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JURY PANEL grant program

Welcome to the stage: the True Calling Grants jury. We are honoured to have these seven panelists from highly esteemed global film and media organisations join us on this inaugural grants program. Each panelist has lent their depth of documentary knowledge, international festival experience, and industry expertise, as they watched the Top 10 film submissions and ranked their favourites.

One Top 10 episode will be released every Thursday on our website and Facebook page, where each like, comment, and share counts as votes towards the Viewers’ Choice award. Head to our grant submissions page for more information on the individual jury panelists.

Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard

Adventure Photographer & Filmmaker

Dorota Lech

Dorota Lech

TIFF, Industry Programming

Ezra Winton

Ezra Winton

Cinema Politica, Co-founder & Curator

Jerry Rothwell

Jerry Rothwell

Sundance Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Derrick Liu

Derrick Liu

Amazon, Content Acquisition Manager, Prime Video

José Rodriguez

José Rodriguez

Tribeca Film Institute, Director of Documentary Programs

Adam Cook

Adam Cook

TIFF, Programming Associate

Liz Manashil

Liz Manashil

Sundance Institute, Manager of Creative Distribution

GRANT RECIPIENTS

Welcome to the True Calling Grants Program. We sought out to showcase Canadian stories of human ambition, told by emerging filmmakers. From over 550 submissions, these 30 finalists will compete for the top viewers choice prize. Our jury is comprised of panelists from global media entities such as Sundance, TIFF, Tribeca, HotDocs, Cinema Politica, all of whom have picked their favorites for the Top 10 selection. Scroll down to visit and watch the amazing films—don’t forget to vote for the best stories of human ambition. Also, visit our Facebook page, where every like, share, and comment on each film will count towards the Viewers’ Choice competition.

Alex Gladwell

Alex Gladwell

Director

Because I’m Free

Alexis L. Wood

Alexis L. Wood

Director / Producer

Montreal’s Miss Swing is Tap Dancing Into Her 80s

Blake Gordey

Blake Gordey

Director

Pigeon Racing

Brendan McCrann

Brendan McCrann

Filmmmaker

Using Social Media to Become One of the World’s Most Known Calligraphy Artists

Cat Mills

Cat Mills

Director

How Pain Inspired Charlene Gibbons to Get People Moving

Chelsea Kanstrup

Chelsea Kanstrup

Director / Cinematographer

Ry Williams Levitates Dinosaurs

Dave Mai

Dave Mai

Director / Cinematographer / Editor

Finding Balance

Guillaume Beaudoin

Guillaume Beaudoin

Filmmaker

Ocean Clean Up

Haya Waseem

Haya Waseem

Director / Editor

Karolina Kuras: National Ballet Photographer

Ian MacDougall

Ian MacDougall

Cinematographer

Rod the Piano Man

Jeremy Larter

Jeremy Larter

Filmmaker

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Jordan Clarke

Jordan Clarke

Director / Cinematographer

The de Groot Brothers

Joseph Crawford

Joseph Crawford

Director of Photography / Editor

Basketball Coach, Teacher, and Sheep Farmer

Kelsey Irvine

Kelsey Irvine

Director / Executive Producer

Beautiful, Spicy, Monster

Laszlo Mates

Laszlo Mates

Cinematographer

Lance Bishop the Nova Scotian Horse Archer

Leah Galant

Leah Galant

Director / Editor

The VR Mechanic

Les Sereda

Les Sereda

Director / Camera Operator

From Plumber to Opera Star

Lindsay Fitzgerald

Lindsay Fitzgerald

Director / Cinematographer

HIVES: How One Woman Uses Beekeeping to Change Lives

Louise Big Eagle

Louise Big Eagle

Filmmaker

POW (Power Our Women)

Mack Stannard

Mack Stannard

Producer

Judy Lynn Archer is Building a Brighter Future for Women Through the Trades

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones

Producer / Director

The Calling of a Cowboy

Nicholas Taylor

Nicholas Taylor

Producer / Director

The Broken People

Otávio Lima

Otávio Lima

Director / Cinematographer

Face of the River

Pamela Tomlinson

Pamela Tomlinson

Producer / Editor

Nuge Bird: Human Instrument

PJ Marcellino

PJ Marcellino

Filmmaker

Moving Pictures, One Frame at a Time

William Smith

William Smith

Filmmaker

Skateboard Photographer Turned Woodwork Artisan Keeps it All Relative While Continuing to Explore New Territory

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