Telefilm Canada invests 47M in 11 new Indigenous productions

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Montreal, August 8, 2017 – Telefilm Canada finances 11 new Indigenous feature films in 2017-18 for a total of $4.7M. This follows the announcement that Telefilm had increased the production and marketing financing available to Indigenous talent, made last February.The support provided through the Production Program’s Indigenous stream exceeds the original commitment of $4.2 million.“Telefilm Canada is a longstanding supporter of Indigenous creative talents and we are privileged to have the ongoing support of the community to move forward on other important initiatives,” says Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “This new slate of projects allows more creators to share their unique and rich perspective. I am happy to see a strong female presence as well as great regional representation, two objectives we have set out to achieve throughout our entire financing portfolio.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Once again, Telefilm gives Canadian talent from coast-to-coast-to-coast the opportunity to be discovered and to create stories that reach audiences everywhere.Among the 11 selected projects, two are former recipients of Telefilm’s Talent Fund-supported Micro-Budget Production Program: Benjamin Ross Hayden (The Northlander) and Sonia Bonspille-Boileau (Le Dep). Award-winning Inuit actress Lucy Tulugarjuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Maliglutit) directs her first feature film, Ababa and Pingua produced by renowned documentarist Marie-Hélène Cousineau. Marie Clement of British Columbia directs her first narrative feature.The 11 projects greenlight by Telefilm CanadaEdge of the Knife, Drama, BCDirector: Gwaai EdenshawWriter: Jaalan EdenshawProducer: Jonathan FrantzRed Snow, Drama, BCDirector: Marie Clements​Writer: Marie Clements​Producer: Marie Clements (Lael McCall, Michelle Morris)Red Eye, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, ABDirector: Benjamin Ross HaydenWriter:​ Benjamin Ross HaydenProducer: Carolyn McMasterStay, Drama, BCDirector: Elle-Maija TailfeathersWriter:​ Elle-Maija TailfeathersProducer: Tyler HaganCorruption of Divine Providence, Drama, MBDirector: Jeremy TorrieWriter:​ Jeremy TorrieProducer: Tanya BrunelRustic Oracle, Drama, QCDirector: Sonia Bonspille-BoileauWriter: ​Sonia Bonspille-BoileauProducer: Jason BrennanSedna, “Empress of the Sea”, Animation, QCDirector: Jerry ThevenetWriter:​ Jerry ThevenetProducer: Jerry ThevenetRebirth 8:37, Drama, NSDirector: Juanita PetersWriter:​ Joe LeclairProducer: Hank WhiteAbaba and Pingua, Action/Adventure, NVDirector: Lucy TulugarjukWriter: ​Lucy TulugarjukProducer: Marie-Hélène CousineauLeaves Fall Around Her, Thriller, ONDirector: Darlene NaponseWriter:​ Darlene NaponseProducer: Darlene NaponseThe Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, Comedy, ONDirector: Shelley NiroWriter: ​Shelley NiroProducer: Shelley Niro-30-About Telefilm Canada — Inspired by Talent. Viewed Everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund collects private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at Advertisementlast_img read more