Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Support for 33 Canadian Film Projects through Script Development Program
Toronto — January 31, 2019
– First time feature-length projects include Montréal Girls (Patricia Chica), Docking (Trevor Anderson), and Let’s Do This (Lora Campbell) –
– Projects from established Canadian filmmakers include Winners and Losers (Mina Shum), Caprice (Susan Coyne), and The Teulon Wing (Guy Maddin) –
As the Canadian production industry gathers for the annual CMPA Prime Time in Ottawa conference, Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund is pleased to announce support for 33 new Canadian feature film projects through the Fund’s Script Development Program, representing an investment of almost $500,000.
The Fund’s Script Development program supports Canadian films through all stages, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to third drafts, and polish and packaging.
“We’re excited to kick off the New Year with a strong collection of projects underway from Canada’s emerging and established filmmakers,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “This latest round of films reinforces our commitment to Canada’s filmmaking community, and we’re proud to continue to support bringing these trailblazing ideas to the big screen for audiences to enjoy.”
Recent projects from established Canadian filmmakers include: Boy Detective Fails, the second feature from Bang Bang Baby writer/director Jeffrey St. Jules; Morbus, from Clara writer/director Akash Sherman; and The Miller’s Son, from Wet Bum writer/director Lindsay McKay.
Feature films from new and emerging Canadian talent includes: Invasions, from Sophie Jarvis; Let’s Do This, from Lora Campbell and writers Kristy LaPointe and Christopher Vandenberg; We’re all in This Together from Katie Boland; and Montréal Girls, from Patricia Chica.
This latest round of selections also includes a number of projects based on Canadian novels, including: Sook-Yin Lee’s Paying for It, based on the graphic novel by Chester Brown; Charlie Tyrell’s (My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes) first scripted project Big Kids, based on the graphic novel by Michael De Forge; and Mina Shum’s Winners and Losers, based on the acclaimed play by Marcus Youssef and James Long.
A full list of projects supported by Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Script Development Program for 2018/19 can be found here.
About The Harold Greenberg Fund: The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from Bell Media and The Movie Network, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the French and English Programs of the Fund have supported over 4,700 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $114 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.