TORONTO (March 6, 2018) – Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, in partnership with premium pay television network The Movie Network, announced today the latest recipients of The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program, a distinctive funding program designed to support up-and-coming Canadian filmmaking talent by funding a short film project with feature-length potential.
Each recipient receives $32,000 towards the production of their short film project, with an additional $5,000 contribution toward the script development of the recipient’s feature film version. This year’s chosen short films are: Mahalia Melts in the Rain, from producers Sarah Mannering and Fanny Drew of Colonelle Films, writer/director Carmine Pierre-Dufour, and co-director Emilie Mannering; Whale, from producer Gina Simone and writer/director Tanner Zurkoski; and Unidentified Woman from producer Gurjeet Kaur Bassi and writer/director Katrina Saville.
About the films:
Mahalia Melts in the Rain
A poetic and contemplative tale about a nine-year-old black girl trying to fit in the predominantly white environment of her ballet class.
Tradition, culture, and lack of television collide when a young boy is sent to live with his grandparents in a remote indigenous community.
Dawn begins to mentally come undone when her roommate robs her and takes off without a trace, and it’s not until Dawn takes justice into her own hands that she’s able to overcome the deception she fell victim to.
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 nearly 4,500 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $100 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers. For additional information about The Harold Greenberg Fund – CLICK HERE
About The Movie Network:
The Movie Network is a national pay television service delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed SHOWTIME series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network and TMN Encore service includes six 24-hour multiplex channels – TMN 1, TMN 2, TMN 3, HBO Canada 1, TMN Encore, and TMN Encore 2. All seven multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service, and The Movie Network OnDemand. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca.