Although JENNIFER DICKSON'S BIANCA marks Bill Sweetman's official film debut, he's been making films since he was eight years old. While still in high school, Sweetman worked as the film critic for an Ottawa newspaper and radio station, winning an award in 1984 for his work at the latter. Later that year he was accepted into the prestigious Film Production program at Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. In 1987 he received the Award of Merit for being the top student. That same year he joined multi-award-winning filmmaker (and fellow student) David Parker in forming Canvas Productions. RIO PAINTED BLUE was the first film to result from that partnership. Sweetman continues to produce films in collaboration with David Parker as well as directing his own productions under the banner of Alligator Films.