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Telefilm Canada invests $14.1 million in 26 low-budget projects in the English market  

26 June 2024

Telefilm Canada is announcing its investment of $14.1 million in 26 feature film projects in the English market under the Production Program in the low budget stream (including international coproductions).


Director and screenwriter: Jackie Torrens 
Production: Peep Media Inc. 
Province: Nova Scotia 
Language: English 

Blueberry Picking 
Director and screenwriter: Sherry White 
Production: Oversherry Productions Ltd. 
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador  
Language: English 

The Shuttle 
Director and screenwriter: Winston DeGiobbi 
Production: Brass Door Productions Inc. 
Province: Nova Scotia 
Language: English 


Donde Comienza el Río (Where the River Begins) 
Director and screenwriter: Juan Andrés Arango 
Production: Midi La Nuit Inc. and Inercia Películas 
Languages: Spanish (Colombian) and Emberá, Indigenous dialect  
*Majority Coproduction Canada/Colombia

Moving Day 
Directors: Caitlyn Sponheimer, Tamara Scherbak, Carol Nguyen, Kaye Adelaide, Jill Carter and Kim Barr 
Screenwriters: Diane Janna, Tamara Scherbak, M.J. Kang, Kathy-Ann Thomas, Deydra Baptiste, Katrina Bertrand and Alex Feldman   
Production: Cotton Bush Productions Inc. 
Languages:  English and French 

Red Acres 
Directors and screenwriters: Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer 
Production: Slykid Inc. 
Language: English  


Director and screenwriter: Steven Kostanski 
Production: Hangar 18 Media Inc. 
Language: English  

Director: Casey Walker 
Screenwriters: Adrian Murray and Marcus Sullivan 
Production: Cave Painting Pictures Inc. 
Language: English  

I Come Home 
Director: Glen Wood 
Screenwriter: Andreas Vatiliotou 
Production: Viddywell Films Inc. 
Language: English  

Lunar Sway 
Director and screenwriter: Nicholas Butler 
Production: Cloudy Falls Pictures Inc. 
Language: English  

Director: Ron Dias 
Screenwriters: Joanne Jansen and Ron Dias 
Production: Augusta Avenue Productions Inc. 
Language: English  

Director: Lula Ali Ismail 
Screenwriter: Hassan Ghedi Santur 
Production: Good Question Media Inc. 
Languages: English and Somali  

Pocket Mirror 
Director and screenwriter: Adrian Murray 
Production: Ravenea Pictures Inc. and Silent Tower Inc. 
Language: English  

The Temple 
Directors and screenwriters: Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis 
Production: Babe Nation Creations Inc. and Lisa Pictures Ltd. 
Language: English  

They Echo 
Director and screenwriter: Lu Asfaha 
Production: Snail Mail Media Inc. and Defar Media Inc. 
Languages: English and Swahili  

Director and screenwriter: Ed Gass-Donnelly 
Production: 3 Legged Dog Films Ltd. 
Language: English  

Western Region 

Grand Prairie 
Director: Evan Prosofsky 
Screenwriters: Evan Prosofsky and Chandra Melting Tallow 
Production: Grand Prairie Film Inc. 
Province: Alberta 
Languages: English, Blackfoot (Siksika First Nation) and Carinthian German (Hutterite Colony) 

Hair of the Bear 
Directors and screenwriters: Alexandre Trudeau and James McLellan 
Production: Hair of The Bear Films Inc. and HOTB Quebec Productions Inc.  
Provinces: Manitoba and Quebec 
Languages: English and French  

One Perfect Date 
Director and screenwriter: Lucas Frison 
Production: Prairie Cat Productions Inc. and Megafun Productions Inc. 
Provinces: Saskatchewan and Quebec 
Language: English  

Split Rock 
Director and screenwriter: Ryan Glover 
Production: Prowler Pictures Inc., Low End Inc. and Observer Effect Productions Inc. 
Provinces: Saskatchewan and Ontario 
Language: English  

Stranger in Town 
Director: Melanie Oates 
Screenwriter: Patrick Whistler 
Production: Goodbye Productions Inc. 
Province: British Columbia 
Language: English  

 The Bryce Lee Story 
Director: Arnold Lim 
Screenwriters: Connor Gaston, Arnold Lim and Kyle D’Odorico  
Production: Blue Lake Films Ltd. 
Province: British Columbia 
Languages: English and Chinese – Cantonese 

Minority Coproductions 

Director and screenwriter: Lara Zeidan 
Production: Couronne Nord Inc. and Sevana Films 
Province: Quebec 
Languages: Arabic, English and French 
*Minority Coproduction Canada/France 

Director: Theodore Ushev 
Screenwriter: Chris Robinson 
Production: 9468-2713 Québec Inc. and PREMIER STUDIO  
Province: Quebec  
Language: English 
*Minority Coproduction Canada/Bulgaria 

Director and screenwriter: Aboozar Amini 
Production: Greenground Productions Inc. and Silkroad Film Salon 
Province: Quebec 
Language: Persian  
*Minority Coproduction Canada/Netherlands 

Terra (Khak) 
Director: Raha Shirazi 
Screenwriters: Giovanna Giuliani and Raha Shirazi 
Production: Borrowed Light Films Inc., Aeternam Films and Doppio Nodo Double Bind  
Province: Ontario 
Language: English

Telefilm received an increasingly high volume of applications under the Production Program this year. In this first intake, 187 projects were assessed in the low budget stream including international coproductions, representing over $106 million in funding requests.  

More funding decisions, including projects from the low budget Indigenous Stream will be announced in the coming weeks. Statistics on all films funded in the 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 webpageonce all funding decisions have been made.  


Joyce Richards 
Advisor, Public Relations 
Telefilm Canada