Producer Damon D’Oliveira has been responsible for bringing to screen some of Canada’s more innovative feature films – Poor Boy’s Game, RUDE, Love Come Down, H, Proteus and Lie With Me. Under the umbrella of production companies, Conquering Lion Pictures (with partner Clement Virgo) and Flimshow Inc., D’Oliveira’s films have been distributed internationally and have been selected for festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance & Rotterdam. D’Oliveira’s first feature had its world premiere in Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
Damon’s recent feature Poor Boy’s Game (starring Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland), premiered as a Special Presentation at the 2007 Berlinale and has been acquired to date in over 35 countries. It was also a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2007, and has won best film and audience choice awards at the Atlantic Film Festival and Calgary International Film Festival. In 2005, D’Oliveira’s provocative sexual romance, Lie With Me, sold internationally to over 40 countries after causing a stir at the Toronto International Film Festival and the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. He is latest project is a miniseries adaptation of The Book of Negroes, the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Made in collaboration with the CBC, BET and EOne on the series debuted in January 2015 to a record 1.7 million viewers in Canada and stars Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lou Gossett Jr., Ben Chaplin, Jane Alexander, and Lyriq Bent.
Damon studied producing at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre where he initiated many short films including Save My Lost Nigga' Soul directed by Virgo which was named Best Short Film in 1993 at Toronto and Chicago Film Festivals and at the 1994 Pan African Film Festival.
Born in Guyana, Damon moved to Toronto, Canada in 1976. After studying Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, he was a student of Sandy Meisner’s at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York City where he also worked for two years at the United Nations. In 1990, Damon was the winner of both the Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work in the theatre as a co-writer on the play, “i.d.”.
Damon is actively involved in the Canadian film community, sitting on the International Advisory Committee of the Toronto International Film Festival Industry Centre and the Board of Directors of Astral Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund. He is a past member of the OMDC’s Feature Film Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Producers Round Table of Ontario, as well as having chaired the boards and juries of various Canadian Arts Councils and funding bodies. He has mentored and taught producing workshops across Canada including at the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute and the Atlantic Film Co-op. He was invited to join the Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE) with his current project, The Book of Negroes, a screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.