John Banovich

John Banovich

Director, Director of Photography and Producer

Vancouver, Canada

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October 2019
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About John

John Banovich is an international director and cinematographer, having
directed the award winning feature film Stolen Path and Sharp as
Marbles. John also directed the award winning documentaries Rocky
Mountains Encounter, Magical History Tour and The Honest Truth. He
has twenty-five years of expertise filming natural history / wildlife in every
province and territory of Canada, as well as functioning as 2nd unit director
and/or DP on several feature films and television series. He received his
bachelors degree in film from Bedford U, is a full member of the CSC
(Canadian Society of Cinematographers), a DP & drone DP with IATSE
669 and director with the DGC. This year he was awarded “Best Director”
from the 40th Anniversary Telly Awards, Docs with out Borders Film
Festival, and Royal Wolf Film Awards, as well as “Best Cinematography”
from the Asian Cinematography Awards, South Cinematographic
Academy and Pinnacle Film Awards.

What makes him even more unique, John is a director with disabilities
having survived death after a horrific head on collision with an impaired
driver at extreme speed. He spent many years writing and directing antidrinking
driving commercial as well as speaking to hundreds of thousands
of young people about the dangers.

John’s recent natural history documentary Rocky Mountains Encounter
was shot in 6K Full Frame 16-bit colour and mastered 6K 16-bit colour,
engaging the wildlife of this region during the peak of the worst wild fire
season on record. He is now completing the development of his event
series Stutthof Diaries, a true story based on the only surviving journal
from the Stutthof concentration camp in northern Europe WWII. A
chronicle of romance and survival as revealed through the lives of the
Norwegian people and tells of their encounter with the Nazi hatred
especially towards the Jewish community.



  • Directors Screen Awards - Platinum

  • Accolade Global Film Competition - Best Director

  • Telly Awards (40th Anniversary) - Best Director

  • Royal Wolf Film Awards - Best Director

  • Vegas Movie Awards - Award of Excellence

  • Pinnacle Film Awards - Best Documentary

  • Docs without Borders - Outstanding Excellence

  • Accolade Global Film Competition - Award of Merit

  • Telly Awards (40th Anniversary) – Best Nature/Wildlife

  • Pinnacle Film Awards – Best Documentary

  • Royal Wolf Film Awards – Best Documentary

  • Jakarta Film Awards - Golden Award

  • Jakarta Film Awards - Award of Merit

  • WRPN.TV Short, Tight and Loose Global Film Festival - Outstanding Excellence

  • Best Shorts Competition - Award of Excellence

  • Independent Shorts Awards – Best Short Documentary

  • Asian Cinematography Awards - Best Cinematography

  • Pinnacle Film Awards – Best Cinematography

  • SFAAF – Best Cinematography

  • Brazil International Film Festival - Best Director

  • Leo Awards - Best Cinematographer

  • New York City Film Festival - Best Director


  • Bedford University

  • Trinity Western University

  • Simon Fraser University

  • Douglas College (Canada)

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