Brandon Cronenberg

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Brandon Cronenberg
Brandon Cronenberg

(1980-01-10) January 10, 1980 (age 41)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materRyerson University
  • Director
  • screenwriter
Years active2008–present
RelativesCaitlin Cronenberg (sister)

Brandon Cronenberg (born January 10, 1980)[1] is a Canadian director and screenwriter. He is the son of director David Cronenberg.


Cronenberg studied film at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He initially considered himself to be a "book nerd" growing up, who was interested in becoming a writer, painter or musician. He came to realize that film contained all those elements and attended film school.[2]


Cronenberg's first feature film Antiviral debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.[3][4] Cronenberg re-edited the movie after the festival to make it tighter, trimming nearly six minutes out of the film. The revised version was first shown at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it tied for the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film.[5][6] It later won the Citizen Kane Award for Best Debut Feature at the Sitges Film Festival.[7]

In 2019, Cronenberg premiered a short film titled Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You at the Cannes Film Festival in the International Critics' Week section.[8] The short won the Canal+ Grand Prize at L'Étrange Festival in Paris, and in December 2019 was included in TIFF's annual year-end Canada's Top Ten list for short films.[9][10]

His second feature film Possessor stars Christopher Abbott, Andrea Riseborough, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuppence Middleton and Sean Bean.[11] It premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section, and won awards for Best Feature Length Film and Best Direction at the Sitges Film Festival that year, as well as the Grand Prize at the 2021 Gérardmer Film Festival.[12][13][14] He has also directed music videos for the band Animalia.



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  2. ^ Stone, Jay (September 12, 2012). "I was a 'book nerd' not a cinephile, says Cronenberg son". Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Cannes seeing double Cronenbergs". Toronto Sun. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Kirkland, Bruce (September 9, 2012). "Brandon Cronenberg brings first feature film 'Antiviral' home". Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "2012 Toronto International Film Festival Winners". Collider. September 16, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "FESTIVAL ARCHIVES - Sitges Film Festival - Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya". Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (April 22, 2019). "Cannes Critics' Week Lineup Features 'Vivarium' With Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  9. ^ "L'Etrange 2019: VIVARIUM Wins Grand Prize, THE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALE Wins Audience Award". ScreenAnarchy. September 22, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  10. ^ Norman Wilner, "TIFF announces Canada's top 10 films of 2019". Now, December 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Ritman, Alex (February 10, 2019). "Berlin: Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stacy Martin Board Sci-Fi Thriller 'Possessor'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 4, 2019). "Sundance 2020: Angelina Jolie, Robert Redford, Riley Keough, Bruce Lee Docu, Lena Waithe & LGBTQ+ Rights Pack Lineup". Deadline. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  13. ^ de la Fuente, Anna Marie (October 18, 2020). "Brandon Cronenberg's 'Possessor Uncut' Wins the Sitges Festival's Best Film, Director Awards". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  14. ^ AlloCine. "Gérardmer 2021 : Possessor de Brandon Cronenberg et les sauterelles de La Nuée au Palmarès". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved March 4, 2021.

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