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Holding Space Films is a boutique production company based in Toronto founded by Director Patricia Marcoccia in 2017. As an emerging filmmaker with a lifelong dream of making documentary films, Patricia created the company with the mandate of grappling with difficult, socially relevant topics that challenge stale thinking, promote growth, evoke emotion and produce meaning.

The company’s premiere film tackled the difficult film, SHUT HIM DOWN: The Rise of Jordan Peterson, thoughtfully telling the story about Canada’s most famous professor, Jordan Peterson, and his controversial rise to fame. The film topped CBC Doc POV’s viewership with its release in 2018 and received two Golden Sheaf Award nominations at the Yorkton Film Festival. A theatrical version of the film is scheduled for release in fall 2019 via Gravitas Ventures (US & Canadian Distribution) and Sideways Films (International).

The name "Holding Space" refers to the act of walking on a journey with someone through presence and deep listening, enabling their authenticity to emerge. This approach is fundamental to the filmmaking process of Holding Space Films.Building on the success of its first film, Holding Space strives to continue producing thoughtful, groundbreaking content for Canadians and beyond.



Patricia marcoccia

Patricia Marcoccia is a Toronto-based director, producer, editor and cinematographer nominated for best emerging filmmaker at the Golden Sheaf Awards. Her premiere feature documentary, SHUT HIM DOWN: The Rise of Jordan Peterson, broadcast on CBC Docs POV in fall 2018 and was also nominated for best Social/Political Documentary at the 2019 YFF Golden Sheaf Awards before her foray into documentary film, Patricia worked as a journalist and digital media producer on multi-platform content. She collaborated on innovative projects such as a Telefilm multicity national workshop series on online marketing and multiplatform distribution for film, and Melting Silos, a transmedia development workshop sponsored by NFB, Telefilm, CMPA and BC Film.

In 2011 Patricia participated in DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Kris Anderson Program for emerging female filmmakers. She went on to work as associate producer for the interactive component of Canadian Screen Award nominated action documentary series, Battle Castle. Battlecastle.tv won the Blue Drop Award for best entertainment website in 2013. Patricia earned an honours bachelor of science degree in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour at McMaster University and a master degree in journalism at Ryerson University. 


maziar ghaderi

Maziar Ghaderi is a multimedia artist, director and producer that works with visual media and interactive technology. With a background in multimedia production, his primary work is situated at the intersection of technology, the experiential and creative direction. Maziar's work has been curated in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Los Angeles, Boston, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and recognized by the MIT Media Lab (2016), The Creator's Project (2014 & 2015), The Globe & Mail (2x, 2015), CBC Radio (2016), IxDA (2013) Toronto Life (2016), The Georgia Straight (2011) and SIGGRAPH (2013). He has also presented at Toronto Wearables, Subtle Technologies, Gladstone Hotel, The Gardiner Museum, Shopify, Luminato Festival, HarbourFront Centre's HATCH festival, Sumahan Art Centre, The Fridge Dubai, Nuit Blanche (2015, 2016), and Summerworks (2015, 2018). With the direction of Marina Abramovic, Maziar was the media producer and on-site technical assistant for the 2013 Luminato Festival's MAI Prototype, and has directed and produced his original work, Dissolving Self: Sufi Whirling X Wearable Technology for the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2014 (ISEA) held in Dubai. With his partner, Patricia Marcoccia, he is currently working on his debut documentary entitled, The Refugee’s Son and his first sci-fi film, Lights Fallen set to shoot in Dubai in 2020. More info here.