JONATHAN ELLIOTT is a Mohawk filmmaker from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Since attending York University’s Film Production program, he has worked as a director and cinematographer on a variety of projects, including Wild Archaeology (APTN series), Friday Night Thunder (APTN series), Voices From Here (Historica Canada series), Tsi Teyoto:te – Even in the Silence, Along the Water’s Edge, Taken Home, and Her Water Drum.
Jonathan’s award-winning body of work focuses on telling contemporary Indigenous stories that explore individuals’ complex relationships to their cultural identity, families and communities. His projects have been nationally broadcast on TV and screened at various international film festivals in New Zealand, Italy, London, the United States, Canada, etc. Some of these festivals include: imagineNATIVE, Vancouver International Film Festival, LA Skins Festival, Red Nation International Film Festival, Maoriland Film Festival, Art With Impact, etc.
Jonathan is a member of the advisory board for Art With Impact, an LA-based company that focuses on creating and showcasing short films that promote positive representation of mental health issues in schools across North America. He was a participant in the 2021 ImagineNative Feature Screenwriting Intensive program. Jonathan was the 2018 artist-in-residence for the imagineNATIVE/CSV development program. He was selected as one of the Emerging 20 artists at the 2018 Reel World Film Festival and has been the recipient of grants through Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, imagineNATIVE, Charles Street Video, Taking it Global, Art With Impact, William F. White’s and Astrolab Studios Inc. to produce his work.
Currently, Jonathan is in development on several projects, including his first feature film.