Peter Wintonick

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Peter Wintonick
BornJune 10, 1953
DiedNovember 18, 2013(2013-11-18) (aged 60)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationDocumentary filmmaker
ChildrenMira Burt-Wintonick
AwardsGovernor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Peter Kenneth Wintonick (June 10, 1953 – November 18, 2013) was a Canadian independent documentary filmmaker based in Montreal. A winner of the 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, former Thinker in Residence for the Premier of South Australia, prolific award-winning filmmaker, he was one of Canada's best known international documentarians.


Born in Trenton, Ontario in 1953, Wintonick was the son of John Wintonick and Norma Latham. He was of Ukrainian descent.[1][2]

He founded Necessary Illusions Productions with Mark Achbar, and subsequently ran it with Francis Miquet. Wintonick was a co-founder of DocAgora, an event inserted into various film festivals showcasing cutting-edge digital strategies. He co-directed, with his daughter, Mira Burt-Wintonick, the 2009 documentary PilgrIMAGE, a film about documentary filmmaking.[3]

Wintonick died of cholangiocarcinoma on November 18, 2013, aged 60.[4]

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In early 2005, at the invitation of the premier of South Australia, he filled the post of Thinker in Residence, examining the future of documentaries and the digital revolution with a focus on educational and cultural legislation.[5]

Governor General's Award[edit]

Wintonick was the winner of a 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. His body of work includes dramatic features, theatrical documentaries, educational and socio-political works.


In 2014, a new award called the Peter Wintonick Award was given at Sheffield Doc/Fest to Vessel. The award was presented by Martin Rosenbaum, who read a message from Wintonick's daughter Mira, which said that she was very happy to see the award go to "a filmmaker who embodies his activist spirit."[6] Wintonick's film Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media was also screened at the festival.

He is the subject of his daughter Mira's 2019 film Wintopia.[7]


  1. ^ "Remembering documentary film legend Peter Wintonick". Art Threat. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1885-1980
  3. ^ "Peter Wintonick, Canadian documentary great, dead at 60". CBC News. 18 November 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  4. ^ ReelScreen obituary (November 18, 2013)
  5. ^ "Adelaide Thinkers in Residence - Peter Wintonick". Govt. of South Australia. Archived from the original on 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  6. ^ "Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 Awards Announced". Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  7. ^ Alex Rose, "Montreal filmmaker Peter Wintonick is the subject of a very personal new film". Cult MTL, March 26, 2021.

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