In 2000 James Dubbeldam met Len Scher, an award-winning producer with the CBC, who saw great potential in James and they worked together on a number of documentaries until Len’s sudden death a few years later.
After loosing his friend and mentor, James turned his energy towards writing screenplays and quit his job as a travel agent to write full-time and sought representation for his work. Frustrated by the process, he wrote a short film entitled, The Last Day of December, which he directed and produced in late 2007 in an attempt to make it on his own. It was selected by two film festivals and gave James the vital experience to move onto something bigger.
Following his success with The Last Day of December, James embarked on a more ambitious project. In 2009 he wrote/directed/produced his first feature film, Fallen Before Falling. It won ‘Best Canadian Feature’ at the 2011 Canada International Film Festival and was an official selection at four other festivals around the globe.
As an emerging filmmaker, challenged by the lack of industry support and recognition for struggling young artists, James began writing articles about his film experiences and writing reviews for independent reviews sites, but soon realized this was not enough. In late 2010 he launched the Toronto International Film and Video Awards (TIFVA), as a vehicle to not only support other emerging filmmakers but to provide them with a unique and tailored venue for recognizing their accomplishments.
Since then James has been focusing on producing and has just released an award winning short film and two award-winning features in the last six months!