Jake Kovnat 🇨🇦

Jake creates emotionally charged narratives with beautiful, cinematic imagery. Whether working with real people or scripted, it is his uniquely empathetic approach that makes his work stand out.

Working on national campaigns for clients like LinkedIn, McDonald’s, and HP and agencies including Leo Burnett, BBDO, and FCB – his work has been celebrated by multiple award shows, film festivals and online publications including AdWeek, Strategy, Shots, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and One Show.

He has received two Vimeo Staff Picks for his short documentary work. The first, “On Days Like These We Must Surf” is about a crazy group of surfers in Toronto who surf on the ice-cold waters of the Great Lakes, year round. The film was featured in top surfing magazines and festival screenings worldwide, ultimately gaining international syndication.

His second film, “The Scroll of The Prophet Isaiah” is a meditation on a man he discovered in Niagara Falls who believes that God instructed him to create an elaborately decorated home in the middle of a run-down neighborhood to warn passersby that the end times are near.

Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Jake graduated with honours from the University of Toronto with a double major in cinema and philosophy. An avid traveler, he also studied in Hong Kong and Berlin and even ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

He has always been a bit of an adrenaline junkie (as the titanium plate on his collarbone can attest) and loves all board-sports, surfing especially. Often chasing waves around the world, has shot surf films in both Nicaragua and Peru. When he’s not working, he uses his artistic eye to take travel photography, which populates his Instagram (@jakekovnat) with breathtaking images from his excursions, as well as portraits of his lazy French bulldog, Biggie Smalls.