Bio

Francisca Duran is a Toronto based filmmaker, experimental media artist and educator.

Her media arts work combines digital and analogue formats and explores the intersection points of memory, history, politics and technology. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous film festivals, galleries and group screenings. She has received grants in support of her artistic practice from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

She holds an MFA in Film Production from York University and a B.A.H. from the Department of Film at Queens University. Born in Santiago Chile in 1967, Francisca came to Canada as a refugee following the 1973 military coup.

In addition to her art practice Francisca has worked as a volunteer in the cultural sector since 1991 at organizations such as the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society in Vancouver. She is currently co-chair of the board of directors of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC).

Related design interests in graphic arts production led to a seven-year professional practice where she produced promotional print materials for cultural sector and non-profit clients including The Images Festival, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Fireweed, LIFT and YYZ Books.