The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation (www.nlfdc.ca) promotes the development of the indigenous film and video industry in the Province. It also promotes Newfoundland and Labrador as a location for film, TV, and commercial productions. It’s the starting point for information regarding locations, incentives or permits. Newfoundland and Labrador don’t attract a lot of shoots, but they have had projects like The Shipping News (2001).
In 2015 Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins were in St John’s to shoot a film called Maudie about the life of Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis. Also filmed here was acclaimed movie The Grand Seduction (2013). Locations cited were Trinity Bight, Red Cliff, The Bonavista Peninsula and St John’s.
Make preliminary enquiries with the NLFDC. It says: “Producers are advised to contact local authorities well in advance of their planned shoot to ensure compliance with local regulations.
For example, the City of St. John's has specific regulations for filming administered by its Special Events Committee. Depending on the size and location of a shoot, permits and public notices may be required. Local government contact information can be found through the provincial government or the Federation of Municipalities.
Local officials can also be helpful in identifying authorities responsible for local infrastructure, such as historic sites or public wharves. The province manages provincial parks, wilderness areas, some historic sites and the provincial museum and archives.
For permission to film in these locations, contact should be made with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. For filming on provincially-owned lands, roads, wharves or other infrastructure, contact the Department of Government Services. For filming at national parks or historical sites throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, permission should be sought from the Department of Canadian Heritage (Parks Canada).
Newfoundland and Labrador have a wide range of beautiful locations ranging from rugged coastlines to remote river valleys. There are cliffs, unusual rock formations, green hills, lighthouses and small rural communities. The City of St Johns in Newfoundland has provided a beautiful backdrop to CBC hit series The Republic of Doyle. Visit http://www.nlfdc.ca/gallery.aspx for some ideas.