Student Success

Student Success

"The instructors in the Langara Documentary program are top notch. They range from industry veterans with twenty year track records, to talented up and comers with a solid record of production experience and artistic success. Langara's film instructors brought the right combination of technical instruction and creative direction to our film school experience." - Bernd Petak, Graduate, Documentary Program


Recent student achievements include:

Nathalie Attallah's film, Water on Sand  has been selected to screen at the Beirut International Film Festival and Doxa Film Festival 2016.

Check out Marina Pyak’s recent work. First Notes is a documentary portrait of the Toronto-based musician, film composer, and producer David Diao Su. It recently screened as part of the TV Ontario Short Doc Contest.

Dan Clarke and Amy Pysden joined the program from Australia where they have set up their production company NInti Media. They continue to produce award winning documentaries.

Ornella Sinigaglia co-produced and edited the film, Shepherds in the Cave. The production screened at the Royal Anthropological Institute- RAI Film Festival in Bristol, UK. The documentary follows an international team of art restorers, archaeologists and volunteers as they begin work on the restoration of religious frescoes inside a network of ancient caves.

Gavin Kennedy has completed short films for organizations as diverse as the Vancouver-based marine conservation organization, The Georgia Strait Alliance; Split Second Basketball Camp; and LANYAR Youth at Risk Foundation - a group which helps youth at risk develop mental and physical stamina through fitness.  

Jeff Berg's short film Human Rules screened at the 2017 JustFilm Festival.jeff

Joella Cabalu is a recipient of a BC Arts Council Early Career Development Mentorship Award. Her short documentary film, StandStill premiered at the Queer Film Festival in Vancouver, screened at Winnipeg's Reel Pride Film Festival and at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Following graduation, she travelled to the Phillipines to begin filming an extended version of the short documentary for OutTV. Joella Cabalu co-directed and produced, “Do I Have Boobs Now?” with filmmaker Milena Salazar. The film premiered at Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival.

Sandra Ignagni completed a documentary in Labrador.  Ranger profiles the annual summer voyage of an ice-breaking passenger ferry. She received the Matrix 2017 award for the film.

Mathew Parry's documentary, Hives for Humanity: the Power of Bees was selected to screen at the Saltspring Film Festival. He is working as a Locations representative with CreativeBC.

Coni Martin's film, My Favorite Leg premiered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City as part of the United Nations Enable Film Festival. It was also selected to screen at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

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.

Following graduation, Melissa Paduada began work as a production coordinator with the Toronto based company, Faddo on their ten episode series, Draft Year.She worked as a producer's assistant on TVO's web tv series, Green Heroes and completed a research internship on the film Revolution (a followup to Sharkwater). Melissa Paduada also volunteered with the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. She worked as a production coordinator with Blink Media Works Vancouver and was a production assistant on the broadcast documentary, Picture Start.

Clayton Goodfellow completed, Secret Suppers of Vancouver which aired on CBC-TV's series, Absolutely Vancouver.

Mallory Gallant has directed and edited a documentary for the Public Dreams Society and Embrace BC called Heart Beat: The Language of Rhythm. The film is about an intercultural drumming and music project developed for United Nations Day to Eliminate Racism. Lorien Nesbitt was the Director of Photography on the film.

Ian Gove's documentary project, Happenstance won a Telus Storyhive $10,000 Grant. The film screened on OpticTV.

Rachel Schmidt started Girl Edge Films after completing studies. Her film, Defensora documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q'eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company, Hudbay Minerals.

Following graduation, Amanda Marie Lovell worked on a photography project that aims to increase awareness, protection, and appreciation for the diversity of Canada's underwater ecosystems.  For further details visit her website.

Alastair Sutherland completed the film Hope Cinema documenting the fallout local movie exhibitors are facing due to digital conversion. it was made with the intent of helping the 'Friends of Hope' save their single screen cinema. He also completed a short film for the Cmolik Foundation which sponsors educational fieldtrips for grade five students from inner city schools.

Ana Mateescu has worked on contract with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House completing documentaries about the immigrant experience.

Short films directed by Mavreen David, Tracey Draper, Mallory Gallant and Lorien Nesbitt screened at the World Community Film Festival. Mavreen David's documentary, The Elbow Room also screened at the Queer Film Festival.

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.

The first full episode of Chris Cook's Ocean Safari screened on NOVUS Television. View the trailer.

Lorien Nesbitt produced and directed a short documentary in collaboration with the community of Dos Mangas, Ecuador and the Asociacion de Mujeres Dos Mangas.

Little Castle, a short film by Daniel Froidevaux screened at the Montreal World Film Festival and at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. The film was a recipient of the National Film Board's FAP grant.

Clayton Goodfellow and Greg Masuda co-produced the film Cue the Muse, a documentary about rediscovering creativity broadcast on CBC. Mavreen David is publicist for the production which received a Leo Award in the documentary short category.

Ryan Mah has worked as Lead User Interface Designer at SkyLabs.  He is one of the recipients of the Telus Storyhive $100K competition.

Brian Greene launched www.foodforward.tv on PBS.

Director Toshimi Ono's documentary OH! SUSHI From the Land of the BC Roll with Love broadcast nationally on OMNI Television.

Arte, Ardore, Onore: The World of Swordplay directed by Tatiana Balashova and OH! SUSHI From the Land of the BC Roll with Love directed by Toshimi Ono screened at the VanCity Theatre as part of the Vancouver Women in Film Festival. Arte, Ardore, Onore: The World of Swordplay also received a Moving Images Distribution Award at the WIFTV Film Festival.

The CoDev World Community Film Festival screened Occupy Laneways! directed by Hamid Karima; Father Again directed by Anna Mateescu; and Survivor to Thriver: Memu's Story directed by Michelle McLeod.

Andres Salas documented the establishment of the community garden project in Vancouver's downtown eastside in Seeds of the Inner City. The film premiered at a special screening at the Woodwards Theatre and received a grant from the City of Vancouver. Andres completed a prestigious photo internship in New York City prior to working in post production in Montreal and completing a series of portraits documenting the multi-ethnic Park Extension neighbourhood. He is currently working on projects in Berlin.

Laurie Kindiak completed 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 and contract work as a 3D environment artist for Feature Films.

Alejandro Zuluaga completed a film on biking culture and began working with a number of community-based youth organizations including facilitating a film camp aimed at 9-15 year old urban native youth. The camp focused on non-fiction digital storytelling.

Kirsty Matthews completed a Masters of Journalism Degree and was one of five winners of an international YouTube video contest hosted by the United Nations.

Esther Mackinnon's film Condensed Milk screened on ShawTV vcommunity series and was also nominated for a Yorkton Film Festival Golden Sheaf Award.

Recipients of the Hot Docs Astral Media Emerging Documentary Filmmaker's Scholarship Program include Chris Bevacqua, Doc U Scholarship Program and Andres Salas, Kickstart Series Bursary Program;

Greg Masuda, received an NFB Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP) Grant for his student film Surviving in the Crack. The film was selected to screen in the student category at the Vancouver Short Film Festival. Following completion of the program, he filmed a project for the Kidsafe Project Society; taught digital storytelling to the Assembly of First Nation Youth Council in Ottawa and was contracted to assist on a production filming in Uganda.

Les Merson's graduation film  Something to eat, a Place to Sleep & Someone who Gives a Damn was selected for the  Canada International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short, Best Humanitarian Film, Audience Award categories.

Kelvin Eisses documented his journey from Antarctica to the Arctic. Screen video clips of the ten episode adventure here.

Laurie Kindiak, Greg Musada and Toshomi Ono, had films chosen for inclusion in the Women in Film Short Film Festival:
Laurie Kindiak, Pigeon Park Savings (short documentary)
Greg Musada, Surviving in the Cracks (short documentary)
Toshomi Ono, When I Grow Up (short documentary) 

Toshimi Ono's film When I Grow Up was also officially selected for the Toronto Asian Film Festival.

Toshimi Ono & Laurie Kindiak received bursaries to the prestigious Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.

Shannen O’Brien, filmed a documentary portrait in the South Pacific Islands and returned to Ghana  to continue work with her organization which helps young women receive a high school education.

Joao Paulo Costa began working with SKYTV Brasil. While in Vancouver he participated in two artist exhibitions at Vancouver’s Red Door Gallery while continuing to document the community of artists based at this historic Vancouver building. He has also completed work with Dinamo Films (Content Manager) and Minor Kafka (Social Media Management) and as a Consultant and Transmedia Project Developer with Cocontenido and Mecondo Lab in Sao Paulo, Brazil.