Stephen Smith

- Director/Producer


Stephen Smith has spent most of his life amongst the human and wildlife inhabitants of the remote polar regions. Originally trained as a biologist, he has three decades of experience in polar wildlife research, including four months in Antarctica studying the diving behaviour of Emperor penguins. He has led more than 50 wilderness expeditions in the High Arctic.


In 2004, Stephen was Director of Operations, Production Manager and Expedition Leader on the project Abandoned in the Arctic, a film production shot on location at 82° North on Ellesmere Island. That feature documentary involved a logistically complex kayak expedition that retraced the 500km historic retreat of American polar explorer, Adolphus Greely. In 2008, he co-directed the documentary Arctic Cliffhangers, which picked up the Best Wildlife Film award at the 2010 San Francisco Ocean Film Festival.


A two-month ski traverse in 1992 provided Stephen’s introduction to the people and wilderness of Northwest Greenland. Drawing upon insights from a lifetime of such explorations, his latest feature Vanishing Point (co-directed by Julia Szucs) bears witness to the challenges facing indigenous hunting culture in today’s Arctic.


An accomplished photographer, Stephen’s images have been widely published in books and leading magazines including Natural History, Outside, and National Geographic magazines.


Stephen is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and co-founder of Meltwater Media.