Toronto-Based Producer Ed Barreveld Named 2016 Don Haig Award Recipient

On May 2, Hot Docs announced Ed Barreveld as the recipient of the 2016 Don Haig Award, recognizing creative vision and entrepreneurship, as well as a track record of mentoring emerging Canadian filmmakers. Now in its eleventh year, The Don Haig Award is presented to an outstanding Canadian independent producer with a feature-length official selection at the Festival, and is selected by a jury of independent producers.

Barreveld is the producer of League of Exotique Dancers (D: Rama Rau), which had its world premiere as the opening night film at Hot Docs on Thursday, April 28. He will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation and Telefilm Canada, at the Hot Docs Awards Presentation on Friday, May 6.

Storyline Entertainment’s Ed Barreveld is a veteran of the Canadian film and television industry who honed his filmmaking skills at the National Film Board of Canada. Post NFB, he line produced independent documentaries for various broadcasters before co-founding Storyline Entertainment in 2000 for its inaugural release Aftermath: The Remnants of War, a double Gemini Award nominee. Since 2004 he has been Storyline’s sole principal, creating an international profile for the company with auteur driven social/political point of view documentaries and distinctive history programming.

In addition to developing young talent, Barreveld has worked with some of Canada’s finest filmmakers and has forged partnerships with co-producers and investors in Germany, Belgium, Australia, Greece and the United States, creating a critically acclaimed body of work. Barreveld’s films have sold internationally, have shown at festivals such as Tribeca, Hot Docs, IDFA, TIFF and have garnered many awards, including Gemini Awards for Shipbreakers (2005) and Tiger Spirit (2009), a Canadian Screen Award for The Real Inglorious Bastards (2014), an Emmy Award for Herman’s House (2014) and an Emmy nomination for The World Before Her (2014).

He is currently producing the feature documentary Shadow Girl, a treaty co-production with Chile, the feature documentary Dolphin Man a treaty co-production with France and Greece and Take Light, Shasha Nakhai’s first feature documentary.

As part of the Award, the recipient can name an emerging female documentary filmmaker to receive a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of Telefilm Canada, and professional development opportunities at the Hot Docs Festival to further her career path. Barreveld has named Toronto-based filmmaker Shasha Nakhai as recipient of this prize.

Past winners of the Don Haig Award include filmmakers Anne Pick (2015), Michael McNamara (2014), Merit Jensen Carr (2013), Mia Donovan (2012), Rama Rau (2011), Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji (2010), Brett Gaylor (2009), Yung Chang (2008), Hubert Davis (2007), and Guylaine Dionne (2006).

Photo: 2016 Don Haig recipient Ed Barreveld with director Rama Rau and Hot Docs’ Shane Smith at the opening night screening of League of Exotique Dancers, by Joseph Michael Howarth.

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