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Peter Wintonick passes away

19.11.2013

It is with great sorrow that we, at EDN, have received the information that Peter Wintonick passed away yesterday, November 18, 2013.

Peter Wintonick has for over three decades been a leading figure in the international documentary sector. Peter was active as director, producer, festival programmer, curator, mentor and international documentary ambassador. But for many he was first and foremost an inspiring colleague and a great human being.

At EDN we have had the pleasure of working with Peter on many occasions. During the many sessions he produced for IDFA, the articles he has written for DOX and at the many occasions he was a valued tutor at EDN workshops. As late as in March, he was among the tutors at Docs in Thessaloniki. 

EDN's latest contact with Peter was through our newly released DOX 100, where he has a dialogue with Orwa Nyrabia. Unfortunately this will for many people be the last public meeting with Peter and his reflections on the documentary sector.

Peter’s career includes involvement in over 100 films and transmedia projects, and he has been recognised far beyond our documentary industry. Among other prestigious awards, he was in 2005 presented with Laureate of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, which is Canada’s highest such honour. 

Peter became only 60-years old. Yesterday he died due to cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer. We have lost a dear colleague and a great friend. But even though Peter has passed away, his great spirit for documentary, his optimistic life approach and his warm personlity will stay in our hearts.

From EDN we send the warmest condolences to Peter’s closest family and friends.