Claire Sanford is a Montreal-based cinematographer and documentary filmmaker with a focus on content exploring environmental and social justice themes. Growing up immersed in nature on a small island off the rustic West Coast of British Columbia, Claire learned the quiet art of observation, which she brings to every project. She earned her BFA in Film Production from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2009. In 2014 Claire was selected as a fellow of the first edition of the Hot Docs Accelerator mentorship program and mentored under Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier of Mercury Films (Manufactured Landscapes, Watermark). In 2016 she was awarded a Redford Centre Grant for boundary-pushing environmental films for the development of her first feature, Hwangsa.