Careers in Film & TV

REEL CANADA wants to help the next generation of Canadian storytellers find a path to training in the booming Canadian film and television industry. New studios are opening nation-wide and production volume is rising at unprecedented rates. This means that there are more and more opportunities for young Canadians to find viable careers in the film and TV industry.


We’ve created a comprehensive list of Jobs in Canada’s Film and TV industry and compiled industry-related resources for you below. You’ll see what’s involved in film-making from start to finish: whether working on small independent production, to being part of a huge, big-budget team, there’s a role for everyone to get excited about.

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Student Resources

Here you’ll find the comprehensive list of Jobs in Canada’s Film and TV industry to browse along with organizational charts of where these jobs fit in the production process.

Ontario colleges and universities are ready to guide you on your path to success in Canada’s film and TV industry. 

Whether you’re looking for a diploma, certificate, or honours bachelor’ degree, this page links you to programmes which can all be entered straight out of high school.  From 1-year college programs to longer, 4-year university programs, there’s an option that’s right for you.  Be sure to take a close look – they vary in terms of prerequisites and tuition costs.

Taking a film course in continuing education at a college or university can be a good way to test the waters of a particular field without committing to lengthier programmes. You’ll find links to them here, as well.

Disciplines like English, fine arts, business, and creative writing, which can provide excellent foundations for careers in film and TV are not listed here but may be worthy of consideration, and are mentioned where applicable on our Job Descriptions resource.

Looking even further ahead? Check out and for post-graduate or post-diploma programs in specialized areas of interest. They require prior college or university study.

Algonquin College – Illustration and Concept Art, full-time (Ottawa)

Algonquin College – Digital Video Post-Production (part-time) (Ottawa)

Centennial College – Art and Design Fundamentals, full-time (Toronto)

Centennial College – Music Supervision and Consulting, course (Toronto)

Centennial College – Animation -3D, full-time (Toronto)

Emily Carr University – Storyboarding, course (Vancouver, BC)

Fanshawe College – Audio Post-Production, full-time (London)

Fanshawe College – Costume Production, full-time (London, ON) George Brown College – Screenwriting and Narrative Design, post-graduate (Toronto)

George Brown College – Video Design and Production, full-time (Toronto)

George Brown College – Sound Design and Production, post-graduate (Toronto)

George Brown College – Visual Effects, post-graduate (Toronto)

George Brown College – Special Effects Makeup, continuing education (Toronto)

George Brown College – Digital Video Editing, continuing education (Toronto)

Humber College – Film and Media Production, full-time undergraduate (Toronto)

Ryerson University – Film Studies, full-time undergraduate (Toronto)

Seneca College – Special Effects Makeup Artistry, part-time (Toronto)

Toronto Film School – Film Production, full-time (Toronto) Director’s Guild of Canada  IATSE – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (Toronto) ACTRA Performers Guild (Canada) Writers Guild of Canada Film Training Manitoba  Cinespace (Toronto, ON) Pinewood (Toronto, ON) Northern Ontario Film Studios (Sudbury, ON) Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios (Regina, SK) Vancouver Film Studios North Shore Studios (Vancouver, BC) Canadian Motion Picture Park Studios (Burnaby, BC)

These organizations support Canadian film and TV in various ways. Some provide specialized grants and training to film-makers, while others present and promote their works on-screen. National Film Board of Canada Canadian Film Centre TELEFILM Canada Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Liason of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto Women in Film and Television Toronto Industrial Light and Magic (Vancouver) Film Ontario

Film festivals take place from coast-to-coast-to-coast, in big cities and smaller communities. Check out this list for one near you – they’re the most fun and exciting way to see what’s current in Canadian film.     Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival (Ottawa, ON)     Atlantic International Film Festival     Available Light Film Festival (Whitehorse, YT)      Calgary International Film Festival     Charlottetown Film Festival (Charlottetown, PE)    Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival (Sudbury, ON)     Dreamspeakers International Film Festival (Edmonton, AB)     Edmonton International Film Festival (Edmonton, AB)    The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival (Halifax, NS)     Fantasia International Film Festival (Montreal, QC)     Festival de nouveau cinema (Montreal, QC)     Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton, NB)     Gimli Film Festival (Gimli, MB)     Hot Docs! Canadian International Documentary Festival     imagineNATIVE Film Festival     Ottawa International Animation Festival (Ottawa, ON)     Regina International Film Festival (Regina, SK)     Southwestern International Film Festival (Sarnia, ON)     St John’s International Women’s Film Festival (St John’s, NL)    Toronto International Film Festival     Vancouver International Film Festival     Whistler Film Festival (Whistler, BC)      Windsor International Film Festival (Windsor, ON)      Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival (Winnipeg, MB)     Yellowknife International Film Festival (Yellowknife, NWT)     Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK)

Want to dig a bit deeper? These sources can help: Government of Canada Career Handbook Film Training Manitoba – Industry Info