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 and Lora Campbell; Let’s Do This, from 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.

Here’s a full list of projects supported by Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Script Development Program for 2018/19:

2018/19 Script Development Selections

First to Second Draft

40 Acres
Waterford Valley Productions Inc.
Producer: Lora Campbell
Screenwriter: RT Thorne and Glenn Taylor
Director: RT Thorne

Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc.
Producer: Jennifer Beasley, Phyllis Laing
Screenwriter: Alice Moran
Director: TBC

Boy Detective Fails
Inferno Pictures Inc.
Producer: Sami Tesfazghi, Ian Dimerman, Brendon Sawatzky
Screenwriter/Director: Jeffrey St. Jules

Mystic Point Productions Inc.
Producer: Robert Mickelson
Screenwriter: Susan Coyne
Director: TBC

Les Films Band With Pictures Inc.
Producer: Michael Solomon
Screenwriter/Director: Joey Klein

Lady Made of Light
John Davie
Producer: John Davie
Screenwriter: John Davie
Director: TBC

Let’s Do This
Waterford Valley Pictures Inc.
Producer: Lora Campbell
Screenwriter: Kristy LaPointe, Christopher Vandenberg
Director: Lora Campbell

The Letter
Aquatinter Films Ltd., Borrowed Light Films Inc.
Producer: Tajana Prka, Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo
Screenwriter/Director: Tarique Qayumi

Montreal You’re Wonderful Tonight
Vlimeueses Productions Inc.
Producer: Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering
Screenwriter/Director: Carmine Pierre-Dufour

Story Hawk Pictures Inc.
Producer: Ari Lantos
Screenwriter/Director: Akash Sherman

North of Normal
Independent Edge Films Inc.
Producer: Kyle Mann
Screenwriter: Alexandra Weir
Director: Carly Stone

Transit in Venus
Lil Films Inc.
Producer: Matt Drake
Screenwriter/Director: Wayne Wapeemukwa

Mad Samurai Productions
Producer: Matthew Cervi
Screenwriter/Director: Austin Andrews, Andrew Holmes

We’re All in this Together
Straight Shooters Productions
Producer: Katie Boland, Gail Harvey
Screenwriter/Director: Katie Boland

The Teulon Wing
Julijette Inc.
Producer: Juliette Hagopian
Screenwriter/Director: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson

Second to Third Draft

The Incident Report
Tremendous Productions
Producer: Naomi Jaye, Julie Baldassi
Screenwriter/Director: Naomi Jaye

Experimental Forest Films Inc.
Producer: Tyler Hagan, Sara Blake, Magali Gillon
Screenwriter/Director: Sophie Jarvis

The Last Straw
6909060 Canada Inc (Prospector Films)
Producer: John Christou
Screenwriter/Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld

775 Media Corp
Producer: Michael Peterson, Sheiny Satanove, Julian Black Antelope
Screenwriter: Jon Joffe
Director: Michael Peterson

The Miller’s Son
Impossible Objects Inc.
Producer: Jamie M. Dagg, Todd Brown, Naveen Prasad
Screenwriter: Mike Doyle
Director: Lindsay McKay

The Omerta
Streamline Pictures Incorporated
Producer: Graem Luis, David Strasser, Katherine Wagner
Screenwriter:Katherine Wagner
Director: David Strasser

The Retreat
Alyson Richards Productions Inc.
Producer: Alyson Richards
Screenwriter: Alyson Richards
Director: Pat Mills

MEMORY International Inc.
Producer: Riel Roch-Dector
Screenwriter: Rob Benvie
Director: Maxwell McCabe Lokos

Polish and Packaging

Wild Boars of Manitoba
Producer: Noam Gonick, Juliette Hagopian
Screenwriter: Joy Keeper, Onalee Minuk, Joshua Wade and Noam Gonick
Director: Noam Gonick

Armstrong’s War
Solo Productions Inc.
Producer: Mary Young Leckie
Screenwriter: Colleen Murphy
Director: Alar Kivilo

EMAfilms Inc.
Producer: Anne-Marie Gélinas
Screenwriter: Tracey Deer & Meredith Vuchnich
Director: Tracey Deer

January Films Ltd.
Producer: Julia Rosenberg
Screenwriter: Erik Rutherford & Miriam Toews and David Bezmozgis
Director: Bibo Bergeron

Alyson Richards Productions Inc
Producer: Alyson Richards
Screenwriter: Trevor Anderson & Fish Griwkowsky
Director: Trevor Anderson

The Garden
Interstate 80 Entertainment Inc.
Producer: Dave Schultz
Screenwriter/Director: Dave Schultz

Carousel Pictures Inc.
Producer: Tyler Levine
Screenwriter: Milan Tomasevic
Director: Leo Scherman

Montreal Girls
Objectif 9 Inc.
Producer: Bahija Essoussi, Patricia Chica
Screenwriter: Patricia Chica, Kamal John Iskandar
Director: Patricia Chica

Sharp Corner
Workhorse Pictures Inc. & Alcina Pictures Ltd.
Producer: Jason Buxton, Paul Barkin
Screenwriter/Director: Jason Buxton

Gold Star Productions Inc.
Producer: Ken Frith
Screenwriter: Kate Bond
Director: Jason Bourque

Story Option

All My Puny Sorrows
Mulmur Feed Co. Ltd.
Author: Miriam Toews
Producer: Michael McGowan
Screenwriter/Director: Michael McGowan

Big Kids
Younger Daughter Films
Author: Michael de Forge
Producer: Julia Baldassi
Screenwriter/Director: Charlie Tyrell

Mystic Point Productions Inc.
Author: George Bowering
Producer: Robert Mickelson
Screenwriter: Susan Coyne
Director: TBC

Paying For It
Wildling Pictures Inc.
Author: Chester Brown
Producer: Matt Code, Kristy Neville
Screenwriter/Director: Sook-Yin Lee

Winners and Losers
Thoughts From The Asylum Productions Ltd.
Author: Marcus Youssef, James Long
Producer: Mina Shum, Raymond Massey
Screenwriter: Mina Shum, Marcus Youssef, James Long
Director: Mina Shum


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.