Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund Announce Selections for HGF/Territories Shorts Program

Toronto — January 13, 2020

– Three projects receive a total of $60,000 in combined financial contributions from The Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF), Northwest Territories Film Commission (NTFC), Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC), and the Government of Yukon’s Media Development Unit
– The HGF/Territories Shorts Program provides local filmmakers with financing for short film production –

TORONTO (January 13, 2020) – Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund announced today its inaugural round of selections for its HGF/Territories Shorts Program. The initiative – developed in partnership with Northwest Territories Film Commission (NTFC), Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC), and the Government of Yukon’s Media Development Unit – marks the first time all three territories have been brought together under one funding program supporting filmmaking. The following short film projects each receive $20,000 in combined financial contributions from the HGF/Territories Shorts Program: Nahga from writer/director Mason Mantla; Weight from filmmaking siblings Gabriel Bullen and Thomas Bullen, and producer Kelly Milner; Leah’s Moustache Party from writer Thomas Anguti Johnston and director Nadia Mike. “We were encouraged to read so many compelling scripts from the North for our first round of the HGF/Territories Shorts Program,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “It was difficult to choose just three projects, but we’re excited to help these talented filmmakers craft their unique visions.” “The Government of the Northwest Territories is pleased to partner with our territorial partners and Bell Media to support film makers in Canada’s North,” said Katrina Nokleby, Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister, Northwest Territories. “Congratulations to Mason Mantla and all the other well deserving recipients of the Harold Greenberg Fund.” “We are pleased to support these emerging creators in making their dramatic short,” said Ranj Pillai, Minister of Economic Development, Government of Yukon. “The quality of the applications received shows real depth in our growing media industries. Congratulations to all the teams.” “Congratulations to all three projects,” said Huw Eirug, CEO, Nunavut Film Development Corporation. “We look forward to working with the team behind Leah’s Moustache Party!” About the films: Nahga A dutiful Dene teen babysitter is stuck at home watching her siblings when she hears a knock at the door and discovers a shape-shifting child-snatching monster from legend in the form of a little old lady Weight After a serious accident reminds a grieving father of his own mortality, he is forced to reckon with his grief, and a relationship being torn apart by it. Leah’s Moustache Party Four-year-old Leah loved being a pirate for Halloween. So, when Leah’s birthday finally arrives, she knows exactly what she wants to do: have a party where everyone must wear a moustache!

About The Harold Greenberg Fund:
The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from Bell Media and Crave, 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 almost 5,000 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $118 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.

About Northwest Territories Film Commission:
The NWT Film Commission takes pride in promoting the NWT as a prime film location. As the film industry in the NWT continues to grow it is essential that marketing and promotion efforts are innovative to enhance engagement with local and global producers, industry influencers, and NWT film enthusiasts.  Created in 1999 the NWT Film Commission continues to support, develop and promote all aspects of the film and media arts industry in the Northwest Territories.

About Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC):
The Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC) provides funding, training and film commission services in Nunavut. It is responsible for fostering and promoting the development and growth of the screen-based media industry in the territory. NFDC is a non-profit non-governmental organization funded by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation.

About the Government of Yukon:
The Government of Yukon assists market-driven film and media production through the Yukon Film and Sound Incentive Program, and supports filmmakers through the Advanced Artist Award.

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