Artesian Films

Since 1989, ARTESIAN FILMS has been creating interdependent award-winning films that have been shown around the world.

 

Most recently, Artesian Films completed two major multi-platform documentaries, The Wandering Muse, on Jewish music around the globe, and The Life of the Chateau, on Canada’s defining landmark, the Chateau Frontenac.

Under the creative vision of Tamás Wormser, we often explore simple but universal subjects across time and culture to reveal their physical, emotional, spiritual and social dimensions: Faces of the Hand, is a visual journey that looks at the hand as a mirror to human nature, and Touched by Water is a documentary on water rituals around the world.

The paths of active idealists also fascinate us. Extraordinary individuals have inspired us to make several films, such as Step Up!, about a young dancer’s journey from losing a foot to dancing with Baryshnikov, and the theatrically released Travelling Light, following five nomadic artists’ remarkable lives.

We have produced films in other genres as well: fiction, such as The Ring, The Hat and Prometheus, and dance films like the seven episodes of The Three Marias. The poetic Hand to Hand was commissioned by the Vancouver Winter Olympics to be viewed by a vast public.

Our films have been seen on all continents and have won dozens of international festival awards. We are currently diversifying and developing projects in several platforms.

 

Funding:

Over the years ARTESIAN FILMS received funds from the Canada Media Fund – Telefilm Canada, SODEC, Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, National Film Board, CTF, Canada Council, FACTOR and more.

 

Broadcasters:

Broadcasters in over 50 countries presented works of Artesian Films, including CBC, Radio-Canada, Bravo!, ARTV, Omni TV, SCN, ARTE, ZDF, and more.

 

Press:

Critical reviews appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Toronto Star, The Gazette, Mirror, The Hour, Voir, cbc.ac, CBC Radio, Video Librarian (USA), MC Journal (USA), American Libraries (USA), Arte Magazine (France) and more.

 

Awards:

* LA VIE DU CHÂTEAU

* Nominated by the Canadian Academy of Film and Television for the Best Web Doc at Gemeaux 2016

 

* THE WANDERING MUSE

* Nominated by the Canadian Academy of Film and Television for the Best Doc on Arts and Culture at the Gemeaux 2016

* Won the Context Award at the Moscow Jewish Film Fest 2016

* HAND TO HAND

* Winner of the Golden Reel Award at TIFF in San Francisco

* Best Film of Festival at the Int’l Thermaikos Film Fest in Thessaloniki, Greece

* Award of Merit at Best Shorts Competition in California

* Platinum Award at The American Pixel Academy

* Nominated for Best Short Film at the 2011 Cronograf Int’l Documentary Film Festival in Moldova

 

* TRAVELLING LIGHT: Artists on the Move

* Winner of GOLD AWARD for Independent Films at The American Pixel Academy

* BRONZE REMI AWARD for Feature Doc at 2010 WorldFest-Houston

* AWARD OF MERIT: FEATURE DOC at The Indie Fest

* TOUCHED BY WATER / EAUX DE VIE

* Nominated in the Best Documentary of the World Category at the 50th Montreal World Film Festival

* Shortlisted for Japan Prize

* STEP UP!

* Winner of the New York Freddie Award

* 2003 Communicator Award of Excellence

* Silver Award at the Worldfest Houston

* Best Short Documentary at Moscow Int’l Disability Film Festival

 

* THE RING – Nominated for best medium-length fiction at Figueira da Foz Int’l Film Festival, Portugal

* FACES OF THE HAND

* Nominated for Best Documentary at Hot Docs (Toronto)

* Winner of the God Apple Award at the National Education Media Network in Oakland, California

 

The technical team is from Giant Step Inc., an interactive studio in Toronto with 14 years experience designing and developing digital media experiences. One of Giant Step’s success stories has been the development of an online community for global collectible toys brand Gogo’s Crazy Bones with millions of online engagements and products sold in stores. The project won a Gold Davey Award and finalist in nextMedia. The brothers Eyal Katz and Gil Katz developed over 150 interactive projects since 2003, hired 20+ freelancers and won various interactive awards.

Artesian Films and Giant Step have worked together as a team for over 5 years to produce the award-winning web component for THE WANDERING MUSE –

www.wanderingmuse.net

They are now developing MontrealMusic.Club, an online resource, community and showcase of Montreal’s amazing music scene.

www.montrealmusic.club