Founded in 2007, Film Forge is a Canadian production company helmed by director Andrew Cividino and producer Karen Harnisch. We strive to produce thematically complex, formally innovative cinema and episodic television from our home base in Toronto, Canada. We strive to collaborate with writers and directors whose stories possess a strong sense of place and unique creative perspective. Our work, including breakout feature SLEEPING GIANT, has competed at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, including Cannes, Locarno, Toronto, Busan, Karlovy Vary, and Clermont-Ferrand. Cividino is an alumnus of the Sundance Lab, TIFF Talent Lab, and TIFF’s Len Blum Fellowship, while Harnisch is an alumna of TIFF STUDIO and the EAVE Producers Workshop.
In addition to SLEEPING GIANT, our previous work includes Drew Lint's 2018 feature debut M/M, which premiered at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival and continued to screen at VIFF, Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma, Guadalajara International Film Festival, among others. FAIL TO APPEAR, the inaugural feature from director Antoine Bourges, debuted at VIFF in 2017 and played Art of the Real at Lincoln Centre, BAFICI, and Cinéma du Réel at the Pompidou Centre. Film Forge is currently in production on WHITE LIE, the fourth feature from directors Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis, which follows a young student as she fakes cancer, starring Kacey Rohl, Amber Anderson and Connor Jessup.
Upcoming projects include an adaptation of Yann Martel’s short story We Ate the Children Last as an episodic series currently in development with broadcaster Bell Media (ORPHAN BLACK), to be directed by Andrew Cividino. Our slate also includes Cividino's upcoming feature, THE CATHEDRAL, set in the old growth forests of British Columbia; MIZERIA, director Eva Michon's debut feature; and Brandon Cronenberg's latest psychological thriller, INFINITY POOL.
Named one of Indiewire's "Directors to Watch" in 2015, Andrew Cividino is an award-winning director hailing from Toronto, Canada. Andrew's original concept for SLEEPING GIANT began as a short film that had its world premiere at Locarno in 2014, landing him the coveted Jury Prize. After adapting the short film into a feature-length version, SLEEPING GIANT was selected to open the competition at the 2015 edition of Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. The feature went on to win over a dozen awards, including Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and played at over 60 festivals worldwide. Andrew was recently named TIFF's Artist in Residence and is participating in the prestigious FilmTwo Program at the Sundance Institute. He is currently developing an adaptation of Nicolas Billon's FURIES for Rhombus Media and Yann Martel's WE ATE THE CHILDREN LAST with Bell Media and his production company, Film Forge. He is also a regular director on CBC/NETFLIX’s SCHITT’S CREEK, for which he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2019.
Karen Harnisch is a Toronto-based producer at Film Forge. She produced Andrew Cividino’s SLEEPING GIANT, which premiered at Critics’ Week in Cannes and won the Best Canadian First Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, among other accolades. In 2017, Karen completed Antoine Bourges’ FAIL TO APPEAR, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and continued to screen at BAFICI, Cinéma du Reel, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Lincoln Centre's Art of the Real, and Drew Lint’s M/M, which premiered at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival before playing at several festivals across Canada, the US and Europe. Karen served as associate producer on the Havana-set drama UN TRADUCTOR, which premiered at Sundance in 2018. Most recently, Karen produced Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis’ feature drama WHITE LIE, about a young woman faking cancer, starring Kacey Rohl, Martin Donovan and Amber Anderson, set to premiere at TIFF this fall. She is currently developing a television adaptation of Yann Martel’s WE ATE THE CHILDREN LAST with Bell Media and several feature films, including Cividino’s upcoming feature CUTBLOCK, the debut feature from Eva Michon, MIZERIA, and Brandon Cronenberg’s third film INFINITY POOL. Karen is an alumna of TIFF Studio, the EAVE Producers Workshop, and is currently participating in the Torino Film Lab.
WHITE LIE (feature) Post Production
M/M (feature) Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival '18 / Official Selection, Guadalajara Film Festival '18
FAIL TO APPEAR (feature) Nominee, Best Canadian Film - Vancouver Film Critics Cirlce / Official Selection, Future/Present Program at Vancouver International Film Festival '17 / Official Selection, Cinéma du Réel '18
SLEEPING GIANT (feature) Nominee, Best Picture — Canadian Screen Awards / Canada's Top Ten '16 / Winnter, Best Canadian First Feature Film, TIFF '15 / Official Selection, Semaine de la Critique, Cannes / Karlovy Vary / Filmfest Munchen / Busan / Los Cabos
SLEEPING GIANT(short) Nominee, Best Live Action Short – Canadian Screen Awards / Canada's Top Ten '14 / Winner, Youth Jury Prize - Locarno / TIFF / AFI Fest / Los Cabos
WE ATE THE CHILDREN LAST Winner, Best Director – VIFF / Canada's Top Ten '11 / TIFF / Tampere / Upsalla / Sao Paulo / Clermont-Ferrand / Sales to CBC and Canal+ France, Spain, North Africa
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