Television Broadcasting

School of Media Cinematographer of the Year 2017: Zia Sultani


Ziaulhaq Sultani is this years “Cinematographer of the Year”.  The award goes to a student in the Broadcasting – Television program that excelled in creative image creation through the use of lighting and camera motivation, and shows great leadership and a positive attitude in and outside of class.

Zia was presented with the award by School of Media interim chair Beth Agnew, Television Broadcasting program coordinator Ted Ambrose, and Television Broadcasting professor Glenn Heshka. His short film ‘Emma’, which he created with his classmates as their final project, also received the award for Best Screenplay and Best Post-Video at the 2017 RTVT Awards Ceremony.

The moment Glenn announced that I’m the Cinematographer of the Year for 2017, I was over the moon. I was happy and I appreciate it.Throughout my 3rd and 4th semester that I had classes with Glenn I worked hard on all my assignments and I got the results.

– Zia

Zia’s experience thus far is nothing short of impressive. He came to Seneca College with over 10 years of media experience as a video editor, camera operator, producer, production manager, and visual services manager, with well-rounded international experience. He’s contributed to the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) mission in Afghanistan for 4 years as a video editor and camera operator. He also worked two years as a reporter for “The Wall Street Journal” Newspaper in Afghanistan.


This is such a well deserved award! We’re so happy that Zia has worked so hard and this is an endorsement of his skills that he’s learned in the program. It’s wonderful to see him do so well!

– Beth Agnew

(School of Media Chair)

The award goes to a student that shows great leadership, really tries and strives to do better themselves as well as to help their fellow students.

– Glenn Heshka

(Broadcasting – Television professor)

Zia was a pleasure to teach and he was always at the top of his class, willing to help out his fellow students and he’s well deserving of this award.

– Ted Ambrose

(Broadcasting – Television program coordinator)

Now that he has graduated from the Broadcasting – Television program at Seneca, he plans to continue expanding his filmmaking portfolio. He’s currently working on scripts to produce short films for the national and international festivals. Long term, his future plan is to travel and produce documentaries. It was an honour having Zia in our program and we are eager to follow his progress and see his many more accomplishments to come! Congrats Zia!