Awards & Press

Cinematography Awards:

  • Nominee for Best Cinematography in a Short Film at the 2016 Leo Awards Festival (Uulx: The Scratcher)
  • Nominated for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film at the 2014 Leo Awards (Stress Position)
  • Winner of Best Cinematography at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival (Stress Position)
  • Finalist in Film Series Competition at the 2013 Cine Gear Expo at Paramount's Backlot (Stress Position)
  • Winner of Best Cinematography at the 2012 Leo Awards (Le Jeu des Soldats), plus a second nomination in the same category (The Provider)
  • Winner of Best Cinematography at the 2011 Leo Awards (Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard)                                                          
  • Recipient of the University of British Columbia's 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award at the Alumni Achievement Awards
  • Winner of the 2009 Daryl Duke Scholarship
  • Winner of the Kodak Image Award at the Women in Film 2007 Spotlight Gala Award
  • Nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2007 Leo Awards (The Saddest Boy in the World)
  • February 2005, Berlinale Talent Campus cinematographer delegate at the Berlin International Film Festival (chosen by Kodak as one of 10 cinematographer delegates’ work to highlight)
  • Nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2004 Leo Awards (Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner)
  • Winner of UBC’s cinematography award at the Persistence of Vision Film Festival 2003 (Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner)

Uulx, 2016 (Cinematographer)

  • Nominee for Best Cinematography in a Short Drama at the Leo Awards 2016

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, 2014 (Cinematographer/Producer)

  • 3 Nominations, Canadian Screen Awards 2016: Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Costume Design
  • Winner of New Directors Competition, Nashville Film Festival 2015, Tennessee, USA
  • Winner of Best Narrative Feature, SF Indie Fest 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Winner of Best Foreign Feature at the Lady Filmmakers Festival 2015, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
  • Winner of Jury's Special Mention for the Most Innovative Film at the Belgrade US Indie Film Festival 2015, Serbia

Two 4 One, 2014 (Cinematographer)

  • Winner, Best Canadian Film – Victoria Film Festival 2015
  • Winner, Audience Award: Best Canadian Fiction Film – Available Light Film Festival 2015
  • Winner, Audience Award: Best Feature Film – Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival 2015
  • Winner, Special Jury Prize – Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival 2015
  • Winner, Audience Award: Best Comedy – ReelQ: Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Winner, Outstanding Male Performance (Gavin Crawford) – ACTRA Toronto Awards 2015
  • Winner, Best Supporting Performance – Female (Gabrielle Rose), Leo Awards 2015
  • Runner-up, Audience Award: Best Genderqueer Film – Roze Filmdagen 2015

Stress Position, 2013 (Cinematographer/Producer)

  • Won Best Cinematography at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival
  • One of 3 finalists for the Cine Gear Expo Film Competition at Paramount Studios, LA (May 2013)
  • Nominated for 7 Leo Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Direction, Cinematography, Sound, Score and Lead Performance for David Amito
  • Won Best Supporting Actor for David Amito at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival
  • Won Best Experimental Film at the 2013 Lady Filmmakers Film Festival LA
  • Won Best Supporting Actor for A.J. Bond at the 2013 Lady Filmmakers Film Festival LA
  • Nominated for Best Editing at the 2013 Canadian Cinema Editors Awards

Le Jeu des Soldats (The Soldier Game), 2011 (Cinematographer/Executive Producer)

  • 2012 Leo Awards: Winner for Best Cinematography, Sound Editing and Overall Sound
  • BAFTA/Los Angeles Student Film Awards: 2011 Gold Winner
  • 2011 Student Academy Awards: National Finalist
  • Angelus Student Film Festival 2011: Semi-Finalist

Madame Perrault's Bluebeard, 2010 (Cinematographer/Producer)

  • 2011 Leo Awards: Winner for Best Cinematography, Sound Editing and Overall Sound
  • 2011 Leo Awards: Nominations for Best Short Film and Best Musical Score

The Provider, 2010 (Cinematographer)

  • 2012 Leo Awards: Winner for Best Production Design
  • 2012 Leo Awards: Nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Female Performance
  • Overall Best Film, 2010 Bloodshots Canada 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Competition
"The Provider is ambitious and made with great style and wit."

Grand Prize Judge
Neil Marshall (The Descent)

 Hirsute, 2007 (Cinematographer / Producer)

  • Won the Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film at the 2009 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival, San Diego, California
  • Won the Best Narrative Short Film Award at FilmOut San Diego 2009 in San Diego, California
  • Won the Sci Fi Short Film Prize at the 2009 CyBorg Film Festival in Italy
  • Won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2009 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival in Seattle, Washington
  • Won the Kathryn Tucker Windham Storytelling Award at the 2008 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2008 Northwest Film Festival in Portland, Oregon
  • Won the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for the Best Short Film by a British Columbian director at the 2008 Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • Won the Gut Check Online Film Contest on Short of the Week.com
  • Nominated for Best Actor in a Short Film at the 2008 Method Fest Independent Film Festival, Calabasas, California
  • Nominated for the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Drama at the 2008 Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
  • Nominated for 7 Leo Awards, BC's film and television awards, Vancouver, BC: Best Screenwriting, Art Direction, Make-up, Editing, Overall Sound, Sound Editing and Male Performance in a short film

The Saddest Boy in the World, 2006 (Cinematographer / Producer)

  • Best Live Action Short – St. Louis International Film Festival, USA
  • Audience Favourite, NexT International Short Film Bucharest (Romania)
  • Honourable Mention, Best Canadian Short, Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
  • Best Canadian Short, Calgary International Film Festival (AB)
  • Best Short Film, Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival (BC)
  • Best Comedy, Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee (MO)
  • Best Male Short, InsideOut Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival (ON)
  • Special Jury Mention, Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Italy)
  • Best Male Short, Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (PA)
  • Leo Awards Short Drama: 3 Wins for Best Overall Sound, Best Sound Editing and Best Costume Design (Vancouver, BC)
  • Leo Awards Short Drama: 10 nominations overall (Vancouver, BC)
  • Best Art Direction, Golden Sheaf Awards (Yorkton, SK)
  • Special Jury Mention, Prague Short Film Festival (Czech Republic)
  • Honourable Mention, Best Short Film, Czech GLBT Film Festival Mezipatra (Prague, Brno)

Regarding Sarah, 2006 (Producer)

  • “Best Live Action Short Film” Genie nomination at the 2008 Genie Awards, Canada
  • “Short Film Award” at Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France
  •  “Best Short Narrative” at the Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, Mississippi, USA
  • “Most Memorable Film” at the 33rd Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • “Best Film” at the Women in Film Festival B.C., Vancouver, Canada
  • “People’s Choice Award” at the Women in Film Festival B.C., Vancouver, Canada
  • “Best Editing” at the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, CA., USA
  • “Best Cinematography” at the WorldFest Independent Film Festival, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Winner of six Leo Awards, B.C.’s film and television awards, Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Best Short, Directing, Writing, Production Design, Editing & Lead Female Performer
  • Nominated for eight Leo Awards, B.C.’s film and television awards, Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Best Short, Directing, Writing, Cinematography, Production Design, Make-up, Editing & Lead Female Performer
  •  “Audience Award for Best Short” at the Jacksonville Film Festival, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  • “Jury Award” at the Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • “Special Jury Prize” at the Asiana International Short Film Festival, Seoul, Korea
  • “Best Overall Short Film” at the Big House Film Festival, Calgary, AB., Canada

Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner, 2003 (Cinematographer/Producer)

  • Best Student Film, 2004 Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, BC
  • Best Canadian Film, 2004 Prends ca court! Film Series, Montréal, QC
  • Best Script, Jamie Travis, 2004 Golden Sheaf Awards, Yorkton, SK
  • Best Production Design in a Short Drama, Jamie Travis, 2004 Leo Awards, Vancouver, BC
  • Best of the Fest, 2004 Antelope Valley Independent Film Festival, CA
  • Best Student Short Film, 2004 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Birmingham, AL
  • Special Jury Prize, 2004 BendFilm Festival, Bend, OR
  • Best Drama, 2005 Student Film Festival, Freshly Brewed Productions, Vancouver, BC
  • Best Dramady, 2005 International Festival of Cinema and Technology, New York, NY
  • Best Student Film, 2005 International Festival of Cinema and Technology, New York, NY
  • 2004 Golden Sheaf Award, 5 nominations: Best Comedy, Female Lead, Direction, Art Direction, Script
  • 2004 Leo Awards, 7 nominations: Best Short, Script, Direction, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Editing

Selected Press Clippings

Hirsute (www.thesiblings.ca)

“The short Hirsute explores the idea of how people evolve and what they accomplish over time — for better or worse — and in the process provides one of the great unexpected comedy/horror moments in the history of film.”

- GAY.COM, MARK JAMES | July 2008

 “Time travel is a tricky subject, but Bond crafts something that makes us all ponder what we’d do when presented with our future selves. 4/5.”

- TORONTOIST.COM, MATHEW KUMAR | September 2007

The Saddest Boy in the World (www.modernfamily.ca)

“Vancouver’s Jamie Travis scores a winner with The Saddest Boy in the World, a bleakly hilarious film about a nine-year-old who has every right to be sad.”

- THE GLOBE & MAIL, JASON ANDERSON |  November 24, 2006

“We’re not in the habit of quoting Toronto writers for validation of local fare, but here we couldn’t help it. When he attended the recently wrapped Toronto International Film Festival, localite Jamie Travis was happily shocked to find The Saddest Boy in the World called “hands-down the best short film I have ever seen” by one TO blogger, while the Toronto Sun’s persnickety Bruce Kirkland named Travis “one of the most original voices in Canadian cinema”.

- THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT,  KEN EISNER | September 28, 2006

Regarding Sarah (www.compactfilms.com)

“In the category of Special Jury Award, we recognize REGARDING SARAH as a film of both fresh perspective and meaningful message. Its humour and import are both of exceptional note. With a deft stroke and assured sense of timing, director Michelle Porter has created a film which embodies the very best of that which a short film can hope to achieve, and done so with laudable skill. For this, we praise her vision and finesse.”

- The Asia International Short Film Festival jury members comprised of international filmmakers Changdong Lee, Jon Bloom, Keiko Takahashi, Anders Thomas Jensen and Hyungkoo Kim.

- SEOUL, KOREA | November 2007                                          

Glen Schaefer calls the film a “powerful, touching, short drama.”

- THE PROVINCE, VANCOUVER, CANADA | December 2007

 Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner (www.modernfamily.ca)

“Three seven year-olds endure the culinary abuses of their mother in this gloriously surreal movie from Canada, about a family for whom the word ‘dysfunctional’ was invented. Imagine David Lynch attempting to make a children's TV series and you'll be halfway to understanding this movie.”

- CHANNEL 4, UK | October 2004

“It’s like The Royal Tenenbaums meets The Addams Family, and it’s one of the best short films I’ve ever seen.”

- PORTLAND MERCURY, Chas Bowie | November 6, 2003