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Kalina Bertin
Kalina bertin

Kalina Bertin is an award winning filmmaker based in Montreal. After completing her degree in film production at UQÀM, she quickly realized that if she didn’t set out to understand the mental illness in her family it would destroy her. This process gave birth to her award winning documentary film Manic,which explores the legacy of bipolar disorder in her family. Manic had it’s world premiere at Hot Docs in 2017 , where Kalina received the Don Haig Pay it forward award. The film has been nominated for two Canadian screen awards (2018) by the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television and has won two prizes and a special jury mention as it continues to screen in film festivals across the world. Aiming to build empathy and awareness toward such a complex condition, Kalina is currently directing a virtual reality experience which will enable the viewer to explore the world of manic depression from within. She presented this project in development at the MIT Open Documentary lab and at MUTEK’s Atelier Grand Nord VR . ManicVR is produced by EyeSteelFilm , a two-time Emmy award winning production company based in Montreal and DPT creative digital studio.

Selected Works

  • Manic - Trailer

    MANIC chronicles filmmaker Kalina Bertin’s struggle to make sense of the legacy of mental illness wreaking havoc over her siblings’ lives. Convinced that her father holds a key piece of the puzzle, she sets out to find the truth about him, and discovers a man known alternately as a cult leader, a scam artist, a prophet, and a father of fifteen. Manic invites the viewer on a compelling and intimate journey through time and through the mind, where past and present collide.