Projects about a hapless romantic, female hunters and Canada's war on terror have been chosen to receive funding from Telefilm's new micro-budget fund.
Telefilm Canada says eight emerging filmmakers will receive up to $120,000 each under the Micro-Budget Production Program.
The program supports emerging writers, directors and producers trying to produce their first feature-length film, with special emphasis on digital-media production and marketing methods. The budget of each project must not exceed $250,000.
With more and more Canadians watching videos online, Telefilm boss Carolle Brabant says she wants to encourage innovative production and distribution strategies. Brabant was reappointed to a second three-year term as Telefilm head earlier this month.
The filmmakers are expected to begin receiving the funds this spring.
The projects include The Next Morning by writer-director Matt Sadowski, in which "a nebbish and hapless romantic is thrust into a whimsical whirlwind weekend romance with a young divorcee."
Proposed documentaries include The Secret Trial 5 by director Amar Wala, which examines the human impact of Canada's war on terror, and Un film de chasse de filles by writer-director Julie Lambert, about female hunters in Quebec.
Two4One by writer-director Maureen Bradley is a cross-platform-media project involving a feature film, reality web series and an interactive graphic novel about a transgender man becoming pregnant.
The work of the eight finalists will be featured at the Regard sur le court au Saguenay short film festival, which runs March 13-17. A special program of the Chicoutimi, Que. film fest will present a selection of shorts from each finalist's oeuvre.
The projects chosen:
- Crawlspace by Christian Sparkes (director), Allison White and Chris Agoston (producers). Partner: Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) University
- Down in the Valley by Kyle Thomas (writer, director, producer) and Cameron MacGowan (producer). Partner: Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF)
- The Editor by Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks (directors and producers). Partner: University of British Columbia (UBC) Film Production Program
- The Next Morning by Matt Sadowski (writer, director, producer) and Peter Harvey (producer). Partner: National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)
- The Secret Trial 5 by Amar Wala (director, producer) and Noah Bingham (producer). Partner: York University
- Two4One by Maureen Bradley (writer, director). Partner: Creative Women Workshops Association
- Un film de chasse de filles by Julie Lambert (writer, director, producer), Sonia Despars and Marc Biron (producers). Partner: Spirafilm
- What We Have by Maxime Desmons (director, producer) and Sally Karam (producer). Partner: Canadian Film Centre (CFC)