Daniel Cockburn

Daniel Cockburn (writer/director/editor) is a Canadian filmmaker. His shorts have been the subject of an internationally touring retrospective, his feature film script The Engineers received the TIFF Telefilm Canada Pitch This! prize, and his feature You Are Here (2010) played Locarno, Toronto, and Rotterdam, and 40+ other festivals. Called "a major discovery" by the director of the Locarno Film Festival, You Are Here won the Jay Scott Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association and the top prize at the European Media Art Festival, for "trend-setting media art". It has been compared to the work of Charlie Kaufman, Jorge Luis Borges, and Philip K. Dick.
Cockburn has been a resident of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin filmmaker residency, Guest Professor at HBK Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany, and a resident artist at IMPAKT (Utrecht) as part of the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE). He has presented his live performances All The Mistakes I've Made, parts 1 and 2 internationally. He is now based in London, UK, where he is an Artist in Residence at Acme Studios as well as a Research Fellow in Film Practice at Queen Mary University of London.
He is currently adapting Mark Vonnegut’s memoir The Eden Express into a feature screenplay, and developing a new one-man multi-screen live show called All of the Other Agains, which will premiere at the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham in 2020.
Feature Film
2010 You Are Here
Awards: Toronto Film Critics Association Jay Scott Prize for emerging talent
EMAF-Award for “trend-setting artwork”, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
Theatrical Releases: Summer 2011 (Canada), May 2012 (New York)
Festivals: 40+ festivals including Locarno (World Premiere in Official Competition), Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Göteborg, Santa Barbara, Miami, Image Forum (Tokyo), Ann Arbor, Breda, Istanbul, CPH:PIX, Belfast, Sci-Fi London, European Media Art Festival, Festival REC (Tarragona, Spain), Calgary Underground, Fantasia Montréal, Era New Horizons (Wroclaw, Poland), Whistler International Film Festival.
Short Films
2019 God’s Nightmares – world premiere Toronto International Film Festival
2017 The Argument (with annotations) – world premiere Sept 2017, Toronto International Film Festival
Pattern Recognition (commissioned by BFI Digital), Repeat Viewing (After Hours)
2015 Sculpting Memory (Atom Egoyan profile film, commissioned by National Film Board)
2011 Material (commissioned by National Parks Project)
2010 The Bad Idea Reunion
2007 This Thing is Bigger Than the Both of Us: These Are Facts
2006 Brother Tongue/Langue Fraternelle
2004 Stupid Coalescing Becomers, Continuity, Chicken/Egg: The Williams Equation, Nocturnal Doubling, Figure vs. Ground (with Emily Vey Duke)
2003 Audit, Denominations, The Impostor (hello goodbye), WEAKEND
2002 Subterranea Gargantua (prelude), PSYCHO / 28 x 2, i hate video, Metronome, You Are In A Maze Of Twisty Little Passages, All Different, IdeaL
2001 The Other Shoe, monopedal Joy
2000 Rocket Man
1999 Doctor Virtuous

Artist Code: 209


God's Nightmares

2019, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

The Argument (with annotations)

2017, 20:00 minutes, colour, English

You are Here

2010, 78:00 minutes, colour, English

Brother Tongue / Langue Fraternelle

2006, 15:46 minutes, colour, English with French Subtitles

Figure vs. Ground

2004, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

Nocturnal Doubling

2004, 04:07 minutes, colour, English

Chicken/Egg: The Williams Equation

2004, 01:00 minutes, colour, English


2004, 21:58 minutes, colour, English

Stupid Coalescing Becomers.

2004, 02:31 minutes, Colour, English


2003, 07:15 minutes, Colour, English

The Impostor (hello goodbye)

2003, 08:48 minutes, Colour & B/W, english


2003, 01:00 minutes, Colour, English


2002, 02:18 minutes, B/W, English


2002, 10:40 minutes, colour, English

i hate video

2002, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

PSYCHO 28 x 2

2002, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

monopedal Joy

2001, 01:20 minutes, colour, English

Rocket Man

2000, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Doctor Virtuous

1999, 05:30 minutes

Critical Writing

Daniel Cockburn: You Are Here
by David Balzer. Canadian Art, Aug. 18, 2011.
Memorable Mexican Video: Vtape brings in fascinating works as a...
by Stephanie Rogerson. Now, Jan. 3, 2007, v. 27, no. 18.
Toronto Video: Challenging forms, channelling change: Vtape brings...
by Marc Glassman. The State of The Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto, 2006. Toronto: Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in publication, 2006.
Unplugging the Evil Twin, The Dismantler, and the Singer of Songs:...
by Alissa Firth-Eagland. Canadian Theatre Review, Summer 2006, no. 127.
Feats, might
by Paul Couillard and Alissa Firth-Eagland. Feats, might, 2005.
Daniel Cockburn: Preliminary Notes
by Mike Hoolboom. POV, Winter 2005, no. 60.
Minutes of Video Glory
by John Terauds. The Toronto Star, Nov. 18, 2004.
Foreword: VS Program
by Jon Davies. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: (Vs. Program)
by Scott SØrli. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
by Daniel Cockburn. Point of View, 2004, no. 54.
Videos Ante up the Fear Factor: This year's video-art feast marks...
by Catherine Osborne. The National Post, Apr. 10, 2004.
VS: 640 480 - original programme
by Jon Davies et al. VS, Dec. 2004.
by Daniel Cockburn. Pleasure Dome presents Apotheoses of Everything, 2003.
The Saint(s) and the Cynic
by Chris Kennedy. Pleasure Dome presents Apotheoses of Everything, 2003.
The wwworst ever
by Linda Feesey. Pleasure Dome presents Apotheoses of Everything, 2003.
Wigga of Mass Deception
by Alissa Firth-Eagland. Pleasure Dome presents Apotheoses of Everything, 2003.
Jubal Brown: Mr. Misunderstood
by R. M. Vaughan. Pleasure Dome presents Apotheoses of Everything, 2003.
Visual Vulture: (An Essay Written on Any Given Sunday)
by Daniel Borins. Pleasure Dome presents Apotheoses of Everything, 2003.
Canadian Ugly
by John Marriott. Pleasure Dome presents Apotheoses of Everything, 2003.
Video Past and Present:: Three Perspectives
by Andrea Carson. Poolside, 2003. Wnnipeg: Video Pool Inc., 2003.
Tranz<->Tech Toronto International Media Art Biennal 2003
by Dara Gellman. Toronto: Vtape, 2003.
The enjoyment of seeing: Images Festival 2002
by Daniel Cockburn. LIFT, May 2002, v. 22, no. 3.
Images Festival of Independent Film and Video
by Stephen Lam. Take One, May 2002, no. 37.
Ten Years of Rendezvous with Madness
by Shannon Brownlee. LIFT Magazine, Nov. 2002, v. 22, no. 6.
Shocked and constrained
by Bambi Acconci and Trixie von Lukacs. Lola, Summer 2001, no. 9.