FilmCAN NPP Films Inc. is an award-winning industry leader in producing creative depictions of Canada for both traditional and emerging media platforms. With a history that spans over a decade and encompasses online publishing, digital distribution and documentary production for broadcast, theatrical, Web-based and mobile media, FilmCAN is committed to showcasing the natural beauty, cultural diversity and rich history of Canada on screens of all sizes.
COMPANY HISTORY AND PROJECTS
FilmCAN’s inaugural production was the large-scale media arts series, The National Parks Project (NPP), which kicked off in 2009 with the experimental landscape film, “Gros Morne.” The film was an official selection of the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival and subsequently toured as a live cinema event at Hot Docs, Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal and other film festivals.
In 2010, FilmCAN entered production on the complete National Parks Project series, in partnership with Parks Canada and the Discovery Network. A cross-platform celebration of Parks Canada’s centennial, the NPP sent teams of 13 filmmakers and 39 musicians to 13 national parks across Canada, to create short films and soundtracks inspired by the landscape. The NPP was honoured with multiple awards, including a Gemini Award for best documentary performing arts series (for the TV series on Discovery Network); a Genie Award for best short documentary (for Zacharias Kunuk’s ‘Sirmilik’); and a host of online awards for nationalparksproject.ca. The series gained online and international attention through premieres at the Berlinale and SXSW film festivals, as well as live presentations at Banff National Park’s 125th anniversary, at Ottawa’s Museum of Civilization for Winterlude 2011, and at Jacques Cartier Park for Canada Day in 2011.
After the success of the NPP, FilmCAN worked with Parks Canada on the follow-up, Northwords, which documented a trip to Torngat Mountains National Park with host Shelagh Rogers and five acclaimed Canadian writers, including Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden. The one-hour documentary produced from this shoot, Northwords, won the best pilot award at the Banff Television Festival, premiered at the Planet in Focus film festival in Toronto and was broadcast as a special on both the CBC and Knowledge Network. The project also included companion digital components, including northwordscanada.ca, an educational site designed for tablets; and, in partnership with House of Anansi, an e-book featuring original writing from the expedition—one of the first e-books in the company’s digital catalogue. A curriculum unit was also developed in partnership with the DOC Institute of Canada.
In 2013/2014, partners Joel R. McConvey, Geoff Morrison, and Ryan J. Noth kept busy with projects produced independently of FilmCAN, including the CSA-nominated CBC documentary Mission Asteroid, a short documentary on the Mackenzie River basin, and the revival of the Heritage Minutes for Historica Canada. In 2015 they began their latest collaboration with Parks Canada, a video project about Torngat Mountains National Park to be featured at the new cultural centre in Nain.
Joel R. McConvey
Email: joel at filmcan.org
Email: geoff at filmcan.org