Film Forge is a Toronto-based production company offering a full range of film, TV and commercial production services and support for shooting in Canada.
Embedded in Toronto’s film community for over a decade, Film Forge is named to reflect our process-centered approach, tireless work ethic and high quality standards. These values form the foundation of our reputation with local and national funding agencies, facilities, technicians, and talent. As a Canadian company, we can facilitate access to tax credits and other incentives for co-productions and co-ventures.
We’re driven to work with producers and writer/directors with singular visions and compelling voices. We believe that international partnerships are key to achieving that goal.
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.
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
CLIENTS Motorola / Ontario Tourism / Bell Canada / Heart & Stroke Foundation / Interac / Kid's Help Phone / Toronto Public Health / Sylvania / Stewardship Ontario / Egg Farmers of Ontario / Ontario Electronic Services / MaRS / GoodLife Fitness
Karen Harnisch is a partner at Film Forge, a production shingle she leads with director Andrew Cividino. She produced 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. She recently completed Antoine Bourges’ FAIL TO APPEAR, which is slated to screen at BAFICI and Cinéma du reel, and Drew Lint’s M/M, which premiered at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival. She additionally served as line & associate producer on the Havana-set drama UN TRADUCTOR, which premiered at Sundance this year. Next, Karen is set to produce Calvin Thomas & Yonah Lewis' feature drama BALDY, about a young woman faking cancer, and a television adaptation of Yann Martel's We Ate the Children Last, to be written and directed by Andrew Cividino. Karen is an alumna of TIFF Studio and the EAVE Producers Workshop.