Central Documentary Unit

Located in Toronto, serving Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut.

The Central Documentary Unit produces artful and impactful documentaries with deep social, cultural, and historical relevance. We collaborate with skilled Canadian documentary filmmakers who demonstrate a strong vision and a unique voice. We aim to make films that push boundaries – in the stories we tell, the forms our films take, or the audiences we seek to reach.

At the Central Documentary Unit, we care deeply about artistic excellence, centering marginalized perspectives, the point of view of the filmmaker, the power of documentary storytelling, and the freedom to experiment.

We are a full production studio with a dozen team members. We have approximately 20-25 projects underway at any point in time. We have a legacy of creating innovative and award-winning projects and we take great pride in our groundbreaking projects, which include Stories We TellEver Deadly, and What Walaa Wants.

Watch our 2023 Studio Reel to see what we currently have in the works.
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Submitting a Project

Project proposals are accepted anytime during the year and are reviewed quarterly. For more information on our submission process, please review the following:

Questions about the Ontario Studio and our Project Submission process can be directed to O.Info@nfb.ca.

Chanda Chevannes
Executive Producer, Central Documentary Unit
Sherien Barsoum
Producer, Central Documentary Unit
Kate Vollum
Producer, Central Documentary Unit
Alicia Smith
Producer, Central Documentary Unit
Niki Little
Producer, Central Documentary Unit
Justine Pimlott
Producer, Central Documentary Unit
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