As writer, producer and director, Francine Zuckerman has won numerous awards and her work has been recognized at film festivals around the world.
Francine Zuckerman and her company Z films inc. has produced a wide range of films and television programs with an emphasis on adaptation from fiction and theatre, social documentary and performing arts as well as short films. As writer, producer and director, Zuckerman has won numerous awards and her work has been recognized at film festivals around the world.
Zuckerman graduated from McGill University’s film program and joined the National Film Board to co-produce and direct her first documentary film, Half the Kingdom. A controversial film about women and Judaism, Half the Kingdom (NFB, Telefilm,TVO, Channel 4, SBS) was invited to participate in more than twenty international film festivals and won several awards. Zuckerman produced and directed Exposure: environmental links to breast cancer, (CBC, TVO) a documentary hosted by singer/actor Olivia Newton-John which won the Best Health Documentary at the New York Film and Video Festival; a Canada - New Zealand co-production Punch Me in the Stomach, (OMDC, CBC, PBS, NZ On Air,TV3) starring Deb Filler which premiered at the London International Film Festival; the Gemini nominated dramatic anthology TV series The Atwood Stories (CTF, W Network, Rogers) based on the short stories of renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood launched at FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) and Passengers (Showcase, CBC, W Network) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and then screened at film festivals around the world including Palm Springs, San Paulo and Vancouver.
Her latest film, We Are Here (documentary, CMF) documents the revival of Jewish life in Poland seen through the eyes for five subjects and their families and has screened in cities including: Toronto, Vancouver, London, Berlin, Warsaw, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Tel Aviv and New York City. She recently completed Mr. Bernstein (OAC), a short film about a young woman’s chance encounter with maestro, Leonard Bernstein which premiered at the Palm Springs Short Fest this year and won Best Drama at the Toronto International Short Film Festival.
In addition to being a proud member of Film Fatales Canada, Zuckerman is also member of the Independent Film Project, New York; Directors Guild of Canada; has served as a jury member for the Ontario Arts Council, Media Arts Program; a jury chair for a Gemini Awards at The Academy of Film and Television and an early member of Femmes du Cinema de la Télévision et la Vidéo a Montréal. Zuckerman’s films in development include: a feature film based on the celebrated writer Margaret Atwood’s novel The Edible Woman (Telefilm, Harold Greenberg Fund, Corus, OMDC, CBC) with Quarterlife Productions invited last year to 'Telefilm’s Pitch This' at TIFF; a feature documentary co-pro with the Netherlands, The Aftermath (documentary) and a new documentary hybrid, The Viennese Letter with writer Christine Estima.