Many locally produced projects are supported via B.C.’s public broadcaster, Knowledge Network, which commissions original documentary programming in partnership with B.C. independent filmmakers. As its name suggests, the channel supports and encourages lifelong learning, with documentaries being a cornerstone of its programming, many of which are produced by companies that Creative BC has also supported.


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In October 2018, Creative BC participated in and supported a ‘boot camp’ hosted by Knowledge Network, where 53 B.C. filmmakers attended as one of the first steps in the Network’s project 150 Stories That Shape British Columbia – a series to mark the 150 years since B.C. joined Confederation and became part of Canada. Eighty new, short films were commissioned by the channel for the project, with another 70 films by B.C. filmmakers being repackaged for the series.  This total of 150 films reveals the history, art and cultures that shape the province.

Some extracts from 150 Stories That Shape British Columbia can be seen in the short reel that accompanies this piece. Also included is a clip from the full-length documentary Haida Modern, and an excerpt from the documentary series Search and Rescue North Shore. Later this year, British Columbia: An Untold History will premiere on Knowledge Network. This four-part documentary series is the largest ever commissioned project in the history of the channel, and importantly, the production incorporates the spirit and intent of truth and reconciliation. 

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This article was created in partnership with The Knowledge Network in celebration of Creative Industries Week 2021

Written by Mathew Parry


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