Sturla Gunnarsson is Canada’s resident Viking filmmaker. Born in Iceland, Gunnarsson lives in Toronto and makes films all over the world. His feature films, documentaries and television drama have won international acclaim, including an Emmy Award, Prix Italia, multiple Canadian Academy Awards and an Oscar nomination.

Recent television work includes the critically acclaimed police drama, 19-2 and the CBC/Netflix comedy Schitt’s Creek. Gunnarsson’s last film, Monsoon, was selected as one of TIFF’s ‘Top Ten Canadian Films’, winning the People’s Choice Award.  Previous TIFF-launched films include Force of Nature (People’s Choice Doc Award winner) Beowulf & Grendel (Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgard), Rare Birds (William Hurt, Molly Parker) and Such A Long Journey ( Roshan Seth, Om Puri).

Gunnarsson is currently in Hungary, directing the CBS hostage-taking drama Ransom, and is developing an adaption of Wade Davis’ epic masterpiece, Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.

Gunnarsson is the Past President of the Directors Guild of Canada.