Canadian Filmmaker & Writer, Jeff Barnaby, dies at age 46

Canadian Mi’kmaq filmmaker, editor, writer, and composer Jeff Barnaby are well-known for his horror movies Blood Quantum and Rhymes for Young Ghouls.

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Blood Quantum’s indigenous director Jeff Barnaby passes away at age 46.

After a year-long struggle with cancer, Jeff Barnaby, an Indigenous genre filmmaker whose most recent film Blood Quantum received seven Canadian Screen Awards, passed away. He was 46.

Barnaby spent his adult life in Montreal, Quebec, despite being born and raised in the Mi’gmaq hamlet of Listuguj. He later attended Dawson College and Concordia University’s film programs after being inspired by David Cronenberg’s Rabid and other movies he had seen in his adolescence, including Conan The Barbarian, Blade Runner, Predator, and the Quebecois classic Léolo.

All of Barnaby’s films—including his debut short film, From Cherry English, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004—were written, directed, and edited by him. Barnaby drew inspiration from his upbringing in Gespe’gewa’gi. The Colony, which had its TIFF premiere the next year, was then chosen as one of TIFF’s Top Ten movies of the year.

File Under Miscellaneous, a 2010 film supported by the National Film Board of Canada, won several awards, including the Best Indigenous Language Production Jury Prize at the ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival. Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down), a 2015 film, followed in 2015.

Jeff Barnaby Age, Family, and Early Life 

Jeff Barnaby was 46 years old. On 1976, August 2 Barnaby was born in Listuguj, Quebec, on a Mi’kmaq reservation.

jeff barnaby family

The details of the parents of Jeff are unknown.

Jeff Barnaby Career, What was his Profession?

Barnaby started out directing short movies. At the 2004 Yorkton Film Festival, Barnaby’s short film From Cherry English took home two Golden Sheaf Awards: Best Aboriginal and Best Videography. For Best Live Action Short Drama, his 2010 short film File Under Miscellaneous received a Genie Award nomination.

The first feature picture that Barnaby was in was Rhymes for Young Ghouls. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery section hosted the movie’s world debut. Its production company, Prospector Films, gave it independent distribution in Canada in 2014. The movie was purchased by Monterrey Media in July 2014 for American release. The Vancouver Film Critics Circle honored Barnaby for his direction by awarding him Best Canadian Film Director.

The National Film Board of Canada invited Barnaby to take part in Souvenir in 2015, a group of four First Nations filmmakers who were given the opportunity to use their archival material to produce a little documentary. The short video Etlinisigu’niet by Barnaby served as his contribution (Bleed Down).

At the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Barnaby made the world premiere of his second film, Blood Quantum, which served as the festival’s Midnight Madness opening film. The movie received the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award as the festival’s second runner-up. The movie has been purchased for Shudder’s streaming platform for both domestic and international distribution, with Crave holding the Canadian streaming rights.

Barnaby was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021 and won Blood Quantum’s Best Editing.

Which school and college did he go to?

He received his degree from the film departments at Dawson College and Concordia University.

Jeff Barnaby Net Worth, How much does he earn?

His Net worth is approx $9 million to $12 million.

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Jeff Barnaby Wife, What is his relationship?

He has a kid with Navajo filmmaker Sarah Del Seronde, with whom he was married.

jeff barnaby wife

Is he available on any social media platforms?

Jeff Barnaby was on Instagram as @tripgore.

Physical Appearance of Jeff Barnaby’s Height, Weight

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Hair ColourBrown
Eye ColourBrown
Body type Fit
Sexual OrientationStraight

Interesting facts about Jeff Barnaby’s which should be known

Zodiac SignLeo
Net Worth$9-12 million
Single/ In a relationship/Married/DivorcedMarried
Current SpouseSarah Del Sernode