Thomas Wallner is an acclaimed Canadian film director and producer. He was born in 1958 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He studied at the University of Waterloo and graduated with a B.A. in philosophy and history in 1981.
Wallner began his career in the film industry as a production assistant for the National Film Board of Canada in 1985. He quickly moved up the ranks and became a director and producer for the NFB in 1989. His work at the NFB earned him numerous awards and accolades, including a Genie Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film “Passion for the Land.”
Wallner left the NFB in the mid-1990s to pursue an independent filmmaking career. With his own production company, Wallner Pictures, he produced several award-winning documentaries and feature films, including “The Stone Angel,” a feature-length adaptation of the Margaret Laurence novel. Wallner’s films have received numerous awards, including a Genie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Stone Angel.”
Wallner has also worked as a film professor at the University of Waterloo since 2000. In this role, he has been able to share his knowledge and experience with the next generation of filmmakers.
Wallner has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Prize, and the Prix Albert-Tessier.
Wallner’s films have been widely praised for their visual beauty, complex characters, and strong storytelling. His work has been featured at many prestigious film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival. Wallner continues to be a major presence in the Canadian film industry, and his films continue to capture the imagination of audiences around the world.