The Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Shorts-to-Features Program Recipients
— August 15, 2016
– Three emerging filmmaking teams receive $111,000 in production and development funds –
TORONTO (August 15, 2016) – 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.
Each recipient receives $32,000 towards the production of their short film projects, with an additional $5,000 contribution toward the script development of the recipient’s feature film versions. This year’s chosen short films are: The Drop-In, from writer-director Naledi Jackson, producer Priscilla Galvez, and executive producer Daniel Iron; A Blessing From the Sea, from writer-director Adam Perry, writer-producer Jason Arsenault, and producer Jenna MacMillan; and Lira’s Forest, from acclaimed actor and writer-director Connor Jessup, producer Ashley Shields-Muir, and executive producer Albert Shin.
About the films:The Drop-In
A Toronto hairdresser has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop-in appointment.
A Blessing From the Sea
A fishing village becomes a growing crime scene after two desperate fisherman find a bag of money and decide to keep it.
An elderly woman approaching the end of her life encounters a strange spirit from the nearby forest.
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.
About the Harold Greenberg Fund: The English-Language Program of The Harold Greenberg Fund 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 1986, the English-Language Program and French-Language Program have invested more than $101 million in over 4,320 projects in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers. Visit www.bellmedia.ca/harold-greenberg-fund for more information.
About The Movie Network: The Movie Network is a national pay television service delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed SHOWTIME series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network and TMN Encore service includes six 24-hour multiplex channels – TMN 1, TMN 2, TMN 3, HBO Canada 1, TMN Encore, and TMN Encore 2. All seven multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service, and The Movie Network OnDemand. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca.