Mayor's Arts Award for Film and New Media
Peg Campbell is a documentary and narrative filmmaker, whose work has received international acclaim. She has won awards from the Genies (now Canadian Screen Awards), Banff International Television Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Women in Film, and Reel2Real International Film Festival for Youth. Campbell’s films have been broadcast on CBC, Knowledge Network, PBS, WTN, A&E, and The Movie Channel. Her social activist films seek to rebalance power and unsettle societal assumptions.
Campbell has taught film at Emily Carr University of Art + Design since 1986, winning the Ian Wallace Teaching Award. She is ABD on her PhD in Philosophy (Media and Communications) from the European Graduate School and has an MFA in Creative Writing and Film Production from UBC. SFU awarded her the Outstanding Alumni Award for service to the community. She is a founding member of Cineworks Film Co-op, Women in Film Vancouver, and Women in the Director’s Chair.
Anaïsa Visser grew up all over the world, namely in Mozambique, the United States, then France, before moving to Vancouver to pursue an undergraduate degree at Emily Carr University. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Film, Video and Integrated Media. Since then, she’s worked at Emily Carr University, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, and currently works at William F. White International. She dedicates all of her spare time to helping others make their independent films, and to writing and producing her own independent work.
Most recently, her script, Send Us Smokes, won the Hot Shot Shorts contest in 2016. Visser was also a finalist in NYC Midnight's annual Screenwriting Challenge. Visser is passionate about storytelling, and hopes to one day make a career out of writing films. In the meantime, she is committed to improving her craft and spending plenty of time with her cat.