Adam Garnet Jones

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Adam Garnet Jones is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter.[1]

Of Cree and Métis ancestry,[1] Jones grew up in Alberta and British Columbia.[2] Battling suicidal impulses in his early teens as he came to terms with being gay,[2] he recovered a sense of purpose by making short films and videos and attending the Gulf Islands Film and Television School,[2] and subsequently moved to Toronto, Ontario to study film at Ryerson University.[2] After graduating from Ryerson, his short film Cloudbreaker premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival,[2] and he coordinated a youth film and video program for Toronto's Inside Out Film and Video Festival.[3]

He subsequently made the short films A Small Thing, Wave a Red Flag and Liar, wrote an episode of the television series Cashing In, and was a writer and story editor on the television series Mohawk Girls.[4]

His feature film debut, Fire Song, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[5] Fire Song went on to pick up Audience Choice awards at four film festivals, including the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Jones' second film, Great Great Great, premiered at the Canadian Filmmakers' Festival in March 2017, where it won three of the festival's top awards for Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Performance. Great Great Great was released theatrically that same year.[6] At the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018, Jones and Sarah Kolasky received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.[7]

In 2018 he published his first young adult novel, an adaptation of Fire Song.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Young, native and gay, filmmaker champions inclusion for all". Edmonton Journal, March 24, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Young filmmaker knows his subject matter well". Toronto Star, September 14, 2006.
  3. ^ "Coming out on film; Young gays share what it's like 'They aren't sure where they fit in'". Toronto Star, May 19, 2006.
  4. ^ "Adam Garnet Jones prepares to make first feature-length film" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.. Urban Native, July 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Toronto: Canadian Film Lineup Showcases Hollywood, Foreign Stars". The Hollywood Reporter, August 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Canadian Film Fest opens for patriotic moviegoers: Projections". Toronto Star, March 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Canadian Screen Awards showers love on (almost) everyone". Now, January 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Adam Garnet Jones adapts his award-winning film into a YA novel with universal appeal". Quill & Quire, March 2018.

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