Chrisann Hessing

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  • Country:   Canada
  • Province/State:   Ontario
  • City:   Toronto
  • Experience Level:   Emerging
  • Field of Work:   Documentary
  • Union:   Non-Union
  • Interested In:   Developing my own Film/TV/Digital Material and For-Hire Work
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Chrisann Hessing is a documentary filmmaker and impact producer based in Toronto. She has produced award-winning short films that have screened at Hot Docs, RIDM, Global Impact Film Festival and the London Asian Film Festival. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Inspirit Foundation, BravoFACT! Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent and Telefilm Canada.

Chrisann’s latest film, Turning Tables, won Best Short Documentary at the 43rd American Indian Film Festival, and has screened in over 30 film festivals internationally.

Aside from her independent film work, Chrisann is dedicated to community arts engagement and empowerment, and has collaborated with non-profits such as JAYU, TIFF, the Downie Wenjack Fund and This is Worldtown, an online magazine featuring art and first person expression of women of colour storytellers.

She previously worked as Festival Manager at Breakthroughs Film Festival, the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films made by emerging women & non binary directors.

Currently, Chrisann works as an Associate Impact Producer at Ring Five Impact Docs, a boutique impact producing and grassroots distribution company based in Toronto.