Refuge 31 Films - Engage the World

Encompassing the family/faith genre, the projects we have produced or have in development are meant to engage the world in an intelligent and meaningful way while delivering a message of hope and inspiration.

About Refuge 31

Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey

A feature documentary that examines the life of Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Bell. Airing on CBC’s Documentary Channel in Canada and UKTV in The UK. Best Feature Documentary – Real to Reel Film Festival 2015

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A WWI documentary that examines the relevance of a war that happened a hundred years ago for a new generation of Canadians.  Refuge welcomes Jenny NG-Turner (Producer) and Andrew Forbes (Director of Photography) onto the production team. Begins shooting in Manitoba and Ontario July 2015.

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Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey

Best Feature Documentary – Real to Reel Film Festival 2015
Award of Excellence – Accolade Global Film Competition 2015
Nominated Remi Award – Houston Worldfest International Film Festival 2015
Nominated WMIFF Award – World Music & Independent Film Festival 2015
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“The world needs a break. Somewhere to go where a message of hope can be found and strength reclaimed. A refuge.”

Andrew Wall

Founder, Refuge 31 Films

Welcome to Refuge 31 Films

We’re a Canadian production company focused on documentary television with a positive message. This spring Refuge unleashed our first feature documentary, Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey, after a year of following legendary Canadian singer songwriter Steve Bell across North America.

Burning Ember has been a wonderful experience for Refuge and we’ve been honoured to tell this amazing story. We’ve also been honoured by the awards, screenings and world broadcasts. Check out our Projects page or Recent News to find out what else we’ve done and are currently working on.

Our Projects

Most recent film projects by Refuge 31

News & Updates

The production and screening journal of Refuge 31

Refuge 31 Heads to Indianapolis

Last fall Refuge began following a pretty unique story of a church startup for a feature documentary. What’s so unique about a church startup you ask? It’s a geek church… Dedicated to serving the geek and nerd community, Geekdom House is something...

Open Casting Call

Refuge 31 Films has numerous projects underway that require actors for period re-enactments as well as both documentary and dramatic shows coming up through 2015-2016. Please send headshot (selfies – mobile pics are just fine) and updated BIO/CV with contact...

Burning Ember to air on CBC’s Documentary Channel

Burning Ember officially has a Canadian home… We are delighted to announce that Refuge’s first feature documentary has been acquired by CBC’s Documentary Channel for broadcast in Canada. This is not only a great honour but also a vindication of our...

Refuge 31 begins First World War Documentary

The War to end all wars… Refuge 31 Films with Heritage Canada and the World Wars Commemoration Fund has began filming the World War One documentary Last Stop to Armageddon: The Camp Hughes Story. The half-hour documentary examines the impact that the war had on...

Filming in England

Faith in Imagination… Last fall Refuge began working on a concept called The Fantasy Makers. A documentary examining the pioneers of fantasy literature and their impact on our culture today. The project is in full development and we were off to Cambridge and...

Burning Ember screening at Global Visions 2015

If you’re out in the Edmonton area on May 13th then head over to the Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre) and watch Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey on the big screen at Global Visions 2015. There will be a special appearance by Steve Bell himself for a Q&A...