Jeff Barnaby

A Mi’kmaq director who grew up on the Listuguj Reserve in Quebec, Jeff Barnaby earned widespread acclaim for his stylish feature debut, Rhymes for Young Ghouls. The Globe & Mail hailed the supernatural youth-oriented tale as “a milestone: a savvy native-Canadian genre film with a strong, beautiful and ingenious heroine whose courage helps right an injustice a lot more real than whatever Katniss is fighting for in The Hunger Games.” Barnaby’s many short-film credits include the hard-hitting Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down), one of four shorts in the NFB’s Souvenir series, in which Indigenous artists reframe moving images from the NFB archives.