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Dylan Duff

Dylan Duff is an award winning Canadian actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist. He won Best Performance in a TV series - Supporting Teen Actor at the 39th Annual Young Artist Academy™ Awards for his performance in Teens 101. Duff is very passionate about acting, writing, directing, producing and philanthropy. Dylan's goal is to use his craft and anything else he has at his disposal to do his best to make this world a better place for everyone. He has worked with organizations such as Me to We, The Canadian Cancer Society and many more. Dylan has also worked with The Family Channel on anti-bullying campaigns. Dylan Duff is an actor and writer on a new quarantine themed short form series called The Quaran-Teen(s).  The show was created to bring some light and laughter into the dark times of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Duff is also currently working on his latest short film Perspective.  Dylan Duff is the founder, president and CEO of Purple Monkeys Pictures where he also works as an executive producer and producer.

Young Artist Academy™ Awards
2021 Outstanding Writer - WInner
2021 Outstanding Director - Nominated
2021 Best Performance in a Short Film Role: Teen Actor - Nominated
2020 Best Writer - Winner
2020 Best Performance Supporting Teen Artist - TV Series - Nominated
2020 Best Performance in a Streaming Film - Teen Artist - Nominated
2020 Best Performance in a Streaming Series - Leading Teen Artist - Nominated
2020 Best Producer - Nominated
2020 Best Director - Nominated
2018 Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Teen Actor - Winner

Accolade Competition
Award Of Recognition Young Filmmaker Under 18 - Winner

Festigious International Film Festival
August Award Best Young Filmmaker - Winner

The Joey Awards, Vancouver
2019 Best Featured Actor in a Television Series - Nominated
2018 Best Actor in a Guest Star Role in a Television Series - Nominated 

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Academy Newsletter Interview - February 2021

Actor, Writer, Director, Producer Dylan Duff from Toronto, Ontario, Canada has been working in Entertainment since his teens.  Already having accomplished an impressive body of work, the 17-year old Young Artist Academy™ Award Winner talks about using his talents to create change for the better

I love every aspect of working in Entertainment.  It is so great to be able to do something you love for a living.  However, I would have to say that my absolute favorite thing is Entertainment’s ability to move people and change minds.  A good film can convince people to look deep inside themselves and consider what they can do to make the world better, and I think that is really special.  
I try to do whatever I can to raise awareness of social issues. Social media can be a great tool.  I use my social media to try to educate people on various social issues.  As well, I try to do the same with my films.  I also try to volunteer whenever I can. Participating in fundraisers, or other activities helping to raise awareness for the social issues you care about is an excellent way to channel those concerns.
I have worked on a couple of notable projects in the past, not very many as I do make a lot of my own films.  That being said, I did have the incredible privilege of playing a small part in the hit Vice TV series, Dark Side of the Ring.  I played Chris Von Erich in the series, which went on to become the network's most popular show. The series garnered the attention of Dwayne Johnson and is now available on Hulu.  Dark Side of the Ring is probably the most notable project I've ever worked on and I learned a lot from it.  I had the incredible opportunity to talk to the show's director and producer many times throughout the shoot, and it was just fascinating to listen to what these extremely talented people had to say.
I am very passionate about making the world a better place.  My goal in life is to combine that passion with my passion for film, to create works that can act as catalysts for positive change.
Networking Tip:  Be yourself.  I may not be the best person to give advice on this topic as I'm a fairly shy person.  That being said, I think it is really important to treat the conversation as you would any other, and the same goes for the person you are talking to.  Try not to get caught up in thinking about what they could do for you and treat them as you would anyone else, treat them how you would like to be treated.  At the end of the day we are all people, and I think making a human connection is the base of making a professional one.
Business Advice: “Do what you love and the money will follow".  If you have the opportunity to do what you love, I think you should always go for it.  A lot of people choose their career based on salary, but if you know what your passion is, I think it's always best to find a way to make a living from it.  If you love what you do, it will never feel like work.

Look for Dylan in a couple of short form television series and through the film circuit with his newest short, The Girl in the Road.  He is also starting a non-profit charitable organization and writing a poetry book.

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