Game Developer Job - Developer - National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio

Type of Position: Short term, contract

Length: 2-3 months

Start Date: February, April

Positions Available: 2

The National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio is currently looking to fill a variety of positions on an interactive Unity-based room-scale virtual reality project. All candidates must be available to work in-house at the NFB’s downtown Toronto studio.

The Developers will work under the guidance of the Lead Developer to create an interactive virtual reality experience using the Unity framework on a room-scale VR project.


  • Implement interactive experience functionality as per communicated design;

  • Translate design specification into functional VR experience;

  • Communicate with other team members to establish effective pipeline and integrate media assets;

  • Work with lead developer following desired specifications and workflows;

  • Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable code;

  • Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of applications;

  • Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to address and mitigate these problems;

  • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization;

  • Help with R&D regarding new interactive systems, visuals or audio solutions;

  • Look development in Unity, including creation of particle systems and environment lighting.


  • At least 1-2 years of professional experience working on a launched commercial or independent game and/or virtual reality experiences;

  • Excellent knowledge of Unity, including experience with scripting, animation, Mecanim, and motion capture data integration;

  • Familiarity with level design and planning;

  • Experience with game physics and particle systems

  • Experience optimizing memory;

  • Experience working with motion capture systems;

  • Experience with 3D tools like Maya, 3D Max , Houdini is a plus

  • Ability to constantly learn and stay in touch with evolving game standards and development technologies (Timeline , In House Frameworks);

  • Strong understanding of object-oriented programming;

  • Knack for writing clean, readable, and easily maintainable code;

  • Proficient knowledge of code versioning tools such as Git, SVN, and Mercurial;

  • Experience with FX and lighting in Unity preferred.

If interested, please send a copy of your cover letter and resume to with the TITLE OF THE POSITION you are applying for as the SUBJECT LINE.

Please also provide links to your portfolio, demo reel or other media that demonstrates your artistic or technical skills as relevant to the position for which you are applying. Due to a high volume of applications, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

About us:

The NFB is Canada's public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences.  NFB productions have won over 5,000 awards, including 16 Canadian Screen Awards, 18 Webbys, 12 Oscars, 6 grand prizes at France's Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 4 Palmes d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and 2 Golden Bears at Berlinale. To access acclaimed NFB works, visit or download our apps for mobile devices.

The NFB Ontario Studio (Toronto), led by Executive Producer Anita Lee, is focused on creative non-fiction storytelling with an emphasis on point-of-view. We co-produce and fully produce creative short films, documentary features, and interactive and immersive productions with some of the country's top filmmakers and media artists.

Our productions have garnered an international reputation for being innovative, groundbreaking media with significant cultural and social impact.

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