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Telefilm Canada announces production funding for 32 feature-length films in both the English and French markets 

05 June 2023

Telefilm Canada is announcing its commitment to 32 feature-length films, with 25 projects in the English market and seven projects in the French market, under the lower budget stream of the Production Program for fiscal year 2023-2024, with a funding total of $19.4 million.  

Previously, Telefilm announced the selection of eight French-language feature film titles and 12 feature-length films in the English market under the big budget stream.  

Projects in the English market: 

A Tribe Called Love (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Mohamed Ahmed 
Production: Mahaica Point Media Inc. 
Distributor: Mongrel Media 
Province: Ontario 

Anglophone (comedy) 
Director and Screenwriter: Chandler Levack 
Production: Banner House Productions Inc. and Zapruder Films Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures and XYZ 
Province: Quebec and Ontario 

APPARATUS (drama) 
Director: Sofia Banzhaf 
Screenwriters: Sofia Banzhaf and Grayson Moore 
Production: Younger Daughter Films Inc 
Province: Ontario 

Cat’s Cry (drama) 
Director: Sanja Zivkovic 
Screenwriter: Goran Paskaljevic 
Production: YN Films Inc. (Canada), Artizana Film (Croatia) and Nova Film (Serbia) 
Province: Ontario 

Chopping Boy (historical drama) 
Directors and Screenwriters: Adam Belanger and David Lafontaine 
Production: Gearshift Films Inc. and Armenta Films Inc. 
Province: Ontario 

HAL & CHARLIE, 1963 (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Nick Citton  
Production: Resonance Films Inc. 
Province: British Columbia 

Hangashore (Ainniseoir) (thriller) 
Director and Screenwriter: Justin Oakey 
Production: Black River Pictures Inc. 
Province: Newfoundland/Labrador 

Lakeview (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Tara Thorne 
Production: Paw Paw Pictures Incorporated 
Province: Nova Scotia 

Levels (science fiction/fantasy/tale) 
Director and Screenwriter: Adam Stern 
Production: Levels Productions MB Inc. and 1373039 BC Ltd. 
Distributor: Vortex Media  
Province: Manitoba and British Columbia  

Lupe Q and the Galactic Earworms (science fiction/fantasy/tale) 
Director: Javier Badillo 
Screenwriters: Natalie Marshik and Javier Badillo 
Production: 1207405 B.C. Ltd. dba Spitshine Flicks 
Province: British Columbia 

Mother (science fiction/fantasy/tale) 
Director and Screenwriter: Jen Walden 
Production: Iylond Entertainment Inc. and WaldenPaint Studio Inc. 
Province: Alberta and Northwest Territories 

Permanent Damage (thriller) 
Director: Seth A. Smith 
Screenwriters: Seth A. Smith and Darcy Spidle 
Production: CUT/OFF/TAIL Pictures Inc. 
Province: Nova Scotia 

Racewalkers (comedy)
Directors: Kevin Claydon and Phil Moniz  
Screenwriters: Kevin Claydon, Evan Landry and Phil Moniz  
Production: Collective Pictures Inc. and Bobby F Productions Inc. 
Distributor: Level Film Inc. 
Province: Ontario 

Really Happy Someday (drama) 
Director: J Stevens 
Screenwriters: Breton Lalama and J Stevens 
Production: Spindle Films Inc. 
Province: Ontario 

Riding Shotgun (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Dionne Copland 
Production: CyberCraft Video Productions, Inc. 
Province: British Columbia 

Send the Rain (drama) 
Directors: Kaayla Whachell and Hayley Gray 
Screenwriters: Kiki Nakasone and Kaayla Whachell 
Production: 1375849 B.C. LTD. 
Province: British Columbia 

Someone’s Daughter (thriller) 
Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Screenwriters: Doug Taylor and Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Production: Prospector Films 
Distributor: Mongrel Media 
Province: Quebec 

Sweetness (thriller) 
Director and Screenwriter: Emma Higgins 
Production: Fela Ocu Inc and Level Film Inc. 
Distributor: LevelFILM
Province: Ontario 

The Apartment (horror) 
Director: Audrey Cummings  
Screenwriter: Sarah Gignac 
Production: No Fear Films Inc. and Picture Plant Limited 
Province: Nova Scotia 

The Banquet (comedy) 
Director and Screenwriter: Gloria Ui Young Kim 
Production: Hawkeye Pictures Inc.
Province: Ontario 

The Dismantled (drama) 
Director: Jason DaSilva 
Screenwriters: Jason DaSilva and Dean Lewis 
Production: 11528777 Canada Inc. 
Distributor: Filmoption International Inc. 
Province: Quebec 

The Fallers (drama) 
Director: Will Bowes 
Screenwriter: Daccia Bloomfield 
Production: Night Market Films Inc. 
Province: Ontario  

The Legacy of Cloudy Falls (comedy) 
Director and Screenwriter: Nick Butler 
Production: Cloudy Falls Pictures Inc. 
Province: Ontario 

Unseen (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Taylor Olson 
Production: Hemmings Films Ltd. and Brass Door Productions Inc. 
Distributor: Vortex Media Ltd. 
Provinces: New Brunswick and Nova Scotia 

Witches X (horror) 
Directors and Screenwriters: Lowell Boland and Wendy Hill-Tout 
Production: Voice Pictures Inc. and Hanger 18 Media Inc. 
Distributor: Raven Banner 
Province: Alberta and Ontario 

Projects in the French market: 

Et maintenant ? (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Jocelyn Forgues 
Production: ATO Media Inc. 
Distributor: ATO Media Inc. 
Province: Ontario 

Kaïros (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Jennifer Alleyn 
Production: Les Films de Jennie Inc. (Québec) and Sanosi Productions (France) 
Distributor: Les films de Jennie inc. 
Province: Québec  

Lost Baby (drama) 
Directors: Myriam Charles and Myriam De Verger 
Screenwriter: Myriam De Verger 
Production: Cheminée Deux Inc. 
Distributor: Cheminée Deux Inc. 
Province: Québec  

Montréal, ma belle (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Xiaodan He 
Production: 9047-4767 Québec Inc. (Québec) and Red Dawn Productions Inc. (Québec) and House on Fire Productions (France)  
Distributor: Filmoption International 
Province: Québec  

Phénix (drama) 
Director and Screenwriter: Johnathan Beaulieu- Cyr 
Production: Les Films Rôdeurs Inc. 
Distributor: Studio H264 
Province: Québec  

Un goût amer d’éternité (drama)  
Director and Screenwriter: Samer Najari and Dominique Chila 
Production: Productions l’unité centrale Inc. 
Distributor: Maison 4:3 
Province: Québec  

Vous n’êtes pas seuls (romantic comedy) 
Directors: Philippe Lupien and Marie-Hélène Viens 
Screenwriter: Marie-Hélène Viens 
Production: La Boîte à Fanny inc. 
Distributor: La Boîte à Fanny 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