Sofia Bohdanowicz to Mentor RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award

Kerry Gamberg, winner of the 2017 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, goes to camera this weekend with her short, Crush.

Along with cash and in-kind services to assist in the creation of her film, Kerry receives valuable mentorship from pre to post-production to maximize what she learns, ensure that she feels supported, and help bring her vision to life.

We are thrilled to welcome Sofia Bohdanowicz, who joins us this week from Toronto, as Kerry's Director Mentor.

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Sofia has showcased her work across Canada (TIFF, Hot Docs, VIFF) as well as internationally. Known for her hands-on approach as a director, she has been compared to such female legends as Agnès Varda and Chantal Akerman. Sofia won the Emerging Canadian Director award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival for her first feature, Never Eat Alone and had a retrospective of her body of work at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema in 2017. Sofia is the winner of the 2017 Jay Scott Prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association and also won Best Canadian Documentary for Maison du bonheur from the Vancouver Critics Circle. She is currently in production for her third feature with Deragh Campbell and is currently pursuing her MFA in film production at York University.

Sofia is "over the moon to be a part of this great program," and so are we!


Thank you again, Sofia, and best of luck, Kerry! 

If you are interested in applying for the 2018 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, submissions are open until July 16th.

Watch the premiere of Crush by Kerry Gamberg at the Closing Night Gala of the 29th annual St. John's International Women's Film Festival on October 21, 2018.

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Jenn Brown