INDIECAN20K SEEKS ONTARIO’S FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILMMAKERS

New sponsorship partners include Harold Greenberg Fund and Music & Film in Motion

Avi Federgreen, of Indiecan Entertainment and Federgreen Entertainment, is pleased to announce that submissions have officially opened for INDIECAN20K. Federgreen made the announcement on Tuesday at Sudbury’s Cinefest Film Festival. Indiecan20K is the second edition of his initiative to launch the careers of first-time feature filmmakers. Revamped and under the new banner of Indiecan20K, the initiative will select two filmmakers to participate – one from Northern Ontario and one from Southern Ontario. Indiecan20K will provide the two filmmakers the production and post-production services, funds and mentorship to get a first feature completed. Both filmmakers will be co-mentored through the filmmaking process by writer-director Warren P. Sonoda (Trailer Park Boys, Swearnet: The Movie, Cooper’s Camera) and Federgreen. Deadline to apply for the Indiecan20K is October 31st.

In addition to kicking off Indiecan20K, Federgreen is also pleased to welcome two new sponsors to the list of returning sponsorship partners. Joining the list of industry heavyweights that are providing services for the filmmakers are the Harold Greenberg Fund, which will contribute $5,000 to the budget for the filmmaker selected from Southern Ontario, and Music and Film in Motion (MFM), a division of Cultural Industries Ontario North, which will contribute $5,000 to the budget for the filmmaker selected from Northern Ontario.

“I’m excited to be able to launch another version of the Indiecan first feature initiative because it’s really important to me to support our emerging filmmakers. I’m especially excited to give an opportunity to both Northern and Southern Ontario first time feature filmmakers,” said Federgreen.

Returning sponsors will provide in-kind services including equipment, post-production, and marketing services. Combined, the in-kind services provided mean that each filmmaker will make a film with a budget of up to $200K. The sponsorship partners include William F. White International Inc., Clairmont Camera, Instinct Entertainment, Front Row Insurance, The Rights Company, Brenda Blake LL.B., Raw Sugar PR, Juice Worldwide Inc. and Small Dog Design. In addition, post-production facilities include: Deluxe Toronto, Parachute, Red Square Motion, The Media Concierge and Caption Easy

Federgreen will announce the Indiecan20K winners in December. The filmmakers must then shoot and complete their films by the April 30, 2018 with the goal to hit the 2018 film festival circuit.

Federgreen’s Indiecan distribution company will release the films in Canada once they have travelled around the festival circuit. For more information and to apply, contact [email protected]

Filmmakers from the inaugural Indiecan10K initiative included Geordie Sabbagh (A SUNDAY

KIND OF LOVE), Matt Yim (BASIC HUMAN NEEDS), Melanie Jones (FSM), Cam Patterson (A

DESPERATE ROAD, formally known as Intersection), Caley MacLennan (NOON GUN), and Danny Thebeau (OWL RIVER RUNNERS). The films had their theatrical release this past April and will be released on iTunes and other VOD platforms on October 11th.

AVI FEDERGREEN brings over 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry to the

Indiecan20K project. His experience includes music videos to TV series to feature films.

Federgreen’s current releases include KISS AND CRY, PRISONER X, and HOW TO PLAN AN

ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN. Some of Federgreen’s other producing credits include STILL MINE,

SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL, ONE WEEK, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, RANDOM ACTS OF ROMANCE, THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE, MOON POINT, I’M YOURS, HUNGRY HILLS, HIGH LIFE, LESLIE MY NAME IS EVIL, and the documentaries MILK and AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE.

INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT focuses on independent, low-budget films. As a distributor, Avi Federgreen follows the same principle that earned him his reputation as a filmmaker; bringing audiences films they want to watch. Indiecan has distributed PRISONER X, END OF DAYS, INC.,

SEX AFTER KIDS, DOWN RIVER, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, MOON POINT, MILK, THAT GUY DICK MILLER, THE SHEEPDOGS HAVE AT IT, and more. Aside from the traditional distribution route, Indiecan leans heavily on digital delivery. Indiecan helps films find more opportunities with audiences through TV, Netflix, iTunes, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Indiecan’s vision is to not only support Indie production but to encourage the viewing of quality independent films by audiences around the world. http://indiecanent.com/

HAROLD GREENBERG FUND: The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from The Movie Network and Viewers Choice Canada, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development and production of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the Fund has supported nearly 4,000 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $85 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.

MUSIC AND FILM IN MOTION (MFM), a division of the not-for-profit organization Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION), is dedicated to fostering and promoting the music and film industries in Northern Ontario, as well as providing educational programming to cultivate the advancement of Northern Ontario’s emerging talent. MFM works within the boundaries of Northern Ontario, which includes a population of approximately 760,000 people. MFM strives to connect music and film artists and practitioners with opportunities and resources to advance their projects and their careers. MFM’s ongoing advocacy for Northern Ontario music and film production output is carried out with the primary objective of contributing to the further development of Northern Ontario’s thriving cultural industries.

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