Ric Bearisto Instructor -Screen Writing

Ric, an award-winning writer/director/producer who was a founding partner in 1980 with The Hy Perspectives Media Group Inc. where he produced a string of successful television documentaries. He continues to work actively in the field of documentary and factual television, concentrating on both one-offs and series. Ric Beairsto has also written, directed and produced extensively in the areas of drama and docu-drama, including numerous feature films, a dramatic mini-series, and several episodic television series.

Ric has acted as a script consultant/story editor on more than 30 feature-length screenplays. He is the author of THE TYRANNY OF STORY: Audience Expectations and the Short Screenplay, a book about story form in general, and short screenplay form in particular, which has been used in more than a dozen North American film schools, including UCLA and the American Film Institute. The TYRANNY OF STORY was first published in 1998, and a second edition, revised and expanded, has been published in 2009.

Bojan Bodruzic Instructor - Cinematography/Audio and Film making

b   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.

Carlos Canizares Instructor - Editing

CCarlos is a freelance film editor and photographer with a background in electronic media design and digital film production. He has worked on shows for Rugged Media, Earth Orbit Productions and local jazz singer, Jaclyn. He is an Apple certified Instructor.

Shirley Anne Claydon Instructor - Editing

s 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 Instructor - MPIO certificate and The Assistant Director

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.

Thomas Fillingham Instructor - Cinematography

T 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.

Roy Hayter Instructor - Directing

r  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 Instructor - Canadian Cinema and Screen Writing

j  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


Annat Kennet Instructor - Program Head

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.

Cindy Leaney Instructor - Producing

Editor and Project Manager 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, Genie, Gemini and Hot Docs.

Debra Margolis Instructor - Script Supervision

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 Tammuz Instructor - Directing and Production

J  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 Academty )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 Pre- Production for Red Snow Feature film.