4 - 8 October 2016

"Motion Picture For Development"


THORNBIRD is an award-winning experimental fairy-tale about a young girl who is transported into a dreamworld after finding a magic mask.

Director Biography

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose work has shown in film festivals across North America and on television both nationally and internationally. Apart from his own narrative films, Jonathan works commercially and independently, shooting and producing music videos, commercials, and new media. Recently he received a writing credit on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Emmy-winning variety show HitRecord on TV (Pivot). In 2011, Jonathan's short film Paper Turtle earned him a nomination for the Kodak Student Filmmaker Award (Eastman-Kodak Company) and a Rising Star Filmmaking Award (Canada International Film Festival), among others. His other award-winning work includes Blaue Blume, Wake Up, Fox & Bear Find Imagination, and his most recent film, Thornbird (2015).

Jonathan graduated from Messiah College with a B.A. in Communication/Film and is recent MFA graduate in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Jonathan has a great love for all forms of storytelling, working in many different genres and mediums. Apart from filmmaking he dabbles in animation, writes short fiction, and is a published poet, illustrator, and children's book author.