By Nicolle Balen
TORONTO – 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. One of last year’s recipients, Portal to Hell!!!, has been chosen as part of the 2015 TIFF official selection and is currently being developed as a feature.
The 2015 recipients each receive $32,000 towards the production of their short film projects. Additionally, a $5,000 contribution will be made toward the script development of the recipient’s feature film versions. This year’s chosen short films are: The Smoke from writer/director Rebecca Addelman and producer Jennifer Shin; The Cameraman from writer/director Connor Gaston and producer Arnold Lim; and Blacktail from writer/director Alex Clark and producer Chris Luckhardt.
“Short films are an increasingly important tool in helping to bring a feature film to life, especially for emerging talent,” said John Galway, President, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “We are proud to support Canadian storytellers through the Shorts-to-Features program and congratulate all of this year’s recipients.”
About the films:
A woman nearing middle-age returns to her hometown for a Bat Mitzvah and along the way becomes desperate for a cigarette.
Two brothers deal with their abusive, mentally ill father in different ways. Francis must stand up to their father before he succumbs to his terminal illness, while Ed – the cameraman – records it.
After the kidnapping and murder of her daughter, a desperate mother hires a retired bounty hunter to evade local police and find the men that murdered her child revealing a horrifying criminal underworld of human trafficking run by a gang of ruthless Neo-Nazis.
The Harold Greenberg Fund has been an instrumental supporter of industry training, project development and promotional initiatives. In addition to the Fund’s Script Development and Equity Investment Programs, the Industry Initiatives Program invests $200,000 each year in the Canadian film and television industry. Funded by The Movie Network, this program is reviewed annually by the English-Language Committee, including Suzette Couture, Damon D’Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, Richie Mehta, Jane Tattersall, and Corrie Coe.