Garry Beitel is an award winning Montreal-based documentary filmmaker. His films,shot in North America, China, West Africa and South America have been screened in Canada and internationally for over 25 years. His acclaimed Bonjour! Shalom! (1991) won three Gémeau awards, including best Quebec documentary. My Dear Clara (2002)and The “Socalled” Movie (2010) each won the J.I Segal Award for best film on a Jewish theme. Vive le Québec… Anglé! (2003) was nominated for a Gémeau for best direction in a public affairs documentary and The Man Who Learned to Fall (2004) won two Freddie Awards at the International Health and Medical Media Awards.
Garry was a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University (from 1988 to 2006) teaching courses on Documentary Film and Cultural Studies. He is a partner with producer Barry Lazar in reFrame Films, an independent documentary film production company in Montreal.
Garry is the 2011 recipient of the Bourse de carrière (for lifetime achievement) awarded annually by the Conseil des arts et des letters de Québec. He is the first Anglophone filmmaker in Quebec to receive this prestigious award.