Jeremy Lutter
Filmmaker Biography

Measuring in at a height of six feet seven inches tall, Jeremy Lutter understands the benefit of standing out in a crowd. Jeremy grew up on an island on the West Coast of Canada. He graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies. He first worked as an editor in the film industry while directing music videos. In 2008 he was attending a film festival in the Okanagan where he was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. Jeremy's taxi was struck by a drunk driver in an SUV. The taxi driver was killed on impact and Jeremy was rushed to hospital in an ambulance where paramedics told him, "You're lucky to be alive."

This near death experience had a huge effect on Jeremy. The bones in his left hand had shattered needing to be rebuilt in surgery. The bones eventually healed but his outlook on life was forever changed. Don’t wait to follow your dreams because life could be shorter than you think. He has made the most of every day since the car accident and made his goal of being a film director the top priority.

Within 2 years, he won a grant to make his first narrative short film. It was a huge success and won several awards including the audience award at TIFF Kids. He went on to win several more short film grants and those films have screened all over the world including Toronto, London, New York, Busan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Portland, Sonoma, Madagascar, & Dubai to name a few. He has worked with most film funding agencies in Canada including Harold Greenburg Fund, NSI, MPPIA, Canada Council of the Arts, BC Arts Council, The Movie Network, MuchFACT, BravoFACT and Telefilm Canada.

Jeremy's debut feature, The Hollow Child, was made through Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Funding Program for first time feature directors. The Hollow Child won Best Female Performance twice. First at the Leo Awards (Oscar style awards show in Canada) and then again at its European premiere in Portugal. With its festival run finished, The Hollow Child is being released theatrically and on VOD in USA by Vertical Entertainment in 2018 with other terrorities through out the world to follow.

Jeremy’s work is known for intimate narratives with an element of fantasy. His filmography has brought to life a robot best friend, a vicious changeling, and a monster brother to name a few. He has a unique style and Jeremy considers himself a storyteller above all else.

 

Awards:

* Director Guild of Canada's Legacy Award – "We Came From the Sea"
* Leo Award Winner Best Female Lead Performance Feature Film – "The Hollow Child"
* Nominated for 5 Leo Awards – "The Hollow Child"
* Telefilm Talent to Watch Feature Fund – "The Hollow Child"
* Best Narrative Short – Long Beach New York Film Festival 2015 – "Reset"
* Best Director Award – Short Circuit Film Festival 2015 – "Gord's Brother"
* Yorkton Film Festival - Nominated Best Short Drama 2015 – "Gord's Brother"
* Harold Greenberg Fund's Short to Feature 2013 – "Gord's Brother"
* 1st Runner Up Award Hot Shot Shorts Contest 2013– for "Gord's Brother"
* Not Short on Talent at the Cannes Film Festival 2013 – by Telefilm Canada
* NSI Drama Prize 2012 – funding for a short film "Floodplain"
* Brian Linehan Foundation Award 2012 – support for "Floodplain"
* Not Short on Talent at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 – by Telefilm Canada
* TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award 2012 – for "Joanna Makes a Friend"
* Metropol Audience Choice Award (Victoria FIlm Festival) 2012 – for "Joanna Makes a Friend"
* Nominated Best Drama at Yorkton Film Festival 2012 – for "Joanna Makes a Friend"
* MPPIA Short Film Award 2010 – funding for a short film "Joanna Makes A Friend"
* 1st Runner Up Award Hot Shot Shorts Contest 2010– for "Joanna Makes A Friend"
* Leo Awards 2010 – 2 nominations for Best Music Video Award
* M Awards 2009 & 2011 (Monday Magazine) – Favourite Filmmaker
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* Cinevic 48 Hour Film Slam 2009 – Audience Favourite Award
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* Cinevic 48 Hour Film Slam 2009 – Runner up Director Award
* Reel to Reel Music Video Competition 2008 – Grand Prize
* Leo Awards 2008 – nomination for Best Music Video Award
* Okanagan Film Festival 2008 & 2009 – Best BC Music Video Award
* No Exit Music Video Festival (New Jersey) 2008 - Best Use of Creativity
* Cinevic 48 Hour Film Slam 2008 – Runner up Best Picture