Stephano Barberis

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name = Stephano Barberis

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birthplace = Kitimat,British Columbia, Canada
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occupation = film & music video director
yearsactive = 1997-present

Stephano Barberis is a multiple award-winning Canadian director of music videos. He is noted for a uniquely epic cinematic style, often executed with strange and beautiful imagery, shifting light, and abstract themes. The director's main hallmark is artistic sea change - his habitual ability to completely reinvent himself.


Stephano Barberis was born in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada. His mother and father both migrated from Athens, Greece in 1965, along with his older brother Evan. The entire family was employed by the Aluminum Company Of Canada (Alcan) smelter. At age 18, Stephano moved to Vancouver, BC Canada to attend various post secondary institutions for an ultimate goal of becoming an urban planner.

As a child, Stephano always put on shows for his friends using found organic objects, broken machinery parts, and toys, employing spoken narrative to describe scenes as though they were playing out in a movie. Throughout most of elementary and secondary school, the somewhat-reclusive Stephano became known for his imaginative ideas and unique writing, always combining some hybrid of eccentric premise, unique fantasy, and bizarre sequence of events.

Stephano’s interests began to shift into more creative endeavours after attending Simon Fraser University in 1991, working towards a Bachelor of Arts. Switching over to the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1994, Barberis specialised in the creative side of advertising/marketing communications [] , which led him to a job as a marketing assistant for Reallife Pictures, a Vancouver film production company, in 1997. Being at the right place at the right time, BC music artist Rick Tippe [] overheard Stephano talking of what his take would have been on a music video treatment for an upcoming song of his, and this lead to Stephano serendipitously (and abruptly) being put at the directorial helm of a relatively large music video production on August 31st, 1997. The video went on to become a top 20 hit in Canada (top 3 in requests) on CMT.

This kismet-laden career inception began what would be a long list of commercial hits continuing to this day. Not that it was easy - the first five years of Barberis' career were marked with such a slow period that he was forced to remain living with his parents and search for a visual voice, releasing videos that were deemed too bizarre to receive airplay. It wasn't until the director received two MMVA nominations for a video done for Vancouver electronic deejay K-rec [] that he began to gain acceptance at MuchMusic - Canada's largest national music video station. A re-discovery of elementary school friend Aaron Pritchett, a country artist that has subsequently achieved immense success, lead to the strong ascension of Stephano's career at CMT. Further triumphs at MuchMusic and CMT lead to a string of almost 30 national top 20 videos (seven of which hit #1) and 38 nominations for Director Of The Year, including 12 nation-wide wins by October 2007.

In 2005, Stephano and producer Alex Galanis left their employment at Vancouver film production company Triton Films to start their own – Arkadia Pictures Incorporated. []

The abstract nature of Barberis’ videos is only outdone by the unorthodox and fortuitous path his career has taken to achieve such success armed solely with his imagination and zero film school training. Stephano’s energies currently include writing and directing full-length features, in addition to photography.

Aside from his professional film career, Stephano also creates electronic music under the moniker Bionika. []

Awards and Nominations


****2008 Video Director Of The Year - CCMA*** []
*Video Director Of The Year Nomination - CCMA []
*Video Of The Year Nomination - goes to artist - CCMA
*Video Of The Year Nomination - LEO []


****2007 Video Of The Year - BCCMA*** []
****2007 Video Director Of The Year - CCMA*** []
*Video Of The Year Nomination – goes to artist – CAMA
*Video Of The Year Nominations (four) - BCCMA
*Video Of The Year Nomination - goes to artist - APCA
*Video Of The Year Nomination - WCMA
*Video Director Of The Year Nomination - CCMA
*Video Of The Year Nomination - goes to artist – CCMA 2006

****2006 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
*Video Of The Year Nomination (four) - BCCMA 2005

****2005 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
****2005 Best Director – Leo Award***
*Video Of The Year Nominations (three) - BCCMA
*Director Of The Year Nomination – CCMA
*Video Of The Year Nomination – goes to artist - CCMA
*Best Direction Nomination (two) – Leo Awards


****2004 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
**** 2004 Video Of The Year – SCMA*** [goes to artist]
*Director Of The Year Nomination - CCMA
*Music Video Director Of The Year Nomination – LEO
*Video Of The Year Nomination - SCMA
*Video Of The Year Nominations (three) - BCCMA
*Best Direction Nomination – Leo Awards


****2003 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
*Video Of The Year Nominations (three) - BCCMA
*Director Of The Year Nomination - CCMA


****2002 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
*Video Of The Year Nomination - BCCMA


****2001 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
*2001 Video Of The Year Nomination - BCCMA
*Video Of The Year Nominations (two) - MMVA


****2000 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
****2000 Video Of The Year – ARIA***
*Video Of The Year Nomination - ARIA
*Video Of The Year Nomination - BCCMA


****1999 Video Of The Year – BCCMA***
*Video Of The Year Nomination - BCCMA


*Video Of The Year Nomination - BCCMA

*CCMA – Canadian Country Music Association []
*BCCMA - British Columbia Country Music Association []
*ARIA - Alberta Recording Industries Association []
*MMVA - MuchMusic Video Awards
*SCMA – Saskatchewan Country Music Association []
*WCMA - Western Canadian Music Award []
*APCA - Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards []
*CAMA – Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards []



*"Real Thing" The Higgins
*"Postcard From Pasadena" Gord Bamford
*"Break It" Lisa Brokop
*"Oh My" Sweatshop Union


*“Stayed Til Two” Gord Bamford
*“Flower Child” The Higgins
*“Blame It On That Red Dress” Gord Bamford
*“The New Old Times” The Yoko Casionos
*“Done You Wrong” Aaron Pritchett
*“Loose Cannon” The Yoko Casionos
*“Pickup Truck” Shane Yellowbird


*“Last Minute” Anything August
*“What I Can’t Forget“ Jason Blaine
*“Warm Safe Place” Aaron Pritchett
*“Hold My Beer” Aaron Pritchett
*“While We Were Waiting” Jason Blaine
*“Uh Oh” Rosette
*“Time Flies” Johnny Reid


*“Sache” Rosette
*“Crushed” Rosette
*“Somebody“ Lisa Hewitt
*“Still Got Yesterday” Emerson Drive
*“Heartache Like Mine” Jason Blaine
*“Load Me Up” The Cruzeros
*“Lucky For Me” Aaron Pritchett
*“Not Today” Maren Ord
*“If You Were My Girl” Emerson Drive


*“Jet Black Heart” Britt Black
*“Insane” The Heck
*“It’s Not Me It’s You” Todd Kerns
*“Hey Do You Know Me?” Lisa Brokop
*“John Roland Wood” Aaron Pritchett
*“Control Theory” Northern Alliance
*“We Fall We Fall” Dead Celebrity Status
*“If I Could” State Of Shock
*“Life Is A Train” Maren Ord
*“November” Emerson Drive
*“Wildflower” Lisa Brokop
*“Laura Kensington” The Rude Mechanicals
*“Wish I Never Met You” State Of Shock
*“Believe” James Alex Murdoch
*“My Way” Aaron Pritchett
*“Any Given Day” Mudmen


*“Make You Mine” Two Marlowe
*“New Frontier” Aaron Pritchett
*“The Show Is Free” Doc Walker
*“You Can’t” Dean Tuftin
*“BBQ” K-Rec
*“Free” Brad Johner


*“You Lied To Me” Two Marlowe
*“I’ll Do Anything” Rick Tippe
*“You Can’t Say I Didn’t Love You” Aaron Pritchett
*"A Lot To Learn" John Mann
*"Sweet Fanny Annie" Panurge
*"Mullet Halo" Bionika
*“Singin' A Different Tune" Rick Tippe


*"Ring-A-Ding" The Masterfaders
*"The Future Is Looking Brighter" Rick Tippe
*"Waiting" Monica Schroeder
*"U.Y." K-Rec


*"Turn My Back" K-Rec
*"Mindbender" K-Rec
*"Keeping The Faith" Rick Tippe
*"Make Lemonade" Hampton Avenue
*"Mr. Fixit" Vince Roy
*"Don't Let Her In" Kenny Hess
*"Disappear" The Masterfaders
*"Settle For A Dance" Vince Roy
*"Contradictions" The Masterfaders


*"More Where That Came From" Rick Tippe
*"I Don't Love Easily" Brent McCathey
*"How Would I Know" Shirley Lange
*"Lately I Don't Care" Tim Lawson
*"Shiver 'N' Shake" Rick Tippe
*"Triple Threat" Rick Tippe


*"Never Givin' Up" Rick Tippe


*"Get Hot Or Go Home" Rick Tippe

External links

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* [ mvdbase]

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