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Telefilm Canada announces its commitment to six Indigenous projects for fiscal year 2023-2024 

12 June 2023

Telefilm Canada is announcing its commitment to six Indigenous projects through its Indigenous Funding streams in the Theatrical Documentary Program and the Production Program from both the English and French markets, totaling an investment of nearly $3 million.  

An annual commitment of $4 million is earmarked for Indigenous creators from Canada’s Indigenous communities, with the remainder amount reserved for Indigenous projects submitted through the Talent to Watch Program and the Development Program.  

Projects in the English market: 

Aberdeen (formerly Treaty Days) (drama) 
Directors: Eva Thomas and Ryan Wilson 
Screenwriter: Ryan Wilson 
Production: Back to Space Productions Inc. and Farpoint Films 
Province: Manitoba 

Qaqsoss naka Wahuntsis (animation) 
Director and Screenwriter: Tara Audibert 
Production: Moxy Fox Studio 
Province: New Brunswick 

Rite of Passage (documentary) 
Director and Screenwriter: Eliza Knockwood 
Production: Red Giant Productions Inc. 
Province: Prince Edward Island 

Uiksaringitara (Wrong Husband) (drama) 
Director: Zacharias Kunuk 
Screenwriters: Zacharias Kunuk, Samuel Cohn-Cousineau and Carol Kunnuk 
Production: Kingulliit Productions Inc. 
Territory: Nunavut 

Projects in the French market: 

Capitaine (action/adventure) 
Director: William Mazzoleni Valin 
Screenwriters: Sylvain Raymond and William Mazzoleni Valin 
Production: Kassiwi Média Inc. 
Province: Québec 

Ces liens que nous ne voyons pas (documentary) 
Director: Kim O’Bomsawin 
Screenwriters: Kim O’Bomsawin and Mathieu Fournier 
Production: Terre Innue Inc. 
Province: Québec 

More production funding decisions will be announced in the coming weeks. Statistics on all films funded in this fiscal year will be released once all funding decisions have been made. 

An advisory committee of external and internal representatives assessed the projects and made recommendations to Telefilm. The decision-making process considered Telefilm’s goal of fostering a diversity of voices in the industry, ensuring that Telefilm funds a balanced portfolio of productions that reflect a variety of genres, budgets and company sizes, regions of the country and points of view. Names of selection committee members will be published on the Project Financing Advisory Committees webpage once all funding decisions have been made.   

About Telefilm Canada   

As a Partner of Choice, Telefilm Canada is a Crown corporation dedicated to the success of Canada’s audiovisual industry, fostering access and excellence by delivering programs that support cultural resonance and audience engagement. With a lens of equity, inclusivity and sustainability, Telefilm bolsters dynamic companies and a range of creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual coproduction treaties to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2012, the Talent Fund raises private donations which principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at   


Media contact:    

Joyce Richards   
Advisor, Public Relations – English Market   
Telefilm Canada