Film and TV production – an industry to watch in St. John’s

Film and TV production – an industry to watch in St. John’s

Wildly successful television shows, such as Hudson & Rex and Son of a Critch, have opened the door for more home-grown productions in NL. Recent international productions have included the Hallmark Channel’s The Dog Lovers Guide to Dating that airs this month, and the highly anticipated Disney live-action film Peter Pan & Wendy.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation reported the strongest year for production activity since its inception, with the 2021-22 season generating $85 million in provincial revenue and employing more than 1,450 full-time cast and crew.

Some of the many feature films shot in Newfoundland and Labrador over the years.

St. John’s will also be home to a new $10 million Film and Media Production Centre at College of the North Atlantic. The campus will prepare students for exciting and diverse careers in the film and television industry, with new program offerings in TV and Film Technical Production, Creation, Post-Production, Production Management and Visual Effects. Classes are scheduled to begin in September.

As part of this new project, the College has also signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Toronto Film School, the Canadian Film Centre and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, allowing local students to transfer credits with these partner institutions. This will allow College of the North Atlantic students to further their training with connections to some of the most recognizable and established programs in this country.

Several film festivals make St. John’s their home including the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, the second-longest running women’s film festival in the world; the Nickel Independent Film Festival; and FOGFEST, Newfoundland and Labrador’s own independent horror film festival.

For those interested in film and television shoots on City-owned streets and properties, the City of St. John’s provides information and guidelines on the application process in our Special Events Procedures document.

To learn why our local film and television industry is lights, camera and plenty of action, visit

Main photo: The comedy television series Son of a Critch is filmed in the St. John’s area.