Su_Rynard_DirectorSu Rynard 

From early video art to recent feature films, Su Rynard has worked across a range of approaches: dramatic, experimental, documentary, and installation. Her films have screened in festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Her media work has been exhibited at the MOMA in New York and the National Gallery of Canada. Her debut dramatic feature film Kardia was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and her recent documentary The Messenger won nine awards including Best Conservation Program at Jackson Hole Film Festival.  Her short experimental documentary As Soon As Weather Will Permit, was recently awarded the People’s Choice award at the Imagine Science Festival in New York. Mosquito produced by yapfilms for Discovery Impact and narrated by Jeremy Renner, is her forth feature film.

Su Rynard is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and was a Director Resident at the Canadian Film Centre. Su Rynard is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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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