The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce that Netflix has returned as a lead partner for the Norman Jewison Film Program for the second consecutive year. This is CFC’s longest running and signature film program for emerging to mid-level Canadian filmmakers, which has helped launch the careers of some of the country’s most notable talents. Applications are now open here and close January 31, 2024.
“Seeing the success of the Norman Jewison Film Program never gets old, and we are honoured to play a part in it,” said Stéphane Cardin, Director of Public Policy for Netflix in Canada. “Supporting the vision of bold new stories is what we set out to do when we started this partnership, so we’re excited to continue working with CFC in doing exactly that.”
The Norman Jewison Film Program is an accelerated professional film program for new voices in Canadian film including directors, writers, producers and editors. Thanks to Netflix’s generous support, residents will have an opportunity to improve their narrative storytelling, grow their body of work, expand their creative community and build their career through workshops, industry sessions, collaborations, mentorships and more.
Many of Canada’s acclaimed storytellers are alumni of this program, which aims to support the next generation of talent and to help them become influential industry leaders. Past alumni include Sarah Polley (Women Talking), Clement Virgo (Brother) and Zarrar Khan (In Flames).
“We’re pleased that Netflix has renewed their partnership with the Norman Jewison Film Program, reaffirming the importance of supporting the next wave of homegrown filmmaking,” said maxine bailey, CFC Executive Director. “Their continued contributions to the CFC enables us to provide vital opportunities for bold, new voices in the industry who need an extra boost to progress in their careers. The future is bright for Canadian storytelling and we’re grateful for Netflix’s partnership.”
The participants of the 2024 Norman Jewison Film Program will be announced in early July, and the program will run from July 15 to Dec 13, 2024 at CFC’s campus in Toronto. Learn more about the Norman Jewison Film Program here.
The wait is over! Netflix’s Geeked, the ultimate destination for all things genre entertainment, is back with our third annual Geeked Week. Brace yourselves for an epic week-long virtual celebration filled with debuts, news, first looks, behind-the-scenes secrets, merch drops, and more fun surprises from your favorite series, films, animation and games.
Kicking off on Monday, November 6, 2023 (aka Stranger Things Day) and running through Sunday, November 12, Geeked Week is the home for the hottest updates on 3 Body Problem, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Brothers Sun, Damsel, Devil May Cry, Leave The World Behind, Rebel Moon, Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft, Code 8: Part II, and even more jaw-dropping reveals. And we’re kicking the sneak peeks off today with the epic trailer below:
Get ready to embark on a gastronomic journey and learn more about the locations behind your favourite stories
Did you know that the Moldovan bar where Arnold Schwarzenegger was on an undercover mission in FUBAR is actually a Toronto pub? Or that the cute restaurant where Kathrine Heigl and Sarah Chalke had lunch in Firefly Lane is in Vancouver?
Just in time for the second anniversary of Netflix in Your Neighbourhood, we are excited to announce the launch of a new dedicated feature on the website that will encourage foodies and fans both local and from around the world to reconnect with their favourite Netflix films and series bite by bite.
The Netflix in Your Neighbourhood Restaurant Experience highlights some of the vibrant culinary gems in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal that have served as filming locations for Netflix films and series. Whether you’re a food connoisseur or you’re looking to step into the shoes of a memorable on-screen character, this experience will have something for everyone.
Through the new website feature, fans and food enthusiasts can discover how these locations have brought their beloved stories to life and plan their own visit to participating establishments by downloading a printable self-guided restaurant map of each city.
See you at the Netflix table!
About Netflix in Your Neighbourhood
Netflix in Your Neighbourhood, launched in 2021, is a website providing fans with the opportunity to explore the Canadian filming locations for some of Netflix’s popular films and series. Our productions stretch from St. John’s, Nova Scotia to Sooke, British Columbia and benefit Canadian communities by creating jobs and investments in local businesses while also creating a desire among our members to visit Canada and learn more about our cities, food, wilderness and culture.
Netflix in Your Neighbourhood provides a window into some of the Canadian cities and towns that have enriched our films and series, and captivated audiences worldwide. Fans who visit Netflix In Your Neighbourhood can search by film or series title, or by province to discover the real life businesses and tourist destinations that are featured in their favourite Netflix productions.
Taking place this past weekend in São Paulo, Brazil, TUDUM was Netflix’s biggest global fan event. This year it was live and in-person from Brazil! Favorite stars and creators from around the world showed-up for the exciting event full of Netflix news, exclusives and first looks.
Over 45 films, series and games were featured across the Netflix YouTube channel. Fans got a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most anticipated shows and films from around the world like Stranger Things, Squid Game, Bridgerton, The Witcher along with looks into new series like One Piece, Avatar: The Last Airbender and 3 Body Problem. The event also debuted news from major blockbuster films like Extraction 2, Heart of Stone and more.
Stream the event here:
See also some of the Teasers unveiled at the event for some of the streaming service’s most exciting upcoming slate:
3 BODY PROBLEM
From the creators of Game of Thrones comes a stunning new blockbuster series unlike anything you’ve seen before. This is your first look at 3 Body Problem.
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER
Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender live action series arrives 2024.
HEART OF STONE
Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan, Alia Bhatt, Matthias Schweighöfer in HEART OF STONE. Only on Netflix August 11, 2023. Gal Gadot is Agent Rachel Stone, the only intelligence operative who stands between her global, peace-keeping organization and the loss of its most valuable — and dangerous — asset, codenamed: The Heart.
OUTER BANKS S4
THE WITCHER S3
Watch an exclusive clip from The Witcher Season 3, featuring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, and Joey Batey. beginning on June 29, 2023.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
Meet Marie-Laure and Werner in this #Tudum exclusive look at All the Light We Cannot See. Two teens, thrust against the backdrop of WWII share a secret connection that will become a beacon of hope in the darkest of times. Coming to Netflix, November 2nd, 2023.
Netflix today announced a limited series order for TALL PINES, a thriller from Mae Martin. Martin will also play a leading role in the show.
TALL PINES is a thriller set in a bucolic but sinister town that explores the insidious underbelly of the “troubled teen industry” and the eternal struggle between one generation and the next.
Format / Episodes: 8 episode Limited Series
Creator / Co-Showrunner / Executive Producer: Mae Martin (Mae Martin: SAP, Feel Good, The Flight Attendant)
Co-Showrunner / Executive Producer: Ryan Scott (Servant, Treadstone, Fear The Walking Dead)
Executive Producers: Ben Farrell, producing through his company, Objective Fiction (Feel Good, The Gold), Hannah Mackay (Peep Show, Year of the Rabbit), Jennifer Kawaja (Sort Of, The Porter, Cardinal), Bruno Dubé (Transplant, The Sticky)
Production Company: Sphere Media
Mae Martin: “Tall Pines is a story I’ve been dying to tell for years, and I’m beyond excited for people to see what we have in store! It’s going to be an insane roller coaster and so different to anything I’ve done before. Very very grateful to Netflix for supporting it, and I can’t wait to get going.”
Ben Farrell, Chief Creative Officer, Executive Producer, Objective Fiction: “Tall Pines is a truly gripping, intergenerational mystery thriller. Objective Fiction is delighted to be partnering with Netflix and Sphere Media to bring Mae Martin’s latest creation to the screen.”
Jennifer Kawaja, President English Scripted, Executive Producer, Sphere Media: “This is a fantastic project and Sphere is thrilled to be part of the team, with Netflix and Objective Fiction, producing work with a unique Canadian voice at its center.”
Danielle Woodrow, Director, Content – Canada, Netflix: “Tall Pines is a wildly entertaining story that explores the complex and sometimes twisted relationship between teens and adults. We’re thrilled to be working with a singular talent like Mae and bringing their unique voice to one of our first commissions for Netflix Canada.”
Just For Laughs Group’s Francophone TV division, Juste pour rire TV, has signed a three-year deal with Netflix for three French stand-up solo specials as part of Netflix’s ongoing commitment to supporting Canadian productions.
The first of the three specials will be filmed in 2023.
This new deal comes on the heels of Netflix and Just For Laughs Group teaming up on the release of Mathieu Dufour at Bell Centre, which was filmed at the 40th anniversary edition of Just For Laughs/Juste pour rire MONTRÉAL comedy festival last July.
Some quotes below:
Marina di Pancrazio, Chief Content Revenue Officer, JUST FOR LAUGHS GROUP: “We are delighted to be extending our collaboration with Netflix and to be entering into a new three-year partnership that will enable us to showcase even more of Canada’s leading Francophone comedy talent to their subscribers. As a company we are passionate about creating original Francophone content for comedy fans to enjoy, and greatly value this opportunity that will allow new audiences both in Canada and overseas to enjoy the rich comedy talent we have here in Quebec.”
Tara Woodbury, Director, Content – Canada, Netflix: “Quebec has incredible stand-up voices for the world to discover. We’re looking forward to deepening our relationship with Just For Laughs after partnering on Math Duff’s hilarious special last year.”
Netflix‘s STRANGER THINGS: THE EXPERIENCE TORONTO (brought to us by FEVER), is now on at Cinespace Studios (8 Unwin Avenue). This immersive experience takes fans of the global phenomenon to 1986 Hawkins, consisting of two parts: a 45-minute interactive experience, followed by an afterparty in a hyper-coloured, neon space called THE MIX-TAPE where guests can enjoy show-themed cocktails, ice cream at SCOOPS AHOY, Pizza, Corndogs, all the merch and photo ops!
We can’t tell you too much about the interactive part, but it takes you into a lab where your supernatural powers will be realized! Trust me, you’ll need them! So much fun!
Netflix, CBC and APTN have announced they are commissioning a new untitled comedy series that will film in Nunavut (UNTITLED ARCTIC COMEDY), as part of Netflix’s ongoing committment to supporting production in Canada.
The show was created and will be written by Inuit film and television writer and producer Stacey Aglok MacDonald and Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.
Logline: A young Inuk mother wants to build a new future for herself, but it won’t be easy in her small Arctic town where everyone knows your business.
Quotes from the Creators and Producers:
Stacey Aglok MacDonald and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril: “This series is full of stories that come straight from our hearts and our funny bones. We’ve drawn from our experiences as Inuit women living, laughing, crying and living together while Native. We are so excited to work with all our incredible partners at CBC, Netflix and APTN, and we can’t wait to start filming!”
Miranda de Pencier: “I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Stacey and Alethea for our third project together and excited for audiences to see this hilarious, unexpected and essential series that Stacey and Alethea have created.”
Susan Coyne:“Stacey and Alethea have created a story that is very funny and clearly comes from the heart. I can’t wait to work with Stacey and Alethea to explore the lives, relationships, and emotional journeys of their amazing cast of characters.”
Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC: “This vibrant comedy delivers an authentic perspective on personal journeys, friendship and community in the Arctic. We are excited to partner with Netflix and APTN to film in Nunavut and bring Stacey and Alethea’s deeply personal storytelling to audiences across Canada.”
Danielle Woodrow Director, Content – Canada and Tara Woodbury, Director, Content – Canada, Netflix: “As soon as we heard about this show, we knew we wanted to share it with our members around the world. Stacey and Alethea have created a very relatable and funny story that showcases the unique experience of living in Canada’s Arctic regions. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them and working with Miranda and the teams at CBC and APTN.”
APTN Spokesperson: “This show is a brilliant and heartfelt gem of a comedy from two of Canada’s most exciting creators. A very short time ago, it would have been impossible to imagine an Indigenous comedy shot in the Arctic, with massive national and international reach,” says Adam Garnet Jones, director of TV content and special events at APTN. “It’s a dream come true for APTN to help bring this story to audiences across Turtle Island and around the world. We know audiences are going to fall in love with the show’s characters, and the production industry in Nunavut is going to receive a huge boost in a way it never has before.”
Executive Producers: Stacey Aglok MacDonald (Qanurli, Grizzlies), Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Angry Inuk, Grizzlies), Miranda de Pencier (Anne With an E, Beginners, The Grizzlies), Susan Coyne (Mozart In the Jungle, Daisy Jones & The Six, Slings & Arrows), Garry Campbell (The Kids in the Hall, Less Than Kind)
Production Companies: Northwood Entertainment, Red Marrow Media