Born in South Africa and living in Vancouver since his teens, Tony Dean Smith is a Director & Writer – known for his elegant camerawork, grounded performances and sharp sense of story. His feature-film directorial debut, VOLITION, is an elevated sci-fi thriller that has swept up awards across the world (including 11 Leo Nominations), receiving rave reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Ain’t It Cool News and Rotten Tomatoes (86% Fresh). While Tony Dean continues to write his next personal project, he has also had the pleasure of directing multiple long form movies, including “LOVE UNDER THE RAINBOW” for Hallmark, the stylish Lifetime thriller “THE KILLER DOWNSTAIRS” along with the upcoming supernatural thriller “GHOST AFFAIRS.” He was the youngest director on the acclaimed television series ROBSON ARMS (3 episodes over 2 seasons), helmed the series pilot for HEALTH NUTZ and has won numerous awards and accolades for his directing, starting with his award-winning 35mm short film, REFLECTION. A life-long camera nerd and storyboard artist, his ability to see the edit before the shoot allows him to save hours of production time, doubly aided by his background as an award-winning picture editor. As an actor of stage (yes, jazz hands) and screen (X-FILES, POLTERGEIST), Tony’s sense of character, precision and playfulness are always present, giving him unparalleled comfort on set – allowing truly authentic and courageous collaboration between his fellow producers, actors and crew.