IAN HARNARINE Who are you? Ian Harnarine

What do you do? Career Highlights? Filmmaker/Sound Mixer/Teacher. Winner of the Best Canadian Short Film at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival for Doubles With Slight Pepper Winner of the Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Film 2012 One of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2012

What makes a good video? What stood out about your picks? I’m interested in how visuals can either confirm or contrast the music. Watching how a director deals with that fascinates me.


PEDRO PIRES Who are you? Pedro Pires, director.

What do you do? Career Highlights? His film debut was in 1995 with The Sound of the Carceri, a documentary by filmmaker François Girard, in which he recreated the fictitious prisons of Piranesi around the cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 3D. This work won him an Emmy® Award for « Outstanding Visual Effects » and a Gemini Award for « Best Visual Effects » in 1998.

In 2008 his company produced the short film Danse Macabre, a multidisciplinary collaboration with Robert Lepage and AnneBruce Falconer, where he acted simultaneously as scriptwriter, director, photographer and editor. This film has won 43 international prizes, notably a Jutra and a Genie Award in 2010.

Pedro Pires designed the images for TOTEM, a new Cirque du Soleil show directed by Robert Lepage.

He is currently working on the feature film Triptyque, a partial adaptation of the play Lipsynch by Robert Lepage, with whom he is sharing the direction.

Moreover, this year he made his first foray in the opera world by designing the images for Siegfried, a segment of Wagner’s Ring produced by the New York Metropolitan Opera.

What makes a good video? What stood out about your picks? Clear concept, originality, craftsmanship

(Photo credit: Julie Perreault)

KARA BLAKE Filmmaker

KARA BLAKE Who are you? Kara Blake, audiovisual adventurer

What do you do? Career Highlights? I make short films, music videos and art installations in hopes that they will be screened in exotic destinations that I will be invited to.

A career highlight was being nominated alongside my idol Peter Mettler for Best Short Documentary at the Genie Awards in 2009 (and then winning!) for my film The Delian Mode about electronic music pioneer Delia Derbys hire.

What makes a good video? What stood out about your picks? A good video is one where the audio and visuals combine to produce a sum greater than its parts. My picks not only did this effectively and uniquely but with pizzazz!