Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Bretten Hannam: FIN Film Fest Maker & Mentor

Bretten Hannam received a Talent Trust scholarship in 2006 and has become a successful filmmaker whose films deal with themes of community, culture, and language with a focus on Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ identity.  Their films include "North Mountain" which won Best Original Score at the Atlantic Film Festival and the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature, and "Wildfire" which premiered at BFI Flare and played at Frameline LGBT Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, ImagineNative, and InsideOut LGBT Film Festival.  

Bretten directed and co-produced the short film "Mawitai'kw" which will be screened during the Atlantic Shorts Program 1 at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.  This film tells the story of Two-Spirit people across Wabanaki territory who overcome distance, isolation and a pandemic to unite as a community and share perspectives.  You can buy tickets and see screening dates/times for the FIN Film Festival here

Bretten also hosted the RBC Script Development Program, where four writers were selected by a jury based on their feature film outlines.  The writers then worked with Bretten through virtual weekend sessions and a pitch workshop to prepare to pitch their feature film ideas to a panel of industry professionals at the FIN Makers RBC Emerging Artists Project Script Pitch Event.  Cited by FIN as "one of Canada's top story editors", Bretten continues to impact the film industry with their own films and through the mentorship of other emerging filmmakers.  

Bretten is a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, Outfest Screenwriting Lab, Whistler's Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, and the CFC Screenwriter's Lab.  For more about Bretten, visit their website. 


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