The Filmmakers



Writer/ Director

Sturla Gunnarsson is one of Canada’s most prolific and eclectic filmmakers, whose work spans a range of genres, platforms and subject matter.  His most recent documentary, Force Of Nature, won the 2010 TIFF Documentary Audience Award.  Other non-fiction features include International Emmy Award-winning Gerrie & Louise and Academy Award nominated After The Axe.  Fiction features include Beowulf & Grendel (Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgard), Rare Birds (Willian Hurt, Molly Parker) and Such A Long Journey (Roshan Seth, Om Puri).  Gunnarsson has directed dramatic series for almost every major North American broadcaster.




Ina Fichman has been producing award-winning documentaries, fiction films, youth series for more than 25 years, and is one of Canada’s pioneers in cross-platform media projects.  In collaboration with partners worldwide, Ina has co-produced films which have been premiered at international festivals, distributed in theatres in Canada and the United States, and broadcast on major networks including CBC/Radio-Canada, Arte, Canal Plus and PBS.  productions include the documentaries Undying Love, Dead Sea Living, Citizen or Stranger?, and 100% T-Shirt, and the feature films Family Motel and Mabul, which received a special mention at the Berlinale 2011.  Ina’s feature The Wanted 18 is also having its world premiere at TIFF 2014.




Luc Martin-Gousset is the CEO of French independent production and distribution company POINT DU JOUR. He has been producing documentaries since 1993, with main focus on social issues, public affairs, history and science. Many of these films have been co-produced with international broadcasters and producers. Among the most recent international films, the award-winning Khrushchev Does America (Tim B. Toidze), Dashi, Essence of Japan (Shohei Shibata),  and Europe For Sale (Andreas Pichler).




Nick Hector is a DGC, CCE, HotDocs and multi-Gemini Award winning film editor. Nick has cut more than 20 feature and 100 TV documentaries. His work has been screened at festivals around the world including The Museum of Modern Art, Berlinale and Sundance.  Some of Nick's numerous credits include Allan King’s Dying at Grace and Memory, Gunnarsson’s Air India 182 and Force of Nature, David York’s Wiebo’s War and Yvan Patry’s Chronique d’un génocide. Most recently he edited and co-directed the award-winning series War Story for History TV.  Monsoon is Nick's ninth film to be screened at TIFF.




Van Royko is a cinematographer based out of Montreal, Quebec. His recent collaborations have included  the feature length documentaries Monsoon with acclaimed director Sturla Gunnarson and Faultlines with Nettie Wild. Additionally, he recently completed an art installation piece with the Academy Award winning director Denys Arcand. Van has also shot several documentary television programs including Earth From Space for Discovery and Scam Cities for National Geographic.




Andrew MacKay is one of the two founding members of  the electronica / orchestral project,  Bombay Dub Orchestra.  From main stage performances at UK’s Big Chill Festival and DJing around the globe, the BDO has thrilled audiences with their music.  They have also scored feature films and remixed world-renowned artists including Bob Marley for the Roots Rock Remixed Album, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Azam Ali, Bebel Gilberto, Ceu, Dizzy Gillespie, Natasha Atlas and Juno Reactor.  Their albums have reached the #1 spot on iTunes World Music charts around the globe as well as on leading US radio station KCRW.