Peter Wintonick

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Peter Wintonick
Born 1953
Trenton, Ontario
Died November 18, 2013
Cause of death Cholangiocarcinoma
Citizenship Canadian
Occupation Documentary filmmaker
Children Mira Burt-Wintonick
Awards Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Peter Wintonick (1953 – November 18, 2013) was an 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 is one of Canada's best known international documentarians.

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.[1]

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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.[2]

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.


Wintonick died of cholangiocarcinoma on November 18, 2013, aged 60.[3]

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."[4] Wintonick's film Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media was also screened at the festival.


  1. ^ "Peter Wintonick, Canadian documentary great, dead at 60". CBC News. 18 November 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Adelaide Thinkers in Residence - Peter Wintonick". Govt. of South Australia. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  3. ^ ReelScreen obituary (November 18, 2013)
  4. ^ "Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 Awards Announced". Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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