Your definitive guide to the phenomenal content created by Canada’s independent media producers.
Indiescreen is an essential industry magazine published annually by the CMPA, which explores all aspects of independent production in Canada.
Our latest issue celebrates the CMPA’s milestone 75th anniversary, tracking the growth of the association alongside the evolution of Canada’s media production sector. With the recent passage of Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, we mark the beginning of yet another new era for the Canadian industry, one in which we hope to see more investment in the domestic content that reflects the diverse stories of people from across our vast country.
Bria Mack gets a show
With a unique premise, fresh voice and potential to reach a wide, often underserved audience, Bria Mack Gets a Life feels like a new chapter in Canadian television. Has New…Read more
When a coalition of Canadian broadcasters announced at the Banff World Media Festival in June 2023 that they were banding together to tackle environmental sustainability in the screen sector, producers…Learn more
A PACT to do better
The Shine Network and the National Screen Institute team up to offer a free Indigenous cultural competency course, to boost equity on set and on screen.Learn more
And the nominees are…
Now in their 18th year, the Indiescreen Awards celebrate Canada’s most outstanding and most promising independent feature film producers. Nominees for the Established Producer Award are recognized for their collective…Learn more
Bill C-11 is law. Now what?
After many plot twists and last-ditch efforts, Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, has finally became the law of the land. So… what comes next? We reached out to politicians,…Learn more
Implemented in 2021, France’s plan to fold international streaming platforms into its regulatory framework—and have them help fund French content—seemed ambitious. Set against the backdrop of Canada’s Bill C-11, which…Learn more
Geena Davis Institute celebrates 20 years of tackling sexism on screen
Two decades in, the Geena Davis Institute is inspiring Canadian groups such as Reelworld and Women in View to tackle representation on screen using hard dataLearn more
France Martin hits the ground running
The new Executive Director of the Youth Media Alliance takes her positive attitude to a sector in flux: “This industry can go as far as it wants”Learn more
Breaking down the barriers
Earlier this year, the DSO hired Winnie Luk as its new (and first) Executive Director. Luk has embraced her new role with extraordinary enthusiasm.Learn more
They got next
For nearly 30 years, the CMPA’s mentorship program has provided emerging producers a leg up in the industry, by placing them in established production companies to receive one-on-one training from…Learn more
CanFilmDay, how you’ve grown!
This calls for a large popcorn and a supersized soda: National Canadian Film Day is 10 years old! A decade ago, REEL CANADA—an organization that began by showing Canadian movies…Learn more
Now is the time
Julie Roy knows Canada’s film production sector like the back of her hand. With nearly 20 years of experience at the National Film Board (most recently as Director General of…Learn more
Indiescreen, winter 2023
Our winter 2023 issue celebrates the Canadian media production industry’s ability to adapt and thrive. As we emerge from the global pandemic—stronger and more resilient—we look toward building an even better industry, one that is more robust, more sustainable, and more equitable.
Indiescreen, fall 2021
Our fall 2021 comeback issue—the first since the start of the pandemic—focuses on resiliency, as independent producers continue to rise to the challenges brought about by COVID-19 to keep Canada’s production sector running. We also take a closer look at Indigenous production on the West Coast and Capilano University’s Indigenous filmmaking program as it celebrates its landmark 20th anniversary.
Indiescreen, winter 2020
Released at the CMPA’s 25th annual Prime Time conference, in the latest issue of Indiescreen we focus on the shows, past and present, that have established Canada as a wellspring of comedic talent. Also included is our extensive production list, which identifies over 300 television and digital series, spanning all genres, recently produced in Canada.
Indiescreen, fall 2019
Released at the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival, our latest issue of Indiescreen we outline the ups and downs of adapting content from one medium to another, as well as how Canada’s independent producers are rising to the challenge of adapting to an ever-changing industry. Also included is our extensive production list, which identifies over 300 feature films, spanning all genres, recently produced in Canada.
Indiescreen, winter 2019
Released at the CMPA’s annual conference Prime Time in Ottawa, this issue of Indiescreen explores the unique and rapidly growing production sector in Nunavut. We also take an insider’s look at how a group of stakeholders in BC came together to launch the Pacific Screenwriting Program, which aims to create a strong pipeline of home-grown screenwriting talent. Also included is our extensive production list, which identifies nearly 300 TV and digital series, spanning all genres, recently produced in Canada.
Indiescreen, fall 2018
It’s all about relationships.
Released at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, our issue of Indiescreen highlights the significant role that partnerships and relationships play, not only in the success of a given project, but also in the success of a production company, and even in the success of our national industry as a whole. Also included is our extensive production list, which identifies more than 250 feature films, spanning all genres, recently produced in Canada.
Indiescreen, winter 2018
This issue shines a spotlight on nine impressive up-and-coming women who have created opportunities within Canada’s evolving media landscape to tell their own stories, in their own way.
You’ll find exciting perspectives from CMPA members, detailing how they are looking beyond our borders to reach international audiences and thrive in our ever-changing industry.
Indiescreen, fall 2017
Did you know that the longest-running film festival in North America is actually based in Canada? It’s true – the Yorkton Film Festival in Yorkton, Saskatchewan was founded in 1947 and continues today exhibiting Canadian and international productions. It stands as a proud example of Canada’s deep film festival history.
This issue of Indiescreen magazine takes an in-depth look at film festivals across the country and underscores the important role that festivals play for filmmakers and audiences alike.
Indiescreen, winter 2017
In this special Canada 150 edition of Indiescreen magazine we reflect on what it is that unites 36 million citizens spread across 10 million square kilometers: it’s our stories. Our ability to share stories with one another helps us to define our values and promote ourselves to the world.
We sat down with the Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly to learn about her cultural influences and the bright future she envisions for made-in-Canada content. We also chatted with Canada’s preeminent literary icon Margaret Atwoord to discuss the fascinating process of adapting her classic novel Alias Grace for the small screen.
Indiescreen, fall 2016
The inaugural film festival issue of Indiescreen magazine takes a look at the growing diversity in Canada’s media production sector, reflecting the unique and varied individuals who make up our great country.
Although much work remains to be done, with our cover story on the rise of Lyriq Bent and his work with producers Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness; our interviews with influential producers Jillianne Reinseth from eOne and Kim Todd from Original Pictures; and our look at the motivations and challenges behind Taken, a series that boldly aims to tell the hard stories of Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women, we can see indications of an industry headed in the right direction.