Stefan Pleszczynski has been writing and directing award winning films and television since his debut feature L'Homme Perché screened to enthusiastic audiences in Canada and abroad. The film's unique mix of subversive humour and poetic drama quickly earned him international attention. His second feature L'Espérance was short listed for the Cannes Film Festival and further established him as an original filmmaker with a strong cinematic vision.
The Montreal-based producer/director has been a creative force behind some of the most innovative and successful television series produced in North America, directing multiple episodes of the stylish crime series Motive for ABC and CTV, the international action series Transporter, the top rated CBS and CTV series Flashpoint, the Warner Brothers' cult classic Supernatural, and as Executive Producer/Director of SyFy's flagship Being Human, and Remedy for Shaw Media.
His early credits include the award-winning Da Vinci's Inquest where a fruitful association began with writer-producer Chris Haddock. After setting the darkly cinematic tone of Da Vinci's City Hall, Stefan brought his stylish imagery and focus on strong performances to the making of Intelligence, and directed multiple episodes of the internationally acclaimed series. He has also brought his sense of pace and timing to episodic comedy, directing episodes of Sophie as well as kicking off the comedy series 18 to Life. His other long-form work includes feature films for television, notably Circle of Friends with Julie Benz (Dexter), and A Life Interrupted with Lea Thompson (Back to The Future), which earned several awards and nominations, including that of Best Film at the CSA Awards.
Born and raised in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Stefan studied cinema, dramatic arts, and psychology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and gained a bachelor's degree in film production at Concordia University in Montréal. His very first film The Dragon won a Best Film Award at the Canadian Student Film Festival, and was screened along with his subsequent shorts in festivals around the world.
Stefan's experience as both an independent filmmaker and a series director has also led him, as a member of the executive board of the Directors Guild of Canada, to take an active part in promoting the essential place of the director within the industry. He is also frequently invited as a guest lecturer in colleges and universities.
Stefan lives in Montreal with writer Bernadette Gogula.