Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She makes creative documentaries about complex social issues.
DOC Releases The Roadmap
Chanda spent the better part of 2018 researching and writing The Roadmap to Creative Distribution, a practical guide for independent filmmakers. The guide is available from the Documentary Organization of Canada.
sheridan profiles chanda's work
Chanda was recently featured on the cover of Ovation, Sheridan's alumni magazine: "Everyone has a story: the scientist calling out how the environment can make us sick; the HIV-positive woman facing violence; the artist turning her cancer diagnosis into a one-woman play. Chanda Chevannes’ films uncover the passion, pain and purpose those experiences carve into a life."
Chanda is passionate about media for social change. Her first feature documentary, Living Downstream, won multiple awards and was broadcast on six continents. She is currently in post-production on her second feature, an observational documentary that will be released in 2017.
While living in Uganda, Chanda created educational films on violence prevention, which are being used by thousands of organizations and have contributed to tangible change. Chanda has trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library. She is currently an instructor at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre.
In 2015, Chanda received a prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which enables artists to take their work in new directions. In 2013, she received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and was named a Woman to Watch by Sydney's Buzz on Indie Wire.
Chanda is a member of several professional associations, including the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Toronto Chapter of Film Fatales. She is a graduate of Sheridan College, lives in Toronto, and is the mother of two children.