Notable Canadian Directors

The greatest Canadian directors who have worked primarily in Canada. For more information, see the following Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Canada#Directors
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Paul Almond
Director, Seven Up!
In 1990 he turned to full time writing, and recently began publishing novels in the Alford Saga, romantic adventures from 1800-2000. The first in the series, The Deserter, was a Canadian best seller. The second, The Survivor, and the third, The Pioneer, were published in 2011. The next four will be published in 2012-2014.
 
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Denys Arcand
One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on the textile industry...
 
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Phillip Borsos
A leading Canadian filmmaker, Phillip Borsos has enjoyed considerable success in international markets. One of the "Vancouver School", he began his career as a director (and sometime producer and writer) with several short subjects, beginning with Cooperage (1976). Nails (1979), which Borsos also produced...
 
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Michel Brault
Cinematographer, Orderers
 
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Gilles Carle
Director, Les Plouffe
Advertising studies at the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Montreal. Start the book edition company 'Les Editions de l'hexagone' with the poet Gaston Miron where he wrote litterature and cinema's reviews. In 1955, he began working in graphic arts at Radio-Canada still writing reviews in some newspaper. He is engaged as a researcher at the Office national du film du Canada in 1960...
 
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Marcel Carrière
Sound Department, La lutte
 
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David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
 
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Atom Egoyan
Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar in Armenia. Won attention at the Sundance Film Festival for earlier work...
 
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Thom Fitzgerald
Thom Fitzgerald: Since his 1997 feature debut, Thom has won over two dozen international awards including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award (Genie), The FIPRESCI European International Critics' Prize, The Emerging Master Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Award at the Berlin International Film Festival...
 
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François Girard
Director, The Red Violin
François Girard was born in Quebec in 1963. Best known for his movie writing and directing (Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The red Violin, Silk...), Girard also directed a number of plays and operas including PARSIFAL at the Metropolitan Opera. He also wrote and directed two Cirque du Soleil shows; Zed and Zarkana...
 
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Jacques Godbout
Director, IXE-13
Master degree in Literature at the Universite de Montreal. Three years of teaching at the Addis-Abeba University. Back at Montreal 1957 working in advertising. Office national du film du Canada in 1958. Founder of the cultural periodic 'Liberte'in 1959. First movie direction in 1962. Jacques Godbout: at the same time a well known novelist...
 
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Claude Jutra
He finished his medical studies at the age of 22 to please his parents, but he was already developing an attraction to the visual arts and to cinema. As a teenager, he had made two shorts with Michel Brault. In 1953, he wrote a television script. He joined the Office national du film du Canada (National Film Board) in 1954...
 
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Ron Kelly
Director, Springhill
 
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Ryan Larkin
Animation Department, Spare Change
As a teenager, Ryan Larkin studied at the Art School of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Arthur Lismer, and clearly showed sharp talent for character and figure drawing. In the early 1960s, he was hired by the National Film Board of Canada, and was immediately recognized by NFB's Norman McLaren as one of the brightest new artists in that organization...
 
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Jean-Claude Lauzon
Director, Léolo
Lauzon came from a humble family and he worked in many different jobs, until he obtained a title in Communications, and went to Los Angeles to study cinema, in the late 70s. He made some shortcuts, the majority of which received awards, and then two films which also won many prizes and established him as one of the most important Canadian directors of the time...
 
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Jacques Leduc
Director, La vie fantôme
Born in Montreal, Québec, Canada. Classical studies. He learned the abc of cinema in the cine-clubs circle of Montreal and wrote reviews in the periodical 'Objectif'. Engaged in 1962 at the Office national du film du Canada as an assistant-operator, He became a full cinematographer on three of Jean Pierre Lefebvre pictures...
 
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Jean Pierre Lefebvre
Differently of his contemporary quebecois' directors, Lefebvre didn't make his class in the documentary. After his Literary studies and seven years of critics, he immediatly began directing fiction movies; a short in 1964 _L'Homoman_ preceeding an ininterrompt serie of movies of which he produce at least the first five...
 
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Robert Lepage
Robert Lepage is one of the foremost stage directors today and a leading figure in the Canadian avant garde, attracting particular attention for his multimedia-rich theatrical presentations as well as his innovative work with Shakespearian drama and opera.
 
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Colin Low
Producer, Universe
 
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Guy Maddin
Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic archivist before becoming a film-maker...
 
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Francis Mankiewicz
A distant relative of Herman and Joseph Mankiewicz, Francis was born in Shangaï in 1944. In 1945, his family moved to Montreal, where Francis would spend all his childhood. In the sixties, he graduated in Geology from Montreal University and worked in the woods for a while before realizing geology might not be his true calling...
 
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Norman McLaren
Producer, Neighbours
Norman McClaren is one of the most awarded filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema, and a pioneer in both animation and filmmaking. Born in Scotland, he entered the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in 1932 to study set design. His early experiments in animation included actually scratching and painting the film stock itself...
 
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Deepa Mehta
Director, Water
Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and accolades...
 
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Peter Mettler
Cinematographer, The End of Time
 
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Allan Moyle
Unconventional filmmaker who moved from independent cinema into the Hollywood mainstream. Moyle became a sought-after writer-director after the surprising success of Pump Up the Volume, a sleeper hit about teen angst starring Christian Slater. His previous directorial outing occurred a full decade earlier: the critically lambasted Times Square...
 
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Vincenzo Natali
Director, Cube
 
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Pierre Perrault
Born in Montreal, Québec, Pierre Perrault went to law school before turning is attention to the cinema. Concerned more by real life then fiction, he makes movies in the 'cinéma direct' style. He filmed real people in real life situations listening to what they have to say and looking at how they do things. He is also a poet and a writer.
 
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Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
 
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Anne Claire Poirier
Born in Montreal. Study first in Law but turn to the Conservatoire d'art dramatique. She works on TV at the Societe Radio-Canada as an actress, an interviewer, a writer. Enters the Office du film du Canada in 1960 in the Translation's Office. From edition to production then direction, she becomes a director engaged on women issues...
 
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Michael Snow
Director, Wavelength
Central figure of the American avant-garde. An artist who made an isolated animated short, A to Z, Snow concentrated on his painting career until moving to New York in 1963. After attending avant-garde film screenings organized by critic-filmmaker Jonas Mekas and turning out a second film...
 
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Denis Villeneuve
Director, Arrival
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started is career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013) and Incendies (2010). He is married to Tanya Lapointe.
 
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Clement Virgo
Producer, Lie with Me
Clement Virgo is one of Canada's foremost feature film directors. Born in Jamaica, Virgo immigrated to Canada at the age of 11. He was a resident in the inaugural 1991 Summer Lab at the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and returned there in 1992 for a further nine-month residency. Virgo has also received acclaim for his work in short film and television...
 
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Anne Wheeler
Born in Alberta, to a doctor father and musician mother, Anne earned degrees in mathematics and music, putting her way through university as a performer. She came to film-making after working and traveling around the world for a couple of years, exploring Europe, Asia and Africa. She returned home to join a collective focused on making political documentaries...