Charles Officer

Represented by: Kish Iqbal


Charles Officer is the founder and creative director of Canesugar Filmworks. A former professional hockey player, Charles Officer studied design at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and was a creative director for a major advertisement agency in the city before being accepted into the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, where he studied performance.

His directorial debut When Morning Comes, a short film, premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival. His next short film entitled Short Hymn Silent War, told the story of four black women coping with an epidemic of gun violence in their community. The film screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

He wrote and directed his first feature film Nurse.Fighter.Boy, in 2008, starring Clark Johnson (Homicide, The Wire). Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, his cinematic urban love story captured audiences’ hearts and resulted in a record breaking 10 Genie Nominations (Canada’s Oscar) in 2009. The film premiered at MoMA and won the Audience Choice Awards at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival.

Charles followed up with his first feature documentary film, Mighty Jerome, (2010) for the National Film Board of Canada. His breathtaking cinematic, black and white film followed the rise and fall of Harry Jerome, Canada’s greatest unsung track and field start. The film won multiple awards including a 2012 Emmy Award for best Historical Documentary. More importantly, the film cemented Charles’ career as a filmmaker of exemplary talent and dedication to telling stories that so often go unnoticed.

In 2017 Charles premiered his second feature length documentary film, Unarmed Verses, the story of a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl living in Toronto community housing, whose neighborhood faces imposed relocation. The film won Best Canadian Feature at the Hot Docs International Film Festival and at the Vancouver International Film Festival. It was also selected to be part of the exclusive Toronto International Film Festival Top Ten series where it won the Audience Choice Award.

Almost simultaneously Charles directed a documentary for CBC Television, The Skin We’re In, featuring Toronto journalist and activist Desmond Cole, exploring anti-black racism in Canada.

Charles then embarked on writing and directing the authorized feature documentary film about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s transcendent novella Le Petit Prince. The film was distributed by The Orchard and was distributed internationally through Netflix in the US, UK, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand, with additional releases in Thailand, Singapore, Morocco, Italy, and China.

Akilla’s Escape marks Charles’ return to the feature fiction format. The film’s first draft was written soon after Nurse.Fighter.Boy’s release, finally coming to fruition through Charles’ perseverance and the incredible collaboration with acclaimed slam-poet and actor Saul Williams (Slam, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, 1998).

In addition Charles has directed multiple episodes of television including Rookie Blue (ABC), Saving Hope (NBC), Private Eyes (Ion), Ransom (CBS), 21 Thunder (Netflix), Ransom and Coroner. He has also directed music videos for artists such as K’naan and DJ Green Velvet. He serves on the boards of Reel Canada, which introduces Canadian cinema to recently landed immigrants, and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada’s leading art museum.


Torchbearer Crime/Thriller Feature Film – Alcina Pictures
Son of A Smaller Hero Television mini-series – Prospero Pictures
The Code Television series – Shade PI Productions
Akilla’s Escape Crime/Thriller Feature Film – Canesugar Filmworks (TIFF 2020)
Invisible Essence: The Little Prince Feature Length Television Documentary – 90th Parallel Productions Ltd
**Unarmed Verses Feature Documentary 2017 – National Film Board of Canada
Desmond Cole: The Skin I’m In Television Documentary, 2016 – 90th Parallel Productions Ltd
Mighty Jerome (Harry Winston Jerome) Feature Documentary, 2010 – National Film Board of Canada
*Nurse.Fighter.Boy Feature Film, 2008 – CFC/Punk Films Inc./Canesugar Filmworks/Mongrel
  *Best Actress Award, Atlantic Film Festival
  *Borsos Best Actor Award, Whistler Film Festival
  * Best in World Cinema & Best Cinematography, Sarasota Film Festival  Audience Award and Special recommendation, Mannhein Heidelberg Int. Film Festival
  **2018 CSA Nominee – Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
We Work Again:Bedouin SC Short Documentary, 2010 – Pirates Blend/Sony BMG/Canesugar Filmworks
In the Year of Our Lord: Bedouin SC Short Documentary, 2007 – Pirates Blend/Dine Alone Records/Canesugar Filmworks
Hotel Vladivostok Featurette, 2006 – Punk Films Inc. * Audience Choice Award VIFF, 2006
Everything is Love and Fear Short Film, 2006 – Punk Films Inc.
Urda. Bone Short Film, 2004 – Punk Films Inc./ Canesugar Filmworks: *Audience Choice Award New York Art Film Festival. *New York International Film Festival. * Best Live Action Short Film, Brooklyn Film Festival
Pop Song Short Film, 2003 – OMDC Calling Card/ PijinKamra Inc. * Nominated: Best Short Film, San Francisco Short Film Festival 2004.
Shorty Hymn Silent War Short Film, 2002 – CFC Short Dramatic Film Program: * Nominated: Best Live Action Short Drama, Genie Awards 2004. * Special Jury Citation Best Short Film, TIFF ’02.
When  Morning Comes Short Film, 2000 – Canesugar Filmworks.  * BFVN Best Director Award 2000, *Best Short Film, London Film Festival. *Honourable Mention, CFC World Wide Short Film Festival
The Porter** Television Series 2021, Sienna Films, BET & CBC
21 Black Futures* Web Series 2021, CBC Arts
Coroner Television Series 2019, Muse Entertainment/Back Alley Films
Ransom Television Series 2018, Season 3, CBS
Private Eyes Television Series 2017, Episode 211, Entertainment One/Global
21 Thunder Television Series 2016; Episode 103, 104 and 106, CBC
The Code

Saving Hope

Rookie Blue

Television Series 2015, Episode 105, Shade PI Prods. Inc., Global

Television Series 2015, Episode 409, ICF Films, Eone, CTV

Television Series 2015, Episode 518, ICF Films, Eone, ABC/Global

Engraved on a Nation: Stone Thrower

The Chuck Ealey Story

Fueled by Passion: The Return of the Jets

D-Sisisve at Planet Mars Communication

Television Series 2012, Episode 102, 90th Parallel, The Sports Network


Television Documentary 2011, Frantic Films, CBC



Short Film, 2009 – City Sonic Television Series – Kensington

Divine Brown at The Rex Communication Short Film, 2009 – City Sonic Television Series – Kensington
Da Kink in My Hair Television Series 2 Episodes, 2008 – Barma Alper Productions/Global TV
Hotel Babylon Television Pilot, 2005 – Vision TV/CBC
**Winner – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series (21st Annual DGC Awards)
*Winner – Direction, Web Program or Series (10th Canadian Screen Awards)
Spring To Come Digging Roots, 2009 – Indie/Big Soul Productions
Eclectica In Purple Zaki Ibraham, 2008 – Red Ink music/Sony BMG/Icra Music/D6
Shake & Pop Green Velvet, 2007 – Snooty Films Production/Canesugar Filmworks
Strugglin’ K’Naan, 2005 – Direct Current Media/Sony BMG

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Charles Officer Directing Reel

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