Brandy Yanchyk has created news features and documentaries for international television,
radio and online for clients such as the BBC, CBC, OMNI Television and Deutsche Welle Radio,
amongst others for over a decade.
Brandy Yanchyk is also a regular reporter on CBC Edmonton’s TV and Radio News. Ms. Yanchyk has worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over a decade in London, England, Toronto and Edmonton.
Ms. Yanchyk is currently in development on a new documentary in Finland called “Finding Edge Road”. It is a film about the challenges that asylum seekers are facing in Finland and how their presence is dividing a small town.
In 2013, Brandy Yanchyk completed “Oil Calling“, a documentary about new immigrants and Canada’s oil patch. It is airing on CBC’s Documentary Channel. Ms. Yanchyk is the director, producer, writer and director of photography on this film.
Brandy Yanchyk’s documentary “Nature’s Invitation” is airing on OMNI TV and CBC’s Documentary Channel. Ms. Yanchyk is the producer, director and writer of this documentary made in 2012 which explores Canada’s quest to get new immigrants in touch with nature. It also examines the consequences of a life devoid of nature.
In 2011, Ms Yanchyk produced, wrote and directed “Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos”.
This is a documentary about how immigration changes and challenges a cowboy town.
“Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos” is airing on OMNI TV, CBC’s Documentary Channel, CTS and across the United States on PBS .
In 2008, she produced, wrote, directed and shot “Desert to Ice” for BBC World TV’s programme ‘Our World’. The documentary followed the lives of nine Palestinian refugees from Iraq who were resettled in Iceland.
Before forming Brandy Y Productions Inc. in 2009 Ms.Yanchyk worked as a Broadcast Journalist at
BBC World TV, BBC World News America and the BBC World Service in London, England for five years. She also has been working as a Reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over a decade in the Toronto, Edmonton and London, England bureaus. In 2009 she hosted 55 episodes of the CTV/ACCESS program Alberta Primetime.
Workshop and Mentorship Experience:
Brandy Yanchyk has conducted workshops, film nights and discussions all around the world focused on filmmaking, documentaries and immigration. Ms. Yanchyk has also been invited to show her documentaries and do question and answer sessions at the 2013 Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan, 2013 Salt Spring Island Film Festival in British Columbia, the Red Deer Justice Film Festival in Alberta and the 2012 Commffest Global Community Film Festival in Toronto.
Brandy Yanchyk was invited to show her documentary “Nature’s Invitation” and to host a discussion about filmmaking with students at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film in Guangzhou, China in 2012. She was also invited to show her film and speak to students at the 2012 Vaasa Wildlife Film Festival in Vaasa, Finland.
In 2014 Ms. Yanchyk will be attending the China Ya’an International Animal & Nature Film Festival to show her documentary “Nature’s Invitation” and to speak to audiences in China about filmmaking.
Brandy Yanchyk has also shown her documentaries on immigration and presented workshops at educational conferences such as the 2012 Alberta Teachers of English of a Second Language Conference, the 14th National Metropolis Immigration Conference in Toronto in 2012 and the Alberta Teachers’ Association ESL-C conference in 2013. Ms. Yanchyk was a panelist and speaker at the 2012 “Telling Your Story Through the Media” session at the 2012 Travel Alberta’s Transforming Tourism Industry conference.
The filmmaker has also been invited to show her documentaries and host a film discussion in the Edmonton Public Library’s 2013 “Up for Discussion Film Series” and the 2012 “Cinema at the Centre” series.
Brandy Yanchyk grew up in Unionville, Ontario and has shown her films at the Angus Glenn Library in York Region. Click here to see articles from the Economist & Sun.
In 2003 Ms. Yanchyk was a winner of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Apprenticeship Program. As a new graduate from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts Advanced Standing Program she believes this experience helped her to reveal her passion to make documentary films and tries to help others who are starting out and share those same goals.
Brandy Yanchyk has been a mentor to many university students and has taken on interns to work on her documentaries so they can gain experience in the film industry. She has mentored film and media students from North Karelia Polytechnic in Joensuu, Finland, Sheridan University in Toronto, SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary and MacEwan University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada.
Brandy Yanchyk has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Specialization in Theatre Performance from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She also has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson, University in Toronto, Ontario.