFF in Sept 2020 where critics called it “her most masterful and heart-wrenching work to date; the kind of personal reflection on family and loss some directors and writers can spend their entire lifetimes striving to accomplish.” (The Gate)

She is currently in development for several short films, as well as her first feature film.
Still Processing - Sophy Romvari

Still Processing

2020 / 17 min / Canada / English

A box of stunning family photos unseen for decades awakens lost memories as they are viewed for the first time on camera

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  • Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2020 - World Premiere
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival, Tennessee, USA, 2020
  • MoMa, Museum of Modern Art, The Future of Film is Female - NY, USA, 2021
  • Oxford Film Festival, MS, USA, 2021
  • Salem Documentary Film Festival, MA, USA, 2021
  • IFFO, International Film Festival of Ottawa, Canada, 2021
  • Prismatic Ground Experimental Documentary Festival, NY, USA, 2021
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canda, 2021

Awards: Audience Choice, Best Documentary Short, Indie Memphis

Remembrance of József Romvári - Sophy Romvari

Remembrance of József Romvári

2020 / 8 min / Canada / English

Produced by Kino Lorber

  • Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada - World Premiere, 2021

Available for rental on KINO NOW

In Dog Years - Sophy Romvari

In Dog Years

2019 / 10 min / Canada / English

Old dogs are celebrated in 10 short stories about love, loss and letting go. Produced by CBC Short Docs.

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  • Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, USA, 2019
  • Indie Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 2019
  • Doc NYC, New York, USA, 2019
  • Cucalorus Film Festival, North Carolina, USA, 2019
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland, UK, 2021
Norman Norman - Sophy Romvari

Norman Norman

2018 / 7 min / Canada / English

A young woman grapples with the declining health of her beloved dog in this film about mortality, cloning, and Barbra Streisand.

Available on Aeon Video

Pumpkin Movie - Sophy Romvari

Pumpkin Movie

2018 / 10 min / Canada / English

Two women trade stories of misogyny while carving pumpkins over Skype as part of a Halloween tradition.

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It's Him - Sophy Romvari

It's Him

2017 / 13 min / Canada / English

An unexpected encounter during an afternoon at the cinema catapults a young woman into a confrontation with her own grief.

Available on Vimeo

Let Your Heart Be Light - Sophy Romvari

Let Your Heart Be Light

2017 / 13 min / Canada / English
Directed by Deragh Campbell + Sophy Romvari

A young woman spending christmas alone after a breakup is visited by her friend.

Available on Vimeo

Nine Behind - Sophy Romvari

Nine Behind

2016 / 10 min / Canada / English

Calling her grandfather in Budapest to learn about the Hungarian film industry, a woman instead finds the conversation shifting to her family’s history.

Available on Vimeo