The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization that supports the development of Canadian dramatic feature films. Since 1986, we have invested over $85 million in the Canadian film and television industry. That’s over 4,000 projects.
We represent the English-Language Program (Fund) and are partners with the French-Language Program (Fonds).
The English-Language Program is supported by Bell Media and The Movie Network. The Fund helps support:
- Story Optioning
- Script Development
- Shorts-to-Features Program
Applications are reviewed by our English-Language Committee, which includes Suzette Couture, Damon D’Oliveira, Jennifer Podemski, John Galway, Richie Mehta, Jane Tattersall and Corrie Coe.
Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and Knight of the French Legion of Honour, Harold Greenberg was born in Montreal on January 11, 1930. The eldest of eight children, he founded Angreen Photo, a photofinishing company, with his brothers Ian, Harvey and Sidney. It grew quickly and over the years evolved into Astral Communications, a prosperous corporation that would expand its operations into film technical services, film distribution and television programs, videocassette reproduction as well as pay-per-view and specialty television channels. Astral Communications, with Harold Greenberg as its president until his death in 1996, contributed to the funding, production and distribution of more than 100 feature films, including Maria Chapdelaine, In Praise of Older Women, Meatballs and the box office hit Porky’s.
The FUND (Foundation to Underwrite New Drama) was created in April 1986 at the behest of Harold Greenberg, who felt there was a genuine demand for high-quality Canadian scripts but insufficient resources to fund their development. In 1996, following Mr. Greenberg’s death, the FUND was renamed the Harold Greenberg Fund (Fund), and a French-language fund, Fonds Harold Greenberg (Fonds), was created. Over the years, Fund and Fonds have provided financial support for Canadian producers through aid programs that fund:
- story optioning, script writing and production of short and feature films;
- family-oriented programs and films;
- special events;
- music programs;
- music videos;
- training programs and industry events.
To date, the various sections of Fund and Fonds have supported more than 4,000 projects, representing an investment of more than $85 million in Canada’s film and television industry. We are proud to support the vision and the efforts of Canadians who have stories to tell.