The Filmmakers

This summer, spend your Saturday nights with Canadian movies on The Filmmakers

Hosted by journalist Johanna Schneller and featuring candid studio conversations with creative talent behind some of the greatest Canadian films and filmmakers.

Watch CBC Arts' new film talk show, premiering July 22nd, followed by essential Canadian films

The Filmmakers premieres July 22nd at 8:30PM with an inside-look at Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter". (CBC)

Hosted by journalist Johanna Schneller, The Filmmakers features fun, candid studio conversations with creative talent behind some of the greatest Canadian films and filmmakers of the last 20 years. With a lively, diverse mix of personalities ranging from icons to experts to the next generation of filmmaking talent, we find out how some of the most significant Canadian films were made, and why we need to watch them. Following each episode, the film will air in full.

The Filmmakers launches this Saturday, July 22 at 8:30pm (9pm NT) on CBC TV and online at, debuting with Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter — the first of 11 Canadian features airing Saturday nights on CBC.

The show will feature creators, directors and artists ranging from icons and experts to the next generation of filmmaking talent including: Xavier Dolan, Sarah Polley, Director X, Atom Egoyan, Mina Shum, Kim Nguyen, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Zacharias Kunuk and Jennifer Baichwal, as well as guest panelists Connor Jessup, David Suzuki, Stephanie Morgenstern, Bob Martin, Eli Glasner, Samantha Wan, Emmanuel Jal, Elisapie Isaac, Cameron Bailey, Sook-Yin Lee, Peter Knegt, Edward Burtynsky, Nyla Innuksuk, Anita Lee, Cazhhmere and Academy Award-winner Sylvain Bellemare.

The schedule

Film journalist Johanna Schneller will host The Filmmakers (CBC)

Episode 1 — The Sweet Hereafter
Director: Atom Egoyan​
July 22nd, 8:30pm

​Atom Egoyan reflects on his Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter — one of the most celebrated Canadian films of all time. Watch Episode 1 of The Filmmakers now and stream the film.

Episode 2 — Stories We Tell
Director: Sarah Polley
July 29th, 8:30pm

Sarah Polley joins us for an intimate conversation about her life, her work and her very personal documentary, Stories We Tell. Watch Episode 2 of The Filmmakers now and stream the film.

Episode 3 — Last Night
Director: Don McKellar
August 5th, 9pm

Don McKellar showed us how the world might end in the film Last Night — and launched his directorial career in the process. We look back with him at how the end was only the beginning.

Episode 4 — Incendies
Director: Denis Villeneuve
August 12th, 9pm

Denis Villeneuve is one of the world's most visionary filmmakers with his films Arrival and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. We look back at Incendies, the film that shot him into the cultural stratosphere.

Episode 5 — Double Happiness
Director: Mina Shum
August 19th, 8:30pm

Mina Shum gives us a crash course on how much has — and hasn't — changed since her film Double Happiness broke ground for Asian representation in Canadian cinema.

Episode 6 — Rebelle (War Witch)
Director: Kim Nguyen
August 26th, 8:30pm

Kim Nguyen shares the story behind Rebelle (War Witch), his Oscar-nominated magic realist film about child soldiers.

Episode 7 — J'ai Tué Ma Mère (I Killed My Mother)
Director: Xavier Dolan
September 2nd, 8:30pm

Xavier Dolan made his award-winning debut film J'ai Tué Ma Mère (I Killed My Mother) when he was just a teenager. He joins us to talk about the meteoric rise to international acclaim he's had since. 

Episode 8 — Water
Director: Deepa Mehta
September 9th, 10:00pm

Deepa Mehta takes us on a journey to Water, the powerful conclusion in her award-winning trilogy that explores human rights issues in India.

Episode 9 — Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
September 16th, 8:30pm

Zacharias Kunuk joins us to talk about Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), widely regarded as the best Canadian film of all time — and the first feature film made entirely in the Inuktitut language.

Episode 10 — Manufactured Landscapes
Director: Jennifer Baichwal
September 23rd, 8:30pm

Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky reflect on how art can lead to action. Plus, David Suzuki shares why he's in awe of their film Manufactured Landscapes.

Episode 11 — Across the Line
Director: Director X
September 30th, 10:00pm

From Drake's "Hotline Bling" to Rihanna's "Work", Director X has made some of the most innovative music videos of the last decade. He joins us to share his plans for a cinematic second act, starting with his feature film Across The Line.

Tune in to The Filmmakers every Saturday on CBC Television or stream it online at


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