The First Weekend Club is a non-profit organization helping make Canadian film a household name. When you join the club, you get notified when a Canadian film is being released in your city, or a city you’re interested in. This help fill seats for opening weekends, spread the word, and promote Canadian films.


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The Canadian Film Centre, a brewing hub of film, television, music, and digital media, works with the Tribeca Film Institute in New York, Just For Laughs, NBC, and various other Hollywood film outlets, to help jumpstart the careers of Canadians in the film industry. 

Norman Jewison, an Oscar nominated director, founded the centre 25 years ago. The Centre opened its doors as a small film school, with one program attended by 12 filmmakers. Today, the CFC has over 16 programs and initiatives that have launched the careers of hundreds of Canadian content creators. CFC alumni include Sasha Mervyn, who worked on various TV programs including Being Erica, King, and The 79th Annual Academy awards.


Norman Jewison. Founder of the CFC and 7 time Oscar nominee. 

The Centre has various programs, including film and primetime television, that take up and coming producers, directors, and writers, to help them hone their craft and get a foot in the door of the industry.

zeeBigBang spoke with Isabel Gomez, CFC alumni and executive in charge of Project development and packaging at the CFC.

“What we’re really doing is helping them [filmmakers] broker relationships, put together a strong of a script and package as possible and giving them as much information as we can so that they know how best to move forward with their project,” explains Isabel. 

The CFC’s film program offers applicants with prior film credits, the opportunity to advance their skills, but even more importantly build their network. They’re exposed to agents, executives, and leading industry practitioners through the program and other CFC initiatives.

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zeeBigBang attended the annual WIFT-T TIFF reception last night. The reception honoured the contributions of Canadian women to the international entertainment industry.

The evening also featured a silent auction fundraiser that raised $3,800 to support WIFT program bursaries for women and WIFT-T’s programming initiatives. 

Check out some pictures from the event above.

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