Behind the Camera

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Portrait, 2019
Portrait, 2019

Taken on holiday in the Azores

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Chinara Adhofer (BFA New Media) is an established photographer and independent filmmaker based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

       Chinara has a deep passion for all things photo and video, and aims for excellence in all that she does. Photography, both digital and analog, have been a career and hobby of hers for almost 10 years. Motivated by expression and storytelling, her photography spans many subjects and styles, and is what first lead her to film and video.

       Chinara uses filmmaking as a creative platform from which to explore complex stories of emotional vulnerability. Film, including directing and producing, is a cathartic medium for her, used to process personal experiences in public spheres. In the Calgary film community Chinara has worked in various crew positions, including 1st AD, 1st AC, Production Coordinator, Production Assistant, and Craft Services. 

      In her down time, Chinara loves hiking, camping, and cycling, all active expressions of her energy and passion for the environment. 

2020 | Quarantine International Film Festival | Online

Burgers, a short film made as a team with Sean Davidson, was selected for the festival's Top 40. Chinara was a solo actor in this film, playing two characters.

2020 | Quarantine International Film Festival | Online

Creation, a short film made entirely in self-isolation, was selected for the festival's Top 40, and won for Best Experimental.

2019 | First-Time Filmmaker Sessions | Online

My Body Doesn't Belong to You, was selected, and a finalist in it's category for this online festival with The Lift-Off Global Network. 

2018 | Film Premiere | Lethbridge, AB

The premiere of the short film, My Body Doesn't Belong to You. This piece was directed/produced by Chinara and part of an independent study.

2017/18 | Undergraduate Student Showcase | Lethbridge, AB

A bi-annual online showcase of the highlights of New Media undergraduate work for that semester. 



2017 | Crossing Boundaries Symposium | Lethbridge, AB

A New Media Department event. Chinara exhibited a prototype version of her expanded cinema project, Light Room.

2017 | Lamps 17 Student Film Festival | Lethbridge, AB

Runner up with the short film, Learning to Grieve.

2015 | Kaleidoscope of The Arts | Medicine Hat, AB

In charge of photographing each act that performed on the main stage, and provided these to students and the school district.

2014/15 | Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words? | Medicine Hat, AB

This exhibit was a collaboration between the Medicine Hat Photography Club and Rhyme and Reason Writer's Club. Chinara both organized and contributed to this exhibit.

2014 | Illumination | Medicine Hat, AB

This was the annual exhibit of the Medicine Hat Photography Club, in which Chinara's work was shown, as well as a piece she modelled for.

2012 | Canada Rumble Exhibit | Medicine Hat, AB

Participated in a film photography contest, culminating in her film landscape image being chosen for the ‘Alberta” category. This work was displayed in the Toronto Lomography store/gallery space.