Welcome to Konofilms
Konofilms Ltd. was founded in 1989 by award winning cinematographer Charles Konowal csc as a production and post production service company providing directing, producing, cinematography and editing services to clients across North America in both drama and documentary productions. In 2010 Konofilms changed direction and is now focusing it's resources into innovative non-fiction production for the world market.
Charles Konowal is best known as a cinematographer with years of experience in both drama and documentary production. He has also directed and produced numerous documentary films over the years. His first independent producer credit was with the NFB on the award winning production The Defender, directed by Stephen Low. He also produced and photographed the NFB Prairie Studio’s first feature length documentary Fat Chance, which went on to win a Peabody Award. He produced, directed and photographed Glimmer of Hope on alternative justice for TVO and the NFB. He also worked with the IMAX Corporation producing the first IMAX Magic Carpet production, Flowers in the Sky for an international expo in Osaka, Japan and Mark Twain’s America a 3D IMAX production for Sony Classics produced by The Stephan Low Company.
Arctic Defenders a feature documentary completed in 2014 with John Walker Productions tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 with a radical Inuit movement that would change the political landscape in Canada forever. It led to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream - the governance of their territory - the creation of Nunavut. The story reveals the dark side of Canada’s attempt at sovereignty in the north and finds hope and inspiration from determined Inuit who changed the rules of the game.
Charles continues to explore the world of documentary production as a producer, director and cinematographer. He has completed five documentaries about the Winnipeg music scene, This is a Riot, a intimate portrait of a Rockabilly duo struggling to be true to their art and survive in the world of pop. Happily Dysfunctional tells the story of Transistor 66, an independent recording label making waves in the music scene. And Chasing a Song which observes Scott Nolan in search of songwriting insight that leads him on a road trip to Folsom prison to settle some unfinished family business. In 2014 Visiting Day, a TV hour for CBC broadcast and the intimate feature documentary portrait of bluesman Big Dave McLean, Ain’t About the Money.
Visiting Day - Yorkton Film Festival - Best Arts & Culture
Arctic Defenders - Atlantic International Film Festival - Best Feature Film
Ain’t About the Money - Award of Merit San Francisco Film Awards
Leo Mol: In Light and Shadow - Manitoba Blizzard Awards - Best Documentary
Fat Chance - Peabody Award, Blizzard Awards - Best documentary, Genie nomination for Best Documentary
The Defender - Yorkton Film Festival - Best Documentary, Gemini nomination - Best Documentary
Glimmer of Hope - Bronze Plaque at the 46th Columbus International Film Festival.