Up-and-coming independent filmmaker Gerald Patrick Fantone has fearlessly delved into the Canadian film industry after moving to Toronto from his native Philippines. Gerald’s professional training started at York University where he holds a BFA in Film Production. He is also a Berlinale Talents (Germany) alumnus where he was one of six Canadians to attend the program in 2011 and most recently attended the National Screen Institute’s (NSI) acclaimed Drama Prize Program. His mentorships with Canadian directors Jerry Ciccorritti and John Greyson were also integral in shaping his voice as a filmmaker.
Gerald has made a name for himself with films that have played around the world including Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (UK), Vancouver International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival Outreach Programs. Additionally, his films have been featured by the Canadian Film Centre and Motion Picture of Canada; as well as acquired for international distribution.
AWARDS & GRANTS
- Toronto Arts Council – Media Arts (2014)
- National Screen Institute (NSI) Drama Prize Program (2013)
- BravoFACT! Grant (2013)
- Canadian Film Centre (CFC) “The Reel Challenge” – First Prize Winner (2012)
- Jennifer Warren, “CBC Short Story Prize Winner Heads to the Big Screen”, September 4, 2014
- Lauren MacDiarmid, “Latest NSI Drama Prize Teams Annouced”, February 20, 2013
- Brian Mullen, “Canadians Win Big with The Reel Challenge”, March 2, 2012
- Ng See Quan, Danielle “CFC Awards $15,000 to Reel Challenge Winners”, March 5, 2012
- Élise Proulx, “Telefilm Canada Salutes the Canadian Presence at the 61st Berlinale”, February 3, 2011