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
Nominated for Best Documentary
Bluefin
Open World Toronto Film Festival
Toronto
2018
Grand Winner: Best Feature Documentary
Bluefin
California Film Awards
San Diego
2018
The Wildlife Award
Bluefin
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
San Francisco
2017
Nominated in Social Justice Competition
Bluefin
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara
2017
Nominated Best Feature Documentary
Bluefin
Raindance Film Festival
London
2017
Best Atlantic Filmmaker Award
Bluefin
Lunenburg DocFest
Lunenburg
2016
Encore Screening - Audience Award
Bluefin
Saltspring Island Film Festival
Saltspring
Nominated for Best Documentary
Bluefin
Yorkton Film Festival
Yorkton
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