Visual Storyteller

Claire Sanford is a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker with a focus on visually stunning, character driven factual content exploring environmental and social themes.

Claire earned her BFA in Film Production from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She is currently based in Montreal where she works as a director of photography on documentary and narrative projects around the globe, as well as branded content with a focus on social entrepreneurship, not-for-profit organizations and education.

Claire was selected as a fellow of the first edition of the prestigious Hot Docs Accelerator mentorship program in 2014 where she completed industry training during the festival and a mentorship with Jennifer Baichwal of Mercury Films (Manufactured Landscapes, Watermark). She was selected for the program Face-à-face à la relève through Montreal’s RIDM in 2013 and the RIDM Talent Lab in 2014. In 2013 her project Hwangsa was awarded Honourable Mention at the Green Pitch Award of Toronto’s Planet in Focus Film Festival.

Claire has also spent several years working in the factual television industry on shows for the Discovery Channel including Dangerous Flights, Jacked, License to Drill, Pyros and Mega Moves.

An avid traveler and adventurer, Claire’s work has taken her around the globe. She has recently earned her ticket in scuba diving and is developing the skills for producing and shooting underwater content.