Editor. Filmmaker. Storyteller.
JAMES BLOKLAND has a passion for filmmaking. He has edited award-winning feature films, television series, and documentaries, that have screened worldwide.
His work has appeared on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Discovery Plus, A&E, CBC, NatGeo, and many others. James has cut films that have premiered at TIFF, MoMA, Karlovy Vary, Pusan, Rome, and have been nominated for 12 Genie (CSA) Awards, and 3 ACTRA Awards.
James edited the dramatic feature NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, which was named one of TIFF’s Canada Top Ten. He switched genres for the comedy YEAR OF THE CARNIVORE, starring Cristin Millioti (Made For Love, Palm Springs), which opened Canada First! at TIFF ’09. James also worked with director Naoko Ogigami on her first English-language film TOILET, which enjoyed a six month run on over 100 screens across Japan.
His first foray into documentary was Sherien Barsoum’s feature COLOUR ME, which played to packed houses at TIFF Bell/LightBox and was broadcast in the U.S. on the Documentary Channel.
In 2018, James co-directed and produced 52 WORDS FOR LOVE, his debut feature, which was picked up by Films We Like for distribution in major territories and is currently available on iTunes and Amazon Prime.
James recently completed editorial on FIGHT OR FLIGHT, a Discovery Plus Original series that premiered in May 2022. He has been nominated for four Canadian Cinema Editors Awards for his work in documentary film. A graduate of Ryerson University's Radio & Television Arts program, James studied acting at George Brown College and wrote a stack of spec screenplays that placed highly at prestigious screenwriting competitions. As a piano/guitar player, James is also recording a first album of original songs in his home studio.
His strong story sense, keen eye, and collaborative nature make James Blokland a coveted film partner, well versed in both Canadian and International film productions.
The Torso Killer Confessions (2023)
For A&E, 2 x 2-hour true crime doc special. Cineflix Productions. Edited part 2
from Rough Cut to Picture Lock.
Fight or Flight (2022)
Discovery+ Original, 6 x 1-hour follow-doc series. Cineflix Productions. Edited two episodes,
series open, and promo trailer.
Mayday XXIII (2022)
1-hour docudrama series. Cineflix Productions. Broadcast on NatGeo.
Haunted Hospitals IV (2022)
1-hour docudrama series. BGM/Sphere Productions. Broadcast on T+E.
Born Bad (2021)
One-hour television documentary. Directed by Marc De Guerre, Broadcast on CBC-TV.
52 Words for Love (2019)
Feature film. Co-directed, co-produced and co-written with Andrea Moodie. Available on iTunes, VOD & cable TV. Distributed by Films We Like.
Shadow of Gold (2018)
2-hour television doc series. Directed by Denis Delestrac, Broadcast on Arté, TVOntario.
Ride For Promise (2017)
Half-hour documentary. Directed by Sherien Barsoum.
TIFF Bell LightBox.
Transforming Gender (2015)
1-hour television documentary.
Produced by MadHive Media. Broadcast on CBC Television.
Stone Thrower (2012)
1-hour television documentary.
Broadcast on TSN/CTV. CSA Award nominee.
Colour Me (2012)
Feature documentary. Broadcast on Doc Channel U.S. World premiere at TIFF Bell/LightBox.
Feature film comedy. Directed by Naoko Ogigami, Distributed by Pony Canyon. Premiered on over 100 screens in Japan.
Year Of The Carnivore (2009)
Feature film comedy starring Cristin Miliotti.
Directed by Sook-Yin Lee.
Distributed by E1 Entertainment.
Opening Night, Canada First! TIFF 2009.
Feature film drama starring Clark Johnson.
Directed by Charles Officer. TIFF ’08 World Premiere, MoMA ‘09 U.S. Premiere.