Since 1991 CineFocus Canada has produced more than 25 hours of prime-time TV programs, broadcast around the world, and over 50 high quality, cost effective, educational and promotional videos for clients. Since our productions are national in scope, many are produced in both French and English. In 2003, we expanded the reach of our programs to digital platforms to change the way people watch – and interact with – documentaries and videos. We invite you to view our finished work and read about the projects we have underway – and thank you for dropping by.

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    Beauty and the Beach

    <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Broadcasters (various) including W, CBC, CTV, TLC, Radio Canada This international hit sold around the world and put CineFocus on the map. Director Joan Prowse was struck one day by how long it took for a woman to choose a swimsuit. Intrigued, she made […]

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    Buffy Sainte-Marie a Multimedia Life

    Broadcasters: APTN, Bravo!, SCN, Knowledge Network and FNX (PBS) This inspiring biography chronicles the remarkable story of Aboriginal artist Buffy Sainte-Marie as she rises to prominence in New York’s Greenwich Village folk music scene and blazes a groundbreaking path as a talented songwriter, activist, educator and artist. An Academy Award winner, Buffy was also a […]

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    Green Heroes

    Broadcasters: TVO, SunTV, SCN

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    UFCW Canada: We are the Union

    Client: United Food and Commercial Workers CineFocus videos reached new heights with this United Food and Commercial Workers convention video. Always keen to use the latest technology, we added drone photography to our range of skills to produce an English, French and international version of “We are the Union”. The CineFocus team travelled to all […]

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    From Field to Studio: The Art of Paul Kane

    <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Clients: Canadian Film Centre, Royal Ontario Museum – Interactive Museum Kiosk and Documentary CineFocus took its award-winning television documentary, Visions from the Wilderness: The Art of Paul Kane, and began an in depth three year development plan that saw the conventional documentary transformed into two […]

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    Northern Lights

    Client: Global Television Network CineFocus was contracted by Global Television to produce 28 Northern Lights episodes for their network. These are one-minute homages to great Canadian entertainers that air in-between scheduled programs. Season 1 is a legacy to the successful careers of musicians Randy Bachman, Jann Arden, Susan Aglukark, and Natalie MacMaster, actors Sean Cullen, […]

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    Lucky Breaks

    Broadcasters: Star!, Biography Channel (U.S. and Canada) Life-changing events, chance encounters, dogged perseverance. Some celebrities seemingly stumble into a big break. Others work for years before finally achieving stardom. Lucky Breaks, a primetime docu-tainment series, chronicles these lucky breaks as seen through the eyes of the stars themselves. Was it talent, blind ambition, or being […]

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    Museum Maestros

     Broadcaster – Bravo!, CLT, SCN and Knowledge Network Museum Maestros, an arts documentary, follows internationally acclaimed museum experts, Gail Dexter Lord and Barry Lord, as they guide viewers through the ins-and-outs of museums and exhibits from around the globe. This quirky and dynamic pair of unlikely cultural heroes are leading a revolution in the […]

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    Visions From the Wilderness the Art of Paul Kane

    Broadcasters: Bravo!, APTN, SCN, Knowledge Network This one-hour documentary profiles the fascinating and paradoxical life of North American landscape and portrait artist Paul Kane. A mix of art, history, and exploration, Visions from the Wilderness: The Art of Paul Kane examines the conflicting opinions about the historic and artistic value of Kane’s artwork In 1846, […]

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    C.W. Jefferys Picturing Canada

    Broadcasters: TVO and Knowledge Network C.W. Jefferys (1869-1951) was the first artist to take Canadian history and make it leap off the page and come to life. Before Jefferys, history was written down, but never illustrated in such a dramatic and refreshing way. As well as being a newspaper illustrator and historian, Jefferys was also […]

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    Arbor Alma

    Funder: Bravo!Fact Arbor Alma (‘The Giving Tree’) is a four-minute art film that mixes photography with artwork to explore how people dialogue and understand their environment, especially trees. The film includes a montage of images – photographs and footage of Canadian urban green spaces as well as displaying iconic forests and trees painted by the […]

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    Flying Together

    Client: Association of Ontario Health Centres Flying Together uses archival images and clips, an original song (written and sang by Chris Birkett in both official languages) and a decade-by-decade timeline to tell the history of community health centres in Canada. Community Health Centres were inspired by the ideas of Tommy Douglas’ original vision for Medicare. […]

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    Transformative Change Awards

    Client: Association of Ontario Health Centres

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    Every One Matters | Chaque personne compte

    Client: Association of Ontario Health Centre

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    The Anne Johnston Health Station

    Client: Association of Ontario Health Centres

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    Make No Small Plans

    Client: Association of Ontario Health Centres

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    Count Me In PSA Campaign

    Clients: Association of Ontario Health Centres/Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse

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    Stories of Choice | une Question de Choix

    Client: Health Canada

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    Opening The Door To Community Health

    Funders: Blue Cross, OMDC, and NFB

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    Keep Warm in Winter Animations

    Broadcasters (various) including W, CBC, CTV, TLC, Radio Canada

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    Greenpeace: Made in Canada

    <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Broadcaster: Discovery Channel Produced for Discovery Canada, this five minute excerpt from the longer documentary has Greenpeace co-founders reminiscing on the eve of their 25th anniversary about events that led to Greenpeace’s international success and the milestones events during the environmental organizations first twenty-five […]

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    Conservation Champions

    Client: Toronto Community Housing Toronto Community Housing (TCH) is taking on a conservation challenge of epic proportions to reach an estimated 164,000 tenants living in over 58,000 rental units across the city. As North America’s second largest housing provider this is no small feat. But the goal is a worthy one – to create a […]

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    Workers Health And Safety Centre Videos

    Client: Workers Health And Safety Centre

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    I’m Lawrence Profiles

    Client: Context/Heights Development and Toronto Community Housing The “I’m Lawrence” program recruits participants from the Lawrence Heights community and prepares them for entry into the construction workforce. As the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood transforms through scheduled revitalization, so do participants in the program. This video profiles the first two groups of trainees and shows the array […]

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    UFCW Canada: Our Voice is Strong

    Client: United Food and Commercial Workers The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is one of the largest private sector unions in North America, spanning every imaginable facet of food production. CineFocus Canada has served as a communications consultant to UFCW Canada since 1995, specializing in video production. Projects have ranged in scope, but generally […]

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    Hammerheads Promo video

    Client: Association of Ontario Health Centres

Testimonial

At every stage of each project the CineFocus team delivered high value. In planning productions they brought great creative ideas to the table, when scripting our videos they delivered compelling text that touched peoples’ hearts as well as their minds, and in the edit suite high production values that always strengthened our message.

Mary MacNutt, Communications Director | Association of Ontario Health Centres

Nothing inspires confidence like a track record of success. That's how I feel about CineFocus Canada. I have been hiring them consistently since 1992 and have never been disappointed with my choice in video production. From the idea onward, Joan Prowse and the entire CineFocus Canada team has your back.

David W. Watts, Satisfied CineFocus Canada customer

They chose to explore climate change and other environmental issues in an engaging and entertaining fashion: this approach garnered good audience numbers both on-line and on air for TVO and this led to our ongoing support for multiple seasons of the project.

Christine McGlade, TVO Executive in Charge of Production, Green Heroes

Over the nine months I worked with Joan and John closely, they demonstrated foresight and integrity. They were dedicated and hardworking; even with extra-ordinary deadlines, they never missed one. Notably, they were very open to feedback, in fact, welcomed it; they engaged authentically in dialogue and also helped elevate the conversations around them.

Susan Stein, Advisor on Paul Kane Interactive project at Canadian Film Centre’s CFC Media Lab
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