Talent: Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh
The breakout hit of 2018, Killing Eve stars Canadian Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, an M15 operative who sets off in search of a female assassin who is killing off high profile assets across Europe. The BBC America thriller received critical acclaim, with Ottawa-born Oh making history as the first Asian woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2019.
Talent: Noorin Gulamgaus (voice), Saara Chaudry (voice), Soma Chhaya (voice)
The Breadwinner is an animated film based on the Canadian bestseller by author Deborah Ellis. It debuted at TIFF in 2017. Saara Chaudry, a Toronto born actress, is the voice of the courageous young Afghan girl, Parvana, who disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. In 2018, the film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, and won 3 Canadian Screen Awards and a European Film Award for Best Character Animation.
FIFA is series of association football video games that has been produced by EA Vancouver for over 20 years and is now the largest sports video game franchise in the world. EA Vancouver is the largest and oldest Electronic Arts studio, employing approximately 1,300 people and housing the world's largest video game test operation.
Talent: Billy Magnussen, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith
A vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin will be released on May 24, 2019. It stars Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin. Mena was born in Egypt and raised in Markham, Ontario. He graduated from Ryerson University’s renowned theatre program and joined the Aladdin cast in July 2017. Visual effects for the film were produced by Industrial Light & Magic’s Vancouver studio.
Talent: John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
Canada's leading female actress, Rachel McAdams, portrayed one of the Boston Globe journalists who helped uncovered an unimaginable conspiracy to cover up clergy child abuse in the Best Picture Winning film, Spotlight. Rachel McAdams' portrayal of journalist Sacha Pfeiffer gained her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Real-life Pfeiffer noted McAdams' dedication to the role, and in an interview shared how they spent "hours together, eating dinner, taking walks, phone calls, email exchanges" and it "was amazing to watch".
Space Explorers is a VR series showcasing the new age of space exploration created by Felix & Paul, an Emmy award-winning entertainment studio. The series is narrated by Oscar-winner Brie Larson. Felix & Paul are leading the VR industry globally with their augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality experiences. Felix & Paul is headquartered in Montreal with offices in Los Angeles. They have a team of 60 who have full creative capabilities along with the technological experience who develop these fully immersive experiences.
Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse is a 2018 computer animated superhero movie featuring the character Miles Morales. The lead animators are Canadians and the majority of the animation was done in Sony PIctures Entertainment's Vancouver studio. Not only was this movie a global blockbuster, but it won a 2019 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and is nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the same category.
Talent: Alexandre Landry, Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Gregory Charles
Gabrielle, directed by Concordia Graduate Louise Archambault (Montreal) is a big-hearted drama about a developmentally disabled young woman, Gabrielle (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard), who sings in a local choir and begins a relationship with a fellow choir member. The film garnered six Canadian Screen Awards nominations and won two, including Best Motion Picture.
Talent: Anna Hopkins, Daniel Kash, Eric Hicks, Kim Coates, Lisa Berry
Hailed as the “Canadian Sopranos” by the Toronto Star, Bad Blood is a Canadian crime drama based on the real-life Rizzuto family, a Montreal-based mafia organization. The CityTV original, now available on Netflix worldwide, was filmed in Montreal, Quebec and Sudbury, Ontario and stars Kim Coates (Saskatoon), Anna Hopkins (Montreal), Lisa Berry (Richmond Hill) and a large Canadian ensemble cast. Adapted from the book Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War by Toronto-based writers Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards, show creator Simon Barry and writer Michael Konyves weave reality with fiction to tell the story of Montreal’s underworld.
Talent: Jeremy Sisto, Missy Peregym, Zeeko Zaki
FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the FBI's New York office. This CBS show stars Canadian Missy Peregym ((Montréal, QC) as a federal agent along with Omar Adom who investigate high pressure cases including organized crime and terrorism in order to keep their country safe.
Talent: Alexander Ludwig, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Travis Fimmel
An Irish-Canadian co-production, Vikings was developed and produced by Octagon Films and Take 5 Productions. The show was inspired by the story of legendary Norse hero Viking Ragnar Lothbrok and includes Canadians Katheryn Winnick (Etobicoke, ON) and Jesslayn Gilsig (Montreal, QC) in its ensemble cast. Emmy-nominated composer Trevor Morris (London, ON) wrote the soundtrack.
Talent: Barry Flatman, Cindy Sampson, Ennis Esmer, Jason Priestley, Jordyn Negri
Canadian procedural drama Private Eyes stars Jason Priestly (Vancouver) as an ex-pro hockey player who teams up with a fellow Private Investigator played by Cindy Sampson (Halifax) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse. The series is filmed and set in Toronto and is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment. In an interview about the show, Priestley said a growing number of TV shows aren’t hiding the fact they are shot in Toronto anymore because it has become a “world-class city”.
Talent: Gildor Roy, Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, Sébastien Delorme
District 31, written by Quebec screenwriter Luc Dionne, focuses on a homicide unit of the Montreal Police Department, assigned to District 31 within the city. Starring Canadian actor Vincent-Guillaume Oits as Detective Sergeant Patrick Bissonette, and filmed in Montreal, the series follows the unit as they investigate murders, kidnappings, drug trafficking and more.
Talent: Bernard Derome, Édith Cochrane, François Létourneau, Marc Beaupré, Vincent-Guillaume Otis
Serie Noire is a Canadian comedy-drama airing on Radio Canada and made in Quebec. The series features Canadian actors Vincent-Guillaume Otis and François Letourneau (also a series creator) as TV writers looking for new material for their legal crime drama La loi de la justice. Hilarity ensues as the pair try to gain firsthand experience, looking for ways to get arrested themselves. A strong supporting cast includes well-known Canaidan actors Guy Nadon and Edith Cochrane.
Talent: Caroline Dhavernas, Grace Lynn Kung, Jay Ryan, Katie Douglas
Caroline Dhavernas (Montreal) plays Dr. Mary Harris, an emergency room doctor who works in the shadows to provide assisted suicide for patients. As the police start to close in, this six-episode series really heats up. Created by Tara Armstrong (Vancouver), the series is a Canadian production by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment filmed in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario.
Talent: Émilie Bibeau, Ève Landry, François Papineau, Guylaine Tremblay, Patrice L'Ecuyer
Unit 9 is one of the most watched television programs in Quebec, airing on ICI Radio-Canada since 2012. The series follows Marie Lamontagne (played by Canadian actress Guylaine Tremblay) who, sentenced for attempted murder, lives in Unit 9 of Lietteville, a federal Penitentiary for women. The series tells the stories of many of the women she meets while incarcerated and explores the realities of the criminal justice system. The exterior shots at Lietteville are shot in the Rivière-des-Prairies Detention Center, while the indoor scenes were built in the basement of Maison de Radio-Canada.
Industrial Light & Magic is a visual effects company founded by George Lucas, filmmaker and entrepreneur, in 1975. In 2012, the company expanded its global operations and opened their first Canadian studio in Vancouver. In the last several years ILM Vancouver office has grown exponentially and has produced effects work for several major motion pictures, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Solo, Rogue One, Aquaman, Ready Player One, Black Panther, Jurassic World, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok and is currently contributing to Captain Marvel and Aladdin.
Talent: Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller
Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds, a Vancouver native. Both Deadpool movies were filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Several vendors provided visual effects for the film, ranging from the addition of blood and gore to the creation of the CG character Colossus. The production hired over 2,000 locals as actors, extras and crew members. B.C. Premier John Horgan said 20th Century Fox contributed $100 million in the provincial economy during Deadpool 2’s 80 days of production last summer. Deadpool 2 would end up as the highest grossing R-rated film of all time.
Rodeo FX was founded in 2006 in Montreal by Sébastien Moreau, primarily working on special effects for films. In 2013, the company started producing visual effects for television for the first time, creating over 150 visually altered shots for the fourth season of the popular series Game of Thrones, which garner three Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Effects and three HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) Awards. Some notable work from the studio includes Fantastic Beasts, Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Justice League, Blade Runner 2049 and Deadpool.
Talent: Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma
Life of Pi is a Canadian fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The film was shot in Taiwan, India and Montréal, Canada. The film production was completed in Canada. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The novel has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and won the Man Booker Prize in 2002. The story starts with a young writer meeting Pi Patel in Canada.
Talent: Izabela Vidovic, Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Mark Dozlaw, Owen Wilson
Based on the New York Times bestseller, the movie tells an inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The movie was filmed in several locations in Canada, including Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, BC, Playland, Vancouver, and Robson Square in Vancouver . The film was produced by Lionsgate Production, based in Vancouver. Jacob Tremblay (Vancouver), who won raves as the child of Brie Larson’s kidnap victim in the Oscar-winning “Room,” is August “Auggie” Pullman, born with a disfiguring facial genetic defect. It took two hours every day to put on his makeup. “I had to wake up very early and get on set before everyone else. It took two hours to put on the makeup. But the first time I looked in the mirror, it looked realistic,” he said. “It really brings Auggie to life.”
Talent: Dorothée Berryman, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands, Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau
The Barbarian Invasions is a film written and directed by Denys Arcand and starred Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau and Marie-Josée Croze. The film is a sequel to Arcand's 1986 film The Decline of the American Empire, with the character Rémy, a history professor now terminally ill with cancer and how he deals with death. Shot mainly in Montreal, it was the first Canadian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. It won awards at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, six Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, and three César Awards, including Best Film.
Talent: Aaron Douglas, Donnelly Rhodes, Grace Park, Mary McDonnell, Michael Hogan, Tricia Helfer
The franchise began with the original television series in 1978. From 2004 to 2009, the re-imaged series was shot in Vancouver, and won widespread critical acclaim - Time and New York Newsday named it the best show on television in 2005.
The show received a Peabody Award for overall excellence, several Emmy Awards for Visual Effects, and Emmy nominations for Writing and Directing. Time Magazine named it one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.
The cast was very Canadian - including Grace Park (Vancouver), Aaron Douglas (New Westminster), Donnelly Rhodes (Winnipeg), Tricia Helfer (rural Alberta), Michael Hogan (rural Ontario).
Multiple locations were featured, including the Vancouver Central Library, the Orpheum, with in-studio work completed in The Vancouver Film Studios.
Talent: Leonardo DiCaprio, Melaw Nakehk'o, Robert Moloney, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
The Revenant - a film that has won at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs - was filmed in locations in three countries, including Canada. Filming took place in Calgary, Kananaski Country, the Badlands near Drumheller, Squamish, and at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, British Columbia. The costume designer, Jacqueline West, says "Alberta has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. But it was also one of the most challenging." She had to make the clothes that looked realistic but also large enough to accommodate warm clothing underneath - "just to keep people from dying in the wilderness."
The Long Dark is a first-person survival video game developed and published by Hinterland Studio. The player assumes the role of a crash-landed bush pilot who must survive the frigid Canadian wilderness after a global disaster. The game received seed financing from the Canada Media Fund.
The Long Dark is a survival game set in an open world environment and played from a first-person perspective. The game takes place in the frigid Canadian wilderness where the player assumes the role of a crash-landed pilot struggling to survive after a global disaster, (a geomagnetic storm). The gameplay is stated by the developers to be a "survival simulation that accounts for body temperature, caloric intake, hunger/thirst, fatigue, wind-chill, wildlife, and a host of other environmental factors."
Talent: Aislinn Paul, Drake, Melinda Shankar, Nina Dobrev, Stefan Brogren
The Degrassi franchise is Canada’s longest-running dramatic series. It has aired off and on for over 35 years with more than 650 episodes. The series is about Toronto youths and their realistic high school experiences, dealing with controversial issues like AIDS, abortion, abuse, sex, death and suicide, dating, depression, bullying, gay rights, homophobia, racism, the environment, drugs, and eating disorders. The series has been praised as the most successful example of television franchising in Canadian history, and starred many Canadian talents, including Nina Dobrev, Stephen Amell and Drake. The series won four Primetime Emmy nominations, two International Emmy Awards, 25 Gemini Awards, 16 Canadian Screen Awards and a Peabody Award.
Talent: John Dunsworth, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, Patrick Roach, Robb Wells
Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg. The show focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. As one of the longest running series (12 seasons, over 100 episodes), it is Showcase network's highest-rated Canadian series. The series developed a large and loyal fan base, and has become synonymous with Canadian television, with Ricky, Julian and Bubbles becoming households names across the country and worldwide.
Ubisoft Montreal is a game development studio that has produced more than eighty games including global hits like the Assassin's Creed™, Far Cry™, For Honor, Watch_Dogs and Starlink. A subsidiary of Ubisoft, this studio was established in 1997 and is now one of the largest in the world, with more than 3,000 employees. The studio is an industry leader and is an active participant in the creative and technological development of the Montreal community.
Talent: Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella
The Handmaid's Tale is based on a book written by famed Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood. The book has been adapted into a movie, a ballet, an opera, and in 2017, developed with Hulu as a TV series. The production is based around Toronto, with filming locations around Ontario, and also starring Canadian actress, Amanda Brugel as Rita. The series went on to win a leading eight Emmy Awards. It also became the first program produced by a streaming service to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was the United States.
Talent: Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Sally Hawkins
The Oscar-winning fable was made around Toronto and Hamilton. The film was shot in at least 13 Canadian locations, including Massey Hall (Toronto), Elgin Theatre (Toronto) University of Toronto (Scarborough), and Hamilton’s City Hall (Hamilton). To the Oscar winning director, Guillermo Del Toro, Canada is ""one of the best film towns in the world." When the film's producer, J. Miles Dale, was asked how Ontario was selected as the shooting location, he said, "other than the cinematographer and a couple of special effects and makeup artists, every single person from the production - they're all Canadian".
In the hidden government laboratory where she works, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation and her life changes forever when she discovers a secret classified experiment. The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro, who won the Oscars for Best Director in 2018. Toronto producer J. Miles Dale also took home the biggest prize of the night: Best Picture.
Talent: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sandy McMaster, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson
Room (2015) is the independent drama adapted from Emma Donaghue's novel of the same name. The film is about a young woman (Brie Larson), and her son (Jacob Tremblay) who are held captive for years in a small room. When they finally escape, the mother and son must learn to cope with the outside world and their newfound freedom. A Canadian co-production, the film was shot in Toronto, with the infamous 'room' set built at Toronto's Pinewood Studios.
Talent: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Mommy is a 2014 Canadian film directed by Xavier Dolan and filmed in Longueuil, Quebec. The story is about a mother who is struggling to raise his sometimes violent son alone. Mommy went on to win numerous other awards, among them nine Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture. Dolan has directed no fewer than six highly successful feature films, beginning with I Killed My Mother, made when he was 19. He scraped together money from his entire savings to make the film himself, eventually winning international acclaim.
Talent: Helene Joy, Jonny Harris, Lachlan Murdoch, Thomas Craig, Yannick Bisson
Murdoch Mysteries takes place in Toronto at the turn of the twentieth century. The show, developed by production company Shaftesbury Films, is a police procedural drama starring Yannick Bisson (Montreal) as William Murdoch, a detective who uses unusual methods to solve his crimes. The TV drama first aired in 2008 and has featured numerous Canadian guest stars, including an appearance in Season 4 by then Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.
Talent: Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Tatiana Maslany
Orphan Black (2013-2017) is a critically acclaimed science fiction thriller television series created by Canadians John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, produced by Canadian production company Boat Rocker Media, and filmed in Toronto.
It stars Regina-born Tatiana Maslany, who played five leading roles, as different clones who set out to solve the mystery behind their creation. The series themes of identity, autonomy, feminism, diversity, inclusion resonated with young women across Canada and USA.
Over its five-season run on Space in Canada and BBC America, Orphan Black won numerous awards, including a Peabody Award and 36 Canadian Screen Awards, three of which were for best dramatic series. Most notably, Maslany became the first Canadian actor on a Canadian show to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The impact of the show has gone "well beyond our best-case scenario," Manson says, in both entertainment culture and on the Canadian TV landscape, and it paved the way for more well-written Canadian co-productions, including The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace and Anne – the glimmerings of a "Maple Golden Age".
Talent: Andrea Bang, Jean Yoon, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Simu Liu
Sitcom Kim's Convenience tells the story of the Korean-Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in the Moss Park area of Toronto. Based on a play by Korean-Canadian Ins Choi by the same name, Kim's Convenience has been well-received, winning Canadian Screen Awards for Best Actor (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Phung) and Best Comedy Series (2018). The exterior of Kim's Convenience is actually long-established "Mimi Variety" at 252 Queen Street East.
A Telefilm Canada/France/Belgium co-production, Les Triplettes de Belleville won a Genie for best picture. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature and best original song.
Talent: Andrew Herr, Jared Keeso, Michelle Mylett, Nathan Dales
Letterkenny was the first original series commissioned by Bell Media’s CraveTV. It revolves around the residences of a fictional Canadian town called Letterkenny and is the evolution of a web series created by Jared Keeso (Listowel) based on his experiences of growing up in small town Canada. Keeso also stars in the series, alongside Canadians Nathan Dales, K. Trevor Wilson and Jacob Tierney, who also directs and writes the show. According to BellMedia, Letterkenny had the biggest debut of any series on the platform since its launch in 2014.
Talent: Amanda Seyfried, Jonathan Bennett, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams
Mean Girls (2004) is a teen comedy classic that introduced both the word "fetch" and Rachel McAdams to the world. The movie was filmed in McAdam's home province, Ontario, and several scenes were shot in iconic locations across the Greater Toronto Area including Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, University of Toronto's Convocation Hall, and the upscale Sherway Gardens Mall. In addition to being made with a largely local crew, Mean Girls boasts several other Canadians in the cast and production including Diego Klattenhoff (Nova Scotia) as Shane Oman. Choreographer Donna Feore (British Columbia) was responsible for the "Jingle Bell Rock" talent show number, which Ariana Grande paid homage to in her "Thank You, Next" music video.
Talent: Anna Paquin, Edward Holcroft, Paul Gross, Rebecca Liddiard, Sarah Gadon, Sarah Mannimen
Alias Grace is a Canadian TV miniseries that aired in 2017 on CBC. Created by Canadians, the series was directed by Mary Harron and adapted by Sarah Polley from Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel, which was inspired by the historical events of a convicted murderess Grace Marks. Grace is portrayed by Toronto-born actress Sarah Gadon (True Detective, Letterkenny) and is joined on screen by fellow Canadians Anna Paquin (Winnipeg), Paul Gross (Calgary) and Sarah Manninen (Waterloo). The miniseries won four awards at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Limited series program.
Talent: Ajuawak Kapashesit, Forrest Goodluck, Sladen Peltier
Indian Horse, based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese (Ontario) and directed by Stephen S. Campanelli (Quebec), tells the important story of residential schools in the 1970s and the indomitable spirit of aboriginal people. After a world premiere at the TIFF in 2017, Indian Horse played in film festivals across Canada, winning nine awards, including Super Channel People's Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The movie features stand out performances by Sladen Peltier and Ajuawak Kapashesit who both play Saul Indian Horse at different ages.
Disney-Pixar’s short film, Bao, directed and written by Sheridan College Alumni, Domee Shi is nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short. The Canadian is the first woman to helm a Pixar short film. At only 29, she is one of Pixar’s most prolific young talents, expected to continue to make waves in the industry. Bao, which accompanied the feature film “Incredibles 2,” tells the heartfelt story of a Chinese-Canadian empty nester whose dumpling pops to life. The love letter to Toronto shows the pair riding the TTC, shopping in Chinatown and doing tai chi in a park by the CN Tower. Shi is currently working on her first feature film for Pixar.
Talent: Natar Ungalaaq, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Sylvia Ivalu
The first Inuktitut-language feature film ever made, Atanarjuat won many international awards, including the Camera D’Or for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival, five Genie Awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Direction and Best Motion Picture, and the Claude Jutra Award (now the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature).
Talent: Ana de Armas, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling
The long-awaited sequel to the cult classic Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 is an American neo-noir science fiction film, directed by French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve. Canadian A-lister, Ryan Gosling (London, ON) plays protagonist Officer K, a new blade runner for the LAPD. A large part of the sequel’s success came from its visually stunning effects and its tonal and visual similarities to the original film, winning the film Oscars for Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Effects.
Talent: Danielle Proulx, Marc-André Grondin, Mariloup Wolfe, Michel Côté
C.R.A.Z.Y. is a 2005 coming-of-age film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and co-written by Vallée and François Boulay. The story evolves around Zac, a young homosexual man dealing with homophobia while growing up with four brothers and a conservative father in Quebec during the 60s and 70s. The film became a critical and commercial smash hit - it has won 10 Genie Awards and 12 Jutra Awards (now Prix Iris) — including best picture, director, screenplay and actor at both galas — as well as the Golden Reel Award and the Billet d’Or as the year’s top-grossing domestic film in Canada and Québec, respectively. C.R.A.Z.Y. is one of the most popular Québec films of all time.
Based in Montreal, this studio partnered with Bethesda to develop Fallout Shelter, one of the most-played titles on Android and iOS.
Founded in 1995, Bioware is one of the most acclaimed RPG developers in the world. Some of their famous games include Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
Talent: Alex Chang, Amy Adams, Mark O'Brien, Ryan Kuo, Tyler Callahan
Arrival, a 2016 science fiction hit, was directed by world-class French-Canadian director, Denis Villeneuve, and was filmed in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec. The star-studded cast included Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, as well as up-and-coming Canadian actor, Mark O'Brien who played Capt. Marks, a military man that worked to determine the threat of the extraterrestrials invading earth. The film received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Director and Best Picture in 2016.
Talent: Amybeth McNulty, Dalila Bela, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson
Anne with an E is a Canadian television series based on the classic 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, a coming-of-age story about a young orphan who is seeking love, acceptance and her place in the world. The series was adapted by Emmy-winning writer and producer, Canadian Moira Walley-Beckett (Vancouver) in 2017, and its third season is schedule to premier on CBC and Netflix in late 2019.
Aside from its source material, Anne with an E incorporates Canadian touches across production - taking advantage of Canada’s landscape for its locations, filming across Southern Ontario and Prince Edward Island; using “Ahead by a Century” by iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip over its opening credits and selecting lead actress Amybeth McNulty, a Canadian-Irish actress from over 1800 auditions on three continents.
Talent: Billy Campbell, Glen Gould, Karine Vanasse
Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series airing on CTV. An adaptation of Giles Blunt's award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow, its stars Billy Campbell as John Cardinal and Karine Vanasse as Lise Delorme, detectives investigating the murder of a young girl.
Talent: Brent Butt, Fred Ewanuick, Gabrielle Miller
The Dog River Police Station was the workplace of Karen and Davis – where they took naps and fought crime, and Karen wrote a lot of tickets. The police interrogation room was featured in the season one episode, “All My Ex’s,” when we learned that there were some problems with the DRPD’s recent renovations. The Police Station will be the site of some memorable shenanigans in Corner Gas Animated.
Talent: Callum Keith Rennie, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Rachel Skarsten
While the story had Portland and Seattle as backdrops, the movie was filmed in Vancouver. The Hotel Vancouver was Portland's Heathman Hotel, Chan Centre of Performing Arts in the University of British Columbia was the site for Anna's graduation, and the now defunct Rainier Provisions in Gastown was where the two first got to know each other. The film was also shot at the North Shore Studios. Fifty Shades of Grey is based on a series of novel by E.L. James, starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.