Carla Eloise Ulrich

Carla Ulrich is an award-winning director, as well as an accomplished writer, producer, and photographer.  With over 10 years in the independent film industry, she has enjoyed many successes along the way.  She originally pursued a career in front of the camera, but after directing her first short film with the Dreamspeakers on Tour Youth Film Project, she soon realized her passion was on the opposite side of the lens.  

After completing film school, Carla returned to her roots with a move back home to the Northwest Territories.  Since then she has been working full-time as an independent filmmaker, in 2014 she also created YouthRise Project; a society that strives to create and maintain a strong artistic connection to youth in the north.  

With her company Dayah Films, Carla combines her talents with others to create a production company that produces inspiring and engaging work. 

Dayah Films

We take pride in creating unique work with a focus on community and youth empowerment. 

In 2015 we were very excited to adapt Richard Van Camp's graphic novel "Hickey Gone Wrong" into a short film.  The film was cast entirely with actors from Fort Smith.  We also employed Fort Smith youth to mentor under each production position, this included; director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and sound. Hickey Gone Wrong went on to screen at numerous film festivals around the world.


Vancouver International Film Festival

Available Light Film Festival

Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival

Dreamspeakers International Film Festival

Indianer Inuit Film Festival

Yellowknife International Film Festival

Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival

First Nations Film and Video Festival

ImagineNative Film & Media Arts Festival

LA Skins Film Festival

Deep Cut Film Festival

Dawson City International Short Film Festival