filming outside of the Carnegie Building in Brantford

If you are hoping to step into the filming and performing arts industry, there are different paths that may be available. Whether you are looking to pursue a career or just dip your toe in the realm of entertainment, being involved in the performing arts can be an exciting, rewarding, and rich experience.

Film production companies are private businesses that recruit their own cast and crew, as well as volunteers and supporters. The City of Brantford works closely with productions to obtain necessary permits and permissions for filming but has no control over or input into hiring.

The film industry in Ontario continues to grow rapidly. At present, there are not enough workers to fill all positions in demand. If you are considering this sector, there are likely different opportunities to connect. The most direct method of contact may be reaching out to some of the unions representing people in the film and television industry. These organizations may be able to get you additional information on available opportunities and points of entry. Most of the unions are centred in the Greater Toronto Area. Below are a few websites (listed alphabetically) for some of the larger unions.

  • ACTRA: ACTRA represents over 28,000 professional performers across Canada working in the English-language recorded media sector.
  • DGC: The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labor organization that represents over 5,500 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.
  • IATSE: The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts.
  • NABET: NABET 700-M UNIFOR is a union of film, television and new media technicians servicing the Greater Toronto Area.

If furthering your education in the film and media industry is of interest, there are courses available in Ontario and across Canada. The Film Studies Association of Canada offers a detailed list of post-secondary opportunities. 

Casting agents represent another avenue for aspiring actors. ACTRA offers a list of agencies in the Greater Toronto Area who have joined the Entertainment Industry Coalition and signed a Code of Ethical Conduct.  The Manifest, a business-to-business website, has compiled a list of 20 talent agencies in Toronto.

There are also opportunities around developing arts and culture in our community. The City's Tourism staff actively supports and promotes this sector in Brantford. They partner with an increasing number of exceptionally talented and passionate local artists, groups, and associations to advance arts and culture. Brantford is a growing community and we are seeing this sector grow in stride. You can explore local opportunities and connect with local artists and groups as you develop and apply your talents. Below are a few websites to help you.

Whatever your interest, don’t be afraid to make the next step into the film and performing arts sector. These fields are filled with wonderfully talented and creative individuals who can help you tap into and express your own unique creativity. Whatever path you choose, we wish you the best!