Content with purpose.
Cedar Island Films, based in Vancouver, produces documentaries, doc series, scripted series and feature films with a strong focus on international co-productions.
Cedar Island’s latest feature documentary, THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS (NFB/TELUS/TELEFILM) by Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation) opened at VIFF 2020, won Best Canadian Feature Award at Planet in Focus and is being screened at RIDM (Montreal) and IDFA 2020 (Amsterdam), the world’s biggest documentary festival. They’ve produced THE SEARCH, a feature documentary for the CBC with Shaman Films and the Canadian/German feature doc co-production THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN (ZDF/ARTE/NFB) won the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award at VIFF 2019 and is available on Amazon Prime Video.
The two principles, Henrik Meyer and Andrew Williamson, have the privilege of successfully producing film, television and digital media content for many years. With this wealth of experience, they are now focused on building on their work with filmmakers who may not have the same access to funding and audiences. Cedar Island is in development on a diverse slate of projects from exciting new voices.
Cedar Island is passionate about creating content with purpose -- particularly about critical and timely subjects like the environment, decolonization, inclusivity, social justice and LGBTQ2S+ issues.
THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS
Feature documentary written and directed by Jennifer Abbott
A Cedar Island Films, Flying Eye Productions and National Film Board of Canada co-production with the participation of the TELUS Fund and Telefilm Canada
A cinematic exploration of the emotional and psychological dimensions of climate change.
"Perhaps the most visceral reasoned call to action for humanity since An Inconvenient Truth"
- Tammy Bannister, VIFF Programmer
"One of the Top 10 documentaries coming out in 2021"
"Watch it and weep: Jennifer Abbott's remarkable, poetic,
and lyrical film about the profound urgency, grief, and gravity of climate change is deeply moving"
"This powerful, moving film conveys the magnitude of the growing crisis that humans brought about
by failing to understand our sacred duty to the one world that sustains us — as well as the magnitude of nature and life."
David Suzuki Foundation
FESTIVALS: VIFF, Planet in Focus, RIDM, IDFA (all 2020)
AWARDS: Best Canadian Feature Film at Planet in Focus
DAS KINDERMÄDCHEN: MISSION KANADA (The Nanny: Mission Canada)
Television movie written by Claudia Kratochvil and directed by Sascha Bigler
A FFP New Media production in association with Cedar Island Films for ARD/Degeto German Television.
The third instalment of the primetime TV format was filmed on Vancouver Island, BC
and will be aired at Germany's Channel 1 (Das Erste) on January 4, 2021.
Feature documentary written and directed by Patrick Payne
A Shaman Films production in association with Cedar Island Films for CBC's Documentary Channel
Available at CBC Gem
Television movie written by Gernot Gricksch and directed by Mia Spengler
A Schiwago Film production in association with Cedar Island Films for ZDF Germany
The seventh installment of the primetime TV format was filmed in the Yukon Territory, Canada and was aired at Germany's ZDF (Channel 2) in September 2019.
Feature documentary written and directed by Mirjam Leuze
Co-production with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Busse & Halberschmidt, ZDF/ARTE and TOPOS Film.
The Whale and the Raven illuminates the many issues that have drawn whale researchers, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict.
"Majestic and introspective"
Doreen Nicoll (Now Magazine, rabble.ca, Raise the Hammer)
FESTIVALS: DOK.fest Munich (opening film), VIFF, Planet in Focus, DocPoint Helsinki, San Jose Cinequest and other
AWARDS: Winner of the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award at VIFF 2019; Recipient of the 2019 Science Communication Award at the CineMare Int’l Ocean Film Festival in Kiel, Germany; Special Mention in Documentary at 2020 Dhaka International Film Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Best Feature Film at DRIFF in Durham, Ontario; among others