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MAPPED Crew Funding Deadline: Feb. 1st, 2017

Published on Jan 13, 2017

Is your production commencing filming in #northernontario between the dates of March 1st & June 30th, 2017?
CION's MAPPED Crew Funding is for you!

The program has contributed to the hiring of 60 Northern Ontario crew across 13 different productions.

This CION administered funding programme to train Northern Ontario residents working in film and television production, Media Arts Production: Practised, Employed, Developed (MAPPED), is an applied production career acclamation and advancement programme. With funding from FedNor, CION will provide work and training opportunities for Northern Ontario’s media arts production crew members. The programme is designed to supplement existing funding sources in order to expand and develop the local skills base across Northern Ontario.

For further information about MAPPED, please contact Adam Killah, or via phone at 705-885-9889, Extension 235.

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2017 for productions preparing to shoot between the dates of March 1st, 2017 through June 30th, 2017.

Producers, start your application today!

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IndieCan20K Winners Announced

Published on Dec 21, 2016

Indiecan20k Reveals Winners from Northern & Southern Ontario
and Northwest Territories
For Immediate Release:

Toronto/Canada – December 20, 2016 – Avi Federgreen, founder of the first-time feature filmmaker initiative INDIECAN20K, is pleased to announce the three winning filmmaking teams representing Northern and Southern Ontario, and the Northwest Territories. The winning films selected are: FUGUE (Northern Ontario) by writer-director Tomas Street, with Christine Rochon producing; MY GIRL MOLLY (Southern Ontario) written by Dave Roberts, with director Brandon Ludwig, who is also producing with Sheldon Ludwig; and, DARK SKY (Northwest Territories) by writer-director Jennifer Walden with Jeremy Emerson producing.

“With stories about a broken character searching for identity, a young transgendered protagonist, and the adventure of a lost boy and a mythical creature, the winning scripts selected represent a real boldness emerging from the next generation of filmmakers in Canada. I am proud to provide the opportunity to get these films off the page,” commented Federgreen.

FUGUE by writer-director Tomas Street (Northern Ontario): Malcolm wakes up in an unfamiliar room, unsure of whom he is. When his friend pays him a visit Malcolm begins to suspect things are not entirely as they seem.

Parry Sound-based Tomas Street has nearly two decades of experience as a script supervisor with over 30 credits. He is the creator and writer of the entire first season of the award-winning webseries Kid’s Town.

MY GIRL MOLLY directed by Brandon Ludwig, written by Dave Roberts (Southern Ontario): A young transgendered girl starting over in a new school is met with relentless teasing and bullying but when she stumbles across a suitcase of pills she suddenly finds a new popularity. Except the people who lost the suitcase now want it back.

Brandon Ludwig is an actor and director. His on-camera credits include Conviction, Lost & Found Music Studios, and Man Seeking Woman. He has co-directed several short films including I’ll Love You Hallways, and The Dictator’s Speech.

DARK SKY by writer-director Jennifer Walden (NWT): When separated from his mother on a family camping trip, a young boy meets a mythical Rock Creature that helps him find his way back home.

Yellowknife-based writer-director Jennifer Walden is a well-established visual artist who is becoming known as one of the North’s up-and-coming filmmakers. Her short films include, Painted Girl and Preserved.

As the winners of Indiecan20K the film teams will receive in-kind production and post-production services, additional funds, and mentorship to get a first feature completed. All combined, each filmmaker will make a film with a budget of up to $250K.

In addition to in-kind services, the filmmakers are responsible for raising $20K in cash towards the budget but several organizations have stepped forward to get the filmmakers started towards that goal. For the filmmakers of FUGUE, Music & Film In Motion (MFM) is putting in $5K, and for the filmmakers of MY GIRL MOLLY, the Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) is contributing $5K towards that budget. For DARK SKY, Northwestel Community Television is providing $3K while the HGF is contributing $2K.

The following sponsors are providing in-kind services:
 
Ontario Service Provider and Post Production Facilities Sponsors:
Grip and Lighting Equipment –William F. White International Inc.
Camera Equipment – Clairmont Camera
Post Production Facility –Deluxe Toronto
Sound Editing and Supervision - Parachute
Insurance – Front Row Insurance
Script Clearance – The Rights Company
Legal – Brenda Blake LL.B.
Music Supervision – Instinct Entertainment
DCP’s – Red Square Motion
DVD & Blu ray Replicators – The Media Concierge
Closed Captioning – Caption Easy
Publicity – Raw Sugar PR
Digital & VOD Aggregation – Juice Worldwide
Poster Creation – Small Dog Design
 
Northwest Territories Service Provider and Post Production Facilities Sponsors:
Grip and Lighting Equipment – Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP)
Camera Equipment – WAMP
Post Production Facility – Avatar Media
Insurance – Front Row Insurance
Script Clearance – The Rights Company
Legal – Brenda Blake LL.B.
Music Supervision – Instinct Entertainment
DCP’s – Red Square Motion
DVD & Blu ray Replicators – The Media Concierge
Closed Captioning – Caption Easy
Publicity – Raw Sugar PR
Digital & VOD Aggregation – Juice Worldwide
Poster Creation – Small Dog Design
 
Major Financial Support provided by:
Northern Ontario – Music & Film in Motion (MFM)
Southern Ontario – Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF)
Northwest Territories – Northwestel Community Television and Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF)
 
Major Supporter for the Northwest Territories:
The NWT Film Commission
 
The film teams for FUGUE and MY GIRL MOLLY will be co-mentored through the filmmaking process by writer-director Warren P. Sonoda (TRAILER PARK BOYS, SWEARNET: THE MOVIE) and Federgreen, while writer-director-producer, Kirsten Carthew (THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT) and Federgreen will mentor DARK SKY’s team.

The filmmakers must develop, shoot, and complete their films by April 30, 2018 with the goal to hit the 2018 film festival circuit. Federgreen’s Indiecan Entertainment will release the films in Canada once they have travelled around the festival circuit.
 
AVI FEDERGREEN brings over 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry to the Indiecan20K project. His experience includes music videos to TV series to feature films. Federgreen’s current releases include KISS AND CRY, PRISONER X, and HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN.  Some of Federgreen's other producing credits include STILL MINE, SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL, ONE WEEK, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, RANDOM ACTS OF ROMANCE, THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE, MOON POINT, I’M YOURS, HUNGRY HILLS, HIGH LIFE, LESLIE MY NAME IS EVIL, and the documentaries MILK and AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE.
 
INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT focuses on independent, low-budget films. As a distributor, Avi Federgreen follows the same principle that earned him his reputation as a filmmaker; bringing audiences films they want to watch. Indiecan has distributed PRISONER X, END OF DAYS, INC., SEX AFTER KIDS, DOWN RIVER, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, MOON POINT, MILK, THAT GUY DICK MILLER, THE SHEEPDOGS HAVE AT IT, and more. Aside from the traditional distribution route, Indiecan leans heavily on digital delivery. Indiecan helps films find more opportunities with audiences through TV, Netflix, iTunes, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Indiecan’s vision is to not only support Indie production but to encourage the viewing of quality independent films by audiences around the world. http://indiecanent.com/
 
HAROLD GREENBERG FUND: The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from The Movie Network and Viewers Choice Canada, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development and production of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the Fund has supported nearly 4,000 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $85 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers. http://www.bellmedia.ca/harold-greenberg-fund/
 
MUSIC AND FILM IN MOTION (MFM), a division of the not-for-profit organization Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION), is dedicated to fostering and promoting the music and film industries in Northern Ontario, as well as providing educational programming to cultivate the advancement of Northern Ontario’s emerging talent. MFM works within the boundaries of Northern Ontario, which includes a population of approximately 760,000 people. MFM strives to connect music and film artists and practitioners with opportunities and resources to advance their projects and their careers.  MFM’s ongoing advocacy for Northern Ontario music and film production output is carried out with the primary objective of contributing to the further development of Northern Ontario’s thriving cultural industries. http://www.cionorth.ca/en/
 
NORTHWESTEL COMMUNITY TELEVISION tells northern stories, helps develop northern screen media talent and fosters northern audiences through public-access non-commercial programming on its community television channels in Yellowknife, NT and Whitehorse, YT. www.nwtelcommunitytv.ca
 
THE NWT FILM COMMISSION is a division of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment providing funding, support, and production assistance to local and guest productions in the NWT to build a more vibrant film community. www.nwtfilm.com
 
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Free Singer/Songwriter Workshop Presented by Folk Music Ontario & L'APCM

Published on Mar 17, 2016

Are you an emerging singer-songwriter in the Sudbury area seeking to learn more about songwriting tips and techniques? Folk Music Ontario (FMO), the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM), Collège Boréal and Coalition du savoir invite you to a FREE singer-songwriter workshop on March 23, 2016 with mentors Stef Paquette and darlenYa.


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Êtes-vous un auteur-compositeur émergent dans la région de Sudbury qui cherche à en apprendre davantage sur les différentes techniques d’écriture ? Le Musique Folk de l’Ontario (MFO), l’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM), Collège Boréal, et le Coalition du savoir vous invitent à participer à un atelier d’écriture GRATUITE le 23 mars 2016 avec deux professionnels du milieu des arts, Stef Paquette et darlenYa.


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"Born to be Blue" (Shot in Sudbury) Opens March 18 at Cineplex SilverCity

Published on Mar 16, 2016

 

It opens this coming Friday March 18 at Cineplex SilverCity.

The film was made with the generous support of the NOHFC, FedNor and many local crew and cast and service providers.

Please spread the word to get folks out for the opening weekend! There are no immediate plans for screening in North Bay, so please go see it in Sudbury!

Tickets available here

BORN TO BE BLUE Trailer

REVIEWS here

 

Thanks!

From Director, Robert Budreau  -  LUMANITY PRODUCTIONS

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GoFundMe Campaign: Shark Infested Streets Project (North Bay)

Published on Feb 18, 2016

The second film by teen filmmakers Darren Summersby and Garrett Ryan. This time they bring a modern comic movie told in a film-noir detective movie style named "Shark Infested Streets". The story follows Ron Dustin, An ex-police officer turned private investigator hunting for an infamous serial killer masquerading as a super hero, known as the "The Megalodon". Filming is planned to take place Summer 2016.

GOFUNDME FOR SHARK INFESTED STREETS

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