SOFIA BOHDANOWICZ


Sofia is a Toronto-based filmmaker. She won the Emerging Canadian Director award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival for her first feature, Never Eat Alone and had a retrospective of her body of work at BAFICI in 2017. Sofia is the winner of the 2017 Jay Scott Prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association and also won Best Canadian Documentary for Maison du bonheur from the Vancouver Critics Circle. She is a Berlinale Talents alumni and is currently in production for her third feature with Deragh Campbell. She is currently pursuing her MFA in film production at York University.

sofia.bohdanowicz@gmail.com

@sofiagolightly

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VESLEMØY'S SONG

The film follows a young woman named Audrey Benac who delves into the archives of the New York Public Library in search of a rare recording produced in 1909 titled Veslemøy's Song. Shot on hand-processed black and white 16mm, the film takes a docu-fiction approach to investigate the faded legacy of the once celebrated Canadian musician, Kathleen Parlow. [trailer]

Starring Deragh Campbell, Joan Benac, Steve Benac

2018 / 8 min / Canada / English / 1:37.1

Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver 2018
BFI London FIlm Festival, London 2018
New York Film Festival, New York City 2018
Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto 2018
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, 2018
MAISON DU BONHEUR

Maison du bonheur is a documentary that studies the day-to-day life of a Parisian astrologer, who has been residing in the same Montmartre apartment for over 50 years. [trailer]

2017 / 62 min / Canada / French / 1.37:1

Winner: Best Canadian Documentary, Vancouver Film Critics Circle, 2017

Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA, 2018
Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, USA, 2018
Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Kingston, Canada, 2018
Cinemateca Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia, 2017
Rencontres International du Documentaire Montréal, 2017
Reykjavík International Film Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland, 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2017
Hot Docs Canadian Int Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2017
BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017

A DROWNFUL BRILLIANCE OF WINGS

A short film exploring the mechanics of capture, based on the poem Arriving by Gillian Sze.

2016 / 8 min / Canada / English / 1.37:1

Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA, 2018
Fugue Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2017
BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2016
Pleasure Dome, Toronto New Works, Toronto, Canada, 2016
Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, Canada, 2016
Strangewaves Film Festival, Paris, Canada, 2016
NEVER EAT ALONE

Never Eat Alone is an unorthodox feature-length docu-drama that explores a forgotten romance. The film examines the filmmaker's grandmother's attempt to reconnect with an ex-lover. [trailer]

Starring Joan Benac, Deragh Campbell, George Radovics

2016 / 68 min / Canada / English / 1.78:1

Winner: Emerging Canadian Director, VIFF 2016

Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA, 2018
Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Canada, 2017
Mono No Aware, New York City, USA, 2017
BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Special Screening, Toronto, Canada, 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2016

Z WIERNSZY NIE DRUKOWANYCH (LAST POEM)

Two filmmakers drive around the Icelandic countryside attempting to film their own projects.

2013 / 12 min / Canada / English / 1.78:1

BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Presented by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Toronto, Canada, 2014
DoctorCLIP Poetry Film Festival, Rome, Italy, 2013
Birdtown & Swanville's "Friends and Outsiders", Toronto, Canada, 2013
DALSZA MODLITWA (ANOTHER PRAYER)

Dalsza Modlitwa explores the filmmaker's efforts to recreate a memory of her grandmother.

2013 / 6 min / Canada / English / 1.78:1

Festival de Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Canada, 2017

Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA, 2018
Mono No Aware, New York City, USA, 2017
Halifax Indenpendent Filmmakers Festival, Canada, 2017
BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2016 First Look, Museum of Moving Image, New York City, USA, 2015 TIFF Bell Lightbox, Presented by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Toronto, Canada 2014
FAWN Opera, Synesthesia III, Toronto, Canada, 2014

WIECZÓR (AN EVENING)

Wieczór investigates the interior of a recently emptied home.

2013 / 19 min / Canada / Polish / 1.78:1

Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA, 2018
Festival de Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Canada, 2017
Mono No Aware, New York City, USA, 2017
Halifax Indenpendent Filmmakers Festival, Canada, 2017
BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2016 First Look, Museum of Moving Image, New York City, USA, 2015 TIFF Bell Lightbox, Presented by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Toronto, Canada, 2014
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, England, 2013
MODLITWA (A PRAYER)

Modlitwa follows a widowed woman caring for her home as she meditates on God, labour and nature.

2013 / 7 min / Canada / Polish / 1.78:1

Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA, 2018
Festival de Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Canada, 2017
Mono No Aware, New York City, USA, 2017
Halifax Indenpendent Filmmakers Festival, Canada, 2017
BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2016 First Look, Museum of Moving Image, New York City, USA, 2015 TIFF Bell Lightbox, Presented by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Toronto, Canada, 2014
DUNDAS STREET

Dundas Street, co-directed by Joanna Durkalec, follows an elderly immigrant woman’s efforts to find meaning in an alienating city. As she questions the flaws and humanity of Dundas Street, she forms a connection with a Maltese fruit merchant and imagines escaping with him.

2012 / 9 min / Canada / Polish / 1.78:1

BAFICI - Retrospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
Higher Learning: Emerging Filmmakers Talk Spiritual and Cultural Identity, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, Canada, 2016
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Presented by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Toronto, Canada 2014
Polish Short Waves Festival, Poznań, Poland, 2013
International Poetry Meeting, Münster, Germany, 2013
East End Film Festival, London, England, 2013
Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2012
TarpFest Poezijos Festivalis, Klaipėda, Lithuania, 2012
Okapi Czyli Zmieszani Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2012
FALLING WITH FORCE.

A mosaic of heartbreak and vulnerability.

2009 / 4 min / Canada / English / 1.78:1

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009