In 2007, Ian Bawa, a born and raised Winnipegger, switch paths in becoming a lawyer to pursue career in filmmaking. As a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Film program, Ian’s bachelor film ‘Offline’ (a co-production between University of Winnipeg and multiple German Art Universities) was met with great success and toured around the world, winning at festivals such as Yorkton Film Festival and Fargo Film Festival. Ian’s film career started out interning in the lighting department and working in every department a set (both big and small) can offer from there. This allowed Ian to learn, appreciate, and understand every aspect of filmmaking and become a Swiss army knife of skills and knowledge when producing on and off set. Since then, Ian has produced, directed, and worked on a number of features, short films, documentaries, music videos, and a variety of other projects. His past work has won him many accolades and recognition locally and around the world, and has been written about in publications such as Ain't it Cool News, The AV Club, and was recently awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick for his film The Champ. His last film, Imitations, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival with great acclaim, and toured globally from there, playing at festivals such as Vancouver International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and many others.
What is Greatness?
Ian Bawa's origin story on how he became a filmmaker is threaded by personal loss and his subsequent quest for greatness. In this moving PechaKucha Night Winnipeg talk, Ian recounts the events from before his days as an award-winning filmmaker that inspired him to use his creativity and passion to fit his own definition of greatness, and passes on some indispensable words of wisdom to help us on our own personal quests.
Ian's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 36, on November 22 2018, at the Park Theatre.
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