Million Faces is a boutique, sustainable production company that is committed to doing its part for the planet. Headquartered in the heart of Vancouver, Million Faces develops and produces creative content for the global market.
Joely Collins is a Canadian, British award-winning producer, director and actress. She has worked with major studios, broadcasters and networks and has created and delivered award-winning content.
Joely began her career with dramatic studies at The Vancouver Youth Theatre, then at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London England. At the age of 22, she was named Canada’s ‘Best Leading Actress’ winning a Gemini Award (Canada’s Emmy) for her role as Rachael Langston on the highly acclaimed television series Madison (1994). Following Madison and several notable film and television roles, she was cast in the recurring starring role of Christine Wren, in the award-winning series Cold Squad (1998). In 2004, she starred in the feature film The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, by director Bruce McDonald, which opened at the Toronto International Film Festival and received rave reviews at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her work earned her an Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film and Video at the Vancouver International Film Festival and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Actress in a Canadian Film’.
Joely’s initial foray into producing was the production, Summer Love: The Rave-umentary, which she also directed, wrote and starred in. This award-winning, wild-ride, feature length documentary about rave culture debuted on Canada’s Much Music. In 2006, Joely executive produced and co-starred in theromantic comedy Almost Heaven, a Canadian, Scottish co-production featuring Donal Logue and Tom Conti. This was her first time collaborating with her musician father Phil, who wrote the theme song for the film.
In 2009, Joely produced the feature film Becoming Redwood, a quirky, heart-warming story about a young boy who delves into the world of imagination to survive his parents’ divorce. It became an instant hit on the festival circuit, winning several awards, including ‘Best Canadian Film’ at the Edmonton International Film Festival and was chosen as the ‘Most Popular Canadian Film’ at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
With a combination of artistic talents and business acumen, Joely founded Million Faces Productions in 2015. Her first success was CODED, the multi award-winning digital series, which was named one of the ‘Top Ten Series to Watch’ by BuzzFeed. Joely advocates for diversity and inclusivity in the film industry and is passionate about creating more dynamic roles for women on and off screen. With her newest project, a documentary series, Joely hopes to help empower young women. She is also in development with a new dramatic series.