Filmmaking is the most wonderful and production education one can have about all aspects of life; a dramatic study of passions and perspectives that thankfully never ends.
Writer/Director/DP John Hopkins debut feature documentary BLUEFIN, produced by the NFB, is garnering international recognition winning: the Grand Award for “Best Documentary” at the 2017 California Awards, the 2017 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival “Wildlife Award” and 2016 Lunenburg “Best Atlantic Filmmaker Award.” Out of 10,000 submissions Bluefin was Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at 2017 Raindance Film Festival and screened in Competition at the prestigious 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Social Justice Category. Other 2017 Nominations for Best Documentary include a Golden Sheaf at York and the Toronto Open Worldwide Open Film Festival. Bluefin is being distributed by the NFB and internationally by Gravitas Ventures. Previous to Bluefin, Hopkins directed and shot hid short documentary Timepiece (2010), profiling the artwork of his mother Hilda Woolnough RCA.
As a cinematographer, Hopkins has shot many doc projects including the feature doc Kitchen Goddess (NFB) and Tops and Bottoms (TVO/Arte). His cinematography (shared credit) for the genie award-winning feature doc In The Gutter and Other Good Places won Best Cinematography at Hot Docs (1993). John Hopkins' camera contributions recently helped the 3D/4K dramatic feature Forty Below win the 2016 coveted Lumiere Award in Hollywood. From the start of his filmmaking career, Hopkins gained recognition. His first short film Portfolio (1989) which he shot with a 16mm Bolex won Best Film, Best Director, Writer, Score and Editing at the Atlantic Film Festival. Currently, he is developing a new documentary for CBC’s Nature of Things which he will also shoot and direct.
Nominated for Best Documentary
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
Open World Toronto Film Festival
Toronto
2018
Grand Winner: Best Feature Documentary
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
California Film Awards
San Diego
2017
Nominated Best Feature Documentary
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
Raindance Film Festival
London
2017
The Wildlife Award
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
San Francisco
2017
Nominated in Social Justice Competition
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara
2017
Best Atlantic Filmmaker Award
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
Lunenburg DocFest
Lunenburg
2016
Encore Screening - Audience Award
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
Saltspring Island Film Festival
Saltspring
Nominated for Best Documentary
Bluefin: The Last of the Giants
Yorkton Film Festival
Yorkton
College
Carleton University
Double Major in Film Studies and Political Science
19821986
College
Sheridan College
Media Arts
19871989
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand. - Ernest Hemingway
Filmmaking is the most wonderful and production education one can have about all aspects of life; a dramatic study of passions and perspectives that thankfully never ends.
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