Andrew Cividino

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Andrew Cividino
Born 1983 (age 34–35)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2000s–present
Notable work
Sleeping Giant

Andrew Cividino (born 1983) is a Canadian film director and screenwriter.[1] He is best known for his feature film directorial debut Sleeping Giant, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Early life

Originally from Dundas, Ontario,[2] Cividino frequently spent childhood summers in the Sibley Peninsula region near Thunder Bay.[3]


After studying film at Ryerson University, Cividino made several short films, including Norbert, We Ate the Children Last, and Yellow Fish.[1][4] His short films screened at various film festivals. In 2006, he won the Ontario Film Review Board's student film competition.[5]

In 2011, Telefilm included him on its annual 'Talent to Watch' panel, and his short We Ate the Children Last made TIFF's Top 10 Shorts list.[5]

Sleeping Giant

When all of the funding fell through for his feature film directorial debut, Sleeping Giant, Cividino proceeded with a pared down short film version, which was released in 2014.[1] The shot film version went on to win an award at the Locarno International Film Festival,[1] and received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Drama at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards, in turn enabling Cividino to secure new funding.[6]

The feature version of Sleeping Giant premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.[1] It later screened at the Munich Film Festival, where it won the CineVision Award for Best Film By An Emerging Director, and at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival,[7] where it won the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film.[8] At the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, Sleeping Giant won the juried Best Canadian Film Award.[9]

At the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016, Cividino was a nominee for Best Director for Sleeping Giant, which also garnered three other nominations including Best Picture, though it did not win; Cividino lost the Best Director award to Lenny Abrahamson for Room.[10]

Other work

In 2016, TIFF announced they had selected Cividino as their annual Len Blum resident, where he will develop his short film We Ate the Children Last into a feature film.[11]


Cividino has listed numerous films and filmmakers as influences for his work, including Peter Weir's Picnic At Hanging Rock, Mike Nichols' The Graduate, and Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Big buzz at Cannes for Canadian auteur's coming-of-age yarn". Montreal Gazette, May 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "First-time teen actors bring naturalness to Ontario-set Sleeping Giant". The Globe and Mail, May 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Sleeping Giant film from Thunder Bay, Ont. director debuts at Cannes Critic's Week". CBC News, May 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bold Canadian shorts pack big punch". Toronto Star September 9, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Director Andrew Cividino navigates Canadian system to find success". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  6. ^ "'Sleeping Giant' review: Stunning debut a towering achievement". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  7. ^ "Altered worlds on TIFF's Canuck slate". Toronto Star, August 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2015 Award Winners" (PDF) (Press release). TIFF. 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  9. ^ "VIFF Announces BC Spotlight and Canadian Images Awards" (Press release). Vancouver International Film Festival. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  10. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards - Academy". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  11. ^ Erbland, Kate (2016-08-03). "TIFF Adds New Round of Titles, Including 'It's Only the End of the World,' 'Mean Dreams' and More". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  12. ^ "5 films that inspired the breakout director of Sleeping Giant". Retrieved 2016-07-14.

External links

  • Andrew Cividino on IMDb
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