Three of North America's most innovative and risk-taking short filmmakers will present a Directing Masterclass based on their own unique approaches to filmmaking. The visiting filmmakers are Sophie Goyette (Montreal), Kevan Funk (Vancouver) and Jennifer Reeder (Chicago). Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with this accomplished and inspiring group of visiting filmmakers.
This masterclass is intended to be taken in conjunction with the Re-imagining the short film screening that takes place the night before. The films screened on Friday November 18th will be discussed during the masterclass.
Time will be allowed for a 1hr lunch break.
Sophie Goyette- is a writer and filmmaker of five award winning short films, in competition in Sundance, Locarno and TIFF Toronto festivals. Her short films EN PARALLÈLE (2008), À L’ÉTAT SAUVAGE (2009) and MANÈGES (2010) were well received at several festivals. Premiered at Locarno Film Festival, her fourth film LA RONDE (2011) was selected in the TIFF Top Ten Canada, received a GENIE AWARD 2012 nomination and won six prizes along with the Best Short Fiction Award aux Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. Her short LE FUTUR PROCHE (2012) won the National Award for its world premiere along with five prizes in festivals, and was selected in the International Competition at the 2013 Sundance Festival. MES NUITS FERONT ÉCHO (2016) is her first fiction feature.
Kevan Funk- is an award winning filmmaker whose work has screened and won awards at various prestigious festivals around the world. His debut short, A FINE YOUNG MAN, premiered at TIFF and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Kevan's short films YELLOWHEAD and BISON both premiered at TIFF, the former being awarded a Special Jury Prize, and both were named to Canada's Top Ten in their respective years. Kevan's short DESTROYER, created through the TIFF Talent Lab, was runner-up for the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award. He also recognized as a highly regarded music video director, his video for BRAIDS' Miniskirt was shortlisted for this years Prism Prize award. Kevan was raised in Banff, AB, around his parent's grassroots theater company. He holds a degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC. HELLO DESTROYER (2016) is his first feature film.
Jennifer Reeder- constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism. These films have shown consistently around the world, including The Rotterdam Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival, The London Film Festival, The Venice Biennale and The Whitney Biennial. She has had solo profiles at the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen in Germany, FNC Montreal Canada, Viennale in Vienna Austria, Short Film Festival Tampere Finland, London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination. She won a Creative Capital Grant in Moving Image in 2015, short film funding from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation in 2016 and short film funding from the Hamburg Film Fund in 2016.
Re-Imagining the Short Film: a Symposium is generously supported by funding from the city of Halifax.