#FIRSTLOOK: TELEFILM CANADA ANNOUNCES “MICRO-BUDGET PRODUCTION PROGRAM” FINALISTS INCLUDING AMY JO JOHNSON FOR “THE SPACE BETWEEN”
The Micro-Budget Production Program from Telefilm Canada serves to assist promising emerging Filmmakers an opportunity at funding their first Feature Films, not to exceed a budget of $250k. Now in its third year, 15 Finalists across Canada were selected based on recommendations from 40 educational institutions and film cooperatives. Thus far, 37 full-length Films – many which have won awards on the Festival circuits nationally – have been funded through the Program which it was announced, is to be funded by the Talent Fund. The Fund over the years collected over $15 million from companies, individuals and foundations. Technicolor also generously is offering free digital distribution encoding services to cater to an ever-changing demand for viewing films digitally and online.
This morning, Finalists were unveiled at TIFF Bell Lightbox Bell Blue Room and headlining the names was a familiar face in Amy Jo Johnson for her Film, The Space Between. Johnson, known to many for her role as Pink Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, will direct and write.
New faces like upcoming Director Aidan Shipley, were present too as he works on his debut Feature, Cardinal. While he might be busy starring in Toronto-filmed Blockbuster Suicide Squad, Adam Beach through his Institute, is responsible for partnering with Filmmaker Benjamin Ross Hayden in The Edict, which will be a part of the Micro-Budget Production Program‘s Aboriginal Component. A new Official-Language Minority Communities Component also has been added this year.
For more, visit http://www.telefilm.ca.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)