April Johnson is a filmmaker and emerging producer currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is of Métis, Cree (Muskoday First Nation) and settler descent.
April attended the University of Victoria and the Indigenous Independent Digital Film Program (IIDF) at Capilano University and has worked as a video-journalist at APTN as well as on independent film projects since graduating in 2015.
In 2017, April was one of four emerging producers selected for the National Screen Institute’s (NSI) IndigiDoc course, a development program that provides mentorship and financial backing for Indigenous documentary filmmakers. With the support of the NSI, April produced Leo-nominated doc Cedar, Tree of Life, which was broadcast on the Documentary Channel as well as APTN in 2019.
Most recently, April completed the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) mentee program. The program fosters emerging producer mentorships and enabled April to work alongside the head of scripted development at Great Pacific Television/Thunderbird Entertainment. While working at Great Pacific Television (GPM), April also assisted in pre and post-production on season II of Queen of the Oil Patch for APTN. The opportunity to work alongside such a broad range of industry professionals sparked her interest in producing as well as growing her career at GPM. April’s personal area of interest includes creating space for Indigenous women’s voices in both Indigenous and mainstream film and television. Apart from film and TV producing, April is also interested in screenwriting, directing and photography.