We ask questions, tell stories and share knowledge to inspire new perspectives. 

What is sandbox media

Sandbox Media is where we produce original content and support independent documentaries and other non-fiction formats, collaborating with those who share our journalistic curiosity. We strive to motivate audiences to think critically, have compassion and feel empowered to act. 

In Production
Sandbox Media x Edge of Frame

Edge of Frame is a series created by Toronto-based filmmaker and photographer Andrew Budziak. Sandbox Media is thrilled to be producing a second season of the series with the support of Canada’s Bell Media Fund. Nature enthusiast (and food lover) Andrew ventures across Canada to capture photographs of an impressive range of animals who call our cities home. Viewers will find themselves rooting for him till the end, as he battles the elements, urban hazards and his own patience to get the right shot. In a clever blend of wit, enthusiasm, and information, this series offers a unique perspective on urban wildlife who need our continued appreciation and protection to survive and thrive.

How we got here

Sandbox’s history is founded in filmmaking. As an agency, it’s allowed us to use the power of storytelling to help our clients educate and engage audiences to take action. But the way media is consumed today deeply affects how we think and comprehend information; trust and truth are uncertain. As creators we feel a sense of urgency in using our skills to inspire critical thinking.

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Highlights

A selection of Sandbox productions and co-creations.

AI Futures

Sandbox Media x CIFAR

We partnered with CIFAR, a global research organization, to create this four-part series as part of their AI Futures Policy Labs. Launched in collaboration with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, the labs were a series of five in-person workshops to help emerging policy leaders better respond to the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI). Along with a refreshed visual identity for the workshop, we created this series as a core component to learning. It features some of Canada’s leading experts as they guide viewers through the basics of AI and AI policy—in Canada and the world.

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Dive: Student Aid

Sandbox Media x Ryerson Leadership Lab

Created in partnership with the Ryerson Leadership Lab, Dive: Student Aid is an interactive documentary that takes audiences deeper into the inner-workings of public policy design. A case study for the transformative policy story of Ontario’s ‘free’ post-secondary education is given new life as a 12-part series with the kind of narrative-driven storytelling normally reserved only for film and television. Dive: Student Aid punctuates first-hand accounts and interviews from political leaders, policymakers, journalists, students and critics with visual cues that prompt viewers to ‘dive’ deeper into extended interviews and additional reading. Viewers can watch and explore at their leisure, or as part of a structured course. Dive’s proprietary platform technology was developed by Sandbox Labs.

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After the Last River

After the Last River is a feature-length documentary following the remote town of Attawapiskat’s journey into the international spotlight during the Idle No More protests. Filmed over five years, director Vicki Lean captures the mounting environmental issues and conflicting presence of a De Beers diamond mine in the area. The film investigates the complex social, political and economic dynamics of Attawapiskat through personal testimonies of residents, as well as interviews with industry and government representatives. Sandbox Media was happy to support the film as an associate producer.

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Trailer and stills
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