Film Creatives

Help for Creative Filmmmakers Living and Working in Northern Ontario

CION provides access to workshops, panels, cinema summits and direct support for people working in the creative sectors of filmmaking in Northern Ontario. Guidance for financial support, mentoring, and opportunities is available through our Film Programs Supervisor. We'll also list awards, conferences, and networking events here as well. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with all offerings and follow us on Facebook

If you're working on a production in Northern Ontario and wish to be listed on CION's Hotlist, please fill out this form.


Sault College Digital Film Production Program is a 2 year diploma program that covers the entire filmmaking process from idea development, scripting through to production into post production and distribution. 

For professional development, Canadore College's School of Media, Design and Dramatic Arts offers a number of courses and programs including Digital Cinematography and an Applied Filmmaking Program. They are also a Black Magic certified training partner.

The Weengushk Film Institute offers film and television training for indigenous youth accredited by a Canadian University, and also runs an annual film festival

Confederation College in Thunder Bay offers a 2 year program in Filmmaking and a program in Film Production.

Philip Hoffman offers the Film Farm, an annual retreat for filmmakers. The independent imaging retreat is artist-driven and focuses on the development of individual artists and the production of experimental film works. 


The Near North Mobile Media Lab offers and number of workshops throughout the year, as well as hosting weekly film showcases in North Bay, and an annual film festival.

The Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival also includes a number of panels and workshops over the course of their festival which are beneficial to northern filmmakers.

Creative Industries North Bay offers workshops, panels and networking events. Check out their Facebook page for the latest news.


Northern Ontario filmmakers who are looking to distribute or enter their films into local festivals can check out the following:


With one of the most attractive film funding programmes in North America, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation is one of the key reasons the region is becoming known around the globe as a desirable place to bring your production. For filmmakers in the North, this should be an integral part of your budget planning process.

While filming in Ontario, your production may qualify for several different tax credits, including a regional bonus if you shoot outside of Toronto. For more information regarding production, post production and labour tax credits, please contact Ontario Creates

For information on the Canadian Federal Government tax credit, please contact the Department of Canadian Heritage

Canada has co-production treaties and MOUs with more then 50 countries. Telefilm Canada  administers those treaties and MOUs on behalf of the Government of Canada. 

A number of Northern Ontario film liaisons and producers are qualified to navigate the funding sources and agencies and assistance is just a phone call away.

Visit Our Partners to download the logo of an association helping to fund or consult your project/event.

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