Tim Tracey – Kreb
Tim Tracey is an award winning stop motion animator/writer/director based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Working primarily with reclaimed materials, he fabricates vast worlds to tell his surreal stories. Creating old school practical effects, he approaches animation like a magician.
His practice ranges from feature length documentaries, to no-holds-barred action, to experimental stop motion animation.
His short animated films Kreb (2013) and DataMine (2016) have screened at prominent festivals at home and abroad, and recognized with awards.
Fazila Amiri – The Red Bicycle
Fazila Amiri is an Afghan-Canadian writer, director. She earned her M.F.A in Film Production from York University, and her B.F.A in Film Studies from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University (Canada). As an independent filmmaker, her short films Unknown Artist (2018), The Photograph (2017), Paaizeb (2010), have been shown in international film festivals including the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 41st Montreal World Film Festival, and the 31st Atlantic Film Festival. Currently Fazila is on post-production of her latest short film, The Red Bicycle, and on pre-production of her feature film.
Thyrone Tommy – Mariner
Thyrone Tommy is an award winning, Toronto-based filmmaker. His work has been supported with grants from NBC Universal Canada, Kodak Motion Picture Film, and the Ontario Council for the Arts.
His films have been celebrated internationally at over 30 festivals, including his most recent short film MARINER, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and was named one of TIFF Canada’s Top Ten shorts of the year. He is an alumni of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre.
Michael Chen – Lost
For the majority of his life, Michael Chen focused on comedy writing, having been accepted into television writing workshops with Warner Bros., CBS, Bell Media and the Writer’s Guild of Canada. It wasn’t until the past four or so years that he felt he needed to expand his abilities to tell stories, so he started writing genres other than comedy and writing for the purpose of making his own short films. It would take him two short films (a mystery and a thriller) to learn about the technical aspect of filmmaking but also the art aspect such as how a certain composition conveys a certain emotion. These two short films taught him the types of stories he wanted to tell and by then he gained the technical confidence to create ‘LOST’ allowing him to be behind the camera and really tell the story he wanted to tell.
Yosef Baraki – Mina Walking
Yosef Baraki is a Canadian filmmaker, writer, editor and film producer. He is best known for his feature film debut Mina Walking which premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and won inaugural Discovery Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. His work is characterized by unconventional dramatic structure and realism focused on the spiritual.
Madeleine Grant – The Backward Class
Madeleine Grant is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Film Production program. Her previous work has played at numerous international film festivals, including the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival. In 2014 Madeleine’s first feature documentary ‘The Backward Class’ had its world premiere at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award. After five years of dividing her time between rural India and Canada, Madeleine is currently predominantly based in Vancouver, B.C.
Matt Johnson – The Dirties
Matt Johnson is a Canadian actor and filmmaker. Johnson achieved widespread critical acclaim in Canada with his first feature film The Dirties, which won Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival. He is also known for creating, writing and starring in the low-budget web series Nirvanna the Band the Show from 2007 to 2009,which was re-mastered and re-launched at the Toronto International Film Festival and subsequently as a television series on Viceland in fall 2016. In addition to his own productions, he has had acting roles in the feature films such as Diamond Tongues and How Heavy This Hammer, both in 2015.
He was a Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Editing at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards in 2014 for The Dirties, and was nominated for Best Director at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017 for his work on Operation Avalanche.
Antoine Bourges – East Hastings Pharmacy
Born in Paris, Antoine Bourges lived in Montreal before moving to Vancouver in 2006 to study film at the University of British Columbia. After shooting several short films, “East Hastings Pharmacy” was his first medium-length documentary. The film debuted at Cinema du Reel Festival in Paris and has screened widely at festivals, including the Viennale, the Images Festival, RIDM, and the Kasseler Dokfest, where it recently won the festival’s top prize, the Golden Key. Antoine has teamed up with MDFF, an award-winning Toronto-based production company helmed by past White Pine Pictures’ filmmakers Dan Montgomery and Kazik Radwanski.
Rodrigo Barriuso – For Dorian
In 2013, Rodrigo Barriuso’s film “For Dorian” participated in over 25 festivals in over 15 countries and received 6 national and international awards, including the Lindalee Tracey Award. Since then, he has received the rights to direct a short biopic based on the late years of internationally acclaimed Hungarian-American 20th century photographer, Andre Kertesz.
Jasmine Oore – Glamour Guts
Jasmine Oore is a graduate of Dalhousie University and currently still lives in Halifax, where her films have received continual recognition at the Atlantic Film Festival. Her LTA-winning film “Glamour Guts” was selected as one of the 15 best films to come out of the Filmmaker’s Cooperative scholarship program in the last 10 years. Since winning the award, Jasmine has been able to complete her most recent film, a tragicomedy titled “There’s Been a Terrible Mistake”, which won the screenwriter award at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival.
Alexandre Hamel – Clé 56
Alexandre Hamel is a Montreal native and Concordia Film Production graduate. He believes that documentary film is a medium that has the power to work against misinformation and promote understanding. After winning the Lindalee Tracey Award he was able to fund a documentary series based on his LTA-winning film. The series was nominated for 2 Gemini Awards and won the Gemini for the best directing for a documentary TV series. He has since gone to the UK to work on contract for the BBC and is the founder of Le Patin Libre, a contemporary ice skating company from Montreal. This performance art uses ice, skates and glide as medias.
Ayanie Mohamed – Forgotten
Somali-Canadian, Ayanie Mohamed was 20 years old when he won the Lindalee Tracey Award for his film “Forgotten” made for just $40 with a few friends. Ayanie attributes winning the LLT Award with giving him the confidence to take himself seriously as a filmmaker. Since then, he has made a second short, directed a slew of music videos and shot two commercials. With the help of the Kodak stock from the Award, Ayanie is getting ready to shoot another short using super 16 film. He has written his first feature film.
Will Inrig – “The Fantastic Ballet of the Mind and its Master”
Will Inrig won the Lindalee Tracey Award at age 18, having already produced a film with the National Film Board of Canada. His LLT award-winning film was a work-in-progress documentary inspired by his younger brother, who had severe autism. The funding from the award went towards completing this project. Renowned Canadian filmmaker Allan King was assisting Will with this film before he passed away.
Laura Bari – Antoine
Originally from Argentina, producer & filmmaker Laura Bari currently resides in Montreal where she founded besofilm. Fascinated by singularity and difference, she choses film as a way to merge arts, culture and mental health. Antoine (2009) eyesteelfilm / besofilm production, her first full-length film as producer / director, about the imaginary life of a blind boy, was shown at some 30 festivals around the world, winning 15 prizes. Her second film as producer / director, Ariel (2013) a parabola / besofilm production, is a journey of a man who rebuilds his identity after a terrible accident. Awarded as well, this film participated to a dozen of festivals, and distributed in cinemas. She produced two films in 2017, Primas, an intimate and metaphorical portrait of two Argentinean adolescents, who survives to horrendous crimes during their infancies. and Touché, a film which takes the audience inside the world of fencing sport and Nathalie’s world from an intimate perspective.
“The Lindalee Tracey Award validated my passion and gave freedom to my inner voice for creation. It made me realize how films are the motor to keep going, how making films allows us to keep learning and how documentary is such a specific place of more extended convergences. The Lindalee Tracey award was my first prize for my first film, and clearly helped to conserve that intuitive way to make them. I’m now, finishing my third feature documentary! Deep is my sense of recognition.”
Elizabeth Lazebnik – Abeer
Elizabeth Lazebnik was born in Latvia and her family migrated to numerous countries before settling in Canada. She now lives in Toronto and is a graduate of York University’s Film & Video Production program. The experience of living in different countries around the world has given her the ability to communicate in multiple languages and has instilled a deep appreciation for the world’s incredible diversity and the need to capture the stories she has witnessed on film. She has been making fiction, documentary, experimental films and new media content with screenings at such venues as the Toronto International Film Festival and the Festival du Cinema Nouveau. Her work has received awards and grants from the Female Eye Film Festival, HotDocs, NFB, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. In January of 2015 she completed MFA in film production at York University. Her work includes writing and directing several short films, including “Partial Eclipse” and the award-winning documentary “The Multiple Selves of Hannah Maynard“.
Trevor Anderson – Rock Pockets
Trevor Anderson is an independent filmmaker whose most recent film The Little Deputy premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. His previous films include: The Man That Got Away, which won the prestigious D.A.A.D. Short Film Prize at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival; The High Level Bridge, which was included in the 2012 Sundance Shorts touring package, and which Roger Ebert proclaimed, “better, minute for minute, than most of the features at your multiplex”; and Rock Pockets, which won the inaugural Lindalee Tracey Award at Hot Docs 2007, presented to “an emerging Canadian filmmaker working with passion, humour, a strong sense of social justice, and a personal point of view.” His work has screened internationally at many A-list and LGBTQ film festivals. In an essay on Short of the Week, Jason Sondhi wrote that “Anderson, with The Little Deputy, continues to prove that he is one of the smartest and most inventive filmmakers in the short form.” As a director for hire, Trevor has helmed five episodes of the sketch comedy show Caution: May Contain Nuts for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and an episode of CBC Arts’ web series, Canada’s a Drag.
“The Lindalee Tracey award has helped me to take myself seriously as a professional filmmaker. I had been slogging away on my own in the Prairies and I now feel like I have a community and support within the industry.”