Su_Rynard_DirectorSu Rynard 

is media artist with an expansive body of work that spans three decades. From her early video art created in the late 1980’s to her recent feature films, Rynard has worked across a range of approaches: dramatic, experimental, documentary, and installation.

Su Rynard’s installations have been exhibited at the Ormeau Baths Gallery in Belfast and at Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto.  Her videos have been screened in galleries including The National Galley of Canada, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and The Tate Britain. Her short films and videos have screened at film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the 11TH Biennial of Moving Images Geneva. Her feature film KARDIA was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2005 Hamptons Film Festival (USA) and the Best Narrative Film Award at Scinema 2006 in Sydney Australia.

Su Rynard was born on the Downsview Airforce Base, a world apart from the city of Toronto surrounding her. She received an entrance scholarship to York University, and was awarded the George A. Reid Scholarship and the Melvile P. White Scholarship before graduating with honours from the Ontario College of Art. Su Rynard was one of ten filmmakers from across Canada selected to be a resident at the Canadian Film Centre in 1996. In 1998 and 2000 she attended arts residency at Yaddo in New York.

Su Rynard’s most recent project “Songbird SOS” is one of four documentaries invited to be developed through the innovative CFC/NFB Documentary Program.

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  • THE MESSENGER  Prix Buffon, Paris Science, Le festival international du film scientifique, 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Special Jury Award, Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Special Mention for Best Documentary, CinemAmbiente, Italy 2015
  • THE MESSENGER Best Environmental Film Prize, Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature, Abbeville Cedex /France 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Winner: Best of Fest, International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula, Montana 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Winner: Best Theatrical Feature, International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula, Montana 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Nominated for Dutch International Science Film Festival NTR Audience Award & Youth Jury Award, 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Whistleblower Award Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival, 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Favourite Documentary Feature, North Bay Film Festival, 2016
  • THE MESSENGER Recipient of the 2015 Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award presented by Ontario NatureTHE MESSENGER Best Conservation Film, Jackson Hole Film Festival 2015
  • THE MESSENGER Special Mention Best Documentary, CinemAmbiente 2015
  • THE MESSENGER Hot Docs Top Ten Audience Favourite, 2015
  • AS SOON AS WEATHER WILL PERMIT Imagine Science Film Festival NY, Nature People’s Choice Award, 2015
  • AS SOON AS WEATHER WILL PERMIT Imagine Science Film Festival NY, Runner up, Nature Scientific Merit Award, 2015
  • SONGBIRDSOS Sunny Side Doc Pitch Awards 2012, Best Feature Doc Project
  • KARDIA Alfred P. Sloan Award Feature Film Prize, 2005
  • KARDIA SCinema, Sydney Australia, Best Narrative Film Award, 2006
  • BUG GIRL Creative Vision Award Earth Dance Film Festival. 2005
  • STRANDS Silver Award winner Worldfest Houston, 1997
  • SIGNAL Mediawave Festival Hungary, Best Editing, 1994
  • SIGNAL Best Short Film Cabbagetown Film and Video Festival, 1993
  • SEXUAL HEALING Nomination for M. Joan Chalmers Documentarian Award for Film & Video, 1992