John Palanca is a Toronto-based director and cinematographer. Over the past few years, he has written and directed several short films with successful screenings at film festivals. Most notably his film On The Shore (13) was nominated for Canada's Top Ten 2013 programmed by TIFF, and officially selected for the National Shorts Competition at the 42nd Festival du nouveau cinema (Festival of New Cinema). Previously, his film Youth & Tradition (11) screened at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival where he received the award for Best New Canadian Student Director. His films focus on themes of time and memory, which often investigate the quiet nuances of everyday life.