Kathleen Jayme is an award-winning Filipina-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. She recently finished her first feature film The Grizzlie Truth (winner of the 2019 TIFF Pitch This! Competition), which won the VIFF 2022 Audience Award for its World Premiere and is a Crave Original, executive produced by Uninterrupted Canada. Her sophomore feature (co-directed with Asia Youngman), I’m Just Here for the Riot, is an ESPN 30/30 that had its World Premiere at Hot Docs 2023. Her breakthrough documentary Finding Big Country has screened to sold out theatres and been met with critical acclaim. It was the winner of the 2018 VIFF People’s Choice Award and has been programmed by Telus, ESPN, ABC, Amazon, Rogers Sportsnet, NBA TV, and Air Canada. In 2021, she had her short film Born Identities premiere at TIFF and in 2022 she received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Writing in a Web Program or Series for Invasion of the Murder Hornets, an episode of the CBC GEM documentary web series Farm Crime.
She is the winner of the 2019 TIFF Pitch This! competition and an alumni of the 2019 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative, the 2017 Hot Docs Documentary Channel Doc Accelerator program, and the 2017 Telus Storyhive Banff World Media Festival program. Kathleen is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Film Production Program and has gone on to direct for the NBA, CBC, NFB, and ESPN.