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From makeup artists and fixers to virtual effects pros and producers, the Northwest Territories is full of professionals working in media.

Five years ago, the NWT Film Commission launched the territory’s first film strategy — Take One: A Film Strategy and Action Plan for the Northwest Territories. The NWT has since become known for award-winning films, circumpolar festivals, and one-of-a-kind stories.

Now, it’s time to build on that success and produce the NWT’s next film and media strategy. But first, we need your input! Be part of the conversation here:


The NWT Film Suppliers Guide is a resource that the NWT Film Commission uses to promote local professionals, businesses and organizations based in the NWT that provide products and services to film productions filming on location in the NWT.  To join our Suppliers Guide, simply fill out a registration form.

The Locations Library is our online image gallery of areas across NWT to help you scout the location for your next project.

Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) is a non-profit arts organization with a mission is to produce, support, showcase and promote film, video, and digital media throughout the NWT.  WAMP hosts technical workshops and programming throughout the year and are the presenters of the annual Yellowknife International Film Festival.  WAMP also manages an inventory of gear and equipment available for members to rent. 

The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association (NWTPMA) is made up of industry professionals who work in the film, television and media industries within the NWT with a mandate to create a sustainable media industry that generates economy in the NWT. 

NWTPMA Film Apprenticeship Program
The  NWTPMA is pleased to partner with the Government of the Northwest Territories to offer film professionals in the NWT the opportunity to be able to hone their craft while working on large-scale productions both inside the NWT and across Canada.

Northwest Territories (NWT) Film and Media Arts Industry 
Virtual Market Access Assistance – The Banff World Media Festival 2020

Expressions of Interest

The Department of Industry Tourism and Investment through the NWT Film Commission is accepting expressions of interest from NWT film and media arts producers looking to obtain funding assistance to purchase a BANFFXchange Virtual + Networking premium pass to attend the virtual Banff World Media Festival to gain access to curated and exclusive business opportunities. 
Expressions of interest can be sent to the NWT Film Commission by email at no later than Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm (MST). 



The Government of the Northwest Territories has released details on the NWT Creative Industries Recovery Funding Program (CIRF) for professional artists, film makers and arts organizations. Click here for more information and how to apply. Deadline is May 29, 2020.

Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

The NWT Film Industry Funding Contributions are distributed through the Support to Entrepreneurs and Economic Development Policy (SEED).

  • Film Development: Up to $5,000 a year to cover small production, trailer or pitch production costs.
  • Marketing and Promotion: up to $15,000 a year to cover promoting costs.
  • Sponsorship: Up to $20,000 a year to support commercial media productions.   

Learn more about SEED’s guidelines, apply for funding, or read an FAQ on the program.

Department of Education Culture and Employment

Northern Film and Media Arts Contributions and Support to Northern Performers are to programs offer more support to film, audio and digital media projects in NWT.

The NWT Arts Council also provides recommendations to the Minister of Education Culture and Employment annually on its arts funding. A Guide to GNWT Arts Funding Programs offers more details on government support.

Harold Greenberg Fund/Territorial Shorts Program:

The Harold Greenberg Fund,  Yukon Media Development, Northwest Territories Film Commission and Nunavut Film Development Corporation present the ‘HGF/Territories Shorts Program’. A financing initiative designed to bolster the emerging talent in the three Canadian territories, this program offers 3 emerging filmmaking teams (one from each territory) $20,000 each to make dramatic short films aimed at showcasing new creative visions and further their careers toward feature filmmaking. Deadline: CLOSED. Please read the following guidelines:  HGF-Territories-SFP-Guidelines


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