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Telefilm Canada selects nine English-language feature-length films under the Big Budget stream of the Production Program 

13 October 2022

October 13, 2022 – Telefilm Canada announces the latest round of funding for nine feature-length films in the English market under the Big Budget stream of the Production Program’s 2022 submissions, representing a total commitment of $16.08 million.  

Earlier this summer, Telefilm committed to 12 English-language feature-length films and nine French-language feature-length films under the same stream of the Production Program. 

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.  

Funding announcement regarding the Talent to Watch Program will be published shortly. 

1989 (comedy) 

Director: Sam McGlynn 
Screenwriter: Paul Spence 
Production: Eagle Vision Inc. and Paul Spence and Associates Inc. 
Distributor: Mongrel Media 
Provinces: Manitoba and Quebec 

40 Acres (thriller) 

Director: R.T. Thorne 
Screenwriters: R.T. Thorne and Glenn Taylor 
Production: 40 Acres Productions Inc., Hungry Eyes Media Inc., Creative Rain Cloud Inc., and Waterford Valley Pictures Inc. 
Distributor: Mongrel Media 
Province: Ontario 

Freaks Unknown (thriller) 

Directors and screenwriters: Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein 
Production: Freak Productions Inc. and Elevation Pictures 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Province: British Columbia 

I, Object (drama) 

Director and screenwriter: Andrew Niccol 
Production: Scythia Films Inc. (Canada) and Southern Light Films Ltd. (New Zealand) 
Distributor: Mongrel Media 
Province: Ontario 

In the Black (drama) 

Director: Frances-Anne Solomon 
Screenwriter: Andrew Burrows-Trotman 
Production: 1371097 Ontario Ltd O/A CaribbeanTales (Canada) and I Made It Films (UK) 
Distributor: Photon Films 
Province: Ontario 

Mother, Mother (drama) 

Director and screenwriter: K’naan Warsame 
Production: Rhombus Media Inc. and EMA Films Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures and Entract Films 
Provinces: Ontario and Quebec 

Sharp Corner (thriller) 

Director and screenwriter: Jason Buxton 
Production: Alcina Pictures Ltd. and Workhorse Pictures Inc. 
Distributor: Elevation Pictures 
Provinces: Ontario and Nova Scotia 

The Shrouds (drama) 

Director and screenwriter: David Cronenberg 
Production: Plausible Communications Corp. (Canada) and SBS Productions (France) 
Distributor: Sphere Films 
Province: Ontario 

There Were Witches (horror) 

Director: Jefferson Moneo 
Screenwriter: Marcelo Tobar 
Production: Prowler Pictures Inc. (Canada) and Fidelio Films (Mexico) 
Distributor: Level Film Inc. 
Province: Ontario 

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