Émilie Martel is a French-Canadian filmmaker and founder of Kannon Films based in Ottawa, Ontario and Quito, Ecuador. She has spent years producing, filming and directing short web content for organizations worldwide. She is currently directing Uproot, a feature documentary about a man's mission to save endangered primates in Ecuador's legendary Yasuni National Park and "Marie-Soleil", which received a development grant from the 2019 Hot Docs Cross Current Documentary Funds. She is also directing and producing a francophone educational children's series, which is scheduled to broadcast in January 2020.  Émilie received the 2018 Canadian Women Artists’ Award from NYSCA and was a beneficiary of the Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative 2018 and 2019. In 2019, she was a recipient of the Youth Media Alliance Thérèse-Pinho Scholarship.