Connor Gaston

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Connor Gaston is a Canadian film director based in British Columbia, known for making films with religious themes.

Early life[edit]

Gaston was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grew up in Fredericton. His parents are both authors, Bill Gaston and Dede Crane. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 10.[1]


Connor's short film "Bardo" (originally titled "Bardo Light") played at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.[2][3] Connor's short films "Godhead" and "'Til Death" played at various film festivals.[4][5][6]

Gaston's feature debut, The Devout, premiered on 2015-10-02 at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival (where it was selected as one of ten films in competition for the Busan Bank Award).[7]


Gaston's short films "Bardo Light", "'Til Death" , and "Godhead" were all nominated for Leo Awards in the Student Production category.[8][9][10]

At the 2014 Student Film Festival (organized within the framework of the Montreal World Film Festival), Gaston's short film "'Til Death" won the Norman McLaren Award for the Overall Winner.[11]

At the 2014 Whistler Film Festival, Gaston's short film "Godhead" won the Student ShortWork award.[12][13]

At the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, Gaston won the B.C. Emerging Filmmaker award for The Devout.[14][15]

At the 2016 Leo Awards, Gaston's film The Devout won the top prize (Best Motion Picture) and various other awards including Best Screenwriting for Gaston himself.[16]


  1. ^ Douglas Todd (2015-09-25). "VIFF: B.C.'s Connor Gaston describes himself as an 'agnostic Buddhist'". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  2. ^ "Bardo Light (programme note)". TIFF. Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  3. ^ "Connor Gaston (streaming audio)". All Points West. CBC. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2015-10-24. A young Victoria director saw his film premier at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. We check in with Connor Gaston.
  4. ^ "Godhead (programme note)". TIFF. Archived from the original on 2014-11-25.
  5. ^ "Love & Danger". Victoria Film Festival. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  6. ^ "Cinéfest Sudbury features short films on shortest day of the year". CBC News. 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  7. ^ Denise Ryan (2015-09-24). "VIFF: Vancouver has starred in many Hollywood movies, but rarely as itself". Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  8. ^ "2013 Nominees by Name". Leo Awards. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  9. ^ "2014 Leo Awards Nominees by Name". Leo Awards. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  10. ^ "2015 Leo Awards Nominees by Name". Leo Awards. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  11. ^ "2014 Awards for the student film festival - National competition and International Competition" (Press release). Montreal World Film Festival. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  12. ^ "Whistler Film Festival Announces 2014 Winners" (PDF) (Press release). Whistler Film Festival. 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  13. ^ Brent Furdyk (2014-12-07). "2014 Whistler Film Festival Announces Winners". ET Canada. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  14. ^ "Media Release: VIFF Announces BC Spotlight and Canadian Images Awards" (Press release). Jive Communications. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  15. ^ Adrian Mack (2015-10-04). "VIFF 2015: Fractured Land takes best B.C. film prize". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  16. ^ "Leo Awards, Winners by Name". Retrieved 2017-03-31.

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