About us

Border City Pictures was established in 2004 by award-winning director/shooter Matt Gallagher and Emmy©-nominated producer Cornelia Principe. Together they have released four documentaries. The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger premiered at Hot Docs 2008, had a limited theatrical run at Cinematheque Ontario and Winnipeg and was broadcast on TVO and Knowledge Network. The feature documentary, Grinders, for which Matt was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction, premiered at Hot Docs in 2011 and aired on TVOntario, SCN, Access, Knowledge Network and Canal D in Quebec. The Motherload premiered on CBC’s Doc Zone and has been awarded prizes at the Chicago International Film/TV Festival and at the Worldfest Houston Festival. How to Prepare For Prison, their latest feature, was commissioned by TVO and premieres at Hot Docs 2016.


MATT GALLAGHER - Director/Shooter

Matt is an award-winning director with over 20 years experience in documentary production. Having directed and shot three feature documentaries, numerous shorts for the NFB, and several one-off docs for CBC and TVO.

He has directed big-budget documentaries and documentary series for History Television, CBC, BBC, The History Channel, W Network, and the Food Network. His documentaries have screened at Hot Docs, Yorkton, Atlantic Film Festival and at Input.

He has been nominated for two Gemini’s for his documentaries, one Canadian Screen Award, a Chalmers Award and won the Best of the Festival at the Yorkton Film Festival.


CORNELIA PRINCIPE – Producer/ Director/ Writer

Cornelia Principe is an Emmy©-nominated, award-winning producer with over 20 years of experience. She is currently in development on the feature documentary with director Nisha Pahuja called Send Us Your Brother

She recently produced, directed and wrote The Motherload, for CBC’s Doc Zone which has just been awarded prizes at both the Chicago International Film/TV Festival and at the Worldfest Houston Festival; taught courses in documentary production at Centennial College and completed the feature documentary The World Before Her with Storyline Entertainment and director Nisha Pahuja for ZDF/Arte.

The World Before Her has won 20 awards and distinctions including: best documentary at TribecaHot Docs and Michael Moore's festival in Traverse City. It was voted a Canada top ten by the Toronto International Film Festival 2012, was nominated for Best Theatrical Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards, and was part of the Sundance Film Forward Program. Recently it was nominated for an Emmy

Other select projects include: the feature documentary Grinders directed by Matt Gallagher, which was broadcast across Canada after a Hot Docs 2011 festival premiere and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in Best Direction in a Documentary;; and the 2008 Gemini award-winning (Best Documentary Series) Diamond Road, which she co-produced for TVOntario, History Television, Discovery Times and Arte/ZDF; Directed the one hour Poverty, Chastity, Obedience; and worked with Emmy award-winning Producer/ Director Shelley Saywell on several of her acclaimed documentaries including, A Child’s Century of War which was short-listed for an Oscar.