Where are they now?
We like to track what all of our alumni are doing, since screening short films can be a great stepping stone to other things. You’ll also hear what our past filmmakers had to say about their festival experience. If you have screened with us and would like to update your profile or provide a testimonial, please contact us with your updated information.
Marshall Axani, Director, Anxious Oswald Green, 2014
Marshall Axani is a versatile and highly ambitious writer/director with a strength in energetic, emotionally engaging narrative films. He is the recipient some of Canada’s top short film grants including the inaugural MPPIA Short Film Award (2007), Crazy8s (2012) and the Hot Shot Shorts Award (2012) and Astral's Harold Greenberg Shorts-to-Features Program (2013). From these he has been able to create an array of highly praised short films that have won several international Best Picture Awards.
Pauline Egan, Director, Through the Pane, 2014
Stephen W. Martin, Director, Dead Hearts, 2014
Stephen W. Martin is an award-winning writer and director from St. John's, Newfoundland. His first short film, "Dead Friends," was the winner of the Crazy 8's Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada and was awarded Best Short at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival. It went on to screen at over 40 film festivals around the world, receiving a Tabloid Witch Award and a Leo Award nomination. He is also the director of "Godfathers of Rock Design" which in development with Force Four Entertainment, and explores the world of Rock iconography. It contains the last on-camera interview of legendary designer Arturo Vega, of the Ramones, as well as interviews with John Pasche, creator of the Rolling Stones 'lips and tongue.' The film was featured in Storyville at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Stephen is also the author of "Pop Manga," the #1 best-selling 'how-to-draw' book on Amazon.ca, published with Random House. His first children’s picture book, “Robot Smash," published by Owlkids, will debut in April of 2015.
Nimisha Mukerji, Director, In the Deep, 2014
Nimisha Mukerji is an award-winning director whose debut feature 65_RedRoses went on to be officially selected for Oprah Winfrey's Documentary Club on OWN USA and won top prizes at the Hot Docs International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. For her work on the film Nimisha was awarded the 2009 Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film Vancouver, as well as garnering a 2010 Gemini nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary Program. Nimisha's narrative short films have screened internationally and The Arrival Hour won TIFF's 2012 Audience Choice Award at the RBC Emerging Filmmaker's Competition. Blood Relative is Nimisha's second feature documentary and was produced in association with the Knowledge Network. Nimisha is an alumnus of the CTV National Fellowship Program ('10) as well as TIFF's Talent Campus ('11). She is currently working on her third feature documentary Tempest Storm.
Alexander Farah, Director, Safar, 2014
Alexander Farah is a filmmaker residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a graduate of the Film, Video and Integrated Media Programme at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Sahar ('14) is his directorial debut.
Matthew Kowalchuk, Director, Bed Bugs: A Musical, 2014
Ken Matheson, Director, Little Moccasins, 2014
Ken Matheson is a graduate of Capilano University’s Documentary Film Program and an emerging filmmaker. He served 20 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, working in major crimes, community policing, general duties, and was the leader of an emergency response team. Following his retirement he began a second career as an outdoor adventure guide. He has worked all over the world, teaching, learning, and exploring as well as entertaining and enlightening people through his story telling. He has written directed and produced films for BC Parks, Ministry of Environment, and the Tsimshian First Nations as well as corporate clients. Ken is currently working on several films concerning social issues and the environment. Ken lives in Clearwater, B.C. with his wife Margot and their little red retrieving machine Lily.
Ian Mackenzie, Director, Dear Guardians, 2014
Mar Y Sol, Director, Sayachapis, 2014
Mar Y Sol has a dancing and acting background. Always followed her dreams, she wanted to discover the world traveling by herself. After few years, she realized that the people that she was meeting had important messages to share so she went back to school to learn documentary film making.
Scott Belyea, Director, The Horizon Project, 2014
Catharine Park, Director, Very Good Dirt, 2014
Catharine works as an award-winning director and writer on Canadian documentary and reality television programs. She’s worked on diverse programs, including “Ice Pilots” a docu-series set at an arctic airline in “Ice Pilots”; “Word Travels”, which follows the adventures of globe-trotting travel writers; “Murder She Solved”, a docu-series which highlights female detectives cracking challenging homicide cases; and “Get Stuffed”, a reality series where challengers battle it out in crazy competitions across North America.
Ben Noonan, Director, Sunny Side Up, 2014
Edward Yoon, Director, Goodnight Sun, 2014
Edward Yoon is a Korean-born Canadian. He first attended Alberta College of Art + Design but eventually came to Emily Carr to major in animation. He is also interested in films and comics.
Breanna Cheek, Director, Fallow, 2014
Breanna Cheek was born in Red Deer, Alberta and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts in Animation from Emily Carr University of Art + Design where she discovered her passion for 3D Computer Animation as a vehicle for telling compelling personal stories. Fallow is her first short film.
Daniel Beaulieu, Director, Malaise, 2014
Kim Tran, Director, Take Me Home, 2014
Sandi Gisbert, Director, My Daphne, 2014
Karen Chapman, Writer/Director, Beauty Lies, 2008 & Writer/Director, Patriarchy, 2013
Karen Chapman won the Knowledge Network BC Perspectives Award in 2008. Her film, Patriarchy, won the Zoic Studios Award for Best FX in 2013. Karen Chapman runs Smallaxx Motion Pictures, specializing in documentaries.
David Lewis, Actor, The Light of Family Burnam, 2009; White Collar Poet, Episode 1, 2012; Chained, 2012; Actor, Under the Bridge of Fear, Writer/Director, Theatrics, 2013
As an actor, David Lewis has appeared in many VSFF films, winning Best Actor in 2009 for his performance in The Light of Family Burnam. He is very active in the BC Film community and has made many commercial, TV, and film appearances including the 2013 feature Man of Steel.
Brendan Uegama, Writer/Director/Cinematographer, Henry’s Glasses, 2012; Cinematographer, Floodplain, 2013
Brendan won the Best Cinematography Award in 2013 for Floodplain, and Henry’s Glasses took home several major awards at the 2012 VSFF. He runs Black Tree Pictures, a production and RED EPIC camera rental company in Vancouver.
Ian Tracey, Actor, Everything’s Coming Up Rosie, 2010; Actor, Corvus, 2013
Ian is an award-winning actor, most known for his starring roles in CBC’s Da Vinci’s Inquest and Intelligence.
Jason Karman, Writer/Director, State of Yo, 2009; Writer/Director, Kimchi Fried Dumplings, 2013
Jason Karman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has served on the juries of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and Media Arts Jury at the BC Arts Council.
Eron Carruth, Writer/Director, Francis, 2006 & Director, Stricken, 2013
Eron won the Best Film Award at the 2006 VSFF for Francis. He works in Special Effects.
Nimisha Mukerji, Writer/Director, Scattering Eden, 2006; Producer/Writer, Beauty Mark, 2013
Nimisha is an award-winning Director whose debut feature, 65_RedRoses was critically acclaimed and went on to be officially selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary Club on OWN USA. Her second feature, Blood Relative was produced with the Knowledge Network. She directed a Crazy8’s short film, In the Deep, in 2013.
Karen Lam, Producer/Writer/Director, Stolen, 2013
Known as the “scream queen,” Karen Lam was named one of the 10 Canadian Horror Filmmakers to watch for by Planet Fury, and cited by the Horrorquest Film Festival as “having the balls to play” in the male-dominated world of horror filmmaking.
Mackenzie Gray, Writer/Director, Under the Bridge of Fear, 2013
Mackenzie Gray has over 30 years of professional acting experience, appearing in over 130 film & TV shows, including a major US network show. He has worked on stage in hundreds of plays, musicals and cabarets, and has provided voices for animated series and documentaries. He is also a film & theatre Director, writer and producer and musician. He continues to teach acting at the University of British Columbia.
Mark Ratzlaff, Writer/Director, Beauty Mark, 2013; Editor, A Wish Where The Wind Once Blew, 2013
Mark Ratzlaff is an award-winning filmmaker who won the MPPIA Short Film Award for Beauty Mark, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also the Editor, DOP, and Co-Producer of the award-winning feature documentary Blood Relative, produced for Knowledge Network.
Douglas Kerr, Producer, Lost & Found, 2006; Director, Three AM, 2008; Producer, The Light of Family Burnam, 2009; Producer/Cinematographer/Editor, White Collar Poet, Episode 1, 2012; Editor, Theatrics, 2013
Douglas Kerr’s The Light of Family Burnam swept many awards at the 2009 VSFF. He produced the feature documentary Murder of Couriers and works between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Misha Kleider, Director, The Bouake Hustle, 2013
Misha won several awards at the 2013 VSFF, including Best Film for The Bouake Hustle. He runs Kleider Studios with Alex Kleider.
Johannah Newmarch, Actor, Under the Bridge of Fear, The Weather Girl, Backward Fall, 2013
Johannah won Best Female Actor in 2013 for her starring role in Crazy8’s film The Weather Girl, for which she also won a Leo Award.
Carleen Kyle, Writer/Director, The Weather Girl, 2013
Carleen Kyle is a Writer and Director, and Vice President of Women In Film & Television Vancouver.
Jeremy Lutter, Director, Floodplain, 2013
Jeremy’s award-winning work has been seen on various TV networks and international film festivals. He won the 2010 MPPIA Short Film Award for Joanna Makes a Friend and is enrolled in the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Short to Feature program with a project called Gord’s Brother.
Lisa Hughes, Writer/Director/Actor, The Actress Diaries, 2013
Producer, Writer & Director Lisa Hughes was a recipient of a Second City Chicago Summer Scholarship and attended the same comedy school as her heroes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. She runs Just Joy Entertainment, named after her grandma Joy, her greatest inspiration.
Scott Staven, Director, Hitman 101, 2013
Scott Staven runs Bad Guy Films in Vancouver.
Michelle Ouellet, Producer/Director/Editor, The True Heroines, 2013
Michelle Ouellet runs Sociable Films with Nicholas Carella and Ali Liebert in Vancouver. The True Heroines was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media (Fiction).
Ian MacKenzie, Producer/Director, Reactor, 2013
Ian MacKenzie is an award-winning filmmaker and media activist. He co-produced Velcrow Ripper’s Occupy Love and Sacred Economics is one of his most popular web films in collaboration with author Charles Eisenstein. His first documentary feature One Week Job received widespread media attention and was aired on the CBC Documentary Channel.
Darcy Van Poelgeest, Producer/Writer/Director, CORVUS, 2013
Darcy is an award-winning filmmaker whose latest short film CORVUS won 7 Leo Awards, including Best Director, and Best Sound at the 2013 VSFF.
Sara Canning, Actor, CORVUS, 2013
Sara is most known for her role as Jenna Sommers on The Vampire Diaries. She recently starred opposite Will Sasso in The Right Kind of Wrong.
John R. Taylor, Actor, Backward Fall, 2013
John R. Taylor won the Best Male Actor Award at the 2013 VSFF for his role in Backward Fall. He has had principal roles in a long list of shot-in-Vancouver films, opposite to many top actors such as Diane Keaton, David Duchovny, and Jack Nicholson. He works as a Production Designer and directs films and plays.
Lori Triolo, Producer/Actor, Theatrics, 2013
Lori Triolo is an actor and acting teacher, coach, and Director, and founder of the Cold Reading Series, a long time Community Partner and sponsor of the VSFF.
Connor Gaston, Director, ‘Til Death, 2013
Connor’s ‘Til Death won the Best Student Film Award at the 2013 VSFF.
Ryan Bright, Writer, ‘Til Death, 2013
Ryan won the Best Screenplay Award for 'Til Death at the 2013 VSFF.
Andrew Pollins, Producer/Writer/Director, Backward Fall, 2013
Andrew’s Backward Fall won the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 VSFF.
Darren Borrowman, Director, Pier Pressure, 2009; Director, Fidelium, 2013
Lindsay George, Producer/Editor, Spiked, 2005; Cinematographer, Beauty Mark & The True Heroines, 2013
France Perras, Producer/Actor, Theatrics, 2013
Matt McInnis, Director, Rocketship Misfits, 2013
Stuart Gillies, Director, A Wish Where the Wind Once Blew, 2013
Jon Thomas, Director, Plating, 2013
James Penco, Director, Set Apart & Sleep, 2013
Luisa Elias, Writer/Director, Catrina, 2013
Wayne Wiens, Co-Director, Stricken, 2013
Ivan Hayden, Writer/Director, After, 2013
Jennifer Schine, Writer/Director/Editor, Listening to a Sense of Place, 2012
Listening to a Sense of Place won the Audience Choice Award and DOCBC Award for Best Documentary Short Film in 2012.
"In this age of accessible technology, short films have become a vital medium for communication. For one, they have the capacity to tackle ideas that longer films wouldn't bother with, both documentaries and fictional subjects. It's fantastic that the Vancouver Short Film Festival is devoted to such an important form that supports the voices and visions of our local up and coming filmmakers." - Jennifer Schine, Co-Director
Greg Crompton, Producer/Director/Editor, Listening to a Sense of Place, 2012
Listening to a Sense of Place won the Audience Choice Award and DOCBC Award for Best Documentary Short Film in 2012. Greg is one of the six directors participating in the 2014 Crazy8s short film competition.
Joel Ashton McCarthy, Writer/Director/Editor, Goodbye, 2012; Why Does God Hate Me?, 2012
Why Does God Hate Me? won Best Student Short Film, Best Screenplay Award, and Best Female Actor Award for Nina Winkler in 2012. Joel graduated from Capilano University, has screened his films internationally, and has won numerous awards for his work.
"Thank you so much for putting on such a wonderful festival, it was really great having films of mine play in my home town and I hope that you continue to run this festival for many years." - Joel Ashton McCarthy
Brian Lye, Co-Director, Peach Juice, 2012
Brian Lye screened Peach Juice and was a panelist in the 2012 festival.
"Thanks very much for having me as part of the panel at the festival. It was great to be a part of it, and great to meet and learn more about Mina and Kaleena. Also, it was great to have screened Peach Juice. So congrats and thanks for all your work to make the festival happen." - Brian Lye
Kyle Rideout, Writer/Director, Hop the Twig, Director, Wait for Rain, 2012
A graduate of Studio 58, Kyle has worked extensively an won awards as an actor in theatre, film, and TV. He runs Motion 58 Entertainment with Josh Epstein and has various projects in development.
"I was very impressed with the festival! Such great films were selected. Felt honored to be a part of it." - Kyle Rideout
Marshall Axani, Director, Lost & Found, 2006, Writer, Three AM, 2008; Writer/Director, The Light of Family Burnam, 2009; Writer/Director, The Vessel, 2012
Marshall Axani won Best Screenplay for Three AM in 2008. His 2009 short, The Light of Family Burnam, produced from winning the MPPIA Short Film Award at the 2007 Whistler Film Festival - swept many VSFF awards. Marshall was also a VSFF judge in 2010. His latest short film, Anxious Oswald Greene, has screened at various film festivals. He hopes to direct his first feature film soon.
"I've been fortunate enough to be a part of the Vancouver Short Film Festival three times now and one thing that is undeniable is that the selection of short films and caliber of talent, both from emerging and professional filmmakers, is extraordinary, and gets better with each year. With a focus on good storytelling, an amazing screening facility, an ability to show your film to a large audience of peers and spectators alike, and prizes specifically chosen for each category, it's not one to miss. Best of all, you see many of the same filmmakers re-entering year after year which demonstrates how this festival isn't just looking for great films, but ongoing relationships with everyone involved. I can't wait to be a part of it again!" - Marshall Axani
Kathleen Jayme, Writer/Director, Little Big Kid, 2010; Writer/Director, Liz, 2012
Kathleen is a Production Coordinator at the University of British Columbia, a motivational speaker, and high school basketball coach. She is working on an upcoming documentary, Paradise Island, about the children of Boracay, Philippines.
Kevan Ohtsji, Actor, The Shortest Dream, 2005; Serum 1831, 2009; Henry’s Glasses, 2012
Kevan Ohtsji has worked alongside Morgan Freeman, Jeff Daniels, and Joshua Jackson in many TV, short film, and feature film roles including Crying Freeman, Smallville, Stargate, Need for Speed, and Race to Mars. He sits on the Board for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and Powell Street Festival.
Robyn Wiener, Producer, The Money Pet, 2012
Robyn Wiener is a seasoned and award-winning producer with over 17 years of experience, holding over 50 professional credits. Recent feature films include Lawrence & Holloman, Mary, The Wingman, and Amazon Falls. She is an instructor at the Vancouver Film School, and was a past President of Women In Film & Television Vancouver. She sponsored the 2013 VSFF as a consultant to the winner of the Best Short Film Award.
Nathalie de Los Santos, Producer, Swift, 2012
Nathalie de Los Santos was a judge for the 2013 VSFF.
Zachary Rothman, Writer/Director, Alchemy and Other Imperfections, 2012
Zachary Rothman’s Alchemy won 3 Leo Awards and the Director’s Choice Award at Balticon.
Ann Marie Fleming, Writer/Director, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, 2012
Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian independent filmmaker whose films incorporate various techniques: animation, documentary, experimental, dramatic, and primarily dealing with themes of family, history and memory. She recently developed apps based on her works Big Trees, Shanghai Follies, and Window Horses.
Lorne Hiltser, Director, Le Jeu des Soldats (The Soldier Game), 2012
Lorne Hiltser is an award-winning Producer and Director from Montreal, Quebec. He graduated from the American Film Institute and Le Jeu des Soldats was a national finalist for the Student Academy Award in 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.
Amy Belling, Cinematographer, Le Jeu des Soldats (The Soldier Game), 2012
Amy Belling is an award-winning DOP with a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. She has shot numerous critically acclaimed films, music videos, corporate videos, PSAs, documentaries, and TV series. She resides and works between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Ali Liebert, Actor, A Fine Young Man, 2012
Ali Liebert has quickly become one of Canada’s rising stars. She starred in Year of the Carnivore in 2008 and Hardwired opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in 2009. She starred as Betty McRae in the TV series Bomb Girls and is in production for a feature film based on the series.
Andy Thompson, Director/Editor, Cruel & Unusual, 2012
Andy Thompson is the President of Random Acts Entertainment Inc. and an award-winning Producer, Writer, Actor, Director, and video designer. He is the founding Artistic and Managing Director of The Virtual Stage, a theatre company dedicated to the investigation of emerging technologies in theatre.
Josh Epstein, Producer/Writer/Editor, Wait for Rain, 2012
Josh Epstein graduated from Studio 58 and spent 3 seasons at Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. In 2010, he founded Motion 58 Entertainment with Kyle Rideout and is developing multiple projects, including a TV series and his first feature film.
Diego Hernandez De La Rocha, Director, Think Brilliance, 2012
Diego H. De La Rocha is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects Program and is currently animating at Ribbit Ribbit Studios.
Diana Donaldson, Producer, The Vessel, 2012
Katie Heseltine, Writer/Director, Progress Parade, 2012
Julian Ablaza, Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor, Behind the Curtain, 2012
Demitri Douzenis, Writer/Producer, O Tharraleos (The Courageous One), 2012
Panayioti Yannitsos, Director, O Tharraleos (The Courageous One), 2012
H. Kristen Campbell, Writer/Director, Swift, 2012
Rehan Khokhar, Writer/Director, Chained, 2012
David Manuel, Writer/Director/Editor, Fags After Dark, 2012
Michael Grand, Director, White Collar Poet, Episode 1, 2012
Kevan Funk, Writer/Director/Editor, A Fine Young Man, 2012
Tyler Funk, Director, FTW, 2012
Gary Hawes, Writer/Director, The Money Pet, 2012
Nathan Gilliss, Co-Director, Peach Juice, 2012
Callum Paterson, Co-Director, Peach Juice, 2012
Stirling Bancroft, Cinematographer, Little Big Kid, 2010; Cinematographer, Liz, 2012
Jereme Watt, Writer/ Director, Everything’s Coming Up Rosie, 2010
Jereme Watt’s Everything’s Coming Up Rosie won several awards in 2010. He works for Killawatt Productions in Vancouver, has been a field producer on various TV shows, and has written episodes of Untold Stories of the ER.
"The Vancouver Short Film Festival is an awesome event run by a wonderful group of people. The screening of films had a wicked vibe and there were a lot of cool filmmakers around that afforded great opportunities to network and hear some new great ideas. There are a lot of prizes available which was really fun to compete for and the experience has inspired me to work on another short to hopefully hit this festival again." - Jereme Watt
Chad Costen, Writer/Director, Death Wish, 2010
Chad Costen won the Audience Choice Award in a Professional Short Film in 2010 for Death Wish.
"I remember when Brian first started the festival, it was aimed at budding filmmakers like himself. But I didn't expect it to turn into much. Some six or seven years later however, the festival has become a respected and relevant event within the Vancouver filmmaking community. As an independent movie-maker, I know how appreciated local film festivals like this one are. It is important to celebrate the work that is being made in our own backyard and acknowledge the people doing it. Just this past year, I was honored to have my short film DEATH WISH screen at the VSFF, which has ultimately helped the careers of my Producer and I move a little bit forward. We thoroughly enjoyed the event and the selection of films that screened, but we were even more pleased to take home an Audience Choice Award; which in my opinion is the best award any pair of steadfast storytellers could win. Who are we making films for, if not our fellow film-goers after all? So it was a great night all around and I'd like to give much thanks to the organizers who continually put it on. I look forward to seeing even more outstanding films at next year's event. But until then, just keep rolling!" - Chad Costen
Jeff Chiba Stearns, Director, Ode to a Post-It Note, 2010
Jeff Chiba Stearns is a multi award-winning animator and documentary filmmaker who founded Meditating Bunny Studio. His short films including Yellow Sticky Notes (2007) and Ode to a Post-It Note have been broadcast and screened at hundreds of film festivals, garnering awards including a Webby Award. He was a moderator for the VSFF Animation Panel in 2010 and sponsored his time as a consultant for the 2009 Best Professional Short Film Award winner.
Gabrielle Rose, Actor, Exposed, 2010
Gabrielle Rose is an established Canadian actor. Just a few of her credits include The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Robson Arms (2005-2008), Mothers & Daughters (2008), Amazon Falls (2010), Fathers & Sons (2010), Everything & Everyone (2011), Sisters & Brothers (2011), and Omg (2012).
Michael Eklund, Actor, Exposed, 2010
Michael Eklund is an actor and producer, known for his roles in Intelligence (2006-2007), Shattered (2010), and Sisters & Brothers (2011).
Mark Sawers, Writer/Director, Exposed, 2010
Mark Sawers is a Producer, Writer & Director, having been a panelist at the 2006 VSFF. His work includes The Kids in the Hall, Alienated, and Camera Shy.
Jodelle Ferland, Actor, Everything’s Coming Up Rosie, 2010
Jodelle Ferland has landed impressive roles including Desi in Mermaid (2000), becoming the youngest nominee to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy. She has also appeared in Silent Hill, Case 39, and as vampire Bree in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She won the VSFF Best Female Actor Award for her role in Everything’s Coming Up Rosie.
Dawson Dunbar, Actor, Little Big Kid & Trolls, 2010
Dawson Dunbar won the VSFF Best Male Actor Award for his role as Billy in Trolls, as well as 2 Young Artist Awards for two short film roles in 2011 and 2012. Many of the films he is in are on the festival circuit.
Greg Ng, Producer & Editor, The Wallace’s Bed, 2005; Editor, Everything’s Coming Up Rosie, 2010
Greg Ng graduated from UBC and the Canadian Film Centre and has edited many short films and seven feature films, including This Wrestling Life, The Odds, and Sunflower Hour, winning the Independent Camera Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in 2011. He won the Best Editing Award in a Professional Short Film at the 2010 VSFF.
Arcelia Ocana Manjarrez, Director, El Turista, 2010
Arcelia Ocana Manjarrez works in photography, film, design, branding, and project management.
Fiona Rayher, Producer/Director/Writer, Most Livable City, 2010
Fiona Rayher is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Gen Why Media, a progressive media, documentary film and event production company using media, dialogue, art, workshops and events to engage young people in new forms of civic participation. Fiona has been involved with social justice activism for years and directed Fractured Land, about the natural gas industry in Northern BC.
Tara Mahoney, Writer/Director, Forgive, 2010
Forgive won the Best Student Film Award at the 2010 VSFF. Tara Mahoney is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Gen Why Media, a progressive media, documentary film and event production company using media, dialogue, art, workshops and events to engage young people in new forms of civic participation. She has become a cultural commentator in generational issues at TEDx Vancouver, Your Kontinent: Media Arts Festival, and at other events and in media. She is pursuing her PhD in Communications at Simon Fraser University.
Graham Talbot & Nelson Talbot, Cinematographers, Empire City, 2010
Graham & Nelson Talbot won the Best Cinematography Prize for a Student Short Film for Empire City at the 2010 VSFF. They have shot many short films, recently completing dark comedy Lawrence & Holloman in 2013.
Kara Miranda Lawrence, Writer/Director, Oriana, 2010
Kara Miranda Lawrence is a Digital Animator & Designer whose work includes training & maintenance support systems for the US & Canadian military, a government funded film installation as a set modeler, and recreating heritage Vancouver buildings for a TV series.
Jung-Sun Song, Writer/Director, The Letters, 2010
Jung-Sun Song won the Best Screenplay Award in a Student Short Film at the 2010 VSFF. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Film Program and is a graphic and production designer.
Tyler Jinx Moore, Director, Addict, 2010
Tyler Jinx Moore has worked primarily as a Key Grip on many TV shows, shorts and features, including Smallville, Anxious Oswald Greene (2013), and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Brianne Nord-Stewart, Writer/Director, Trolls, 2010
Brianne Nord-Stewart’s Trolls received an Honorable Mention at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival and she won the Best Female Director Award at the 2010 VSFF. Brianne was given the Legacy Filmworks Award in 2012, and Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award in 2013. She continues to write, direct, edit, and produce films, web series, and music videos.
Laurie Kindiak, Writer/Director, Pigeon Park Savings, 2010
Laurie Kindiak is a filmmaker and 3D artist with 16 years of production experience in games. She teaches at VanArts, is a mentor at the Vancouver Film School, and is working on a documentary on the startup of community gardening in Vancouver.
Marv Newland, Director, Postalolio, 2010
Marv Newland has a long career as an animator, having moved to Toronto from Los Angeles, where he had designed and animated various TV commercials in the 1960’s. Moving to Vancouver in 1972, he founded International Rocketship Ltd. and directed many animated short films and produced commercials for TV networks. He created story boards for the National Film Board of Canada in 1999-2000 and is currently animated a short film, Scratchy.
Anand Kanna, Director, Serum 1831, 2010
Anand Kanna founded Silver Dolphin Films in 1999, directing various shorts and receiving the DGC’s Kick Start Award in 2008 to produce Serum 1831. He has since directed a music video, Reprieved, for Tim Steinruck.
David McDonald, Writer/Director, Empire City, 2010
David McDonald won the Audience Choice, Best Director and Best Editing Awards for a Student Short Film at the 2010 VSFF.
Julia Hutchings, Writer/Director, Irradiate, 2010
Virgile Dean, Director/Editor, Private Dicks, 2010
David T. Krupicz, Director, Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks, 2010
Colin Cunningham, Writer/Director/Actor, Centigrade, 2009
Colin Cunningham made the shortlist for an Academy Award nomination for Centigrade in 2009, which became the first short film in iTunes history to break the Top Ten in Feature Downloads. Cunningham has been nominated and won various Leo Awards, directed award-winning music videos, and was nominated for Best Emerging Director at the 2008 VIFF. He resides in Malibu, California, has had roles in the TV series Flashpoint, The Collector, Da Vinci’s Inquest, and starred alongside Noah Wyle in Falling Skies in 2011.
"Kudos to you. Congrats on separating yourself from those that 'talk' from those that 'do.' We very much appreciate and believe in festivals like yours. And people like you." - Colin Cunningham
Angelina Cantada, Writer/Director, Let’s Play Boccia, 2009
Angelina Cantada won the inaugural Women In Film In Television Award for Best Female Director in 2009 for Let’s Play Boccia. She was one of six filmmakers in the Crazy8s filmmaking competition in 2010 and screened another film, Josh, at various film festivals. Her latest film, Powerful Out Women: On the Campaign Trail premiered at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in 2012. Through her production company, Curly Tail Pictures Inc., Angelina produces videos for non-profit organizations, particularly the disability, LGBT, and visible minority groups.
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) for supporting my film Let's Play Boccia! as well as many other short films by independent filmmakers. The credibility and exposure to my film gathered through this festival would not have been possible anywhere else. To be able to showcase my film in the beautiful and packed Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre, with industry professionals and peers in attendance, was both an honor and privilege. Winning the Women In Film & Television (WIFTV) Best Female Director Award was a huge benefit to my career as well. It gave me the opportunity to attend the WIFTV Producer's Workshop where I got to meet, network and learn from industry professionals. It is also from the WIFTV that I've met many talented professionals that I've had the pleasure of working with in subsequent projects. The VSFF certainly opens doors for independent filmmakers like myself who are struggling to navigate the local film industry and find ways in which to continue telling stories through the power of the cinema. More power to the VSFF and its work to support local independent filmmakers!" - Angelina Cantada
Shaun McKinley, Director, The Escape of Conrad Lard-Bottom, 2009
Shaun McKinley won the Audience Choice and Cinematography Awards for a Student Short Film in 2009 for The Escape of Conrad Lard-Bottom.
"On behalf of myself and the rest of the production team, I just wanted to thank you for including our film in this year's festival. It was a great evening and we all enjoyed the screenings very much. It is always great be a part of a festival here at home, and were so honored to be part of such a great selection of films. We hope that we will be able to be part of such a great event for short filmmakers in the years to come. As well, we are so happy to be awarded the People's Choice Award for a student film, and truly feel that it is one of the best awards a film can receive. Again, thank you for everything." - Shaun McKinlay
Doug Price, Actor, Three AM, 2008; Actor, The Light of Family Burnam, 2009
Doug Price won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Three AM.
"I absolutely plan my visits out west to coincide with your annual short film festival...As a serious actor who has moved back to Montreal, I take pleasure in taking in the festival and saying hi to 'tout le gang' and treasure my exposure in the previous festival shorts, The Light of Family Burnam & Three AM. Now you can't keep me away from the festival whether I'm on the screen or in the front row seat! Can't wait!" - Doug Price
Athan Merrick, Cinematographer, The Escape of Conrad Lard-Bottom, 2009
Athan Merrick won the PS Vancouver Best Cinematography Prize for a Student Short Film in 2009. He co-founded Dendrite Studios, a production company focused on the visual realm of the outdoors. As a skier, he has racked up 4 top 5 finishes at international big mountain skiing competitions.
Kevin Moore, Director, Hold My Breath, 2008; Producer, Not Another Damn Musical!, 2009
Not Another Damn Musical! won the 2009 Best Film and Best Sound Awards for a Student Short Film. Kevin Moore graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver’s film program in 2006. He has produced and directed many music videos, short films, and commercials.
Chris Goldade, Writer/Director, Hold Up!, 2008; Director, Not Another Damn Musical!, 2009
Not Another Damn Musical! won the 2009 Best Film and Best Sound Awards for a Student Short Film. Chris Goldade produced and directed a short film, Drop, which premiered at the 2013 TIFF. He is a Senior Videographer for Media Button in Vancouver.
Devon Cooke, Cast, Heads Will Roll, 2005; Director, Tofu Meets Greens, 2009
Devon Cooke was a former Board member and Technical Director of the Vancouver Short Film Festival from 2006-2010. He runs Storybubble Media in Vancouver.
Pedro Eboli, Director, Paper Cut, 2009
Pedro Eboli is a 2D animator, illustrator, and Director.
Jeffrey Zablotny, Director, Max, 2009
Jeffrey Zablotny’s Max won Best Director, Screenplay, and Best Actor Awards for a Student Short Film at the 2009 VSFF. He has directed music videos for singer/songwriter Sarah Slean and The Belle Game. His documentary short Leonardo screened at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. Jeffrey is based in Toronto and continues to direct short films, music videos, and commercials.
Monica Mustelier, Producer/Actor, God Squad, 2009
Monica Mustelier won the Best Female Actor Award at the VSFF for her role in God Squad. She has studied with some of the top acting teachers, actors, and mentors in Vancouver, Toronto, and California. An award-winning actress, she writes, produces, and directs for both stage and film. As a comedian, she performed stand up in Toronto and headlined the comedy show “They Keep Killing Me Off” in Vancouver. Her credits include Covert Affairs, Innocent, FRINGE, Caesar: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hardwired, Supernatural, Sanctuary, and Smallville.
Jesse Clark, Director, Latte America, 2009
Jesse Clark’s Latte America won the City of Burnaby Award for Best Use of Locations in a Student Short Film.
Greg Masuda, Director, Surviving in the Cracks, 2009
Greg Masuda has travelled the world and runs an independent documentary film production company, Masuda Media Ltd., in BC.
Su-An Ng, Director, Nature On Its Course, 2009
Animator Su-An Ng was selected as one of six animators across Canada to produce a one-minute short for the 9th edition of Hothouse at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal. Her short film received the President’s Media Arts Award.
Chris Bizzocchi, Editor, Kodiak, 2009
Chris Bizzocchi won the award for Best Editing in a Professional Short Film in 2009 for Kodiak.
Zia Marashi, Producer, Room for Rent, 2008; Actor, Cancelled, 2008; Director, Tucker, 2009
Malcolm Johnstone, Director, For the Birds, 2009
Frank Zotter, Actor, Not Another Damn Musical!, 2009
Andrew MacLeod, Director, Kodiak, 2009
Dylan Couper, Writer/Director, Postcards, 2009
Aaron Rivando, Co-Director, God Squad, 2009
Louvens Remy, Co-Director, God Squad, 2009
Jack Jutson, Director, Perfect Wave, 2009
Gozde Sukmenyildiz, Director, Descendant, 2009
Rick Skyler, Director, Missing Alice, 2009
Michael Jacobson, Director, Room for Rent, 2008; Writer/Editor, Tucker, 2009
Jose Pablo Gonzalez, Writer/Director, For You, My People, 2008
Pablo Gonzalez is a Director, Motion Designer, and Compositor hailing from Mexico. His short films have screened internationally, and For You, My People won the Best Film Award at the 2008 VSFF. Pablo has animated and directed commercials, installations, and other video products for UNICEF, Warner Brothers, EA, Capcom, Ubisoft, Disney, and Nokia. He currently heads the Motion Graphics Department at Goldtooth Creative, a VFX and motion graphics studio in Vancouver.
Glen Chua, Writer/Director, Memories, 2008
Glen Chua has earned recognition and awards for his short films across North America. Memories won the Audience Choice Award at the 2008 VSFF. Glen is a Producer, Director, and Photographer at Glen Chua Media, best known for his war films and psychological thrillers. His goal is to be the first Malaysian to win the Best Director Oscar.
Kelvin Redvers, Director, A Look at the Life of Morgan Green; Writer/Director, Firebear Called Them Faith Healers, 2008
Kelvin Redvers is a multiple award-winning Aboriginal filmmaker and actor who started Crosscurrent Productions at the age of 15. He made his first film, Sheep, at 16, which won a Golden Starfish Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. After attending Simon Fraser University and winning the Gordon Shrum Gold Medal, the most prestigious student award, he produced and narrated the Aboriginal current affairs story CTV First Story.
Jake Dunbar, Cinematographer, Hold Up!; Writer/Director, The Playground Duel, 2008
Jake Dunbar’s The Playground Duel won the Best Use of Location award at the 2008 VSFF.
Melanie Jones, Director, Call 1-800-Feng-Shui, 2006; Manhood, 2008
With more than 10 short films under her belt that have screened worldwide, Melanie Jones took on the role of Producer for The Spiral after attending the highly competitive Women in the Director’s Chair Program in 2013. She is writing her sci-fi feature film, IIDENT, and has three other feature scripts in development.
Brian Danin, Director, Heads Will Roll, 2005; Co-Director, Personal Growth, 2008
Originally from a small town outside of Colorado Springs, CO, Brian Danin founded the Vancouver Short Film Festival in 2005 while studying at the University of British Columbia. He has worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology, Turner, and CNN. He is now a Senior Developer at Integrated Agency CSE specializing in digital media, web development, video, photography, and more, and a new father to Tilde Evelyn Danin.
Denise Quesnel, Writer/Director, The Velveteen Rabbit, 2008
Denise Quesnel graduated from Emily Carr University. The Velveteen Rabbit, adapted from the short story of the same name, screened at many international festivals, and was nominated for two Young Artist Awards. It is on sale as a DigiBook on Amazon.com. Through her boutique style post-production company, Horse Fly Filmworks, Denise has worked for VANOC, the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism BC, Samsung, TIME Inc., and various production houses, filmmakers, corporations, and actors.
Terry Boake, Writer/Director, Touch, 2008
Terry Boake won the Best Director Award for Touch at the 2008 VSFF. He was the Technical Coordinator for the festival in 2009.
Kyle Shepard, Cinematographer, Love, Sandy, 2006; Touch, 2008
Kyle Shepard won the Best Cinematography Prize for Touch at the 2008 VSFF.
Natasha Peck, Actor, Touch, 2008
Natasha Peck won the Best Female Actor Award for her role in Touch at the 2008 VSFF.
Jeff Simpson, Writer/Director, 8, 2008
Jeff Simpson won the award for Best Post-Production at the 2008 VSFF for 8.
Andrew Gavel, Writer/Cinematographer/Editor, 23, 2006; Cinematographer, Intervention, 2008
John Driftmier, Director, Avery’s Gnome, 2006; Producer, Intervention, 2008
John Driftmier was a TV Director and Cameraman of exceptional talent, known for shooting TV documentaries in extreme conditions, from the Arctic to jungles in tropical hotspots. He had travelled to more than 30 countries for shows on Discovery Channel and History TV. John died in February 2013 in a plane crash during a shoot for the second season of the Discovery Canada series, Dangerous Flights.
Bartosz Nowakowski, Writer/Director, The Legend of Boruta, 2008
Jae Hyun Lee, Director, A Trick of the Wind, 2008
Naoyuki Kadota, Director, Behind the Screen, 2008
Tammy Dubinsky, Writer/Director, Hold the Mustard, 2008
Laurynas Navidauskas, Producer/Director, Good Night, Sleep Tight, 2008
Andrew Ford, Writer/Director, Still Waters, 2008
Geoff Smythe, Co-Director, Personal Growth, 2008
Percy Kiyabu, Director, After Oz, 2008
Tyson Hepburn, Director, Intervention, 2008
Justin Murphy, Co-Director, JumpTrumpRumpBump, 2008
Heui Won Jeong, Co-Director, JumpTrumpRumpBump, 2008
Sarah Hudson, Writer/Director, Instant Reality, 2008
Charity West, Director, L’Amour, 2008
Sabreena Peters, Writer/Director, Past the Skin, 2008
Mckenzie Chipiuk, Director, Cancelled, 2008
Kyla Plewes, Writer/Director, Cognitive Error, 2008
Kurtis Maguire, Actor, Personal Growth, 2008
Joel Furtado, Director, Tree for Two, 2006
Joel Furtado is an animator and concept artist, currently working at Microsoft. He won the Best Use of FX Award in 2006 for Tree for Two. Joel’s animated films have screened internationally. In addition to creating video games, he acts and also enjoys art in many mediums: painting, sculpting, woodworking, and live-action film.
Grégoire Bédard, Director, Alibi Inc., 2006
Grégoire Bédard won the VSFF Best Director Award in 2006 for Alibi Inc.
Sarah Crauder, Writer/Director, Because You Demanded It!, 2006
Sarah Crauder’s Because You Demanded It! won the award for Best Use of Locations at the 2006 VSFF. In 2011, she was one of six filmmaking teams chosen for the Crazy8s filmmaking competition with her film, Run Dry, edited by VSFF alumnus Lindsay George.
Paul St. Amand, Director, Grover’s Mill, 2006
Paul St. Amand was named top student Director in 2007 at Vancouver Film School. His short films have screened at festivals across North America. He also graduated from Dalhousie University and studied journalism at the University of King’s College.
Ian Whittlesey, Cinematographer, Grover’s Mill, 2006
Ian Whittlesey won Best Cinematography at the 2006 VSFF for Grover’s Mill.
Scott Belyea, Co-Director, Idaho, 2006
Scott Belyea has directed award-winning short films since 2006. In 2010, he was Editor and Post-Production Supervisor for Dear Mr. Gacy. He has been a workshop leader of Reel Shorts Film Festivals and developed the Youth Filmmaking Challenge Workshop for the 2009 festival.
Philip Lyall, Cinematographer/Editor, Scattering Eden, 2006
Philip Lyall is an Actor, Director, and Producer. He co-directed 65_RedRoses with VSFF alumnus Nimisha Mukerji, which was critically acclaimed and went on to be officially selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary Club on OWN USA.
Thomas Billingsley, Writer/Director, Her Eyes Opened, 2006
Thomas Billingsley is a Director of Photography who has worked on over a dozen short films, feature films, and web series, including The House and Crazy 8s films Sunday Break and Stupid Chainsaw Tricks. Thomas programmed for the Vancouver Short Film Festival from 2010-2012.
Christopher Leinonen, Director, Supersaturated, 2006
Christopher Leinonen is an animator whose work can be found at reanimate.ca.
Alex Konyves, Writer/Director, 23, 2006
Alex Konyves’ 23 won the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 VSFF.
Gary Woodward, Co-Director, The Moment, 2006
Melinda Hranchuk, Co-Director, The Moment, 2006
Katie Chipperfield, Co-Director, The Moment, 2006
Krystal Diaz, Writer/Director, Little Girl Lost, 2006
Jeremy Wilcox, Director, Love, Sandy, 2006
A.E. Russell, Director, Phantasie, 2006
Riley Pearcy, Co-Director, Idaho, 2006
Jordan Christiansen, Writer/Director, Tomorrow Doesn’t Look Good Either, 2005
Jordan Christiansen’s Tomorrow Doesn’t Look Good Either won the Audience Choice, Best Actor, and Best Use of Location Awards at the inaugural VSFF.
Lauren Grant, Producer, Tomorrow Doesn’t Look Good Either, 2005
Lauren Grant established Clique Pictures in 2006 to focus on feature film and documentary production. In 2011, she won the best live action short drama Genie Award for the residential school musical, Savage, which screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide. Documentary work includes A Window Looking In featuring artists such as singer Sarah McLachlan and writer William Gibson. She has also worked on TV and broadcast projects and documentaries Eat St., Reservation Soldiers, Breaking Ranks, and Girl Racers. She was selected to attend the CFC North South Marketplace at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. She also won a Women in Film Scholarship in 2011 and attended the 2011 Rotterdam Lab and Berlinale Talent Campus.
Mike Tanassee, Cinematographer, Tomorrow Doesn’t Look Good Either, 2005
Mike Tanassee was a founding Board member and programmer of the Vancouver Short Film Festival until 2010.
Steven Deneault, Producer, Ingenue, 2005
Steven Deneault graduated from Vancouver Film School, receiving the Canadian Society of Cinematographer’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. He was immediately hired to work in the Cinematography department on campus. Recent work includes the music video for Dan Mangan, “Journal of a Narcoleptic” and DGC Kick Start film The Visitor for writer/director Dan Lee West.
Jee-Won Sul, Director, The Shortest Dream, 2005
Jee-Won Sul’s The Shortest Dream won the inaugural Best Film and Best Director Awards at the 2005 VSFF.
Vicky Huang, Actor, The Shortest Dream, 2005
Vicky Huang won the inaugural Best Female Actor Award at the 2005 VSFF. She is an award-winning Chinese-Canadian actor who graduated from the University of British Columbia. She has many film and theatre credits, including Cold Squad, Whistler, Hardwired, 88 Minutes, and They Wait.
Ahmad Al Tamimi, Cinematographer, The Shortest Dream, 2005
Ahmad Al Tamimi won the inaugural award for Best Cinematography at the 2005 VSFF.
Angie Kwong, Director, Who Killed Target 1967?, 2005
Angie Kwong won the inaugural award for Best Post-Production at the 2005 VSFF.
Wendy Nahanee, Director, Dress Up, 2005
Wendy Nahanee’s Dress Up won an Honourable Mention at the 2005 VSFF.
Tomo Goda, Director, For the Beauty of Falling Petals, 2005
Alex Kyrou, Director, Spiked, 2005
John Crowley, Director, Dereliction, 2005
Said Khallaf, Director, The Silent Room, 2005
Jakub Huczynski, Director, End, 2005
Thomas Sabinsky, Co-Director, Ingenue, 2005
Chad Galloway, Co-Director, Ingenue, 2005
Aynsley Baldwin, Director, The Wallace’s Bed, 2005