Ngardy Conteh George

Represented by: Meaghan Denomme

Bio

Co-founder of OYA Media Group, Ngardy Conteh George is a two-time Canadian Screen Award winning filmmaker, a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow and grantee, and recipient of grants from the Toronto and Ontario Art Councils and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is committed to working with marginalized, and often unheard communities, especially those that represent the rich cultures and complexities of the African Diaspora.  Most recently she directed, co-wrote and co-produced TV hour ‘Mr. Jane and Finch’ winner of two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards: the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Writing for a Documentary. The film was commissioned by CBC Docs POV and nominated for a Golden Sheaf award.

Her films also include documentary ‘Dudley Speaks for Me’ (Best Canadian Presentation, Caribbean Tales Int’l Film Festival, 2016) and award-winning Sundance Documentary Film Fund supported feature length documentary ‘The Flying Stars’ (Best Documentary – BronzeLens Film Festival, 2015).

Along with founder Alison Duke, she leads the OYA Emerging Filmmakers program (formerly Black Youth Pathway 2 Industry) which fosters networking, mentoring, skill training and job opportunities for postgraduate Black youth. ‘Being Black in Toronto’ (2020), a documentary series produced through the program during its 2nd year, won a 2021 Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series. Ngardy is also a 2021 RBC Women of Influence Awardee.

She is currently working on her first immersive VR project, ‘Wa’Omoni Rising’ and is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and Documentary Organization of Canada.

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SELECTED WORK 

Co-producer // Toronto, Canada, 2018 – present
Feature Length Documentary: Away with Words
*In pre-production with NFB, Doc Channel, Oya Media Group

Director/Producer/Writer // Toronto, Canada, 2018 – present
360 Cinematic VR Documentary: Wa’Omoni Rising: A Cinematic Experience
*In development with NFB, Bell Slate Fund, Oya Media Group

Director/Producer/Writer // Toronto, Canada, 2018 – 2019
TV-hour Documentary: Mr. Jane & Finch
Producers: Charlotte Engel, CBC POV, Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George -Oya Media Group
*Premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival, Commissioned by CBC, Nominated – Golden Sheaf Award, Winner – Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, Best Writing in a Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards

Director/Writer/Editor // Toronto, Canada, 2016
Documentary: Dudley Speaks for Me (8 mins)
Part of the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project short documentary series  Winner of Best Canada Presentation – Caribbean Tales Film Festival (2016)

Co-Director/Editor/Producer // Toronto, Canada & Sierra Leone, West Africa, 2014
Feature Length Documentary: The Flying Stars
Producers: Ngardy Conteh George, Allan Tong, Katarina Soukup – Mattru Media Inc Festivals include RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival, *Best documentary award – Bronze Lens Film Festival (Atlanta), New York African Film Festival, Women’s International Film Festival (Florida), Toronto Black Film Festival and more. Broadcast on CBC documentary channel, NHK, DR, AL-Jazeera,

Producer/Director/Editor // Toronto, Canada, 2010 – present
Corporate branded short videos and trailers Mattru Media— clients include Water front Toronto, High Liner Foodservice & Ballet Jorgen

Video Editor/Producer/Camera // Toronto, Canada, 2008 – 2011
½ hour Television Series: Cypher (2 seasons) (Hip hop scene magazine style show)
Broadcast on AUX
Producers: Ngardy Conteh and Philman George, Mattru Media Inc.

Director/Editor/Producer/Camera // Barbuda, The Caribbean, 2008 – 2011
Cooking/Entertainment Series: The Rhyming Chef Barbuda
Broadcast on Bite TV/AUX
Producers: Philman George, Ngardy Conteh – Mattru Media & The Rhyming Chef

Director/Editor/Producer // Toronto, Canada 2007
1/2 hour Documentary: Circle of Slavery
Premiered at the 2011 Sierra Leone International Film Festival

Video Editor // Toronto, Canada, 2006 – 2008
Television Series: Arts & Minds (1/2 hour weekly series) and Bravo!News
Broadcast on CTV, Bravo! and CP24

Director/Writer // Toronto, Canada, 2004
Documentary: Soldiers for the Streets (11 minutes)
Broadcast on CBC Newsworld
Producer: Gerry Flahive – National Film Board of Canada
Festivals include Vues D’Afrique Film Festival 2005, Detroit Docs Film Festival

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana) 2001
    -Specialized in Film/Vide
    -Scholarship athlete on the NCAA Division 1 – UNO track and field team
  • NFB Momentum Documentary Filmmakers Workshop – 2004
  • WIFT – Production Management for Producers – May 2005
  • Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellowship at the Sundance Film Festival – 2012
  • Hot Docs Forum – Pitch in 2012 with The Flying Stars (formerly Leone Stars)

GRANTS & AWARDS

  • Innoversity Creative Summit – Winner of Documentary Pitch contest – 2003
  • 2011 Winner of the Telefilm Toronto International Film Festival Pitch This! competition for The Flying Stars (formerly Leone Stars)
  • Toronto Arts Council Emerging Media Artists production grant, 2011
  • Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grant for The Flying Stars (formerly Leone Stars) – 2011 and 2012 (3 grants)
  • Ontario Arts Council Skills and Career Development grant, 2015
  • Best documentary award for ‘The Flying Stars’ – Bronze Lens Film Festival (Atlanta), 2015
  • Canada Council for the Arts – Explore and Create Grant, 2019
  • Winner – Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, Best Writing in a Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards, 2020
  • Winner – Best Direction in a Documentary Series – Being Black in Toronto (OYA Emerging Filmmaker Program Participants Win)

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OYA MEDIA GROUP:
https://www.oyamediagroup.com/

MR. JANE AND FINCH (2019)
Documentary
https://gem.cbc.ca/media/cbc-docs-pov/season-2/episode-13/38e815a-010710e4462

DUDLEY SPEAKS FOR ME (2016)
Documentary
https://vimeo.com/182718281

THE FLYING STARS (2014)
Documentary
https://vimeo.com/316162652/fb308a4bf1