Job Opportunity: Producer's Assistant

We are looking for a hands-on, forward-thinking, organizational superstar to add to our growing team at Holdfast Pictures. With many exciting projects in the works, we are looking for someone able to work independently to run administration, handle correspondence, track deadlines and deliverables, write grant applications, and essentially keep several spinning plates on the go at the same time (figuratively speaking, though if you can actually spin plates, we’ll be impressed!)  This is a demanding and important position, and an ideal candidate is keen to learn the business side of the film industry while also being enthusiastic and confident in their support role.


·       2+ years of comparable experience in the film and television industry;  

·       Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team;

·       Excellent oral and written communication skills;

·       Strong attention to detail;

·       Ability to work independently and proactively with little supervision;

·       Strong work ethic and a great attitude;

·       Understanding of how to prioritize and respond accordingly;

·       Proficiency in MS Office and G Suite required.

Duties & Responsibilities:

·       Assisting the Managing Director and Director of Development in the daily operations of the business;

·       Responding to email inquiries in a timely manner;

·       Assisting with booking meetings and overseeing the Managing Director’s schedule;

·       Assisting with filing applications for various grants, forums, etc.;

·       Researching and booking travel for Managing Director and Director of Development;

·       Assembling documentation for tax credit administration and CAVCO applications;

·       Tracking reporting deadlines for funders and assembling supporting documentation for final submissions;

·       Sorting, filing, and retrieving both electronic and print documents, records and reports;

·       Assisting in monthly bookkeeping by assembling receipts and providing backup for all transactions;

·       Liaising with producing partners to coordinate shipments for various productions;

·       Maintaining and regularly updating company website;

·       Other administrative duties, as required.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to with the subject line: “Producer’s Assistant Position” by Friday, July 21st, 2017.

Job Type: Full-time; 6 Month Contract with option to renew.

About Holdfast Pictures

Holdfast Pictures is a Canadian production company dedicated to championing scripted dramatic work from exceptional storytellers. The company’s films have won awards around the world, including at the Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes Junior at Festival de Cannes, and have screened at venues from Berlinale to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

Holdfast Pictures develops, produces and finances film and television for the international market, with a focus on stories with heart and edge that have the potential for both critical and commercial success.

For more information, please contact:

Brittany Kerr

Director of Development



MUBI buys WEIRDOS for US theatrical release

We're delighted to announce that WEIRDOS will be coming to US audiences via MUBI, the streaming platform for cinephiles.  Plans include a limited theatrical release in August.  More details on the deal can be found from the Variety article:

Cannes: Mubi Buys Bruce McDonald’s Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Weirdos’ for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE) 

Streaming platform Mubi has acquired all U.S. rights to coming-of-age drama “Weirdos” for a late summer release in theaters, followed by an exclusive streaming premiere, Variety has learned exclusively.

Canadian director Bruce McDonald directed from a script by Daniel MacIvor. The movie is set in 1976 in Nova Scotia during the weekend of the American Bicentennial. Dylan Authors plays a 15-year-old running away from home with the help of his girlfriend, portrayed by Julia Sarah Stone, to move in with his estranged mother and to find himself. Molly Parker plays the mother.

“Weirdos” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Dennis Harvey said in his review for Variety: “More a short story than a novel in terms of cumulative heft, ‘Weirdos’ nonetheless benefits from the literary virtues of revealing character through a seemingly casual, anecdotal narrative. The performances are nicely in tune with the general tenor of wry, lower-case observation.”

The deal was signed Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival by Bobby Allen for Mubi and Mark Padilla of Double Dutch Media.

Production companies are Lithium Studios Prods., Shadow Shows and Holdfast Pictures. Producers are Marc Almon, Mike MacMillan and Bruce McDonald. The cast includes Dave Hawco, Cathy Jones, Rhys Bevan-John, Vi Tang, Alex Purdy, Aria Publicover, Max Humphreys, Dominique LeBlanc, Deivan Steele and Matthew Lumley.

Mubi entered the theatrical arena with “Arabian Nights,” its first U.K. theatrical acquisition following the film’s presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. It released Juho Kuosmanen’s “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” winner of the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes, along with the November release of “Baden Baden.”