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Jim Donovan

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Welcome. I’m a filmmaker, and today that term can mean many things…


I’m a storyteller.


I’ve felt most at ease telling visual stories through the medium of narrative film and television, but I’ve also explored short form, documentary, music videos and experimental art pieces.


If there’s something I connect to or that draws me in, I’ll find a way to bring it to the world.


I’m an artist.


I began this journey through music, as a teenager playing in progressive rock bands. Yep, music and then literature eventually got me to choose this path. That love of the arts, that bookish curiosity and endless fascination with our world is something that I cherish as this creative journey continues.


I am an explorer.


The one thing this creative path has gifted me with is a thirst to learn new things, to discover the world through story, to share this passion with others and hopefully to motivate others to think and feel.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, if anything here inspires you.



Jim Donovan has extensive experience in directing TV episodes for acclaimed prime-time series. He has worked with some of the most accomplished television producers in Canada and the U.S. throughout an exciting career that spans over 30 years.

In 2013, Jim Donovan won the coveted Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a TV series for his work on Flashpoint. His most recent TV Movie, Believe Me, just won the Best TV Movie at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards.

A dedicated and visionary director, Jim Donovan is currently wrapping up post-production of a new prime-time series for CRAVE, Edgar, while developing several new projects in the coming months. 



An authentic filmmaker at heart, Jim Donovan meticulously developed and produced his first short films in the nineties, fresh out of university.


His first independent feature film earned him a prestigious nomination for Best Direction at the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) Awards in 2005 and was presented, to the delight of trendy audiences everywhere, on the international festival circuit.


Jim Donovan’s next feature film, 3 saisons, starring Caroline Néron, was also in heavy rotation at film festivals around the world, where it garnered major prizes, including The Borsos Award for best Canadian Feature at the Whistler Film Festival in 2008, The Best Film and Audience Awards at the 2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival, and a triple nomination at the 2010 Genie Awards for best picture, actress and editing.


Since the beginning of his career, Jim Donovan has been in the spotlight for his creative vision and outstanding directorial skills.


The award-winning television series and feature films he has directed have propelled him in the media, both in Canada and internationally.


Entertainment magazines, newspapers, as well as specialized cinema blogs have featured in-depth interviews on his craft as a director as well as the productions he has developed.

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