17 for '17: These are the great Canadian filmmakers of the future

In honour of this Saturday's debut of CBC Arts' new talk show The Filmmakers, we look back at the many fresh faces we've profiled in the past two years.

They've already made their marks — but that's only the beginning

Ashley McKenzie's 'Werewolf.' (grassfire films)

This weekend, CBC Arts debuts its new talk show The Filmmakers, which will spend 11 weeks highlighting some of the greatest Canadian filmmakers of the last 20 years — from Xavier Dolan to Sarah Polley to Deepa Mehta. But it's certainly not the first time we've covered this country's considerable cinematic contributions. In fact, we've been profiling some of Canada's most interesting and innovative filmmakers since our inception two years ago. And while some of them may not have reached the same point in their careers as a Polley or a Dolan, we're fairly certain they're well on their way.

So we thought we'd round up 17 of the most noteworthy among them as a little primer before The Filmmakers kicks off this Saturday. And we wouldn't be surprised if a few years from now, their names and films will be as synonymous with "the greatest" as any of the 11 folks featured on The Filmmakers — and who knows? Maybe we'll end up seeing them in future seasons.

Sofia Bohdanowicz in her documentary 'Maison du Bonheur.' (Sofia Bohdanowicz)

Sofia Bohdanowicz

For the last few years, Toronto-based filmmaker Sofia Bohdanowicz has been busy honing her craft. She's released several short films, including a poetic trilogy about her paternal grandmother and her first feature film, Never Eat Alone, a sublime, fictionalized account of her maternal grandmother's acting career. In the process, Bohdanowicz has discove