Founder - Producer
Orlando Braun is an award-winning Canadian Filmmaker for film & television, and founder of Prairie Boy Productions. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Film at the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Fine Arts in Producing from the New York Film Academy in Universal Studios, California. Orlando was selected for the Telefilm Canada Producers Mentorship in 2012 through the CMPA and as a result worked with Merit Motion Pictures as Business Affairs and Production Management on award-winning theatrical and television documentaries for broadcasters like CBC's DocZone and The Nature of Things, PBS Nature, Smithsonian Channel, OLN, TVO and more. In addition to documentaries, he has also worked as Business Affairs on the TV Series Polar Bear Town and as Associate Producer on over 2 dozen epsiodes on the true crime documentary series I Knew My Murderer.
Orlando has worked in New York and Los Angeles with industry professionals such as Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film, Manage-Ment [Garden State], Platinum Studios [Cowboys & Aliens] and Film Independent [Spirit Awards, LA Film Festival].
Short films produced by Orlando include It Is What It Is, the musical, which won Best Musical Short at the New York Independent Film Festival 2011 and also won Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast at BAFF (Best Actor Film Festival) 2011. He completed a half dozen short films over two years including War Bride commissioned by China’s LeTV in 2012. War Bride, 725 and Becoming Lucy premiered at the 2013 Festival de Cannes in the Short Film Corner followed by numerous official selections in other festivals and winning awards. His 30 minute TV documentary Graffiti Stories, created for MTS Stories From Home [Manitoba Broadcaster], was the first film produced under the Prairie Boy Productions banner and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards 2015 Diversity Award and won the Award of Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2015 Canada International Film Festival. His directing debut with That Mennonite Joke landed the film in screenings across Canada and Best Documentary nomination at the Windy Awards, and winning Best Short Documentary at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival.
Prior to producing for film and television, Orlando worked on the television provider side as a Business Analyst for MTS TV. The strong business skills and the creative appetite helped form the foundation for becoming a successful Creative Producer.