​2021 Norman Jewison Film Program Wraps with Industry Showcase of 18 Filmmakers to Watch

Posted: Feb 1, 2022

The 2021 Norman Jewison Film Program residents

On December 15, a mix of industry folks and Canadian creatives headed to TIFF Bell Lightbox to attend the 2021 Norman Jewison Film Program Industry Showcase to get a first look at some work that 18 talented storytellers created throughout their time in the Norman Jewison Film Program.

These 18 filmmakers (pictured above) – five directors, five producers, four writers and four editors – started the program in January 2021 in the middle of a global pandemic, equipped with their bold visions and distinct talent, and maybe some mixed emotions about what would lie ahead in the first-ever hybrid offering of the program, tailored to meet all COVID safety guidelines.

The Norman Jewison Film Program, supported by Shaftesbury, AMC Networks and the Paul Bronfman Family Foundation, is a full-time program tailored to the needs of participating creators, offering an artistic, immersive and collaborative experience – practices that can be difficult when done remotely or virtually. But the 2021 program’s team and residents navigated and embraced this new and challenging situation with professionalism and expertise; always finding ways to adapt and push forward – skills and practices that will serve these creators well in an ever-evolving and rapidly changing screen industry.

The Norman Jewison Film Program is designed to inspire and empower Canadian filmmakers to become world-class storytellers – and we look forward to watching as they do just that. Take a look below to view their work that was screened at the showcase, and keep your eyes on these filmmakers to watch and their upcoming work.

As a charitable cultural organization, we are transformed through our donors, sponsors, and supporters. Thank you to our incredible partners and supporters who make The Norman Jewison Film Program possible. Deepest thanks to Shaftesbury, AMC Networks and the Paul Bronfman Family Foundation, who joined the program as Lead Supporters in early 2021 because they believe in the talent of Canadian creators and in this program’s ability to inspire, amplify and elevate new generations of diverse Canadian voices.

The Government of Ontario continues to be a steadfast supporter and friend of the CFC who believes in the importance of the Canadian screen business. We’re so grateful for their investment in the CFC and these storytellers.

We also extend our gratitude to the CMPA, the Lead Supporter of the Producers’ Lab, and Super Channel, the Lead Supporter of the Directors’ Lab, and to Comweb and The Norman & Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation for their support of this program, and for investing in the next generation of homegrown talent. We could not do our work without your support.

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