Toronto (May 12, 2014) – The Harold Greenberg Fund, in association with premium pay television networks Bell Media’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, announced today increased support to emerging Canadian filmmakers through the renewal of the successful Shorts-to-Features program. This program helps fund short films that act as calling cards for potential adaptation into feature films.
“The talent in the Canadian film community emboldens us to expand our support for short films as calling cards for features,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “For example, Spencer Maybee and Tara Woodbury’s Little Pig can be seen on The Movie Network right now, and their feature film version is in late stages of development.”
The Shorts-to Features Program, now in its third year, has expanded this year with an increase in both the amount of funding per project and the number of projects to be funded. This year, four unique short film scripts and their associated feature projects will be selected, with each project to receive $32,000 to create a robust calling-card film. This is an increase from last year, where three scripts were supported, each with $30,000 in funding. Also new this year, are production supporters Front Row Insurance and Urban Post, who will offer preferred rates on insurance and post-production services respectively.
The Shorts-to-Features Program is presented with contributions from The Harold Greenberg Fund and pay TV broadcast license fees from The Movie Network and Movie Central. The Fund is also offering an additional $7,500 script development loan for the feature film project associated with the short. Additional provincial support and in-kind production support is also available. Interested applicants are encouraged to go to the Harold Greenberg Fund website for full guidelines. Applications are due by June 11, 2014.About the 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. About Bell Media: With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran; and is managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 107 licensed radio stations in 55 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO, and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. About Movie Central
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
-HGF-For more information about The Movie Network (Eastern Canada): Scott Campbell, The Movie Network, 416.956.8648, firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Movie Central (Western Canada): Owen McCorquodale, Movie Central, 416.479.6068, Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com