TORONTO (September 5, 2019) – As the international film industry gathers for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund is pleased to announce that it has closed its fiscal year (ending August 31) with support for 67 new Canadian feature film projects through the Fund’s Script Development Program, representing an investment of more than $1 million.
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. A number of Script Development-funded projects from the Fund’s 2018 fiscal year are set to screen at this year’s TIFF, including: Blood Quantum, Castle in the Ground, The Rest of Us, and Tammy’s Always Dying.
“We’re thrilled to end our fiscal year with such a strong showing of projects from Canada’s emerging and established filmmakers,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “Canada’s filmmaking community is stronger than ever and we can’t wait to continue our support of their brilliant projects.”
Recent projects from established Canadian filmmakers include: Kill Hitler, from co-writer/director Matt Johnson (NIRVANA THE BAND THE SHOW); Jagged Winter, from writer/director Danishka Esterhazy (Level 16); The Donnellys, from Adam MacDonald (Backcountry); Tabjia, from Igor Drljaca (The Waiting Room); and Cosmic Dawn, from Jefferson Moneo (Big Muddy).
Feature films from new and emerging Canadian talent includes: The Young Arsonists, from Sheila Pye; Inedia, from writer/director Liz Cairns; Tales of the Thunderbird, from Andrew Genaille; Something You Said Last Night, from Luis De Filippis; Charlie For Your Thoughts, from Ray Wong; and Mush Hole, from Lisa Jackson.
This latest round of selections also includes a number of projects based on Canadian novels, including: Honey Farm, Jordi Mand’s adaptation of the novel by Harriet Alide Lye; and Mary the Life Saver, an adaptation of the Louis-Philippe Hébert short story by screenwriters Paula Devonshire and Rama Rau.
A full list of projects supported by Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Script Development Program for 2018/19 can be found here.