Apply Now: The Insiders’ Guide to Science and Nature Filmmaking

Presented by CBC's The Nature of Things in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries


The Nature of Things is offering a one-day workshop and networking opportunity on September 22, 2023 for up to 15 selected documentary filmmakers or production crew from the Indigenous, Black, racialized and/or Deaf and Disabled Communities based in Atlantic Canada.

The goal of this in-person workshop is to introduce participants to key decision-makers and insider info about science and nature filmmaking, from how to come up with a great pitch to how to work with our hosts.

CBC Docs’ Sue Dando and Lesley Birchard and Equity and Inclusion Lead Justine Fung will lead the workshops and networking alongside independent producers with experience creating episodes of The Nature of Things.

Following the full day workshop, The Nature of Things co-host Anthony Morgan will present a special community screening of Secret Agents of the Underground Railroad followed by a discussion with producer Richard Jean-Baptiste.

Application Details

Workshop Date and Location: Sept 22, 2023 at Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS

Submission Deadline: Aug 11th, 2023


This program is open to creatives who are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Based in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador)
  • Individuals who self-identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized and/or from the Deaf and Disabled* Communities.
  • Working in film and television**
  • Interested in Science and Nature Filmmaking
  • Not currently employed by CBC

*This program’s understanding of disability embraces The Accessible Canada Act definition which is inclusive of visible and invisible disabilities, permanent, temporary or episodic in nature.

**The eligibility criteria of “working in film and television” includes employment in a broad range of industry positions.


CBC will invite up to 15 participants who will participate in a day long workshop in Halifax. A modest travel stipend may be available for eligible participants who are not based in Halifax.

CBC is committed to accessibility. Please let us know what we can do to make this program accessible to you in your application (e.g. closed captioning, ASL interpretation, alt formats and more).

Application requirements

  1. Biography: A list of relevant credits or CV.
  2. Statement of Interest: A few paragraphs telling us why you’re interested in science and nature filmmaking and your ideal outcome from the workshop.

Apply Now

Applicants may apply online via this link. Alternatively, applicants may also review this application form and email their application to  in written, spoken, or signed formats.

Any inquiries about this program should be directed to the CBC at

The application deadline is August 11th, 2023.


Q: Do I have to have a credit on a science and nature film to apply?

A: No - definitely not. We’re looking for people new to the field but interested in this area of documentary filmmaking.

Q: Do I have to have documentary credits to apply?

A: Ideally candidates will have some documentary or unscripted experience, but we value other storytelling experiences and encourage those interested to apply.

Additional questions or concerns? Please reach out to