Stephanie Weimar was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 2003. She studied film and video art at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax. During her studies Stephanie’s short films and video installations screened at multiple festivals and galleries across Canada and abroad. Since then Stephanie’s work has taken her all over Canada, from the east coast to the Western Arctic.
From 2006-2009 she lived in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, where she directed, shot and edited episodes for the documentary series ‘suaangan – Our Strength’ and ‘uumatimnin – From The Heart’ for APTN.
While in Inuvik Stephanie also directed, shot and edited the 1h documentary amaamak (Mothers) following the lives of three teenage moms. The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2010 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.
In 2010 her experimental documentary Region Around The Heart opened the Montreal HTMlles Festival of Media Art and Digital Culture.
In 2011 and 2012 she returned to the Central Arctic to co-direct and shoot the 6-part documentary series Watchers of the North for APTN.
In 2013 Stephanie finished the feature documentary My Brother’s Vows with Bunbury Films and Florianfilm. The film is an intimate portrayal of her brother as he struggles to decide whether or not to become a Catholic monk. My Brother’s Vows had its world premiere at Dok Leipzig 2013, has screened at multiple festivals since and was broadcast on Arte.
In 2013 and 2014 Stephanie co-directed Polar Sea 360, an interactive 360º documentary for Arte/ZDF, which was presented at Dok Leipzig 2014 and Amsterdam as part of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Documentary Storytelling. Polar Sea 360 won the Grimme Preis Online Award 2015.
From 2015 to 2017 Stephanie was the writer and creative producer of the 8x1h documentary series Arctic Secrets for Blue Ant Media.