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Getting involved in Canadian film

At The Mutt, we cover the latest Canadian film news. The industry is growing each year, and we’re consistently surprised at the variety of talent emerging nationally.

We encourage you to visit The Mutt to learn more about Canadian film news. But if you’re interested in getting involved in the industry yourself, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Among the top destinations for aspiring filmmakers is the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). Located in Ontario, the CFC is a charitable cultural organization that seeks to further the careers of budding filmmakers. A number of programs are available to help jumpstart or sustain Canadian filmmaking careers, and the organization boasts a number of prominent alumni to its name.

Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has produced more than 3,000 productions since its inception and is a great resource for filmmakers or for those looking to view the organization’s impressive archives.

WALL boasts a distinct visual style, something director Cam Christiansen said he wanted to emphasize to create a sense of authorship. Photo courtesy National Film Board of Canada

WALL boasts a distinct visual style, something director Cam Christiansen said he wanted to emphasize to create a sense of authorship. Photo courtesy National Film Board of Canada

A number of other organizations, including the Canadian Film Fest, REEL Canada and the First Weekend Club seek to provide screening opportunities and various forms of promotion for Canadian filmmakers.

Of course, budding filmmakers can attempt to complete their first projects on a limited budget (no budget productions are even possible). But if you are seeking some financial assistance, you can also try to secure funding via grants. Each province has its own funding organization, such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and funding is also available via the Canada Council for the Arts.

If you have completed a feature or a short film, you can then submit it to Canada’s impressive roster of film festivals. Most major cities, and many smaller communities, have film festivals with open submission calls on a yearly basis.

The film industry in Canada continues to grow on a yearly basis. At The Mutt, it’s our goal to shine a light on the exciting developments in Canadian film news. If you’d like to join us, or if you have something you think we’d like to cover, please send an email to editor@themutt.ca

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