Eleven Indigenous Film Projects Receive Development Funding from Telefilm Canada

Selections represent Indigenous Stream’s inaugural Development funding decisions

Montréal/Toronto – The inaugural round of projects set to receive Development funding from Telefilm Canada’s Indigenous Stream have been selected. The lineup represents an array of established and emerging voices from Indigenous talent across six provinces. Films selected include both English and French-language projects, as well as several works from Talent to Watch alumni.

“The projects selected for the inaugural round of Development funding in the Indigenous stream demonstrates the breadth of Indigenous talent that can be found throughout the country,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “We’re pleased to be supporting these creators as they take the next steps in bringing their stories to the screen and continue Telefilm’s commitment in supporting Indigenous filmmakers.”

As part of its 2020 objective, Telefilm Canada earmarks $4 million a year, across all its programs, to fund projects by filmmakers from Indigenous communities nationwide. The projects are assessed by an external all-Indigenous jury.

“The jury is proud to recommend these development projects, which come from Indigenous creators at all career levels, from across the country. Just in time for spring, when our minds turn toward new beginnings, this collection of stories brings with it an abundance of bold ideas and dynamic voices,” the jury remarked. “We were inspired by the way these writers use humour, drama, and intelligence to wrestle with our collective past, present, and future.”

Selected Projects:

Disappearing Moon

Writer: Michael Auger
Producer: Petie Chalifoux
Language: English
Province: British Columbia

Dumbbell

Writer/producer: Shane Belcourt
Producer: Michelle St. John
Language: English
Province: Ontario

Elvis of the North

Writer/producer: Kelton Stepanowich
Language: English
Province: Alberta

Evil Fire

Writer: Thirza Cuthand
Producer: Sera-Lys McArthur
Language: English
Province: Ontario

Highway 45

Writer/producer: Ervin Chartrand
Language: English
Province: Manitoba

Noopiming

Writer/producer: Amanda Strong
Language: English
Province: British Columbia

The Savage

Writer/producer: Darlene Naponse
Language: English
Province: Ontario

Skite’kmujua’kik

Writer/producer: Bretten Hannam
Language: English
Province: Nova Scotia

Sparrow/Nel Dzay Ya

Writer/Producer: Marie Clements
Language: English
Province: British Columbia

Sur les traces

Writer: Brad Gros Louis
Producer: Elisapie Isaac
Language: French
Province: Quebec

WWShe

Writer: Sonya Ballantyne
Producer: Sage Daniels
Language: English
Province: Manitoba

About Telefilm Canada

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Media enquiries:

Brian Mullen
Advisor, Public Relations – English Market
Telefilm Canada
647-475-4910
brian.mullen@telefilm.ca