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Telefilm Canada selects 12 feature-length films in the English market under the Production Program

18 April 2023

Telefilm Canada is announcing its commitment to 12 feature-length films in the English market under the Production Program (as part of the latest round of decisions in the big budget stream), for a funding total of $23 million.  

A round of decisions in the French market under the same stream with eight French-language feature film titles published on April 13th, 2023. 

Alien Boy (drama)  
Director and Screenwriter: Fawaz Al-Matrouk 
Production: Nava Projects Inc. and First Generation Media Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Provinces: Nova Scotia and Ontario 

Any Other Night (romantic comedy)  
Director: Michiel ten Horn 
Screenwriter: Patrick Whistler 
Production: Lithium Studios Productions Inc. and Film Forge Productions Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Province: Ontario 
*coproduction Canada/Netherlands 

Birth of a Family (drama)  
Director: Tasha Hubbard 
Screenwriters: Tasha Hubbard and Emil Sher 
Production: Experimental Forest Films Inc. and January Films Ltd. 
Distributor: Mongrel Media 
Provinces: British Columbia and Ontario 

Bonjour Tristesse (drama)  
Director and Screenwriter: Durga Chew-Bose 
Production: Babe Nation Creations Inc. and Elevation Pictures 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Province: Ontario 
*coproduction Canada/France 

Can I Get a Witness? (science fiction/fantasy/tale)  
Director and Screenwriter: Ann Marie Fleming  
Production: AMF Productions Inc. 
Distributor: Mongrel Media 
Province: British Columbia 

Flavia de Luce (mystery/crime/police) 
Director: Bharat Nalluri 
Screenwriter: Susan Coyne  
Production: Mystic Point Productions Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Province: British Columbia 
*coproduction Canada/UK 

Kill Me Now (drama)  
Director: Daniel Grou 
Screenwriter: Brad Fraser 
Production: Genco Pictures Inc. 
Distributor: Photon Films and Media 
Province: Ontario 
*coproduction Canada/France 

Maya and Samar (drama)  
Director: Anita Doron 
Screenwriter: Tamara Faith Berger  
Production: January Films Ltd. and Serendipity Point Films 
Distributor: Sphere Films 
Province: Ontario 
*coproduction Canada/Greece 

Night of the Zoopocalypse (animation/comedy)  
Directors: Ricardo Curtis and Rodrigo Perez-Castro 
Screenwriters: James Kee and Steve Hoban 
Production: Strange Animals (Copperheart) Productions Inc. and MIPA (NOTZ) Film Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures  
Province: Ontario 
*coproduction Canada/France/Belgium 

Rumours (comedy)  
Directors and Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson 
Production: Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc., Walking Down Broadway Ltd. and Thin Stuff Productions Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Province: Manitoba 
*coproduction Canada/Germany 

Skite’kmujua’kik (Place of Ghosts) (thriller)  
Director and Screenwriter: Bretten Hannam 
Production: Shut Up & Colour Pictures Inc., Mazewalker Films Inc. and Plausible Communications Corporation  
Distributor: VVS Films 
Provinces: Nova Scotia and Ontario 

Steal Away Home (thriller)  
Director: Clement Virgo 
Screenwriters: Tamara Faith Berger and Clement Virgo  
Production: Conquering Lion Pictures Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Province: Ontario 

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