The certificate program’s greatest assets are its instructors. Many are award-winning professionals working in the film industry and are 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 Bodruzic attended Simon Fraser University's Film Program and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Film Production at the University of British Columbia. His credits include his feature film 'Immigrant'. He works as a cinematographer, director/writer/producer and editor. His films have been broadcast and shown at numerous film festivals including Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Sarajevo International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine [Mexico], and Northwest Film and Video Festival. Bojan's film 'The Museum of ForgottenTruimphs ' was awarded the best Canadian Documentary film in the Vancouver International Film Festival 2018.
Carlos is a freelance post-production designer, photographer and trained colourist. He has worked with local studios and organizations as an editor, motiongraphics artist, colourist and digital photographer.He trained at Langara on the Electronic Media Design program where he discovered a love for digital editing and went on pursue film studies. He is a certified Apple Instructor and has been a post -production trainer on the Digital Film program since 2013.
Shirley Anne'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 credits include Tailor Made: Chinatown's Last Tailors; Lord of the Brush; Prisoners of Age; Whistler Stories; and Heroines. Editor Feature Film, River of Silence, Associate Producer, Director,Story Editor, TV series Quest Out West: Wild Food, Editor, 2 short Dramas Small Pleasures and Little Heaven and Earth and Editor Documentary. Cedar and Bamboo
Julia Courtenay has fifteen years of experience in England and Canada as a First Assistant director, in everything from high-budget feature films to a range of network TV series. As the first full-time female 1st AD in England, she has forged a position for women in the industry. Julia was the Training Coordinator for the Directors Guild of Canada.
Carlo Ghioni has over 20 years of progressive filmmaking experience with an eye towards the abstract and a keen eye to spot the upcoming trends in the film industry. Multi-cultural and multifaceted, Carlo brings into the mix his teaching, filmmaking, Camera work, directing, animation and his overall perspective. He wrote, directed, shot and produced documentaries for CBC1, TF1 and RAI, CanalD, TLN network and produced on commissions TV episodes for Discovery Investigative, Fox Crime, CTV, Canal-D, ZDF Germany. He has produced and directed the feature films TRE GIORNI PRIMA, selected at Venice Film Festival, IL VIAGGIO, selected at Berlinale and Locarno. He is experienced in shooting using DSLR Red Eye cameras and on 35mm Film formats. www.animoraldamedia.com
Cari Green is a leading film and television producer with over twenty-five years experience in film and television, and a solid background in distribution, sales and marketing. Cari has owned and operated four independent film companies and has produced the works of renowned Canadian and International filmmakers includingScaredSacred, 2006 Genie winner and The Corporation, an international theatrical hit feature film. Previously, Cari shaped a film distribution company (Moving Images) into a viable entity for emerging and established filmmakers. Cari is a longtime advocate for the Canadian film industry, serving on many organizations in executive and board positions including: DOC, Women in Film and Video, Hot Docs, DOXA, and the First Weekend Club. Cari produced the DVD of ScaredSacred for distribution in North America in May 2006, followed by Australia and New Zealand. She is also developing an innovative project with the National Film Board of Canada, The Global Women's Memorial Website. Cari is a recipient of the Women in Film lifetime achievement award and recipient of a 2013 Mayor's Arts Award (Film and New Media).
Roy studied at the London School of Film. He began work as a Commericals director and went on to establish his own companies; RH Productions Ltd and Shadow Films Ltd, directing episodic television drama, producing and directing docu-dramas, documentaries, industrials, multimedia presentations for world fairs and international exhibits. He has written several screenplays and a television pilot which he produced and directed and sold to a national television station. He also has produced and directed over 125 television commercials, both in local and national markets.He has earned 27 local, national and international awards and acclamations for his work. Roy is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and is the Representative for the Directors Caucus Committee – 2016/2017.
Paul Jensen has dedicated his life to the film arts. Writer, Film Scholar & Instructor, his commitment and passion for cinema and the visual arts has labeled him a ‘walking encyclopedia’ of classic, modern, Hollywood, and international cinema. Paul continues to expand his career on independent film projects, from writer to director, actor to editor. He currently co-hosts The Two Pauls, a web series dedicated to film, as well as a regular movie podcast called Film Night.Having branched out into the Games Industry, Paul has worked with Vancouver-based video game company BigPark, Microsoft in the conceptualization and development of stories for Xbox Live games. A founder and Master of Ceremonies of the Vancouver Club’s Film Club, he holds lecture-based film events on a monthly basis. Paul writes for the popular website Taste of Cinema while also being a regular guest for Kirk LaPointe on Roundhouse Radio. Regularly invited as an Academic Leader and Guest Speaker to schools and universities both locally and internationally, Paul presents workshops on Storytelling for Film & Video Games.For further insight into Paul's thoughts on cinema along with movie reviews, check out his Official Website:www.paulmjensen.com
Annat, as 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.
Content Editor/ Co-Writer Producer's Workbook (2018) and Editor/Contributing Writer of the Producer's Workbook (2010); 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 series, 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, Canadian Screen Awards, Yorkton Film Festival and Hot Docs.
Debra started her film career as a Graphic Artist/Animator working for The Optical House inc. now known as The Effects House in NYC. There she worked with Pablo Ferro on Main Titles & Trailers for such movies as Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Midnight Cowboy. She designed & constructed the titles for Madigans Millions starring Dustin Hoffman, along with many other films. She also designed & animated a TV Commercial for Hydronics Heating which was nominated for a Cleo. Debra moved to LA to pursue a career in Script Supervising. There she worked on Commercials, TV Pilots, Films & Rock Videos, with such actors as Kevin Costner, Patricia Arquette & such Rock Stars & Bands as Sting, Devo & X to name a few.
Debra now resides in Vancouver where she is presently working as a Script Supervisor & teaching classes in her field. Script Supervision credits include Cold Squad, Mantis, Da Vincis Inquest, So Weird, The Collector, Dark Angel, Dead Zone, Just Cause, Masters of Horror, Supernatural & many more.
Jonathan Taummuz is a Graduate of the Nationl Film School UK.An experienced Producer and Film Director whose work includes the oscar nominated short "The Childeater" and five Genie ( Canadian Academy )awards and 6 BC film awards for "Ruperts Land "including Best Director. Other credits include the TV Series Street Time for Sony Pictures, Minotaur for ColumbiaTri-Star, Commericals and more. He is currently in Post- Production for Red Snow Feature film.