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Tamás Wormser




"Wormser has a way of showing us the beauty beyond what is ostensibly ordinary.“ - Matthew Hayes, Montreal Mirror

Tamás Wormser was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. In 1986 he moved to Canada, where he continued working in theatre as a writer, actor and director. In 1991 he completed the Film Production program at Concordia University where he made the fiction films PROMETHEUS and THE HAT, and the documentaries LAMA GESHE KENRAB and HIPPO SAPIENS.

In 1989 he founded Artesian Films, through which he has directed and produced eleven films. In 1993 Wormser made THE THREE MARIAS, a series of dance films that was shown in Canada and Hungary. He directed the documentary FACES OF THE HAND, produced by National Film Board of Canada and broadcast in over 40 countries. Nominated for Best Documentary at Hot Docs, the film won a Gold Apple Award amongst others and widespread critical acclaim: the Montreal Mirror hailed it as “a straightforward ode to the human hand… at once poetic and informative.” The Globe and Mail called it an “original, beautifully low-key documentary.”

Tamás produced and directed the fiction film THE RING. “A surreal jewelry… with an entirely new performance style…a costume art film that can be remotely compared to Guy Maddin,” said Hour. He produced and directed THE BALL OF THEIR LIVES, a documentary about Hungarian-Canadian galas, the biggest debutante balls in North America; an BELIEVE IN ME!, a documentary study of teenaged fathers, a group largely neglected by Canadian society.

His documentary STEP UP! featured Jacques Poulin-Denis,a dancer who, having lost a foot to an accident, went on to dance with Baryshnikov. It was recommended by Le Devoir “for all who hesitate in fulfilling their dreams,” going on to win a Freddie Award, a Communicator Award of Excellence, a Silver Award at the Worldfest Houston and the Best Short Doc at the Moscow International Disability Film Fest. Following its premiere on CBC-TV’s The Magazine, Canada’s most watched documentary program, it was broadcast on Bravo!, CBC’s Distinct Docs series, on ZDF ARTE and other TV channels around the globe.

After 10 years in the making, Wormser completed TOUCHED BY WATER (Eaux de vie), a documentary shot in 13 countries about bathing rituals around the world. CBC.ca praised it as “exquisite… both an ode to the social ritual of public bathing and a thought-provoking look at water’s spiritual significance.” It was nominated for Best Documentary at the Montreal World Film Festival and premiered on the Documentary Channel in English on New Year’s Eve 2009 and in French on ARTV. It has been presented around the world, more notably at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, FICMA’09, Cornell Cinema, Pacifique Cinémathèque in Vancouver, etc.

Wormser produced and directed His most recent production is TRAVELLING LIGHT: artists on the move, a theatrical road-doc that follows 5 modern-day nomadic artists through 11 countries. “Dynamic and in constant motion, Wormser's film intimately explores the rich relationship between freedom and attachment, creativity and travel,“ recommends The Hour. “Captivating… blurs the distinction between art and life,” praised The McGill Tribune, while La Presse simply called it “charming and intoxicating”, after its premiere in the cinemas. The film recently won the Award of Merit at The Indie Fest in California.

HAND TO HAND is a poetic and sensual celebration of our quintessential tool. The short film, commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, was presented to a huge audience on various platforms, and nominated at the 2011 Cronograf Int’l Documentary Film Festival in Moldova, the Hearts and Minds and won the Golden Reel Award at Tiburon Int’l Film Festival in the USA.


Spoken languages
English, French, Hungarian
Written languages
English, Hungarian
BFA at Concordia University
Tech skills
Directing, Camera, Editing