Suzanne Friesen is a Canadian/Polish cinematographer and filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. 

"My current artistic practice is based in filmmaking, and remains heavily influenced by my background in experimental darkroom practices and documentary photography. I am ever fascinated by the “machine-eye’s” reflection of consciousness, and the handshake we share with it as image-creators."

BFA (Hons) Film Production, Simon Fraser University

BSc General Sciences, University of Manitoba

Diploma in Professional Photography, PrairieView School of Photography

- Instructor and Student Coordinator, Capilano University, School for Motion Picture Arts (2020-present)
- Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Film and Theatre Department (2019-2021)
- Cinematography Lab Instructor, Simon Fraser University's School for Contemporary Arts (2018-2021)

Awards & Recognition

Short List Nominee and Exhibited Artist for the Phillip B Lind Prize at the Polygon Gallery, Portret Pamieci (2021)
Best Cinematography, South Film and Arts Academy (2020) for As The Smoke Rises  (National Screen Institute of Canada, Indigidocs)
Long List Nominee for the Phillip B Lind Prize (2016)
Simon Fraser University Student Society Award (2017)

Richard Patton Annual Undergraduate Scholarship (2016)

Bice Caple Award (2016)

John Driftmier Memorial Award (2015)

2015 TIFF Top Ten Official Selection for film Smoke - Co-Director and Director of Photography


tu - 9:38, 16mm black and white, 2020, Director (World Premiere - Vancouver International Film Festival 2020)
Portret Pamięci - in production, 16mm black and white, (in production), Director
Venusian - 12:40, 16mm black and white, 16mm colour, 2019, Co-Director (World Premiere - Vancouver International Film Festival 2019)
Remanoir - 7:14, RED Scarlet Digital, 2015, Co-Director
something real - 4:46, super 8mm black and white, 35mm black and white stills, mini DV, 2015, Director
Smoke - 12:49, RED Scarlet Digital, 2015, Co-Director and Director of Photography (World Premiere - Toronto International Film Festival Top Ten Official Selection)
At Ease With the World - 9:42, HD, colour, digital video, 2014, Director
The Egg - 8:49, 16mm black and white, 2013, Director

Additional Film Work

Director of Photography - Zeb's Spider - 2021, Dir. Alicia Eisen & Sophie Jarvis

Director of Photography - All Things Back Home - 2021, Dir. Nisha Platzer

Director of Photography - The Radical Life of Joe Wallace, 2021, Dir. Sara Wylie

Director of Photography - As The Smoke Rises - 2020, Dir. Sharon Heigl

Director of Photography - Be Still - (post production) 2021, Dir. Elizabeth Lazebnik

Director of Photography - No More Parties - (post production) 2019, Dir. Natalie Murao

Director of Photography - Deady Freddy - 2019, Dir. Alicia Eisen

Director of Photography - Floating Islands - 2018, Dir. Patricia Gruben

Director of Photography - All Happened Before - 2018, Dir. Gloria Mercer

Director of Photography - The Constant Evening - 2017, Dir. Cameron Mackenzie

Director of Photography - World Exposition - 2017, Dir. Mackenzie Reid Rostad

Cinematographer - In the Belly of a Star Fissure - 2017, Dir. Evan Britz

Cinematographer - Westham Island - 2017, Dir. Sasha Tomasky

Solo Exhibitions

August 2016 Clouded Mind - online interactive live stream installation
August 2014 CN Railroaders Photography Exhibit 2014 - Flatlander's Studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba
August 2013 Leaves the way you wonder, flowers the way you dream - The Edge gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba
January 2012 CN Photography Project Gallery - CN System Engineering Plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Group Exhibitions

September/October 2021 The Lind Prize 2021 - The Polygon Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia



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