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Other films directed by Peter Wintonick

China Heavyweight
The Street: A Film with the Homeless
Poetry in Motion
A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution
Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment

Peter Wintonick


A self-proclaimed film festival addict, Wintonick's career spanned decades and took him all over the world.

You could see him in Iceland, India, Sheffield, Australia—the man was welcome everywhere. He spent much time in China and eventually came up with the idea and co-produced Yung Chang’s follow up to Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight. He was always at IDFA, Amsterdam’s Documentary Festival, which he helped to raise to legendary status. He relished his role as co-host of “tea time talks” with festival director Ally Derks and had previously produced talk shows, which featured doc-makers from around the world talking about their craft.

A winner of the 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, former Thinker in Residence for the Premier of South Australia, prolific award winning filmmaker, he is one of Canada's best known international documentarians.

The Ontario-born, Montreal-based Wintonick was best known for the 1992 documentary Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, produced by his Montreal-based production company, Necessary Illusions. The film took home awards from festivals around the globe and, according to the NFB, remains one of the most commercially successful documentaries in Canadian history.

In 2005, Wintonick was invited by the premier of South Australia to be a "Thinker in Residence." The following year, he won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

He was also one of the founders of DocAgora, a filmmaker collective that focuses on cutting-edge, digital documentary production and new ways of funding filmmakers.


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