In the last decade, Brendan Prost has been quietly emerging as one of the most prolific young filmmakers in Canada, with an impassioned and eclectic body of work that includes features, shorts, web series, and music videos. He is best known as the dogged creator of four DIY feature films that have screened theatrically across Canada, and are now available everywhere on-demand.
After graduating with distinction from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and completing a residency in the Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, Brendan directed seven short projects and two music videos in the span of four years. His queer character drama Loretta’s Flowers (2018) was selected for Telefilm Canada’s “Not Short on Talent” showcase at Cannes, before premiering at the Edinburgh and Vancouver International Film Festivals, as well as Inside Out in Toronto. His lyrical Pacific Northwest drama Bellingham (2019) premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and his queer holiday comedy Main Squeeze (2019) premiered at VIFF and the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The Ontario Arts Council has funded the production of his newest short film, Heavy Petting.
Brendan’s background as an actor drives his interest in character-driven cinema that radiates with an uncanny sense of sincerity and emotional specificity, grounded by powerful performances and a thematic interest in alienation and longing.
His time at UBC will be spent studying performance collaboration techniques, as well as horror and queer cinema. Find him online at https://brendanprost.com.