Executive Director of Creation and Innovation, Julie Roy, today announced the appointment of Rohan Fernando as Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s Quebec and Atlantic Studio, where he will be based from NFB office in Halifax. Rohan joined the studio as a producer in 2018 and has served as interim executive producer since April 2022.
Rohan’s most recent credits as an NFB producer include the Labrador Doc Project, a new initiative for Inuit creators that gave audiences the 2021 shorts Nalujuk Night by Jennie Williams and Evan’s Drum by Ossie Michelin. He was also a series producer on Reimagining Nova Scotia (2019), which included Sandi Rankaduwa’s Ice Breakers, Jason Young’s Canadian Screen Award-nominated Gun Killers, and Best Short Film winner Rachel Bower’s I Am Skylar. Atlantic Documentary at FIN Atlantic. International Film Festival.
From Prince Edward Island, he produced Susan Rodgers’ Then Sings My Soul (2021) as well as Millefiore Clarkes’ Love in Quarantine (2020) and The Song and the Sorrow (2018), about the troubled life of PEI music. icon Gene MacLellan, which was named Best Atlantic Documentary Short at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and was the opening film of the 2018 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.
Rohan also recently produced two short films for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, on internationally acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt and beloved comedian Rick Mercer.
He is currently in development on new projects with an array of exciting East Coast talent, including Andrea Dorfman and Monique Leblanc, as well as Montreal authors Melanie Shatzky and Brian Cassidy.
Before joining Studio Québec et Atlantique, Rohan directed five films with the NFB, including Becoming Labrador (2018), co-directed with Tamara Segura and Justin Simms.
His other NFB productions are The Chocolate Farmer (2010), Blood and Water (2007), Trudeau’s Other Children (2005) and the Triad Film/NFB co-production Cecil’s Journey in 2002, named Best Atlantic Short Film at the FIN. Atlantic International Film Festival. Rohan was also a creative producer for the NFB’s science education project Space School (2015), starring astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield.
Rohan’s freelance credits include writing, directing and producing the 2012 feature drama Snow. He began his film career with a television pilot for CTV titled Shelter, which he wrote and directed, based on his own graphic novel.
“I am delighted that Rohan Fernando is now our new Atlantic and Quebec English-language documentary production manager. He has been instrumental in leading the studio since the retirement of Annette Clarke, and we are delighted that he has agreed to continue in this leadership role. Rohan has a collaborative and generous spirit and will be an integral part of creating a creative hub for artists, creators and communities in Quebec and Atlantic Canada,” said Julie Roy.
“As an immigrant from the Atlantic and Quebec regions where I have lived and worked most of my life, it is an honor to support the incredible talent and important stories coming out of our communities in my new role,” said Rohan Fernando.
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