CanazWest Pictures Inc.

Executive Producer, Director, BANFF SPARK Accelerator(2022)

Patricia Sims

Canazwest Pictures creates purposeful, high-quality documentaries, factual series, and digital media content for Canadian and international audiences with a primary focus on compelling stories that portray the interrelationships between people, animals, and the environment in diverse cultures and locations around the world. The company's President and Producer, Patricia Sims is a Fellow International of The Explorers Club and has collaborated with some of the world’s leading conservation celebrities, scientists and explorers, with a specialization in wildlife and oceanographic productions. She has produced television documentaries and factual series for CBC, Documentary Channel, CityTV, BellMedia, YLE, ARTE, Discovery Channel, TVAsahi, NHK, TBS, non-profit organizations, and the United Nations University. Patricia is also the Founder of World Elephant Day, the annual global awareness campaign that brings the world together to help elephants. Launched in 2012, World Elephant Day reaches over 2 billion impressions in its social media outreach. Now in its tenth year, it is recognized by over one hundred elephant conservation organizations, governments, international media, brands, celebrities and countless citizens worldwide. Canazwest Pictures is an active member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC).

Before heading west, Patricia was the Vice-President and Producer of the Canaz Corporation, a Toronto-based, boutique production company that she co-founded with her filmmaking colleague Michael Clark. Garnering numerous international awards for their work together and individually, a notable feature of their collaboration has been the innovative camera systems and technology designed by Michael and implemented in their productions. Their notable Canadian productions include "Beluga Speaking Across Time", a Canada-Finnish treaty coproduction filmed in the Russian and Canadian arctic for CBC “The Nature of Things”, YLE, and ARTE, and, an educational interactive website.

Patricia lived in Japan for several years, honing her nature and underwater filmmaking skills while working as producer, manager and life-partner of the legendary world-record French free-diver, the late Jacques Mayol (subject of Luc Besson’s 1988 feature film “The Big Blue”). During her time in Japan she produced in association with various Japanese companies numerous television documentaries, books, product sponsorships and events that educated audiences about dolphins, whales, environmental and ocean conservation.

Patricia founded Canazwest Pictures in 2008 and from its headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia. The company is currently in preproduction on the documentary series and feature documentary "Ravishing Rags", for Telus Originals. On its development slate are two documentary series “Dogs Unleashed", and "Vintage Vamps", and two feature documentaries "The Big Hunt", and "Giving Back the Habitat". Her previous productions include "DocJam", the 15-part documentary series filmed in Northern British Columbia and produced for Astral Media (now Bell Media), and projects that bring awareness to the plight of the Asian elephant: "Return to the Forest", the 30-minute award-winning documentary narrated by William Shatner, has screened at over a dozen international film festivals around the world. The follow-up feature documentary "When Elephants Were Young", also narrated by William Shatner, premiered at the Whistler Film Festival, and won Best Feature Documentary at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. It was released theatrically in the USA and Canada, and worldwide on VOD on World Elephant Day August 12, 2016, and broadcast nationally in Canada on CBC Documentary Channel.

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