Sturla Gunnarsson is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning Canadian filmmaker. He has directed a broad range of fiction and non-fiction, theatrical and television productions and is known for his humanistic approach to an ambitious and eclectic body of work.
Gunnarsson’s most recent film, Monsoon, premiered at TIFF in 2014 and was selected as one of TIFF’s ‘Top Ten Canadian Films’, winning the People’s Choice Award. Previous TIFF-launched films include Beowulf & Grendel, starring Gerard Butler and Stellan Skarsgard, Rare Birds, starring William Hurt and Molly Parker, Such A Long Journey, starring Roshan Seth and Om Puri and Force Of Nature, which won the 2010 TIFF Documentary People’s Choice Award,
Gunnarsson has directed over fifty hours of television drama for broadcasters in Canada, the United States and UK, including the critically acclaimed 19-2 (Bravo/Bell) , the CTV/ABC hit, Motive, The Firm (NBC/CTV), Defying Gravity (ABC/CTV/BBC), Intelligence (CBC) DaVinci’s Inquest (CBC) and Dead Man’s Gun (Showtime).
Gunnarsson is the past president of the Directors Guild of Canada.