Filmmaking Diploma Program
About the Program
Tuition and Start Dates
- Second career
How to apply
- Canadian students
- U.S./International students
Pay & Refund
Director of Programs
(Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Composer)
For 24 years, Andrej Acin has worked in the fields of music, Film and Television industries, and collaborations with well – known globally recognized artists, musicians, directors, actors, writers, choreographers, dancers, designers, photographers and industry professionals. Andrej Acin has developed and improved an extremely strong and unique skill set ready to share with students. As a Television Director and Producer he has been working on 14 high budget productions, including 85 episodes of the “Jelena” TV series where he had the privilege to lead a cast and crew of over 200 members as the main Director, and was nominated for the Best International Director at DISCOP World Television Festival in 2005. Over the past 14 years he has written, directed and produced ten films: two feature films (both in production), one medium length and seven short films, and he was awarded Best Director nine times at film festivals in both Europe and America, including Special Jury Gold Award Winner for his short fiction film “The Margin” premiered at Worldfest, Houston, USA. His films participated in the Official Selection of a number of film festivals around the world: Clermont Ferrand, Paris, Poitiers (France), London (UK), Berlin (Germany), Rome, Milano, Bologna (Italy), Bilbao, Valencia (Spain), Thessaloniki (Greece), Moscow (Russia), Melbourne (Australia), Houston, Los Angeles (USA).
He has also worked in theater, having produced and directed four theatrical productions: “Intimus”, “Echoes of Silence”, “Peep Sorrow” and “Glory Hole” from 1997 to 2004, which toured Europe and played in the most important theater festivals: Berlin (Germany), London (UK), Paris (France), Rome (Italy), among others. As a film composer, his work has been included in six feature films screened at the international film festival worldwide and dozens of short films, and has been awarded three times for the Best Feature Film Original Film Music (1995,1998 and 2002) including the Composer of the year Award.
The Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television instructors such as William Crane, Andrej Acin, Steven Goldmann and many more industry professionals as the film schools instructors who will be guiding you through this extensive full time four month Filmmaking and Television Production program are all working professionals in the production industry. The film schools instructors will not only teach you what is needed to succeed, they will give you an insight into how the business really works through their experiences working in their chosen fields. This kind of knowledge which will be provided is invaluable. With your passion, coupled with the film schools instructors' vast experience and expertise, your venture into the production arena will begin with an advantage not found from any other Academy. Through the film schools vast pool of networks many of the students will have an opportunity to work as interns and or apprentices for various production companies who are already waiting for our film students to graduate.
(Director of Photography)
11 years in the business, Pasha Patriki’s expansive body of work includes over a dozen of dramatic feature films and numerous feature documentaries. He’s also framed up more than 50 shorts and countless music videos and commercial spots. Films composed in Pasha’s lens have screened internationally and won awards in the United States and Canada. His most recent “Best Cinematography” awards come from the NYC Independent Short Film Festival, the Wildsound Film Festival, and a nomination at the Schweitzer Lakedance Film Festival. Music video for a popular band “Down With Webster” has been nominated for Best Pop Video of The Year at Canada’s Much Music Video Awards. Starting by shooting on film 11 years ago, today Pasha continues to upgrade his skills with ever – changing technology. Proud owner and contributor of the latest industry’s technological advances, Pasha’s skills are shown with most recent cutting edge filmmaking tools and digital technology. Click here to read more on Pasha Patriki and how fortunate students will be to have an opportunity to train with one of the best in the industry.
(Feature Film, Television and commercial filmmaker)
Informed by extensive global travel, his unique visual style has garnered television clients such as The National Broadcast Company (NBC), National Geographic, The History Channel, and Discovery. A notable award-winning director and producer, he has had a roster of Fortune 500 clients: Apple Computers, General Motors, AT&T, The Ford Motor Company, IBM, Volvo, Budweiser Brewing Company, Molson Brewing Company, and ESPN.
In 2017 In pre-production, “Swipe Right” is his second feature film that explores the world of online dating via Tinder, the downloadable dating app. “BLUR”, set for release in 2017, is D’Amato’s feature film debut as director, producer and co-writer. Additional directing awards include the Gold Cleo, the One Show, Gold Bessie, Bronze Bessie, and Craft Award for Directing, Directors Guild of America, Golden Marble, and Two commercials in the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.
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NYU film school - MFA
The Actors Studio - N.Y.
(Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, ENG/EFP Camera Operator, Studio Camera Operator, Field Producer, and Segment Producer)
Ian Sun is an award winning filmmaker who writes, produces, directs and edits his films, he has been reborn as a digital cinema evangelist shooting all his projects on his 4K RED camera, and on the newest generation 5K Epic that is said to rival 65mm film in resolution. Ian is the CEO of the Production and Post production company and has co produced the award winning feature film “Anchor Baby” Ian’s body of work includes drama, documentary, commercials, and music videos shot on 16mm and 35mm film, tape and now RED. He has won the Canadian Reggae music award for best video and has been nominated for a Juno.
(Digital Film Editor and Director, Film and Television, Music Video and Art Video Installation)
Milica Zec is an editor and director working in film, television, installation, music video, and art video. As an editor, her first documentary feature film, “Fire Under the Snow”, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; her first narrative feature film, “Zenith”, has garnered a global following. Her television work includes the PBS series “Spain ... on the Road Again” featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, and “Women, War and Peace”, as well as various consulting projects for American and European networks. For the past several years, she’s been working with the performance artist Marina Abramovic on numerous projects, including “The Artist is Present” exhibition, as well as a new, six – channel video installation for an exhibition at the Moscow Garage Museum. As a director, this past year bore the completion of a music video for Antony and the Johnsons’ “Christina’s Farm”, and a short film featuring Marina Abramovic, which was screened at the Venice Art Biennale 2011. Milica grew up in Belgrade, Serbia where she studied film at the College of Dramatic Arts. She currently lives in New York.
RICARDO DIAZ CSC
(Director of Photography)
Ricardo Diaz discovered the love for being behind the camera while starting out in the business as an extra on set. Ricardo is known for his talent for lighting and for his quiet and professional demeanour on set. To date he has captured magic through the lens through obtaining over 60 credits for Dramas, 46 Documentaries 18 commercials some to name are “Ital Pasta”, “McCains”, “Bell Expressvu” “Budweiser” and many more.
He has also shot over 150 music videos. Fast forward to his experience in Film School.
Like most young aspiring film makers, he wanted to shoot music videos. He graduated with high expectations. As with most professions, he had to start somewhere so he began to work as an equipment manager with a large well known production house. His experience only fuelled the fire further to succeed! Ricardo and some friends started a production house of their own. He gained valuable experience is every aspect of production. Today, he volunteers his time and energy to helping aspiring film makers.
Ricardo specializes in feature films, documentaries, lifestyle T.V., commercials and music videos. He is an expert in all formats. His talents have not gone unnoticed; on the contrary, Ricardo has been recognized in the industry and has many awards under his belt such as A Silver Chris for the movie “The Matrix Reloaded”, A Gold special Jury Award for “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, A Gemini Award for Exhibit A for best photography.