CFC and Netflix Renew Partnership to Support Next Generation of Canadian Storytellers

Posted: Mar 21, 2023

Netflix joins the Norman Jewison Film Program as a lead supporter

Toronto, March 21, 2023 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce that longtime partner Netflix has joined the Norman Jewison Film Program as a Lead Supporter for the 2023 cohort. This essential program is known industry-wide as a vital incubator for bold new voices and original content and for launching some of Canada’s most prolific and celebrated creators.

“The impact the Norman Jewison Film Program has had on the film industry in Canada is virtually unparalleled,” said Stéphane Cardin, Director of Public Policy for Netflix in Canada. “There is no better time to be supporting the vision of bold new storytellers and we’re thrilled to be continuing our partnership with the Canadian Film Centre as part of this incredible program.”

The Norman Jewison Film Program is an accelerated professional film program for emerging to mid-level Canadian directors, writers, producers and editors. Thanks to the generous support of Netflix, incoming 2023 program residents will advance their narrative storytelling skills, grow their body of work, build their creative community, and expand their career opportunities through a series of workshops, case studies, industry sessions, cross-program collaborations, and one-on-one mentoring. 

“During a time where it felt like my storytelling journey was at a standstill, I am deeply grateful for the support and care I received in the [Norman Jewison] film program, helping me nurture fertile ground from which to grow anew,” shared V.T. Nayani (This Place), director-producer-writer and CFC film program alumna. “My experiences as a resident in the Directors’ Lab provided me with the chance to pause intentionally, gifting me deeply needed space and time for exploration, re-imagination, and creative incubation, all critical for us as artists.”

The Norman Jewison Film Program spots and elevates talented Canadian storytellers with bold voices and stories, who push the boundaries of storytelling, build vibrant production companies, and become influential industry leaders. Many of Canada’s acclaimed storytellers are alumni of this program, and the program continues to elevate the next generation of creators who are redefining how Canadian stories are told on screens around the world.

“Starting out as a filmmaker I had to do it all. At the CFC I found the support I needed to focus solely on directing,” said director and program alumna Dawn Wilkinson (Locke & Key, How to Get Away With Murder, Empire). “I got to develop different aspects of my craft, like how to get the performance I was looking for out of actors, how to move the camera (or not!) to convey emotion, and how to edit for a character’s point of view.  The CFC was invaluable to me having the career I do today.”

“We’re thrilled that our longtime partner Netflix has boarded this fantastic and fundamental program as lead supporter,” added E.J. Alon, Executive Lead, Creative Impact & Revenue, CFC. “Their support of the Norman Jewison Film Program reaffirms how committed they are to nurturing and empowering Canadian talent and to investing in our storytellers and our industry. We’re so thankful for their support, and for their belief in the CFC and in the world-class creators in our country.”

The participants of the 2023 Norman Jewison Film Program will be announced in early July, and the program will run from July to mid-December at CFC’s campus in Toronto. Learn more about the Norman Jewison Film Program here.

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