Twelve-year-old ACTRA member Annika Elyse Irving first worked with filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy (recipient of the inaugural Amazon Video Direct Filmmaker Award at the Sundance Film Festival) on the pilot for the series The Bad Guys, in which she played “Abby Jerrod”, the daughter of a slain drug dealer. Next, she worked with Esterhazy on the music video Call for Paris to Kyiv. Esterhazy cast Annika as the male lead in her feature film H&G. Annika was happy to cut her hair for the role and embraced the challenge of playing a little dude. Generally, she enjoys being a girl. H&G premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and has gone on to play festivals all over North America, including Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, Houston’s WorldFest (winner - Silver Remi). Annika was nominated for a Joey Award for her performance in H&G. Annika also appeared in the film Pillows, and the film Boy Toys, which continues to play festivals and pick up Audience Choice awards around North America and will soon compete on CBC’s Short Film Face Off. One of Annika’s episodes of the series Sunnyside (on which she had a recurring role) won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble). Theatrical work includes the role of “Woodstock” in the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Pig Dog in which Annika played a character based on a real person - the daughter of a Nazi during WWII, for which she had to learn to speak some Polish, and some German. Annika played “Laban, The Little Ghost” at a special event for the film’s 50th Anniversary at the Freeze Frame International Film Festival. For her role as Briony McGovern, age 9, in the short film Hard Way Girl, Annika was awarded a Joey Award as the best actress in her age category and was nominated for a MIC Award, and an ACTRA Award. Hard Way Girl has played as an Official Selection of the Near Nazareth Film Festival, Israel; the Artemis Film Festival, Los Angeles; the Bridge of Arts International Motivational Film Festival, Russia; the Oscar-qualifier 2016 LA Shorts Film Festival; the Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival, the 2016 Toronto International Short Film Festival, the LA Femme Film Festival, and was nominated for two Windy Awards. Most recently Annika appeared opposite Sir Ben Kingsley as her father in the thriller NOMIS, which Annika particularly enjoyed because it included a water stunt. Annika also appears on the horror series Channel Zero, as “Sadie Williams”.
WINNER Best Actress, Joey Awards
Hard Way Girl
Hard Way Girl