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Carlyle Paetkau co-founded Build Films in 2013 and serves as CFO. He holds a degree in Accounting (B.B.A) from the University of Winnipeg. Carlyle began a career as an accountant at KPMG before making the leap to making films.

The first video Carlyle ever produced finished second-place in a local advertising contest, and he then decided he wanted to start making films as a career. Over the past few years, Carlyle has studied with the National Screen Institiute through their Business for Producers course, and was accepted into RIDM’s Talent Lab in 2016.

He’s produced over 50 web and television commercials for: Parks Canada, Oceans North Canada, Travel Manitoba, Churchill Wild, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where he’s set the table from casting, to location scouting, to crewing, and storytelling. He also produced a music video for The Bros. Landreth that aired on CMT in 2015.

He wrote and produced Hubbard Point – a story about the Southern-most ancient Thule site in Manitoba for MTS Stories From Home. And, he’s worked with Frantic Films on pitch reels and shooting behind-the-scenes for Still Standing on CBC.

His work is now focused mainly in the Canadian Arctic where he aims to bridge the gap between Northern and Southern Canadian stories, and uses Virtual Reality (VR) as the main medium to do that.

Most recently, he was awarded the Telefilm Micro-Budget to produce his first feature-length documentary Breaking Ice: The Arctic Uncovered. It’s about a team of scientists who journey on an iconic icebreaker into the High Arctic to find out what a changing climate means at the top of the world.

He also produced the world’s first VR experience aboard the Amundsen Icebreaker. Since then, he’s been asked to speak on numerous panels for Telefilm’s Micro-budget Program and about his VR project and the applications of VR with film.