I'm a director with over 15 years of experience on 5 continents.
I love the adventure of filmmaking. I love the people, places, stories, collaboration, inspiration, technology, and the magic of it.
Born and raised in Rochester, NY. Studied cinema and philosophy at the University of Toronto.
Select awards and press below.
2023 - Beyond The Short - Jimmy Coco
2022 - Miami Short Film Festival - Semi-Finalist - Jimmy Coco
2021 Garoa Awards Sao Paulo - Winner - The Scroll of The Prophet Isaiah - Best Documentary & Best Cinematography
2021 Only The Best Film Awards - Winner - The Scroll of The Prophet Isaiah
2019 Vimeo Staff Pick - The Scroll of The Prophet Isaiah
2017 ADCC Awards - Innovation of Tech - Leon’s Smart Furniture
2017 Rochester Intl Film Festival - Shoestring Award - On Days Like These We Must Surf
2016 Vimeo Staff Pick - On Days Like These We Must Surf
2016 RideOn Film Festival - Golden Ride On Award - On Days Like These We Must Surf
2016 Atomic Awards - Bronze Cause & Action - Ronald McDonald House #RMHCthankyou
2015 Strategy Awards - Bronze CSR - SickKids Superhero Trailer
2015 Atomic Awards - Bronze AToMiC Collaboration - Ronald McDonald House Father’s Day
2015 Marketing Awards - Gold - Public Service Branded Content - RMH Father's Day
2014 One Show Awards - Merit Award - SickKids Superhero Trailer
2010 YouTube / Sundance Film Festival Project:Direct - Finalist - Monday Morning
Beyond The Short "Jimmy Coco by Jake Kovnat"
BOOOOOOOM TV "The Scroll of The Prophet Isaiah" by Jake Kovnat
SHOTS "On Days Like These We Must Surf"
SURFER "Toronto, Canada Has A Surf Scene?"
UNCRATE "Surfing On The Great Lakes"
BILLBOARD "X Ambassadors Explain Inspiration for 'Ahead of Myself' Video"