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

More info on Burning Ember


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.

More info on LSTA

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
More info on BURNING EMBER

The Last Objectors

The story of Canada’s conscientious objectors of the Second World War. A 44 minute documentary by Refuge 31 Films for CBC and MTS Stories from Home. Produced with The Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives and supported by Heritage Canada.

Film set for release September 2016.

“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. Refuge is excited to announce that our first feature documentary, Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey, has recently picked up a few awards including a Gold Remi Award at Worldfest in Houston, Texas. It was released last year and is currently airing on CBC’s Documentary Channel.

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

Last Objectors to air on MTS Stories From Home and CBC August 27th

Refuge 31 is delighted to announce that the long awaited Last Objectors, a 44 minute documentary on Canada’s contentious objectors of the Second World War, will be airing on CBC Manitoba on August 27th, as well as available on MTS Stories From Home for MTS...

Burning Ember takes Texas with Multiple Awards and Nominations

Refuge 31 was honoured this past year at both the the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase and WorldFest- Houston. When we say honoured we mean FIVE nominations for Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey and walked away from the lone star state with two AWARDS. It seems...

Live concert project to be released this summer…

The first feature documentary that Refuge 31 produced, Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey, involved following singer-songwriter Steve Bell and shooting over a dozen concerts across Canada and the USA. Refuge 31 is now planning to release a 44 minute live concert...

Burning Ember on CBC and online at CBCmusic

Refuge is delighted to announce that it’s first feature documentary production, Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey, will be airing January 6th on CBC’s Documentary Channel. We’re also excited that CBC Music is streaming the film online for a...

Filming begins on the documentary Suspended…

Refuge 31 Films has begun filming the documentary Suspended, a TV-hour documentary that examines Winnipeg artist Cliff Derksen as he with his wife Wilma and daughter Odia sculpt, paint and build towards an oncoming art show. The Derksen family is well known by the...

Last Objectors filming in Manitoba

Refuge has been filming through October and November around Manitoba as part of the 44 minute documentary The Last Objectors. In association with MTS Stories From Home and the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, the documentary is part of a two part project supported...