Hey, I'm Charles!

Calgary, Alberta

Charles Netto is a producer, writer, and director of film and theatre. In 2018 he directed his first short film Sonder with The Light Factory. 


Netto co-wrote the play Super 8 with Mark Hopkins. Super 8 won the Alberta Playwriting Contest and premiered at Lunchbox Theatre in 2012. Netto and Hopkins adapted Super 8 into the screenplay One Night in Aberdeen, a short film that premiered in 2014 at Calgary International Film Festival winning the Alberta Spirit Award and Best Short Film.  It was screened at five other film festivals in North America. One Night in Aberdeen made its online debut in 2015 at ShortoftheWeek.com. Netto and Hopkins received the Rosie award for Best Screenwriter - Drama Under 30 Minutes.


Netto was the co-founder, and for over 10 years, co-Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre. He directed, and had a hand in creating numerous Swallow-a-Bicycle productions including: i-­ROBOT Theatre, Eavesdrop: The Coffee Shop Show, Freak Show: Tall Tales and Terrible Truths, Death of the Freak Show, Wanderlust, Shhhh!, as well as shorts A World Gone Mad, Free Coffee and Sprawl. Netto and Hopkins were awarded The Colin Jackson and Arlene Strom Creative Placemaking Award at the 2016 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions.


From 2016-2018 Netto was the Festival Director of Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival of Emerging Artists where he oversaw a festival dedicated to the next generation of artists from across disciplines. Each year the festival showcased over 150 artists from across the country working in the discipliens of Theatre, Dance, Interdisciplinary, Improv, Poetry, Film & Animation, Music and more.


He is currently working with Downstage Theatre on 'Safe Site' a community art project working with communities that use and intersect with Calgary's safe consumption site. 


Instagram: @ctothenetto

Twitter: @cnettoo

Let's make some motherf&*%#@g art. 




My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Operation: Clean Slate

Calgary, Canada Film Short
Adventure, Teen

When their summer of freedom is threatened by the loss of their driver's licenses, four teens hatch a plan to break into city hall and destr


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Good Chemistry

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Comedy, Science

An 80s homage for the 21st Century: Two science majors left alone on campus for Thanksgiving discover a place where they belong.


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Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

In the near future, a young Latino man is thrust into a fully automated and privatized jail after he is arrested by mistake.


This project got the green light!

Expanding Sanctuary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short

The documentary follows the historic campaign to end the sharing of police database information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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The Black Experiment

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Thriller

A various group of Black NYC students are selected to participate in an experiment. What would they kill first? Their ego, or each other?


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Six Pack

Los Angeles, California Film Short

An 11-year old tomboy and her five sisters unite to repossess their hand-me-down bike from a thief in South Central LA.


This project got the green light!


New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Incurable: a journey of love, rejection, and an overactive imagination.


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Jeffrey: Hotel California

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Fantasy, Romance

Jeffrey is a dark magical love story that takes place in the afterlife where Jeffrey repairs the dead, so they can move on.  One mag


This project got the green light!

Black Girl Training

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Series
Comedy, Shorts Program

When a black transracial adoptee is meeting her biological family, there's only one way to prepare her; a black girl training.


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