The certificate program’s greatest assets are its instructors. Many dedicated to help new filmmakers achieve excellence in their work. These instructors bring an enormous amount of diverse experience and passion for the craft of filmmaking to the classes.
Bojan was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the early 1990s, he spent two and a half years living as a refugee, while his family struggled to survive in the besieged Sarajevo. After they were reunited, Bojan and his family moved to Vancouver, Canada. Bojan Bodruzic attended Simon Fraser University's Film Program, where he became interested in alternative forms of and approaches to filmmaking. Bojan completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Film Production at the University of British Columbia. He recently directed his first feature called 'Immigrant'. Other credits include cinematographer and editor, Crime; and cinematographer/editor, Amnesiac. Amnesiac was invited to several film festivals including the 2002 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, 2002 Sarajevo International Film Festival, 2002 Vancouver International Film Festival, 2002 Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine [Mexico], and 2002 Northwest Film and Video Festival.
Shirley's award-winning work has been screened at the Toronto Film Festival, The Vancouver Film Festival, The Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, The Yorkton Film Festival, and film festivals in San Francisco, Japan, Italy, Germany and London. Her work has been broadcast on CBC, CTV, Global, The Knowledge Network, TVO, Vision, The Life Network, Bravo, WTN, The BBC, Much Music and in Europe and Australia. Shirley has edited work in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Recent documentary editing credits include Tailor Made: Chinatown's Last Tailors; Lord of the Brush; Prisoners of Age; Whistler Stories; and Heroines.
Thomas has been working in film and video since 1974, mostly as a cameraman, but also as a producer and director. His work as a DOP and Camera Operator is extensive. He has shot over 100 documentary, training, and informational films. His has worked as a DOP/Camera Operator on major Feature Films and TV series, for Coumbia, Sony Pictures, Disney, HBO, Showtime, just to name a few. Check out some some of his camera work.
Annat, a producer/director/editor, has worked extensively for the BBC, Channel 4, Cannon Films and others as an Editor on dramas, documentaries, music videos and commercials. She also worked with Eric Clapton, Julian Temple and The Rolling Stones, and is a former juror of the Gemini awards for editing. In recent years before moving to Vancouver she was awarded the tender by Carlton Television and the British Film Institute to run large scale professional training programs for novice filmmakers going into Broadcast Television and was Head of Film and Video at Pimlico Arts a vocational training program for aspiring Independent filmmakers.
An Editor and Project Manager of the Producers Workbook; Cindy Leaney has written, produced and directed in house and on contract for varied broadcasters including CBC Network, CTV, Showtime UK, PBS, CNN and CBS Paramount. Her credits include short drama, live current affairs, magazine, documentary, commercial and independent production (Walls for Change, Silver Hugo Award Winner - Chicago Television Competition). She is a former Documentary Organization of Canada Board Member BC Chapter), former VP of Women in Film Vancouver and has participated on industry juries including the Emmy Awards, Genie, Gemini and Hot Docs.
Jonathan, a graduate of the National Film School, UK, has directed and produced feature films, documentaries and shorts. His work The Childeater, was nominated for an Oscar and Rupert’s Land was nominated for five Genie awards and winner of 6 Leos including Best Director, Best Feature Film. Recent work includes Street Time for Sony Pictures Showtime.