Make your next film in Nova Scotia — we’re open for business. Film and television productions filming in Nova Scotia are eligible for funding from the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund, administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc. For more information on various funding programs and streams, please visit our incentives page HERE.
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Nova Scotia knows production. Our province is home to world-class crews, talented cast, experienced production partners and state-of-the-art post-production facilities. Watch our video below to see why these award-winning, highly skilled and professional technicians are in demand across the country and around the world!
2021 was one of the busiest years for the NS screen industry, and 2022 is on track to be another banner year. Scroll down for an up-to-date list of productions that are currently shooting in Nova Scotia. Please note that we are unable to provide any information on upcoming productions until they have officially released announcements regarding filming (due to confidentiality obligations).
Writer/Director: Fawzia Mirza
Producers: Jason Levangie and Marc Tetreault for Shut Up & Colour Pictures (“Night Blooms”), Andria Wilson Mirza for Baby Daal Productions (“Noor & Layla”)
Executive Producer: Damon D’Oliveira
Read more in Variety: Amrit Kaur, Hamza Haq, Nimra Bucha Lead Fawzia Mirza’s Pakistani-Canadian Film ‘Me, My Mom & Sharmila’
20TH TELEVISION’S “WASHINGTON BLACK” BEGINS PRODUCTION IN NOVA SCOTIA LATER THIS MONTH
Film Commission Screen Nova Scotia and Premier Tim Houston Welcome the Hulu Original Series as Part of a $23 Million Investment in the Local Film Industry
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 16, 2022 – Film commission Screen Nova Scotia and Premier Tim Houston welcomed the highly-anticipated Hulu Original limited series “Washington Black” to Nova Scotia, during a press conference held in Los Angeles today. The series from 20th Television begins filming in the province on March 28th.
Hulu’s straight-to-series adaptation of Esi Edugyan’s novel follows the extraordinary 19th-century adventures of George Washington Black (Ernest Kingsley Jr., with Eddie Karanja playing his younger version in flashbacks), a young boy born to a Barbados sugar plantation who finds a way off the island in the company of his master’s brother, a brilliant steampunk inventor. So begins a globe-spanning adventure that eventually leads Wash to Nova Scotia, where he becomes a man of science in his own right, his optimism and hope fueling his imagination and inspiring all he meets. But can he outrun his past, or will the relentless hunters on his tail finally put an end to his dreams? The series also stars Tom Ellis (“Lucifer”), Iola Evans (“Carnival Row”), Edward Bluemel (“Killing Eve”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Dune), Rupert Graves (“Sherlock”) and Emmy Award winner Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), who also serves as Executive Producer. Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) and Shaunette Renée Wilson (Black Panther) appear in recurring roles.
“We are thrilled and grateful to be shooting this project in Nova Scotia,” commented Nissa Diederich, Executive Vice President of Production, 20th Television. “In addition to being the perfect place to tell this story creatively, the province provides a robust crew base, an unparallelled variety of landscapes and settings, and incredible partners in the Film commission Screen Nova Scotia and Premier Tim Houston. We are excited to get to work.”
“It’s significant that 20th Television and Hulu have chosen Nova Scotia as the location to tell the tale of ‘Washington Black,’” said Laura Mackenzie, Executive Director at Screen Nova Scotia. “It’s based on a poignant piece of Nova Scotia’s Black history that will be best served being filmed in its place of origin and shared with the world.”
“Nova Scotia is well suited to this A-list production and our world-class crews, talent, production partners, and industry suppliers are ready to help create and support this important project as it comes to life,” continued Mackenzie.
Thanks to the province’s unique and wide-ranging locations, Nova Scotia will also be stepping in to play various other locales throughout the series, such as London, England and Virginia. In addition to locations, Nova Scotia also boasts competitive financial incentives and world-class crews and production partners, which have put the province on the map as an in-demand location for large-scale international productions.
The economic impact from the series in the province will be wide-ranging, from creating high-paying jobs for local crew and cast to the production-related purchases that will directly impact Nova Scotia-owned businesses.
“We welcome ‘Washington Black’ to Nova Scotia and are excited to showcase all that the province has to offer,” said Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston. “Productions like this boost our economy, create jobs and support our local businesses. We look forward to seeing more projects in Nova Scotia as we continue to grow our film and television industry.”
Screen Nova Scotia and the premier are in LA this week to take meetings with production companies, studios, and executives to promote how the province is fostering an increasingly attractive environment for production. In advance of the trip, the provincial government announced they will be investing $23 million into the local film industry, including $8 million for the construction of a state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot soundstage facility. The development of the soundstage will be led by Screen Nova Scotia.
Production company Picture Plant is thrilled to announce that filming is underway on the feature film BYSTANDERS, along the Sipekne’katik River.
BYSTANDERS, co-written by Taylor Olson and Koumbie, is a story of six childhood friends, now in their twenties, who are forced to confront many secrets – old and new – on their annual winter weekend cottage getaway. Underpinning this dramatic feature are the ties that bind their friendship and the seismic shift in the relationships as shocking revelations emerge.
The film showcases the ensemble cast of Marlee Sansom, Katelyn McCulloch, Deborah Castrilli, Cavell Holland, Peter Sarty and Taylor Olson. BYSTANDERS, produced by Terry Greenlaw, marks the feature film directorial debut of Koumbie, an award-winning filmmaker and advocate whose short films have won Short Film Face Off, Best Short at FIN and numerous other festival awards.
Audiences will have numerous opportunities to view BYSTANDERS including a film festival run beginning in fall 2022, followed by a Canadian theatrical release in 2023 before it finds a home on Super Channel in winter 2024.
A Netflix Original Series (10 x 1 hour)
Filming in: South Shore (various locations)
Synopsis: After their father’s gruesome murder, three siblings move into a house with magical keys that grant them powers. Adapted from the comics by Joe Hill.
More info HERE.
Production Companies: Waterstar Entertainment, Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films
Showrunner: Floyd Kane
Producer: Karen Wentzell
PM: Christine MacDonald
Filming in: Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)
Synopsis: Diggstown follows Marcie Diggs, a corporate lawyer who begins to reconsider her priorities after a tragedy in her family following a malicious prosecution. Marcie’s team is a mash-up of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers — otherwise messy souls struggling to keep personal demons out of their practice. They work directly with the community to find justice for their clients in areas including racism, poverty and gender bias.
Production Company: Epix Productions
Nova Scotia Production Company: Magic Rock Productions
PM: Valerie Halman
Showrunners: Jason and Peter Filardi
Filming in: Nova Scotia (various locations)
Staring: Adrien Brody, Emily Hampshire
Synopsis: Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations. Adapted from Stephen King’s short story “Jerusalem’s Lot”. Read more: Deadline