Writer/Director John Hopkins debut National Film Board of Canada (NFB) doc feature BLUEFIN is selling out on the international festival circuit. BLUEFIN recently won the 2016 Lunenburg Best Atlantic Filmmaker Award, and 2017 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Wildlife Awards. It was Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2017 Raindance Film Festival and screened in Competition at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Social Justice and Reel Nature categories. BLUEFIN is currently nominated for a Golden Sheaf in the Nature/Science category at the Yorkton Film Festival. Previous to Bluefin, Hopkins directed, shot, and edited the short documentary Timepiece (2010), profiling the artwork and ideas of his mother Hilda Woolnough RCA.
As a cinematographer, Hopkins has shot or contributed to many doc projects including the feature doc Kitchen Goddess (NFB) and Tops and Bottoms (TVO/Arte). John Hopkins' camera contributions recently helped the 3D/4K dramatic feature Forty Below win the coveted Lumiere Award in Hollywood. His contributions to the feature doc In The Gutter and Other Good Places led to a share award for Best Cinematography at Hot Docs (1993). Hopkins has attended festivals worldwide, and pitched at the IDFA Forum with CBC’s Nature of Things. John Hopkins has won many awards for his work. Hisi very first film, a short experimental dramatic film called Portfolio (1989) won Best Film, Best Director, Writer, Score and Editing at the Atlantic Film Festival. He holds a double major BA in Film Studies and Political Science from Carleton University