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Jared Abrahamson

Jared Abrahamson


Actor
Born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Jared Abrahamson worked in the mines and competed as a pro mixed martial arts fighter before attending the Vancouver Film School. Abrahamson had a lead role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Finding a Family (2011) and parts in the ABC pilot The Manzanis. He starred in the VIFF 2016 hit Hello Destroyer and can be seen in four films at VIFF 2017.
Never Steady, Never Still
Gregoire
Sweet Virginia
Hollow in the Land

Gabriel Adelman

Gabriel Adelman


Director/Producer
Gabriel Adelman was raised in Toronto and studied film at NYFA, Concordia, and UBC. He has over a decade of experience working in film, television, and online formats. After finishing his studies in Vancouver and returning to his hometown of Toronto, he founded Dreamscience Films. Adelman is a multi-talented filmmaker who takes on various roles including writing, directing, shooting, producing, and editing.
Full Moon Party


Melanie Ansley

Melanie Ansley


Director
Half Chinese and half Canadian, Melanie was born in Windsor, Ontario but grew up in China. She started her producing career in social documentaries. She received development funding from CBC (Canada) for her documentary Shanghai Bride, which screened on the Knowledge Network in 2008. In 2010 she produced Red Light Revolution, directed by Sam Voutas. Melanie then completed her MFA in Producing at the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark program, where she was awarded the 2014 Women in Film scholarship. She also co-wrote Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, starring Horatio Sanz and James Franco. In 2015 she won a student Emmy for the web series Miss Mustard Glade. She is currently Co-Executive Director of the China Hollywood Society.
King of Peking

Christopher Auchter

Christopher Auchter


Director
Christopher Auchter grew up roaming the beaches and forests of the Haida Gwaii archipelago off Canada’s West Coast, and his art is rooted in the land and stories of the Haida people. Auchter’s art practice is fueled by his close connection to the natural environment, his adventures in forestry and commercial fishing, and by the colourful people with whom he has lived and worked. Auchter studied media arts at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, British Columbia) and graduated with honours in computer animation from Sheridan College in Ontario. His previous projects include Daniel Janke’s How People Got Fire, Electronic Arts’ NHL Games and Nintendo’s Punch Out! He has illustrated three children’s books, including Jordan Wheeler’s Just a Walk, a comic by Richard Van Camp called Kiss Me Deadly, and a graphic novel by W.L. Liberman entitled The Ruptured Sky: The War of 1812.
The Mountain of SGaana

Josh Auter

Josh Auter


Director
Auter Theory Productions
Thanks to open-minded parents who realized during his early years that Josh could easily separate action from reality, his childhood was filled with exposure to a broad range of great films, from directors ranging from Kubrick to Spielberg. Having a father who was part-owner of a video store gave Josh constant access to these movies. He took an Intro to Video class at a local community college and hasn’t looked back since, taking every bit of spare change he’s had and putting it towards sharing his visions with the world. With a desire to always be creating, Josh has acquired credits as everything from gaffer to cinematographer, but his true passion lies in writing and directing. His first short film, The 12th Step, played in Los Angeles and New York City, and his most recent short, Land of Happy Dreams, is just beginning its festival run.

Land of Happy Dreams

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Fellipe Barbosa

Fellipe Barbosa


Director
c/o 3/4 Maison, Rachel Bergeron-Cyr
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Fellipe Barbosa directed the short films La Muerte es pequeña and Salt Kiss, which were selected to play New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Guadalajara and Sundance. In 2008, he developed the screenplay for Casa Grande at the Sundance Labs. The film premiered in Rotterdam’s competition in 2014. Gabriel and the Mountain is his second fiction feature.
Gabriel and the Mountain

Colin Baxter

Colin Baxter


Executive Producer
Colin is a creative guru who has executive-produced many feature documentaries, including Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team (2009), K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2012) and Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (2013).

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Jean Michel Bertrand

Jean Michel Bertrand


Director
Jean-Michel Bertrand is a director and cinematographer, known for Flirting with Heights/Vertige d’une rencontre (2009), Valley of the Wolves/ La vallée des loups (2016) and C à vous (2009).

The Valley of the Wolves

Lisa Birke

Lisa Birke


Director
Lisa Birke is an award winning Canadian experimental short film maker who situates between the traditions of fine art, digital video and performance art. Her short films have been screened at film/video festivals, and installed in galleries and museums internationally. She was awarded a “Jury Award for Creative Achievement” at the Arizona International Film Festival (USA), the Jury Award at ForadCamp (Barcelona) and her short film Calendar Girls was recently installed at Manif d’/Art (Quebec City Biennale 2017). Birke is Assistant Professor of Digital and Extended Media at the University of Saskatchewan.
The Knits

Matthew Taylor Blais

Matthew Taylor Blais


Director
Quantity Cinema / Sital Cinema
Matthew Taylor Blais is an experimental filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. His latest avant-garde movies have begun to screen around the world. His film Popsong premiered as a part of the new Future//Present program at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2016, and his short film Clouds of Autumn premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Forest Movie is his first experimental narrative feature.
Forest Movie

Sofia Bohdanowicz

Sofia Bohdanowicz


Director
Sofia Bohdanowicz is an experimental filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. Her most recent collection of shorts, Last Poems (2014), explores the passing of her paternal grandmother through the poetry of her great-grandmother, Zofia Bohdanowiczowa. The trilogy screened at the Museum of Moving Image in New York and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Her first feature, Never Eat Alone, a genre-defying documentary about lost love, family and regret, premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, where she won the Emerging Canadian Director Award. Bohdanowicz’s second feature, Maison du Bonheur, had its World Premiere at the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI) and screened with a retrospective of her work. The film made its North American Premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival. Bohdanowicz is currently in pre-production for her third feature titled Veslemøy’s Song and will be pursuing her MFA at York University in the fall.
Maison du bonheur

Natalie Boll

Natalie Boll


Co-Director
Propriétaire of Vancouver’s new Bauhaus Restaurant, Natalie Boll’s career included over 15 years of production experience as a Producer, Writer, and Production Manager. After graduating from both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and Capilano University’s Film Studies program, she embarked on a number of Canadian and international projects spanning music videos, documentaries, dramatic shorts and lifestyle programming. Her award-winning short films E?Anx (The Cave) and Inconvenience earned her widespread critical acclaim at exhibitions such as the Berlin International, Toronto International, and Sundance Film Festivals.
Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters

Joon Ho BONG

Joon Ho BONG


Director, Okja
Bong Joon Ho studied sociology and film at the Korean Academy of Film Art before becoming a director. He achieved critical acclaim for his first feature film Barking Dogs Never Bite distinguished by the Fipresci Award at the Hong Kong Film Festival in 2001. His next film, Memories of Murder (2004), which achieved huge public success in Korea, earned him a Best Director Award at San Sebastian. The Host finally sealed his reputation as a director of genre films raised to the level of art. Mother (2009) received awards from several international film festivals and Snowpiercer (2013) set box office records in South Korea.
Okja

Antoine Bourges

Antoine Bourges


Director
Antoine Bourges is a Toronto-based filmmaker originating from Paris, France. His shorts Woman Waiting (2010) and William in Waiting (2014), along with his mid-length film East Hastings Pharmacy (2012), have screened in festivals across North America and Europe, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Viennale and TIFF. Fail to Appear (2017) is his first narrative feature film.
Fail to Appear

Cory Bowles

Cory Bowles


Filmmaker
Cory Bowles is a multidisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has appeared as an actor in a number of film, radio, and television shows, receiving a Gemini for the role of “Cory” in the TV series Trailer Park Boys, which he currently serves as a director, receiving a nomination for the 2016 DGC award for Outstanding direction in a comedy series. As principal choreographer and director of the companies Verve Mwendo Dance, and Black Rabbit Entertainment, he has created over 70 works / choreographies for stage and film ‐ his work reflecting his fascination to racial identity, social and cultural structures. He wrote and directed the award winning short films The Scavengers (Fantasia ’08) and Heart of Rhyme (TIFF 2011), Anatomy of Assistance (TIFF 2013) and Righteous (VIFF 2014) that combined, have screened in over 40 festivals worldwide. A sought‐after teacher and instructor, his workshops take him throughout Canada.
Black Cop

Cody Bown

Cody Bown


Director/Producer
Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Cody emerged as an independent filmmaker after studying in Vancouver. Over the last handful of years Cody’s films have gone on to screen domestically and internationally, including the Cannes Film Festival as part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program. With a collection of shorts under his belt, both as a director and producer he carried over his talents into feature films with the debut Gregoire. Pulling inspiration from his upbringing in Northern Alberta, his home town serves as a backdrop for most of his work.
Gregoire

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Stephen Campanelli

Stephen Campanelli


Director
Stephen Campanelli started his career as a steadicam operator. He quickly became the most sought after operator in the country and quickly peaked the interests of some of Hollywood’s top directors including Clint Eastwood. Stephen first joined Clint on the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Bridges of Madison County and has remained Clint’s most trusted "camera eye" ever since. They have collaborated on Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Gran Torino, American Sniper, among others.
Following in the footsteps of a great story-telling director, Stephen Campanelli has made the natural leap to the director’s chair, having helmed two motion pictures, Momentum (2015), he is proud and honoured to present his latest feature film, Indian Horse.
Indian Horse

Deragh Campbell

Deragh Campbell


Director/Actor
Deragh Campbell is an actor and writer based in Toronto, Ontario. She has starred in largely art house films such as I Used to be Darker, Stinking Heaven and Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog and was selected for the Rising Star Program at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship for screenwriting.
Let Your Heart Be Light
Fail to Appear

Greg Campbell

Greg Campbell


Director
Fox Tales Films
Greg Campbell is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and best-selling nonfiction author making his directorial debut with the feature-length film Hondros. Campbell is co-founder of Denver-based production company Fox Tale Films and the author of Blood Diamonds; Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones, the book that inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio film Blood Diamond. As a journalist and filmmaker, Campbell has reported from around the world, including throughout Africa and the Middle East. He lives in Denver.
Hondros

Yaz Canli

Yaz Canli


Director
Yaz Canli grew up singing, dancing and acting in Europe. She received a diploma in dramatic arts in Germany and has been active in the film/TV industry for the past 6 years, mainly in Los Angeles. Yaz has starred in numerous productions as an actress, and in 2011 she started to sporadically explore different roles in pre-production and on set in various independent projects; that is where her passion to create something herself grew from. Walt & Ich is her film debut as a writer/director.
Walt & Me

Adriano Carvalho

Adriano Carvalho


Actor
Adriano was born on May 22, 1970 in Lisbon, Portugal. He is an actor, known for Vazante (2017), 20.13: Purgatory (2006) and Até Amanhã, Camaradas (2005).

Vazante

Frederico Castillo

Frederico Castillo


Producer
Agreste Producciones
Federico is an executive producer with sixteen years’ experience in production design and management of various audiovisual formats. He has specialized in the production of dramatic TV series, entertainment shows and cinematographic projects.
In 2006 Federico founded his own production company, which focuses on the production of TV commercials, music videos and short films. AGRESTRE PRODUCTIONS has become one of the main production companies in Colombia,with well-known national and international clients, and it has received awards for the short films Collar de Perlas, Ciudad Crónica, Cuesta Abajo and 7UN3L. Federico is currently producing his first feature film, Ballena Azúl.
7ÚN3L

Angie Chen

Angie Chen


Filmmaker
Scorpio Films Company
Angie Chen has been making films since 1979. She was born in Shanghai, brought up in Hong Kong and Taiwan, received her BA and MA from the University of Iowa, MFA from UCLA, and lived in America for more than a decade. She now resides in Hong Kong. Her first short as writer/director, Der Besuch (aka The Visit, 1980), has been critically acclaimed and honored internationally. After making three features in the eighties, she entered the commercial film business in the nineties. Recently, she returned to feature filmmaking and directed two documentaries: This Darling Life (2008) was nominated the Best Documentary at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards 2008, while One Tree Three Lives (2012) garnered the Film Merit Award at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards 2013.
I've Got the Blues

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns


Director
Meditating Bunny Studio Inc.
Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. From animated viral video ads and broadcast commercials for companies like Sharpie, 3M and Post-it Note, to short and feature films such as “What Are You Anyways?” (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010) and Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013), Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered over 40 awards. Mixed Match, Jeff’s second feature length documentary, about the need to find more mixed race bone morrow donors, world premiered at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to screen at over 30 film festivals across North America picking up 5 audience awards, 6 Leo Award Nominations and 2 grand jury prizes.

Jennifer Chiu

Jennifer Chiu


Co-Director
Jennifer Chiu is a writer, artist and award-winning documentary director. She has worked in factual television researching, producing and developing programs for British and American broadcasters. Passionate about filmmaking and its power to transform, she co-founded self-directed studies, a production company committed to producing progressive documentary content. The company’s first film, Cabbie, was the recipient of the BC Ignite Award at VIFF 2016.
Memory of the Peace

Hélène Choquette

Hélène Choquette


Director
Documentary filmmaker Hélène Choquette has won multiple awards at home and internationally. She casts an unflinching yet empathetic gaze on people whose voices would otherwise remain silent, and consistently takes a grassroots approach to researching and writing her projects. Her films have focused on people and crucial issues ranging from foreign caregivers (A Better Life,2005) to environmental refugees (The Refugees of The Blue Planet, 2006), the Chernobyl disaster victims (Children of Chernobyl, 2006), human trafficking in Canada (Avenue Zero, 2009), Burmese boys exploited in a Thai boxing camp (Fists of Pride, 2012) and family struggles of women prisoners (Unité 9 le documentaire, 2015). About her latest projects, Unité 9 le documentaire has won the Public Award Prize at the Web Program Festival in Paris 2015 and her documentary Little Big Girls was nominated at the Banff World Media Festival.
Like a Pebble in the Boot

Nick Citton

Nick Citton


Director
Nick Citton is a writer and filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada who has been writing for film and television for over 15 years. He is an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre, The National Screen Institute and Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. Additionally, Nick is a former Fox Studios Fellow, having been selected for the first cycle of the Fox Writers’ Intensive. He wrote the feature film, THAT BURNING FEELING (VIFF 2013), and wrote and directed the feature, MY GOOD MAN’S GONE (VIFF 2015). His short film, THE FUTURE PERFECT, recently completed a successful run of over 100 international film festivals. His next feature as writer/director, HEY, HEY JOHNNY, was developed with the support of the Film Independent Writing, Directing, and Producing Labs as well as The Harold Greenberg Fund.

Scooter Corkle

Scooter Corkle


Director
Scooter Corkle is a writer/director from Vancouver Canada, having spent 12 years in the film industry working in various production departments including grip, lighting, and camera. In 2009, he directed his first short film Chloe and Attie as part of a 48-hour horror competition, where it took home Best Film and Cinematography. It then went on to the play in festivals all over the world including the CFC Worldwide Shorts, Vancouver International Film Festival, Toronto After Dark and Dead By Dawn in Scotland. His second short film Pour Retourner (2014) premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York, was acquired by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation screening on televisions all over Canada, and went on to play in festivals worldwide including SHNIT International Film Fest, Atlantic Film Fest and The Not Short On Talent program at Cannes. It would go on to win Best Film at Devour! Festival and the One Lens Festival respectively, while also taking the Audience Award at the International Film Festival Lanzarote.
Hollow in the Land

Bracken Hanuse Corlett

Bracken Hanuse Corlett


Co-Director
Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an multimedia artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in theatre and performance in 2001 and after five years transitioned towards his current practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. His work combines Indigenous Northwest Coast form and story with digital platforms and old growth. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for a B.F.A. in Visual Arts. He also studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has recently received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver.

Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at Grunt Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Paramount Theater (Seattle), Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), Royal BC Museum, Open Space (Victoria), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Atlantic Film Festival, Tidal Force – Independent Media Arts Alliance (Halifax), Art Mur, Sommets du Cinéma D’animation (Montreal), ImagineNative, Toronto International Film Festival, Music Gallery (Toronto).

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Kim Daehwan

Kim Daehwan


Director
c/o Rachel Joo, Mline Distribution
While studying Film and Digital Media Design at Hongik University, Kim Dae-hwan directed two short films, Picnic (2010) and Interview (2011). He later directed his first feature film, End of Winter (2014) while at Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Content. End of Winter had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and subsequently screened at the 2015 Berlinale. The First Lap is his second feature film.
The First Lap

Jamie M. Dagg

Jamie M. Dagg


Director
Jamie M. Dagg’s first short film, Waiting, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005 and was selected for TIFF’s 2006 Short Film Showcase. His second short, Sunday, premiered at the festival in 2008. Both films went on to screen at festivals worldwide. Dagg’s first feature film, River, premiered at TIFF in 2015. It also won the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature, Best Director of a Borsos Film, and Best Screenplay for a Borsos Film. Jamie also received a Canadian Screen Award for River for Best First Feature Film. Sweet Virginia, Dagg’s second feature film, premiered at Tribeca Film festival this spring.
Sweet Virginia

Andrei Dascalescu

Andrei Dascalescu


Director
Andrei Dascalescu started as a radio DJ in his hometown during his teenage years. He then moved to Bucharest to study Sound and Editing at the Film University. At the same time, he worked as a freelance editor and sound engineer for BBC World Service Romania. He also worked on many films, including Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth, on which he served as assistant to the legendary editor Walter Murch. He moved on to making his own films with the award-winning Fly and Constantin and Elena, a documentary that achieved worldwide recognition with multiple festival selections, awards and subsequent broadcasts. Planeta Petrila is his second feature-length documentary.
Planeta Petrila

Erik De Boer

Erik De Boer


Visual Effects Supervisor, OKJA
Erik-Jan de Boer is a Dutch animation director working for Method Studios and previously for Rhythm and Hues Studios. Since 1996 he has worked on several Hollywood productions. For the 85th Academy Awards he won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Life of Pi.
Okja

Alexandra Dean

Alexandra Dean


Director
Alexandra Dean is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer. She produced news magazine documentaries for PBS before becoming a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg Television, where she launched the series Innovators, Adventures and Pursuits. Alexandra has also written about invention for Businessweek magazine. Her most recent documentary is Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is due for release on American Masters in 2017.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Winston DeGiobbi

Winston DeGiobbi


Director
Winston DeGiobbi is an emerging filmmaker from New Waterford, Nova Scotia. Often blurring lines between documentary and fiction, his films are feverish and gritty portrayals of small town misfits that consistently feature a cast of extended family and locals. His short films have screened in competition at such festivals as WNDX Festival of Moving Image in Winnipeg and Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal.
Mass for Shut-Ins


Jeannie Donohoe

Jeannie Donohoe


Director
Jeannie Donohoe is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has written and directed several short films, including Game (currently in festivals), Lambing Season (selected for over 50 film festivals and multiple awards; named one of the “Best Short Films of 2014” by Indiewire; currently airing on PBS Film School Shorts) and Public (Palm Springs ShortFest, PBS Imagemakers). Jeannie was selected from over 4,600 applicants to write and direct Game for Lexus Short Films, produced by the Weinstein Company. She earned her MFA with honors in Directing from Columbia University, attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, and also earned an MS in Education while teaching middle school in the Bronx through the Teach for America program. Jeannie is currently developing her first feature-length film.
Game

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Alicia Eisen

Alicia Eisen


Director
Alicia Eisen was born in Toronto, Ontario. After a decade in the animation industry, Alicia moved to Vancouver, BC to launch her filmmaking career. Inspired by filmmakers such as Michel Gondry and Wes Anderson for their commitment to inventive auteur storytelling, Alicia began to develop her own voice as a filmmaker. Alicia found great success with her first short film Old Man (2016) which won an Honourable Mention for Most Promising Director at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2016. Alicia is currently shooting an existential stop motion short film in Vancouver, Canada with an estimated completion date of Spring 2018.

Ryan Ermacora

Ryan Ermacora


Director
Ryan Ermacora is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. His work investigates the visible and invisible ways in which humans have engraved themselves into natural spaces and is informed by an interest in avant-garde depictions of landscape. His style is defined by a self-reflexive and structural approach to cinema. His work has screened at the DOXA Documentary Festival, WNDX, and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
The Glow Is Gone

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Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki


Director
Variety’s Jay Weissberg wrote, “Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a key exemplar of the Bangladeshi new wave cinema movement.” The Hollywood Reporter wrote "Mostofa Sarwar Farooki could be the next Southeast Asian filmmaker to break out” in the review of his acclaimed 2012 film, Television. Television was the closing film at Busan and won The Grand Jury Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Farooki’s fourth feature was selected for numerous international festivals and was Bangladesh’s submission to the Oscars. Farooki, pioneer of the progressive filmmakers’ movement Chabial, set new trends in his country’s film industry in the late 1990s. His body of work has addressed themes ranging from middle class angst to the confines of conservative Muslim concepts of guilt and redemption. Farooki is currently developing his next film, No Land’s Man, which won development prizes at India’s Film Bazaar.
No Bed of Roses

Asad Faruqi

Asad Faruqi


Co-Director
Asad Faruqi is an Emmy Award-nominated cinematographer, photographer and filmmaker. Over the past six years, he has shot a number of award-winning films, including 2016’s Academy Award winner A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and 2012’s Academy and Emmy Award winner Saving Face. Other notable works include Emmy and Alfred I Dupont Award winner Pakistan’s Taliban Generation, Song of Lahore, Peacekeepers: A Journey of a Thousand Miles and Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret. Asad’s work has been featured on HBO, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, SBS, and Arte. This is his first time directing a feature film.
Armed with Faith

Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming


Director
Sleepy Dog Films
Ann Marie Fleming is a Canadian independent filmmaker who works in a variety of genres. Her short documentary, “You Take Care Now”, is on the Canada 150 list of Essential Cinema 2017. “New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes” was named TIFF Best Canadian Short in 1990. “I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors” was on the TIFF Top 10 List 2011. The feature length “The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam” has won numerous prizes as well as spawning a graphic novel which won the Doug Wright Award for Best Canadian Comic in 2007, as well as being nominated for two Eisner awards. Her animated feature, “Window Horses”, won Best B.C. and Canadian film awards at VIFF 2016.

Christine Franz

Christine Franz


Director
Christine Franz is a Berlin-based music journalist. She works as a music editor and producer/director for the French-German public TV network ARTE and its weekly pop culture program TRACKS–one of Europe’s longest-running TV music programs. Christine has also worked as a trainee at MTV and a freelance writer for Germany’s biggest music magazine, INTRO, in addition to volunteering at the Glastonbury Festival for 10 years. Bunch of Kunst is her first feature film.
Bunch of Kunst

Travis Frick

Travis Frick


Director
Travis Frick co-wrote and directed Damn Bro! For seven years he taught English at high schools in New York City. Prior to teaching, he edited news for TV and documentaries. Travis received his MFA in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.
Damn Bro!

Tracey Friesen

Tracey Friesen


Tracey Friesen (MBA) has been an active contributor to Vancouver’s media sector for over 25 years and recently published the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change. She is currently Director of Communications & Engagement at the David Suzuki Foundation. During her decade at the National Film Board, she earned credits on nearly 40 film and digital projects. Since the NFB, Tracey has done contracts with Mindset Foundation, Inspirit Foundation, DOC and Creative BC, plus was director of programming during the start-up phase of Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver. Other associations include Social Venture Partners, Women in Film & TV Vancouver, VIFF, Minerva Foundation, SheEO and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV. One of her annual highlights is co-leading a four-day media conference at Hollyhock Leadership Institute on Cortes Island.

Kevan Funk

Kevan Funk


Director
Kevan Funk is an award winning filmmaker, who’s work has screened and won awards at various prestigious festivals around the world. Kevan’s feature film debut, Hello Destroyer, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and has gone on to collect a number of awards including being named to Canada’s Top Ten, the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at VIFF, 4 Canadian Screen Award nominations (Best Picture, Director, Actor & Screenplay) and Leo Award wins for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor & Cinematography. Previously Kevan built an impressive career in the short film world. A Fine Young Man (2010), premiered at TIFF and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Yellowhead (2011) and Bison (2014) both premiered at TIFF, the former being awarded a Special Jury Prize, and both were named to Canada’s Top Ten in their respective years. Kevan’s short Destroyer (2012), created through the TIFF Talent Lab, was runner-up for the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award. He also recognized as a highly regarded music video director. Among various accolades received for his music video work, his video for A Tribe Called Red’s Stadium Pow Wow won the Best Director Award at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards. Kevan was raised in Banff, AB, around his parent’s grassroots theatre company. He holds a degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC.

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Giada Ghiringhelli

Giada Ghiringhelli


Director
Giada is a Swiss filmmaker and video editor who graduated with an MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and is currently living and working in London. She has spent the last decade developing her passion in the visual arts, working across a number of industries including film, art, music and fashion. Imaginative, with a unique aesthetic sensibility and a strong sense of visual rhythm, Giada is always experimenting with new ways of editing and filming in the hope of pushing traditional boundaries and creating intense visual languages.
Giada’s experimental works have been exhibited internationally on both the gallery and festival circuits, including the Locarno International Film Festival, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, ÉCU European Independent Film Festival and DOTMOV Digital Festival in Japan. Her latest experimental film recently won the Best Experimental Film award in Paris and earned a special mention for Best Animation 2017 in New Mexico.
Rhythm of Being

Phil Grabsky

Phil Grabsky


Director
Seventh Art Productions
Phil Grabsky is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. In a career spanning 25 years, he has made films for theatres, television and DVD; his production company is Seventh Art Productions. Phil’s biggest project to date is the creation of a unique new arts brand: Exhibition On Screen. It brings major art exhibitions – and the stories of both the galleries and the artists – to cinema, TV and DVD audiences worldwide.
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

Ruben Guzman

Ruben Guzman


Director
Raymond Beluga Studio
Rubén Guzman is a photographer, media artist, professor, researcher, media curator and programmer. His work spans from photography to media arts, from video and experimental film to peripheral documentaries. Rubén’s innovative work has been screened in relevant solo and group exhibitions. His films include The Indifference of Wind (Special Jury Prize dedicated to Maria Adriana Prolo – ZAPPINO D’ORO, VII Festival "Corto e Fieno," Ameno, Italy), The Citadel, Civilization (Prize Télé Toulouse for Best Documentary, Cinélatino, 25èmes Rencontres de Toulouse, France), Stock, City of Blind Alchemists and Amidst the Stones Hypnotized by the Moon, amongst others.
Images of Nowhere

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Scott Harper

Scott Harper


Director
Scott Harper specializes in social issue, science and character driven documentaries for world markets. Recent collaborators include the CBC, CTV, PBS, History Channel, Discovery, France Televisions, NHK, TLC, Channel 5 and National Geographic. Last season’s documentary While You Were Sleeping, for CBC’s The Nature of Things, has been just nominated in the science journalism category at the prestigious Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Harper is currently in production on a feature doc about the intersection of comedy and death, as well as development on a new project about the demise of cars.
You're Soaking in It

Bobbi Jo Hart

Bobbi Jo Hart


Director
Adobe Productions International
Bobbi Jo Hart is an award winning American/Canadian documentary filmmaker with Adobe Productions International, based in Montreal, Canada. With a career that has spanned nearly 20 years, she has filmed in countries as diverse as Pakistan, Russia, Guatemala, Australia and Zimbabwe — with subjects ranging from women’s professional soccer and tennis to classical music, comedy, dance and manic depression. All of her documentaries explore often elusive or misunderstood people and ways of life, weaving universal threads of dreams, family, love, loss, happiness, sadness, success, failure and determination — which result in thought-provoking films that ultimately celebrate our shared humanity.
Rebels on Pointe

Hussein Hassan

Hussein Hassan


Director
c/o Janna Heine, Mitos Film
Hussein Hassan is a well-known director, writer and actor in Kurdistan. In 2006, he shot his first feature film Narcissus Blossom, which was featured in the Panorama of the 56th Berlinale and the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was awarded with the Amnesty International Prize at the Berlinale. Hassan’s second feature film, Herman (2009), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival. Hassan played the leading role in Shawkat Amin Korki’s award-winning films Crossing the Dust (2006) and Memories On Stone (2014). Recently, he acted in Batin Ghobadi’s Mardan (2014), which was Iraq’s official Oscar submission in 2014.

Reşeba: The Dark Wind

Lucas Helth Postma

Lucas Helth Postma


Director
After high school, Lucas attended Station Next, the film school for talented youth, from 2012 to 2014. It was there that he made his first short film Boy, which has more than 14 million views on YouTube as well as several international awards: the Jury and Youth Jury’s Awards at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2015, the Best Director’s Award at the Scout Film Festival 2016, the Audience Award at TheNextFilmFestival 2015, the Audience Award for Best International Short at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2015 and Best Short at the Fresh Film Festival 2015. The film was an official selection at several other festivals. Lucas has also worked as a photographer and editor on several short films, presentation videos and music videos.
OverLove

Kathleen Hepburn

Kathleen Hepburn


Writer/Director
Kathleen Hepburn is a Vancouver born writer and director who holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and a BFA in Film Production from the Universities of Guelph and Simon Fraser respectively. She is also a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Writer’s Lab. Her debut feature, Never Steady, Never Still is a film that exposes the tenderness that exists within struggle, and our ineffable connection to the landscape around us. Her most recent short film of the same name was included in TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, and was awarded Leo’s for Best Dramatic Short and Best Direction, and Most Promising Canadian Director at VIFF 2015.
Trending Now
Never Steady, Never Still

Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill


Producer/Writer/Actor
Shut the Door Productions
Taylor Hill is an award winning writer, producer and actor. She wrote, produced and starred in her first feature film Leap 4 Your Life, which has screened around the world and won numerous awards including VIFF’s first Must See BC Award. Leap 4 Your Life can be seen on Shaw VOD, Super Channel, Hollywood Suites and iTunes. Along with her filmmaking, she has also been recognized for her acting skills and won Best Newcomer at the 2014 UBCP/ACTRA Awards. The Globe & Mail dubbed her ‘a talent to watch’ and a ‘real IT girl’. Her sophomore feature Marrying The Family had it’s world premiere at VIFF in 2016 to two sold out screenings and recently won Best Comedy Feature at the 2017 Long Beach Indie Fest. She is currently working on an upcoming feature with Blood Orange Films.

Huang Hsin-Yao

Huang Hsin-Yao


Director
c/o Desmond Yang - MandarinVision
As a documentary filmmaker, Huang Hsin-Yao is known for the satirical tone used to portray the dream and the disappointment of youth and the humorous narrative that enhances the preposterous situations one often faces in life. Bluffing (2005) won Best Documentary at the Golden Harvest Awards. His visual poem, Nimbus, shot by himself, won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Taiwan International Documentary Biennale, Best Cinematography at the Golden Harvest Awards and several other international film awards. In 2010, Taivalu bagged the Grand Prize and Best Documentary at the Taipei Film Awards. The Great Buddha is Huang Hsin-Yao’s first narrative short film, nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2015 Golden Horse Awards. In 2015, he made Cloud Nation, the first Taiwanese documentary that has no narrative, no dialogue, no narration, no music and no protagonist. The 57-minute documentary consists of only 55 shots, depicting the moods of an island with pure image.
The Great Buddha+

Julia Hutchings

Julia Hutchings


Director
Julia Hutchings is an independent filmmaker and photographer based in Vancouver, Canada. Her films have screened at festivals and markets internationally and garnered her awards as a writer and director. Julia’s latest film, Here Nor There (2016), was selected for Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent at Clermont-Ferrand and is currently in consideration at festivals around the world. She is an alumni of Women in the Directors Chair and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in film production from Simon Fraser School for the Contemporary Arts.
Do We Leave This Here

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Boris Ivanov

Boris Ivanov


Director / Producer
Interfilms Productions / Apple of My Eye Productions Inc. (print)
Boris Ivanov’s directing credits include theatrical recreations for History Channel’s Beyond Top Secret, which earned two News and Documentary Emmy nominations. He co-directed Loving a Stranger, a TV documentary on the complexity of cross-cultural relationships. He has directed several narrative films including Seven Storeys, winner of Los Angeles Short Film Festival, and Princess Castle. Recently Boris directed an online documentary In The Monument on the evolution of Holocaust memorialization. Boris is also the producer behind Sundance-premiered Family Portrait in Black and White (VIFF 2011), Love Translated (VIFF 2010), High Five: A Suburban Adoption Saga (VIFF 2012).
On Putin's Blacklist

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Jason James

Jason James


Director
Resonance Films
Jason James is an award-winning producer/writer/director based in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He recently directed/produced the indie feature That Burning Feeling. The film played numerous festivals, won Best Feature at VIFF, and was released in both the USA and Canada by eOne Films and Search Engine Films in 2014. Other projects include producing: The Steps by director Andrew Currie, Mountain Men by director Cam Labine, and the Carl Bessai directed features Repeaters, Cole, Fathers & Sons and Unnatural & Accidental. He also co-created and produced the CBC comedy series This Space for Rent. Jason has previously been invited to attend the Film Independent Producer’s Lab, Telefilm/CFC/Just For Laughs Comedy Features Lab (twice), Toronto Film Festival Talent Lab, the Rotterdam Talent Lab, a CTV Fellowship at the Banff Television Festival, the National Screen Institute’s Totally Television Program, and The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Director Apprenticeship program.
Entanglement

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson


Co-Director
Evan Johnson is a writer and filmmaker living in Winnipeg with his girlfriend and son. He studied film and philosophy at the University of Manitoba and worked at Winnipeg’s Rug Doctor chemical bottling plant before being discovered there by Guy Maddin. He co-directed his first feature, The Forbidden Room (2015), with Maddin,
and has made a handful of his own short films, one of which, Colours, was part of the Museum of Modern Art’s New Directors New Films series in 2015.
The Green Fog

Galen Johnson

Galen Johnson


Co-Director
Galen Johnson worked for several years in the architecture industry before working as Production Designer, Title Designer, and Composer on The Forbidden Room (2015), for which he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for production design/art direction. He has since gone on to co-direct Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (2015), the experimental short film website Seances (2016), and Vertigo remake The Green Fog (2016) all with Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson.
The Green Fog

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Richard Kahan

Richard Kahan


Producer

Harry Killas

Harry Killas


Harry Killas is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Emily Carr University in the Film + Screen Arts Program, where he teaches documentary and dramatic filmmaking, and media studies. Born and raised in Vancouver, Mr Killas graduated from Stanford University and New York University’s Graduate Institute of Film and Television. Recent documentary work includes the feature-length IS THERE A PICTURE (2017), profiling the first generation of the so-called “Vancouver School” of art photographers. Currently in post-production is GREEK TO ME (2018), a feature-length, comedic documentary-drama hybrid that delves into the history of Mr Killas’s family and Greek identity, and SUPERKIDS 2 (2018), a longitudinal study of gifted learners, supported by debates about the latest research in gifted education. Other films (all VIFF) include BABETTE’S FEET (1999), “untitled” (2000), WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU GOT? (2001) and REMNANTS (2001).

Mark Kitchell

Mark Kitchell


Director
Cargo Entertainment
Mark Kitchell is best known for Berkeley in the Sixties, which was nominated for an Academy Award, won other top honors, and has become a well-loved classic—one of the defining documentaries about the protest movements of the 1960s. More recently he made A Fierce Green Fire, a big-picture synthesis of environmental activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. It too met with huge success, and was broadcast nationally on Earth Day in 2014. Evolution of Organic is his third film about social change movements in America.
Evolution of Organic

Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan


Subject
Shane is both a writer and spoken word virtuoso. His first published collection, Visiting Hours, was the only work of poetry selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists in 2005.
Shane Koyczan is best known for his award winning spoken word performances. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, he navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney and Los Angeles. He received 5 star reviews for his performance at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Shane is truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off of the designation “poet”.
Shut Up and Say Something
BC Spotlight Gala: Awards Ceremony & Shut Up and Say Something

Lai Kuo-an

Lai Kuo-an


Director
Lai has filmed over 100 TV commercials in Taiwan and China, and also participated in the production of several movies. He was one of the crew for Treasure Island (1993), directed by Chen Kuo-Fu and produced by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In recent years, Lai has focused on screenwriting, and he has won the Taiwan Culture Ministry’s screenplay award two times. A Fish out of Water is his first feature film.

A Fish Out of Water

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Vasi Laurence

Vasi Laurence


Producer
Vasi Laurence Productions LLC
Vasi Laurence is a Creative Producer working on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in film, including on Passing Strange (2008), which garnered seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and won for Best Book. Passing Strange was adapted into a feature film/docu-drama by director Spike Lee in 2009; the film won praise and awards at the Sundance Film Festival and was aired on PBS’s Masterpiece Performances in January 2010. Vasi is also the lead producer of The Housewives of Mannheim, an award-winning play by Alan Brody. Current productions include The Amanda McBroom Project, a musical projected for a 2018 Off-Broadway run, and the film Sissyman, currently selected for the 2017 HollyShorts, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the OUTshine Film Festival and the TallGrass Film Festival. In 2013 Vasi co-produced a short film, The Girl With Pink Hair; she is currently in pre-production for a feature staring Julianna Margulies and directed by Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan).

Sissyman

Pamela Lay

Pamela Lay


Producer
Scorpio Films Company
Pamela Lay was born and grew up in Hong Kong where she received her Higher Diploma in Graphics and Communications Design from Swire School of Design. She has worked in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York and Paris. Her first film credit was co-producing This Darling Life (2008), which was nominated for Best Documentary at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards in. It was followed by One Tree Three Lives (2012), which world premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and subsequently toured to international festivals.
I've Got the Blues

Mark Leiren-Young

Mark Leiren-Young


Screenwriter/Journalist
“Canada’s go to guy for dolphins, whales and trees” (National Post)
Mark Leiren-Young is the author of the best-selling book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World - winner of the Science Writers and Communicators Book Award. He is currently in post-production on a feature documentary (for Middle Child Films) that he directed about that same world-changing whale - Moby Doll. Mark’s first book, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Mark has written over a hundred hours of television and his stage plays have been produced around the world. His first feature, The Green Chain (which he wrote and directed) debuted at VIFF and was short-listed for a Writers Guid of Canada award for Best Feature Screenplay. His short BravoFact doc The Hundred-Year-Old-Whale (which he wrote and directed) premiered at Planet in Focus. Mark hosts the popular podcast Skaana (www.skaana.org) which focuses on the issues facing our oceans.

Robert H. Lieberman

Robert H. Lieberman


PhotoSynthesis Productions
Robert H. Lieberman is a bestselling novelist and film director. He is also a longtime member of the Physics faculty at Cornell University. Mr. Lieberman has six published novels; his newest is The Boys Of Truxton. His previous film, They Call It Myanmar, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and was named one of the top dozen films of 2012 by Roger Ebert.
Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia

Klych López

Klych López


Director
Agreste Producciones
Klych is a Colombian filmmaker. He studied Advanced Screenplay at San Antonio de los Baños Film School in Cuba and has directed several Colombian TV series, as well as short film and music videos. His feature film debut Siempreviva premiered in 2015. Klych employs an innovative directing method, based on the darkroom technique, for the creation of his characters. It has proven extremely effective, guaranteeing the success of his actors’ performances.
7ÚN3L

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Tzi Ma

Tzi Ma


Actor
American / Canadian actor Tzi Ma was recently in the Oscar winning film Arrival and is known for his roles on films like Rush Hour 1 and Rush Hour 3, The Quiet American, and Ladykillers. He is most recognized for his roles on 24, Hell on Wheels, and Martial Law and is currently on Amazon’s Man in the High Castle, Veep and Once Upon a Time.
Meditation Park

Yves J. Ma

Yves J. Ma


Yves is a former NFB producer who has been active in Canada’s film industry for over 15 years. In that time, he has produced numerous short & feature-length dramatic & documentary films as well as animated films and interactive media works. Notable productions include the Feature Film Eve & the Fire Horse (Sundance Festival Special Jury Prize), the feature documentary Force of Nature (VIFF & TIFF Audience Awards), the feature Documentary Hadwin’s Judgement (Best Film Award at the Banff Film Festival), the one-hour documentary, Chi (CSA Best Short Documentary Award) and the Emmy-nominated docu-drama, Bone, Wind, Fire. He has also been involved in the film community as a workshop leader, instructor and has served as vice chair on the DOXA International Film Festival Board. Currently, he is working as the in-house Documentary Producer at MEC, leading an initiative exploring storytelling in Canada’s outdoor landscape.

Nelson Macdonald

Nelson Macdonald


Director/Producer
Grassfire Films
Nelson MacDonald is an emerging filmmaker from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is best known for producing the 2016 feature film Werewolf by longtime collaborator Ashley McKenzie. Werewolf premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, screened at Berlinale in the celebrated Forum Section, and won top prize at Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal. There Lived the Colliers is Nelson’s first film as director and was shot over a three year period on short ends of Kodak 16mm with a Bolex borrowed from the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.
There Lived the Colliers

Tyler MacIntyre

Tyler MacIntyre


Director
c/o Daniel Gusman
Originally from Canada, Tyler graduated from AFI with an MFA in 2010. Tyler has been mentored by leading industry icons including Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Corman, which helped shape his passion for crafting genre films with a unique voice. Tyler’s acclaimed feature debut, the horror-comedy Patchwork, won awards at ScreamFest and Toronto After Dark.
Tragedy Girls

Trevor Mack

Trevor Mack


Co-Director
Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot’in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia. Raised by his mother and family on the Tlet’inqox reserve, his culture and upbringing are reflected in his storytelling. At 17, Trevor helped to create a freelance video editing and motion graphics group which produced promotional videos for companies including Red Bull, Gunnar Optiks, and Steelseries. In 2013, at 21, his short The Blanketing screened at the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Best Cinematography at the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival.
Grandmother

Jim McKay

Jim McKay


Filmmaker
C-Hundred Film Corp.
Jim McKay is co-founder, along with Michael Stipe, of C-Hundred Film Corp. He has produced and directed a full-length documentary, Lighthearted Nation; a feature-length concert film, R.E.M.’s Tourfilm; numerous music videos; and an award-winning series of public service announcements called Direct Effect. McKay’s first feature film, Girls Town, received the Filmmakers Trophy and a Special Jury Prize for Collaboration at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. His second feature, Our Song (1999), premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and played at New Directors/New Films. McKay’s third feature, Everyday People (2004), was selected as the Opening Night Film of New Directors/New Films, while his fourth feature, Angel Rodriguez (2005), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. McKay has directed numerous TV shows, including The Wire, Big Love, In Treatment, Treme, Mr Robot, The Americans, The Good Wife, Boss, Breaking Bad, Rectify and Law and Order.
En el séptimo día


Jacquelyn Mills

Jacquelyn Mills


Director
Jacquelyn Mills is a Filmmaker based in Montreal, Quebec. She has won numerous awards for her work, including Best New Canadian Director (Montreal World Festival), Best Cinematography (TIFF, Sichuan), Best Film (enRoute), and was named Montréal’s NoiseMaker in Film. Her short film Leaves was accepted into Cannes 2013. Jacquelyn has also shot, directed and edited numerous award-winning short films with National Film Board of Canada, Art & Essai, Metafilms, Wapikoni Mobile, Grassfire Films and GreenGround Productions. In the Waves is Jacquelyn’s first long-form film.
In the Waves

Janice Morris

Janice Morris


Janice Morris teaches critical reading, writing, and thinking at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she is also the Founder and Festival Director of KDocs, KPU’s official documentary film festival (www.kdocsff.com). A premier Metro Vancouver documentary film festival focussing on local, regional, national, and global issues of social justice and anti-oppression, KDocs started as a single film event in 2012 and has since grown to a five-day festival and thriving community outreach program. Janice’s scholarly and research interests include film and media studies, popular culture, graphic novels, trauma studies, Holocaust studies, and autobiography/memoir.

Lea Mysius

Lea Mysius


Director
c/o Aude Hesbert, UNIFRANCE
After studying literature, Léa Mysius graduated from the screenwriting department of La Fémis in 2014. She has directed three award-winning short films, selected for a number of festivals: Cadavre exquis; Les Oiseaux-tonnerre, selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation award; and L’Ile jaune, co-directed with Paul Guilhaume. She has also collaborated with other directors, notably Arnaud Desplechin. Ava is her first feature.
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Marv Newland

Marv Newland


Animator / Director
International Rocketship Ltd.
Marv Newland’s first animated film was Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969). He founded animation production company International Rocketship Limited in Vancouver, Canada (1975). Producer/Director credits include: Sing Beast Sing (1980), Anijam (1984), Black Hula (1988), Pink Komkommer (1991), Fuv (1999), Postalolio (2008) and Scratchy (2016). Newland has directed for the National Film Board of Canada including: Tete a Tete a Tete (2005) and CMYK (2010). In 1994 he directed Gary Larson’s Tales From the Far Side winner of the Grand Prix at Annecy International Animation Festival, France. Newland has designed and directed for television including: The Pjs, Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show and Being Ian. Newland is currently an animation instructor at Vancouver Film School.
Scratchy

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David O'Leske

David O'Leske


Director
Dave has spent the past decade filming the mythical Fred Beckey in the mountains of China and North America. He founded Through a Child’s Eyes Productions in 1998 as an adventure, cultural and environmental digital video production company, and its work has taken him around the world. Dave’s output has included award-winning feature-length documentaries, commercial videos and photography. His first documentary, Spirit of Snow (2002), won a Special Jury Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride and the Best Short Documentary award at the Golden Film Festival.
Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin


Director
Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s foremost documentary filmmakers. The many films that she has directed with the National Film Board of Canada explore the lives and concerns of Canada’s First Nations. Her 50th and most recent film, Our People Will Be Healed, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched by an adequately funded school that nurtures Indigenous culture.
Obomsawin originally launched her career in 1960 as a professional singer in New York City.
In 1967, NFB producers Joe Koenig and Bob Verrall invited her to act as a consultant for a film on Indigenous people. Obomsawin quickly fell in love with the camera and never looked back.As an activist filmmaker, Obomsawin has always been driven by a desire to give Canada’s first peoples a voice. Among her films are Incident at Restigouche (1984); Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child (1986); No Address (1988); Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), winner of 18 international awards; We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (2016). Throughout her career, Obomsawin has consistently focused her lens on the importance of roots and intergenerational bonds in preserving First Nations culture.
Our People Will Be Healed

Charles Officer

Charles Officer


Producer
Artz Entertainment Inc.
A citizen of both Canada and the United Kingdom, Charles Officer studied at Cambridge University and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. He worked as a graphic designer and creative director in Toronto before attending the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. In 2002, Charles completed Short Hymn_Silent War (TIFF 2002, Sundance 2004) at the Canadian Film Centre’s director’s residency. The film earned his first Genie nomination in 2004. His debut feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, premiered at TIFF in 2008, screened in Berlin and at MoMA, and garnered 10 Genie nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director. Charles made Playback magazine’s “10 to Watch” list in 2009 and received the Ontario Premier’s Emerging Artist Award that same year.
Unarmed Verses


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Mintie Pardoe

Mintie Pardoe


Director
Mintie was born and raised in London, UK. She received her BFA in the Film Production program at the University of British Columbia in 2017. Mintie strives to bring other peoples’ stories to life with a passion in producing since starting her film career and has now dabbled in some writing and directing. Since graduating, she has relocated to Atlanta, Georgia.
The Good Fight

Jean Parsons

Jean Parsons


Co-Director
Self-directed Studies
Jean is a writer, director and actor whose work has screened internationally. Her video art has been shown at galleries including W2, VIVO and was included in the Utopia Festival 2010 and 2011. She was most recently Lead Story Producer on a six-part documentary series for the CBC. In 2017, she co-founded the production company self-directed studies. The company’s first film, Cabbie, was the recipient of the BC Ignite Award for Outstanding Female Key Creative at Vancouver International Film Festival 2016.
Memory of the Peace

Cheng Pei Pei

Cheng Pei Pei


Actor
Cheng Pei Pei is a legend of Hong Kong Cinema from seminal films like Come Drink with Me and Lady Hermit. Her role in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won her a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other titles include Lilting for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 British Independent Film Awards and Goldstone which has premiered at TIFF 2016.
Meditation Park

Fernando Pérez

Fernando Pérez


Director
Fernando Pérez has a degree in Language and Hispanic Literature from the University of Havana. In 1975, he started his career as documentary filmmaker and has amassed a filmography that surpasses a dozen titles. In 1987, he directed his first feature fiction film. His film work has been awarded in competitions in national and foreign festivals. He was chosen the most outstanding Cuban film director in the 90s by the Cuban Film Press Association and was awarded the 2000 Goya Prize for Best Iberian-American film for Life Is to Whistle.
Last Days in Havana

Pascal Plante

Pascal Plante


Director
Winner of the Mel Hoppenheim Award during his studies in film production at Concordia University, Pascal Plante is now pursuing his filmmaking career as part of Nemesis Films, a production company that he co-founded. Considering himself as a fiction filmmaker with documentarian tendencies, Pascal has directed numerous short films, including Shitty Drum! (Slamdance 2015), Blue-Eyed Blonde (best Canadian short film, VIFF 2015) and Nonna (Slamdance 2016). On top of his filmmaking career, Pascal expresses his love of cinema through the podcast Point de Vues, currently at more than 160 episodes. Pascal just completed a first fiction feature entitled Tattoos (Les Faux Tatouages), a punk rock romance, which is set to premiere in the fall 2017, with a theatrical release in early 2018.
Tattoos

Nattawut Poonpiriya

Nattawut Poonpiriya


Director
c/o DD Pholthaweechai, Gross Domestic Happiness
Graduating with an MFA in stage directing, Nattawut started off as an assistant director in an advertising agency; he then went to New York to continue his education in graphic design at the Pratt Institute. After four years of studying and making short films with friends there, he returned home and made his feature film debut with the thriller Countdown (2012). Afterwards, Nattawut and his friends launched their Thai production company SuperUber Film, which aims at producing creative and stirring commercials. Nattawut’s works bring together his perspective and experiences as both a Thai and a New Yorker.
Bad Genius

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Jason Reid

Jason Reid


Producer
Jason is the principal partner and founder of 2R Productions, where he is an award-winning editor, producer and director of independent feature and short documentaries, narrative films, music videos and commercial videos. He directed and produced the Emmy Award-winning Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (2010), the Webby Award-winning Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team (2009) and Webby honorees The Finish Line and Mr. Irrelevant (2014). Jason was also the producer and editor on Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (2013) and K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2012). He most recently directed and produced Backfire: How to Destroy a Presidential Candidate (2016) and The Ultimate Upset (2017) for ESPN Films/FiveThirtyEight.

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Peter Ricq

Peter Ricq


Director
Peter Ricq is an award-winning creative force. Besides his work as a Visual Artist, he is also a Television Producer, Writer, Art Director, Designer, Director, Music Composer and Performer. Even before completing his BFA in film animation at Concordia University in Montreal, Ricq was well on his way to creating a name for himself. In 2005, the artist and his partners sold his first animated TV series: The League of Super Evil (YTV, CBBC, NICK), which ushered him into his role as Art Director in 2007. Ricq went on to co-create and art direct several other animated series with his creative collaborator Phil Ivanusic-Vallee including Oh No! It’s an Alien Invasion (Teletoon, ABC3, Canal J) and Freaktown (Teletoon, Cartoon Network Asia, Disney SEA). His band HUMANS, with partner Robbie Slade, released their first full-length album in 2015 which was nominated for a JUNO that year and they followed up with a tour that included Osheaga, Coachella, SXSW and many more. Peter Ricq currently lives and works out of Vancouver, Canada.
Dead Shack

Kyle Rideout

Kyle Rideout


Director/Co-Writer
Kyle Rideout lives in Vancouver and is a director, writer, and actor. His feature film directorial debut, Eadweard, won five audience choice awards, and multiple ‘Best Feature Film’ special jury prizes at festivals worldwide. His short films, Hop the Twig and Wait for Rain, won on the CBC Short Film Face-off and Best Short at Comic-con, respectively. Public Schooled is his latest film. Rideout is also an established actor whose recent Film/TV credits include Damnation, iZombie, The Arrangement, Deadpool, DC’s Legends of To- morrow, Warcraft, Supernatural, Boy in the Attic. He’s also performed voiceovers in My Little Pony, Lego Ninjago, Ready Jet Go and the Netflix originals Beat Bugs, Dinotrux, and Lego Elves. He graduated from Studio 58.
Trending Now
Public Schooled

Dan Rocque

Dan Rocque


Director/DOP
Daniel Rocque is a cinematographer, producer and independent filmmaker inspired largely by 70s independent cinema, Dogme 95 and the French New Wave. He has written and directed six short films across Canada and the USA. Daniel explores an immediate concern with contemporary society by blending elements of realism and surrealism with spontaneity and improvisation - while paying vital attention to artistic detail. Daniel’s lens captures more than story, it captures a stream of consciousness through the intimate depictions of his protagonists.
Sea Monster

Sophy Romvari

Sophy Romvari


Director
Sophy Romvari is a filmmaker from BC, now based in Toronto. After graduating a four-year film degree program at Capilano University, Sophy has written and directed several short films. She is beginning her MFA at York University for film production in September 2017. This is Sophy’s second film to premiere at VIFF, the first being Nine Behind, which earned high critical praise.
Let Your Heart Be Light

Will Ross

Will Ross


Co-Director
Devan Scott and Will Ross are Vancouver filmmakers who have been directing together ever since they bumped into one another at SFU. Their short films such as Paradiso (2013) and Lifeguard (2015) have premiered at festivals including TIFF and VIFF, and they have been proud to both shoot and edit films for many Vancouver filmmakers who are much more talented than they are. They like colors, formal rigor, questions about the godless universe, and people who walk in distinctive ways.
The Martyr

Jason Rostovsky

Jason Rostovsky


Director
A native of Los Angeles, Jason once spent the majority of his time locked in a dark room writing and re-writing some pretty weird stuff. After realizing that they actually have schools for that, he attended Chapman University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting. Since graduating three short years ago, Jason has worked at Blumhouse Productions, where he developed features on spec, and more recently sailed to new shores at The Gotham Group. During this time, he has written and produced several shorts, including A Coming Out Story (which aired on PBS), Trangression, Kadence (starring Max Lloyd-Jones, Alyson Stoner and Bailey Chase) and the action-packed No Touching (dir. Will Corona Pilgrim and Adam Davis, starring Zoe Bell and Heidi Moneymaker), which premiered at Comic Con last year and is on its way to feature-land. Jason recently shot another horror short, which is currently in post-production and targeting a fall release.
Don't Be Afraid of the Light

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Francesco Saviano

Francesco Saviano


Director
Unarmed Media LLC
Francesco Saviano has been working in New York’s film industry for fifteen years as an actor, writer, director and producer for both studio productions and his own independent production company. His films have appeared in premiere festivals both in the United States and abroad, most recently the Vancouver International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Along with his acting work, he has produced and directed award-winning narrative films as well as documentaries, music videos, commercials and original content all over the world.
Bullroarer

Tina Schliessler

Tina Schliessler


Producer
Tina Schliessler is a documentary film producer and cinematographer based in Vancouver, Canada. Tina’s artistic roots are varied. Trained in painting and photography she has had numerous exhibitions of her work, including the Moving Portraits series and Bushwhack, a photographic series of iconography found in nature. Prior to coming to Canada she produced numerous animation short films for NDR TV in Germany. Over the last decade, with her partner - director Charles Wilkinson - she produced the multi award winning documentary films Down Here (2008), Peace Out (2011), Oil Sands Karaoke (2013), and Haida Gwaii On The Edge of the World (2015). Her latest documentary, Vancouver: No Fixed Address, premiered at Hot Docs (2017) and is the finale film in the Knowledge Network Fall 2017 series Globalization and its Discontents.

Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Kaspar Astrup Schröder


Director
c/o Youn Ji, Autlook Films
Born 1979 in Denmark, Kaspar Astrup Schröder is a self-taught visual artist and designer. Though based in Copenhagen, he often works in Asia. Kaspar has exhibited visual work and released music in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, New York, Shenzhen and Tokyo. His films The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009) and My Playground (2010) were selected for IDFA. Rent a Family Inc. (2012) was honoured with a Golden Eye Award for Best International Documentary at the Zürich International Film Festival.
Big Time

Maya Schweizer

Maya Schweizer


Director
Born in Paris, Schweizer, studied art and art history at the university of Aix-en-Provence. She moved to Germany and studied at the School of Visual Arts in Leipzig and later moved to Berlin, where she finished her studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with Professor Lothar Baumgarten and graduated in 2006. She had solo shows in Westfälischen Kunstverein, Muenster (2010), Frankfurter Kunstverein, (2011) with Clemens von Wedemeyer, Kunstverein Langenhagen (2013), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2015), at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016). She will have a soloshow at the Kunstverein Leipzig in October 2017. Schweizer has also been involved in many international exhibitions and received numerous prizes and awards including the German Prize at Oberhausen Film Festival (2006), a grant from the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles (2008), and the Toni and Albert Kumm prize (2009). She has also participated in multiple residencies in France, Slovakia, China, Germany, and Ireland.
A Tall Tale

Devan Scott

Devan Scott


Co-Director
Sad Hill Media
Devan Scott and Will Ross are Vancouver filmmakers who have been directing together ever since they bumped into one another at SFU. Their short films such as Paradiso (2013) and Lifeguard (2015) have premiered at festivals including TIFF and VIFF, and they have been proud to both shoot and edit films for many Vancouver filmmakers who are much more talented than they are. They like colors, formal rigor, questions about the godless universe, and people who walk in distinctive ways.
The Martyr

Mina Shum

Mina Shum


Writer/Director
Mina Shum has written and directed five feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. Her films have premiered in Sundance, Toronto and Berlin. The New York Times calls her work ‘wry and winning’. As well as her feature films, Shum’s work includes art installations, essays, lectures, and short films. Film titles include Double Happiness, Drive, She Said, Long Life Happiness and Prosperity, Ninth Floor and the upcoming Meditation Park . Shum has also directed episodic television in all lengths for a variety of networks including CTV, CBC, Nickleodeon, Oxygen, W and MTV/Logo.
Trending Now
Meditation Park

Damon Smith

Damon Smith


Producer
Damon Berger has been a pioneer of the digital entertainment space, helping create some of the industry’s earliest successes. As Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Fullscreen, Berger works across Fullscreen’s talent network, brand services organization and content units to build strategic partnerships.

Berger was previously CEO of What’s Trending, the digital media company behind the news- and pop culture-focused YouTube channel of the same name. Prior to that, he was director of digital marketing at 20th Century Fox Film, among others.

A 2012 Primetime Emmy nominee, Streamy and IAWTV award winner, Berger has also served on the Interactive Media Peer Group at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and mentored at American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab.
Maineland

Seth Smith

Seth Smith


Director
Seth A. Smith is a filmmaker and visual artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. His films include the shorts Rome (10), Wind Through a Tree (15), and I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You (15), and the feature Lowlife (12). The Crescent (17) is his latest work.
The Crescent

Ali Soozandeh

Ali Soozandeh


Director
Director Ali Soozandeh was born in 1970 in Shiraz, Iran. He studied Art in Tehran. After emigrating to Germany, Ali earned his diploma in Media Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. He founded his own company Cartoonamoon and was involved in many feature/documentary films and TV series as an animation specialist. Ali also directed a number of music videos and short films before helming his feature debut Tehran Taboo (2017). His credits as head of animation include the animated documentaries The Green Wave (2010), which was the Grimme Prize winner for Best Documentary in Germany, and in competition at Sundance Film Festival; and Camp 14 (2012), in competition at the Locarno and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Tehran Taboo

Ravi Srinivasan

Ravi Srinivasan


Ravi Srinivasan is a Canadian / International Programming Associate with the Toronto International Film Festival focusing on Canada, Scandinavia, Philippines and South Asian Cinema. Ravi also serves as International Programming Associate with the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival and Executive Director of the South Western International Film Festival based in Sarnia, Ontario.

Raymond St-Jean

Raymond St-Jean


Director
Raymond St-Jean is a filmmaker and multimedia designer. After obtaining a degree in communication studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal, he started his career directing music videos and short films. He has since directed dramas (Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft, Léa), documentaries (A Chair Fit for an Angel, L’oiseau de nuit, Ghost Town, Le Mozart noir, and six films for The Chamber Music Collection) and adaptations of plays and choreographies (Les Trous du ciel, Cabaret neiges noires, Peepshow). Raymond’s films have been shown in theatres and on television in Canada and abroad, and have been presented at numerous festivals. In 2008, he created the video projections for Cirque du Soleil’s Zaia, presented in Macau, China. From 2009 to 2011, while still working with Cirque du Soleil, he conceived and created the stunning video and multimedia content for Zarkana, presented to great acclaim in New York, Madrid, Moscow and Las Vegas. In 2013, Raymond collaborated on the design and production of Michael Jackson ONE, a permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.

Louise Lecavalier in Motion

Adrian St. Louis

Adrian St. Louis


Director
Languid Arts
Adrian was born in Vancouver and raised in Alberta. Since graduating from UBC with a BFA in creative writing he has worked in the construction industry, financing his own film projects when he has an idea he figures is worth exploring.
Lower Plenty Garden Views

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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers


Director/Producer
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker, writer, and actor based in Vancouver. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway. Her award-winning works are often rooted in social justice issues. She is a recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award and a Kodak Image Award for her work as an emerging filmmaker. Her short documentary, Bihttoš, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Shorts, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award for Best Short Documentary. She recently won a Canadian Screen Award for her performance in the CBC feature-length television drama, On the Farm (dir. Rachel Talalay). Tailfeathers is currently directing a feature-length doc about her community’s response to the opiate crises. The film is being made with the support of the National Film Board and the Hot Docs Cross Currents Fund. She is also co-writing and co-directing a narrative feature film in development.
c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city

LaTiesha Ti'si'tla Fazakas

LaTiesha Ti'si'tla Fazakas


Co-Director
Director of the Fazakas Gallery in Vancouver BC, LaTiesha Fazakas’ experience managing galleries, curating, and art consulting gives her a unique insight into the art world. Earning her degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia, LaTiesha has combined her academic background with years of personal experience to work closely with the artists she represents.
Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters

Kassandra Tomczyk

Kassandra Tomczyk


Co-Director
Kassandra Tomczyk is a performance artist, writer and director. Her work is a love of one’s fate or Amor fati. In this mood of seeing everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, Kassandra often explores themes of sexuality, female empowerment, and the erotic. Recently Kassandra produced and directed The Yoga Life which documents the evolving perspectives of several yoga students on a yoga teacher training in South India. In 2015, she directed The Nymph, a play about birth, multiple forms of sexual abuse textured with spiritual insight. Passionate and provocative, Kassandra is willing to push the boundaries of the senses.
Sea Monster

Clara Tufte

Clara Tufte


Producer
Clara Tufte is studying for a Masters in Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen; she will complete it in 2018. During her studies she has spent a semester in Istanbul and one in Toronto. She has worked chiefly as a production assistant and manager, on documentaries such as Life is Sacred, The Look of Silence, At Home in the World, BIG Time and Bobbi Jene. OverLove, her collaboration with Lucas Helth, is her first fiction film production.
OverLove

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Ana Valine

Ana Valine


Director
A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab & Short Dramatic Film Program and WIDC at Banff, Ana Valine has spent most of her life in the arts. From theatre, visual arts and writing to filmmaking, her creative endeavors have been enhanced with varied life experiences including a welder’s apprenticeship on the Alberta pipeline, training horses, tree planting, and a brief stint doing phone sex. Her short films alice & bastard, a love poem, Nightmare on Cambie Street, How Eunice Got Her Baby, and her debut feature Sitting on the Edge of Marlene have all screened at film festivals internationally and have been honored with several awards both abroad and in Canada.
Once There Was a Winter

Darcy Van Poelgeest

Darcy Van Poelgeest


Director
CORVUS (2012) screened at festivals worldwide including Vancouver International Film Festival and Sci-Fi-London. CORVUS was nominated for 3 Golden Sheaf Awards, 9 American Maverick Movie Awards, 7 Leo Awards including Best Director, and became the #1 selling short film in Canada on iTunes.
His latest short film, The Orchard (2015) began its festival run at Atlantic Film Festival, and Vancouver International Film Festival before going on to win 5 awards at the L.A Shorts Awards including Best Screenplay & Best Director. It was nominated for 4 Leo Awards and picked up the Audience Choice Award at CineFest Sudbury International Film Festival (2016).
Darcy recently completed scripts for a 170-page graphic novel; Little Bird to be released from Glénat Publishing in 2018, a screenplay for Les Galloway’s The Forty Fathom Bank and received the John Dunning Discovery Award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards as one of the producers for indie feature, The Lockpicker.

Sam Voutas

Sam Voutas


Writer/Director
Peking Pictures
An Australian, Sam was raised in Beijing in the 80s and 90s. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents, the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and the Toronto Film Festival Talent Lab. His 2010 Chinese language feature film, Red Light Revolution, was recently included on the British Film Institute’s list of “10 Great Films Set in Beijing”. That film was released theatrically in Canada, the UK, and Singapore, and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Singapore International Film Festival. Sam also played the role of Durdin in Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death (Toronto International Film Festival 2009).
King of Peking

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Miao Wang

Miao Wang


Director
Miao Wang is an award-winning filmmaker who focuses on creative and cinematic documentaries that inspire cultural understanding and a humanist perspective of the world. Her critically-acclaimed documentary films Beijing Taxi and Yellow Ox Mountain have screened at over 70 international festivals and institutions such as SXSW and the Guggenheim Museum, with subsequent US theatrical releases and nationwide broadcasts. Beijing Taxi is digitally distributed by Sundance Artist Services. She directed Made by China in America, a documentary short in Morgan Spurlock’s acclaimed We The Economy series. Wang is a recipient of grants and fellowship from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca All Access, IFP Filmmaker’s Lab, Independent Film Week, Women Make Movies, and the Flaherty Film Seminar.
Maineland

Wayne Wapeemukwa

Wayne Wapeemukwa


Director
Thousand Plateaus
Wayne Wapeemukwa is a filmmaker of Métis and settler heritage from Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast-Salish Territories). Luk’Luk’I is his debut feature film. His previous short works include Foreclosure (TIFF ’13), Luk’Luk’I: Mother (TIFF ’14), (TIFF Top 10 ’15) and Srorrim (VIFF ’16 – Dawson City Film Festival). He reads philosophy and pshychoanalysis.
Luk'Luk'I

Karen Lynn Weinberg

Karen Lynn Weinberg


Director
After a career as a film editor and producer, Keep Talking is Karen’s directorial debut. Editing credits include Spilled Water (PBS/WTTW 2014), One Night Stand (nationwide theatrical release, 2013; also Associate Produced), Certainty (Boston Film Festival ‘Best Editing’ award, theatrical release 2012), episodes of MysteryQuest and Clash of the Gods (the History Channel), and the documentary short, C-Rock. Other credits include work on Frozen River (Sundance Winner, Oscar Nominee) and Racing Dreams (Tribeca Winner, PBS POV 2012). Karen co-wrote the popular published play 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (now updated to include #45) and her writing has been featured on National Public Radio’s “848.”

Keep Talking

Blake Williams

Blake Williams


Director
BM Films
Blake is an artist, film critic, programmer, and PhD candidate currently living and working in Toronto. His video works have screened internationally, including venues such as at the Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno Festival, New York Film Festival, and the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.
PROTOTYPE

Lana Wilson

Lana Wilson


Director
Director/producer Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her first film, After Tiller, went inside the lives of the four most-targeted abortion providers in the country, and was critically acclaimed for providing a moving and complex look at one of the most incendiary issues of our time. After Tiller premiered at Sundance in 2013, and was theatrically released by Oscilloscope in 50 U.S. cities. It was nationally broadcast on PBS’s POV and won the 2015 Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Flavorwire recently named it one of the 50 best documentaries of all time.
The Departure

Melanie Wood

Melanie Wood


Director/Producer
Stranger Productions
Melanie Wood’s work pursues themes that are both universal and deeply personal – from School of Secrets, about girls who were instructed to keep silent about their sexual relationship with a teacher, to Liberia ’77, about brothers returning to the war-ravaged land of their childhood. Melanie’s deep understanding of the complexity of human relationships is undoubtedly informed by the geometry of her own family. She’s the eldest of seven, from several different marriages. Melanie related immediately to Shane Koyczan’s search for family since her parents split when she was four and she didn’t see her mother again until she was a teenager.
Shut Up and Say Something
BC Spotlight Gala: Awards Ceremony & Shut Up and Say Something

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Daihachi Yoshida

Daihachi Yoshida


Director
c/o Yuki Oguriyama
Born 1963 in Japan, Yoshida has directed commercials, winning awards both domestically and internationally. He made his film debut with Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!, which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2007. Since then, he has made the acclaimed The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio (2009); Permanent Nobara (2010); The Kirishima Thing, which received the 36th Japan Academy Prizes for Best Picture and Best Director; and Pale Moon (2014), which won the Best Actress Award and the Audience Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. His upcoming film Hitsuji no Ki (working title) will be released in 2018.
A Beautiful Star

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