Instructors

Instructors

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 Instructor - Directing/Cinematography/ Audio

bBojan 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.Bojan . Bojan's film 'The Museum of ForgottenTruimphs 'was awarded the best Canadian Documentary film in the Vancouver International Film Festival 2018.

Nova Ami Instructor - Writing the Proposal and Research

Nova Ami  is an award wininng Director, Writer, and Producer.  Credits include Metamorphosis (with Velcrow Ripper) Theatrical Feature documentary Clique Pictures, Transparent Film, National Film Board of Canada. www.metamorphosis.media Say I Do: Unveiling the Stories of Mail-A Parent’s Guide to Teen Sexuality, Director One-hour documentary. Make Believe Media, Broadcaster CBC Passionate Eye. Occupy Love Producer Feature Documentary. Superchanel and more.....

Cari Green Instructor - Directing/ Proposal Writing

c 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).

Mary Frymire Instructor- Producing/Camera

Mary Frymire is an award-winning Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer and Showrunner. Mary recently won awards for Best Director and Best Writer for Takaya: Lone Wolf. Also featured at Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards, IWFF, Sunset FF LA and the Grierson Awards UK.With over 33 years’ experience in diverse genres, Mary has developed, directed and produced over 400 hours of production projects in over 80 countries. Specializing in high-end cinematic sequences, producing narrative and vérité documentaries, focussing on character-driven, documentary-based narrative and factual projects. Experience in POV docs, natural history, wildlife and cultural projects, often working in remote locations and communities. She has worked with Networks: CBC, BBC, ARTE, Animal Planet, Discovery, APTN, Smithsonian, Channel 4, Bravo, Hallmark, OWN, Lifetime, Oxygen, Wham, Unapix, Nickelodeon, Fox Network National Geographic, ID Discovery International, OLN, Travel & Escape, Life, Slice, W Network, Discovery Canada, Discovery USA, Channel 5UK, Vision TV, Knowledge Network, CTV, VTV, Global TV, WTN UK, Yorkshire TV and Central TV, UK. Mary is a Film and Television graduate of Capilano University and furthered her craft at Simon Fraser University, The Banff Centre for the Arts and the London Film and Television School, UK. She is also an alumna of the Women in the Director’s Chair, Career Advancement Module in Vancouver for her feature film: ‘Epiphany.’https://lasirenapictures.com/

Sarah Hedar Instructor - Editing

Sarah Hedar is an award winning Editor whose numerous credits include the Feature film SGaawaayK’uuna:Edge of The Knife Winner for Best Editing in a Motion Picture Drama – Leo Awards 2019, Now Is The Time Winner for Best Editing in a Short Documentary – Women in Film Int’l Film Festival 2020. Her credits include Feature Films for Shoreline Entertainment, TV series and Documentary films for for the CBC, Aptn, Slice Network, Knowledge network,NFB and NSI and more.

Paul Jensen Instructor - History Of Documentary Film studies

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 Website:www.paulmjensen.com

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 has 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.

Jonathan Tammuz Production

 JJonathan 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, Documentries,Commericals and more. He is currently in Post- Production for Red Snow Feature film.

Lael McCall Pitch Producer

Lael McCall is an independent producer in Vancouver who spent seven years at Alliance where she oversaw acquisitions and produced/co-produced a number of international co-productions- Turning April, On My Own and Boys Club. She has also held the position of Creative Affairs Executive at United Artists Development (Castaway, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Windprints)  Deh and was a charter resident at the Canadian Film Centre. Producer on Red Snow Feaure film showing at VIFF.