About the Project

Focus on Features: The Future of Filmmaking in Ontario is a research project about feature filmmaking in Ontario.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study is to tell the story of building and sustaining the talent for feature film production in the Canadian-owned, Ontario-based film industry. By exploring the career paths of established filmmakers and the obstacles facing emerging filmmakers, the study will attempt to lay the groundwork for establishing the best practices for growing the next generation of successful filmmakers. There are many sources of information about the economic impact of the sector, which are very important, but this study will look behind those numbers to examine the creative talent who drive that economic activity. This study has multiple parts:

  1. Interviews
  2. A review of scholarly literature, and
  3. A survey to get more generalizable data about the individuals who work in the field


During the summer of 2016, our project team interviewed directors, writers, and producers in Ontario. We also launched our survey aimed at gathering the opinions and stories about the industry from the perspectives of professionals in the industry.

The results of the study will be published in the form of a series of documentary reports of the personal reflections of filmmakers a various stages in their careers, a written report of the results of the online survey and a website that will be a repository for all these findings and a base from which to continue the conversation. These will be available in the fall of 2018.

Results of the Study

The results are published here in the form of a series of documented findings provided in video clips and a written study on the reflections of filmmakers—writers, directors and producers—at various stages in their careers as well as select interviews with other industry stakeholders. The report also contains a survey of industry data and an extensive bibliography of scholarly literature and other relevant industry reports.

Read the report here.

More Information


Director’s Guild of Canada: https://www.dgc.ca
Producer’s Roundtable of Ontario: https://www.facebook.com/producersroundtableofontario/
Writer’s Guild of Canada: www.writersguildofcanada.com

If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact the researchers.

Co-Principal Investigators:

Research Contact
James Warrack
Assistant Professor
School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design
Ryerson University



James Weyman

Launch Lead

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) at Ryerson University. If you have any questions about your rights or treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board at rebchair@ryerson.ca (416) 979-5042.

For a PDF version of the above charts, please click here.