May 09, 2014

Bogdan Kondruik receives inaugural John Driftmier Memorial Award


Bogdan Kondruik, a third year film student in the School for the Contemporary Arts, has been awarded with the inaugural John Driftmier Memorial Award. 

The award was established in John’s name to recognize his success as a documentary film director and SFU Film alumnus after he tragically died in an airplane crash in Kenya while filming for the television series “Dangerous Flights.”

Dave and Barb Driftmier traveled from Calgary to make the presentation at this year’s Grad Film Screening on Friday May 2nd and speak about John’s life and time at SFU.

"Our son John Driftmier died tragically while on assignment when the plane he was in crashed on Mount Kenya in Africa. He was a great team builder who passionately loved film making, always helped others and put members of his film crew first. On behalf of all John's family and friends it gave my wife Barb and me great pleasure to be in Vancouver and present the first ever John Driftmier Memorial Award."

To date, more than $50,000 has been raised for the memorial endowment fund, which will create an annual award of $2,000. Seen by his family, friends and colleagues as a passionate and gifted director who had the ability to bring out the best in others, the award will be presented annually to a third year student who embodies the qualities that John was known for.

The award will recognize students whose passion and exemplary directorial skills create an environment which brings out the best in others, who demonstrates a deep understanding and realization of people, and exhibits a perceptive grace under pressure that bonds the students in the film program.

Find out more information about the John Driftmier Memorial Award, and how you can support the exemplary work of students within the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.