BELL MEDIA’S THE HAROLD GREENBERG FUND ANNOUNCES LATEST RECIPIENTS OF THE SHORTS-TO-FEATURES PROGRAM

Four up-and-coming filmmaking teams from across the country receive a total of $148,000 in production and development funds

TORONTO – Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, in partnership with Canada’s premium streaming service Crave, announced today the recipients of The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program. The unique funding program is designed to support up-and-coming Canadian filmmaking talent, and to provide a stepping stone to further develop their short films into full-length features.

Four teams of emerging filmmakers will each receive $32,000 towards the production of their short film projects, designed to be calling cards for future long-form features. In addition, The Harold Greenberg Fund commits $5,000 for the development of the feature film version of the recipient’s project. This year’s chosen short films are: Bookworm from writer/director Kevin Dempster and producer Mica Daniels; Esequibo Rapture from writer/director Karen Chapman and producer Leslie Norville; H.appiness from director Luvia Petersen, writer Huelah Lander, and producer Amanda Konkin; and Teething from writer/director Glen Matthews and producer Luke Humphrey.

“We’re extremely proud to support these unique, bold, and creative projects, while helping pave the way for Canada’s next generation of directors and filmmaking talent,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “These diverse and original short film projects have excellent feature potential, making them all extremely deserving selections. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!”

These latest selections come on the heels of a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Mahalia Melts in the Rain, a 2018 recipient of the Shorts-to-Features Program, which is nominated for “Best Live Action Short Film.”

Clips and trailers of finished films from previous years can be found on the Harold Greenberg Fund’s YouTube channel HERE.

About the films:

Bookworm
A boy from the inner city sells books to help his single mother fix a hole in the roof of their community housing building. When his innocent gig is hijacked by a local gang, the boy must face the complexities of life and learn that where we come from is just the beginning of who we truly are.

Esequibo Rapture
Set in the rainforest of Guyana, a pair of young lovers find themselves at odds with the realities of race and tradition and realize that when it comes to imagining a future together, love has little to do with it.

H.appiness
An app designed to bring its users happiness helps a man build the perfect life, which he ends up destroying when he learns the app is faulty.

Teething
A lonely punch-drunk boxer suddenly becomes the sole-caregiver for a bloodthirsty baby vampire.

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 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.

About Crave:
Delivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at Crave.ca, via iOS and Android, and other platforms. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at Crave.ca.

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