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Vladimir Kabelik

Vladimir Kabelik Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award

March 18, 2015

Help us honour his role in creating the best in documentary filmmaking

From a refugee camp in Austria to political asylum from the Swiss government, from factory worker to filmmaker and professor, Vladimir Kabelik has seen it all in a life he restarted after escaping from Czechoslovakia and making his way to Canada and Sheridan thirty-two years ago. At the end of this coming April, Vlad officially retires from teaching.

By the numbers, his career has been prolific, both in terms of his filmography credits and the number of students he has taught. Whether as producer, writer, director, editor or teacher, Vlad has had a major role in the creation of documentaries in Ontario that are designed to expose and transform our social realities.

In Vlad’s own words, “I wouldn’t be who I am today without spending over thirty years of my life at Sheridan. My daily interactions with students and many talented and knowledgeable colleagues enabled me to grow professionally and personally. Although I’m retiring from teaching I want to leave something meaningful behind.”

To honour Vlad’s commitment and dedication to his students and programs, we are reaching out to those of you who had the opportunity to learn from, work with and be supported by him. We are asking you to keep Vlad’s legacy thriving by contributing to the Vladimir Kabelik Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award.

Vlad has personally contributed to this award that will be presented annually to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Film and Television or Advanced Television and Film programs, who demonstrates innovation, creativity and a unique quality in producing his/her documentary film.

“Intelligent films reflect an intelligent society - I tried to inject this mantra in the minds of my students for years. The Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking should encourage future Sheridan filmmakers to continue this long-standing Canadian tradition, especially in difficult times.”

Please help us honour Vlad’s tremendous achievements by making a donation to support this award. An online gift can be made at Please contact Denise Lach at 905-815-4299 or if you have any questions. 

Best regards,
Ronnie Rosenberg

Ronni Rosenberg
Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design

Photo by Sama Waham (Advanced Television and Film, 2012)