Lisa Jackson

filmmaker, director, producer

Toronto, CA

documentaries environmental animation

Toronto-based Lisa Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has shown at SXSW, Berlinale, Hotdocs, Tribeca and London BFI, and aired widely on television. Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier is one of the most-watched documentaries on CBC and won the 2017 imagineNATIVE Best Doc award. Firmly rooted in social and environmental change, she’s known for ingenuity in form. Her short Lichen premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and she’s made short works ranging from IMAX to VR, animation to a residential school musical. Her Webby-nominated VR Biidaaban: First Light premiered at Tribeca, exhibited internationally to 25,000 people, and won a Canadian Screen Award (Canada’s Oscar), the second time she’s received this honour. Her feature documentary Wilfred Buck recently received funding through the Sundance Sandbox Fund, and through her new company Door Number 3 Productions, she’s taken on producing, including supporting the Indigenous feature Ojiibikaan, which won the 2020 Corus-Hot Docs Best Canadian Pitch Prize. She’s received Telefilm and Harold Greenberg funding for Mush Hole, an animated feature based on true events that can be described as a coming-of-age story for girls in a prison (residential school). A well-known mentor and advocate for Indigenous screen sovereignty, she’s an alumna of TIFF Talent and Writers Labs, IDFA Summer School, and garnered a thesis prize for her MFA in Film at York University. She is Anishinaabe from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.