At HitPlay Productions we are passionate about telling stories that challenge people to see the world and themselves differently. We believe that sharing our stories whether in film, on television, or through the web has the power to change lives.
Because great filmmaking is a collaborative process, our strength is our team. We work with Canada’s best directors, cinematographers and editors to create award-winning projects that inspire, engage, and motivate audiences.
Our work has been screened at film festivals around the world from Toronto, to Milan, to Prague, to Sichuan, China.
Over the past 20 years the company’s founder, Nadine Pequeneza, has built strong relationships with Canadian and international broadcasters; including CBC, PBS, TVO, ICI-RDI and Knowledge Network. The company’s projects have been supported by Telefilm Theatrical Documentary Program, OMDC Film Fund, National Film Board of Canada, Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Bell Media Fund, and Fledgling Fund.
HitPlay regularly collaborates with foundations and non-profits to develop film engagement campaigns that promote social justice, exploring a wide range of topics from disaster response to criminal justice to impact investing.
Nadine Pequeneza is an award-winning Director, Writer and Producer best known for her social issue films offering unique access to character-driven stories. With more than 15 years international experience, she has garnered multiple nominations and awards, including; a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Documentary Program, seven CSA and Gemini nominations, a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, a Golden Sheaf from the Yorkton Film Festival, and a Silver Gavel Award honourable mention from the American Bar Association. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, including: Hot Docs International Film Festival, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and Tel Aviv International Film Festival.
As the founder of HitPlay Productions, Nadine has produced and directed the company’s feature documentary projects, including: Road to Mercy, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story, Up In Arms, Inside Disaster, and Raising Cassidy. Her latest film, The Invisible Heart will be in theatres starting May 8th 2018. Nadine’s films have broadcast on CBC, SRC, TVO, PBS and Knowledge Network. She is currently in post-production on a feature documentary for CBC about children aging out of care, working title Family Finders.
Nadine is Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada and a member of the Hot Docs and DOC Toronto boards. She is also a Fledgling Fellow, a graduate of the foundation’s inaugural engagement lab, 2014-15.
An experienced documentary producer, Andrea Quesnelle has been making factual programming for more than fifteen years. From 2005 to 2010 she was head of production at Electric Pictures, one of Australia’s leading television companies, where she produced award-winning series and one-offs. Her films range in subject matter from history to science to pop culture and span many genres, including – observational, presenter-led and dramatized documentaries. Andrea has worked with a variety of international broadcasters, including ABC (Australia), ARTE (France), BBC, Channel Four, Discovery Channel (US and Asia), History Channel (UK), PBS, RTE (Ireland), SBS (Australia) and WDR (Germany). In 2010, Andrea Quesnelle returned to her hometown of Toronto to begin developing and producing projects in Canada. Since then she has been collaborating with HitPlay Productions to develop a slate of documentary series.