Student Success

Student Success

Congratulations to recent graduate Esra Çilingir who recieved the prestigious Women In Directors Chair Career Advancement Module.

Check out Alumni Holly Pavlik who has been working as Editior/VFX on feature films and whose  short film The Seahorse Trainer can be seen on Amazon Prime.

Alumni Giovanna Morales Vargas (Writer/Director) and James Earl O'Brien (Producer) award winning feature documentary film " A Perfect 14 " will have its Canadian Premiere at the 2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

Otto Castillo is currently shooting a series of films in Kenya about the Masai.

Sasha Filipovich is working on Riverdale Season 3 as an Office PA.

Kam Sidhu, is officially a DGC Logbook holder. Kam has worked as a Production Assistant for the shows See and iZombie and as a Key Production Assistant for the film Monkey Beach. Kam has also been part of Bollywood projects as a 2nd AD and Production Coordinator.  

Scott Reynolds Production company specialises in stories with purpose

Chanel Klein is working as an Associate Producer with CBC Comedy. She shoots, edits and produces web video, social and editorial content with the casts from Schitts Creek, Kim's Convenience, Workin Moms and Cavendish. Currently,  running a contest to find Canada's best amateur comedian called NEXT UP -- details at

Visual effects and motion graphic artist, Luis Almazan has worked on Point Break and Deadpool.  He was a Compositor on the feature film, Chappie  (starring Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver). Luis worked as Senior Compositor at Gradient Effects on the feature film, Identity Thief. He was also Lead Compositor at Rainmaker on Escape from Planet Earth and completed compositing work on Percy Jackson 2 and the Sea of Monsters.

Congratulations to Ryan Mah, a prolific photographer/interface designer and video producer. He is one of the recipients of the recently announced 100K Storyhive competition. He is developing a unique travel web series celebrating food and reconciliation, Red Chef Revival.

Two films produced and directed by Nilufer Rahman and Saira Rahman, Snow Angel Films screened at The Islamic Society of North America Film Festival July 2017.They filmed in Inuvik, Northwest Territories for the documentary film Arctic Mosque. The film broadcast on CBCTV and APTN. Arctic Mosque is about a little mosque that overcomes great odds during its 4000 km journey by road and water from Winnipeg to a small arctic town where a community eagerly awaits it. Arctic Mosque was premiered on CBC Manitoba.
Saira's short drama Grad Day was selected for the National Screen Institute Online Film Festival.

Charlie Chu worked as an assistant director on the independent web series Descended

Laurie Kindiak is a senior VFX artist. She made a  a film for the Salvation Army's international anti-human trafficking awareness campaign. Other work includes a series of films for the Portland Hotel Society. She is currently working as a 3D Environment artist on Feature Films including American Sniper and The Interview.

Rosalie Miller was awarded a mentorship with Women in Film (Seattle Chapter). Her independent short drama, Decimation screened at the Prescott Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. Since then she has gone on to produce award winning films through her successful production company Wanderhouse Productions.

Daniel Froidevaux was accepted as a Trainee Camera Assistant with IATSE 667. He continues to be a prolific filmmaker.

Branden Grieder's, Lunchbox Fabrications is an independent production company based in Port Alberni. Branden is in the midst of producing a 7-part television series and in preproduction on an additional 4 part series.

Jake Vendramin was Director of Photography on Knock; currently in post production.

Following completion of studies, Richard Olak directed his first feature film and continues to build a strong portfolio of shorts, documentaries and web series.

Scott Estes currently Editor on Yukon Gold.  He worked as an Editor and occasional Camera Operator on VIVA for Channel M; as an Assistant Editor on America: The Insular Empire. Horse Opera Productions; and Assistant Editor for another documentary for Rave Films. Since them he has worked on numerous productions.

Steven Stiller walked away with the top prize of "Best in Show" at Portland's Wizard World Comicon. The Hole, a short film about a Canadian soldier in WWII initially screened at fifteen locations across the United States including Chicago and New Orleans.

Writer/Director, Eric Duvochel and Director of Photography, Elmir Valley launched their 10-episode web series, How To Make a Movie.

Since returning to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sebastian J. Petion has assisted the production of a CBS news story about the cholera epidemic, and helped produce a CBS interview with Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe. Recipient of the inaugural Journeys to the Edge Emerging Journalist Scholarship; Sebastian J. Petion also works as a 'fixer'; assisting journalists finding accomodation, food, vehicles and connecting them with the people they need to create their stories.

Sarah Lipi worked as one of the Directors of Photography on the web series, The Last Fall of Ashes; Best Series Award Winner at the LA Web Series Festival. The series was also part of the selection at the Vancouver WebFest. Sarah was nominated for two awards at the Madrid International Film Festival for her film The Passage: Best Foreign Language Short, and Best Director of a Foreign Film. Her film previously screened at the Spokane Film Festival.

Congratulations to director Jordan Barnes-Crouse and writer/producer Dylan Thompson for their short drama Dancing in Ashes, which received a Royal Reel Award by the Canada International Film Festival. Their film was also one of the four winning films in the inaugural Cineworks short film contest.

After completing her studies, Jemia Fong began working as a script supervisor on a variety of short films and an independent feature.

Tracey Draper began working in post production with Real World Media.

Director/cinematographer, Zsofin Sheehy, completed the short portrait Greg Dawson, featuring original music by Iceberg Ferg; Quake of the Cans 3, documenting graffitti art; and Masoud Zadeh, a documentary profile of the Persian Canadian clay sculptor.

Cliff Markham completed filming and editing episodes of the Shaw TV series Make It Happen

Aaron Cumming worked as an editor on the W Network series Love It or List It Vancouver for Big Coat Productions.

Cameron Gardner signed on as Lead Film Site Supervisor/OnSite Liaison for film activity in the District of North Vancouver. Prior to that he worked in the locations department on the film Addicted and the TV series Battlestar Galactica.

Stephen Coderre and his production team were selected as one of thirteen semi-finalists in Vancouver's Crazy 8's filmmaking competition.

Greg Masuda traveled to Uganda to crew on a film for Paperny Films. Greg received a Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP) Grant for his student film Surviving in the Cracks. He also participated in the NFB Cookin Creative Emerging Filmmaker’s Program. He completed a project for the Kidsafe Project Society and taught digital storytelling to the Assembly of First Nation Youth Council in Ottawa.

Trorry Wong worked with with SIM Vancouver and won first place in the Matrix Video Competition with his piece Hey Jude Baby Spoof. The grand prize was $3,000 cash and $1,0000 in rental credit.

Nilufer Rahman's short drama Foreign Film was selected to screen at The Bay Street Film Festival (Thunder Bay) and at STIFF Short Toronto Indie Film Festival.

Laura Robertson set up Vancouver's first DSLR Film Festival with sponsorship from Langara's Digital Film Production Program. Laura has worked as a cameraperson and editor on programs for Shaw-TV including The Express.

Kelvin Eisses documented his journey across North and South America. Screen episodes of the ten part adventure series here

Sonal Bakshi, Laurie Kindiak, Greg Musada, Toshomi Ono, and Saira Rahman's films were all chosen for inclusion in the Women in Film Short Film Festival:
Sonal Bakshi: Those Ten Minutes (short drama)
Laurie Kindiak: Pigeon Park Savings (short documentary)
Greg Musada: Surviving in the Cracks (short documentary)
Toshomi Ono: When I Grow Up (short documentary)
Saira Rahman: Grad Day (short drama)

Robert Fullerton won the prestigious Praxis Screenwriting Feature Film competition for, The Boy with One Ear.

Julie Tanas worked as a Lamp Operator on films including DGC Kickstart short: L'Oiseau Mort, ACFC Feature: Butterfly on a Wheel and the independent feature film, Stranger Game..

Guy Judge received a Crazy 8 award  for his dramatic short All In which broadcast on City TV.

Bob Rogers worked on X-men 3 and  Fantastic Four as a PA and completed the DGC Permitee Program.

Rhys Lloyd began working for Brightlight Pictures in the Post Production Department and as a Post Production PA Editor on Bloodrayne 2.

Scott Eastlick wrote A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride teleplay.

Clayton Goodfellow completed Secret Suppers Vancouver for the CBC TV Absolutely Vancouver series. He was Production Manager for the Blink Media AppTV series broadcast on CHEK TV before launching the Vancouver-based company, Georgia Street Media.