OMDC Film Fund invests $1.8 M in 12 domestic features



    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) today announced a total
investment of $1.8 million to assist in the production financing of five
dramatic Ontario feature films and seven projects, including two documentaries
in the late development stages.
    OMDC Film Fund enables Ontario-based producers to complete their
financing with contributions of up to $25,000 for development projects and up
to $400,000 for production funding, on a last-in basis.
    OMDC Film Fund decisions are made through a jury-adjudicated process. The
jury consisted of Michael Coutanche, Professor and Head of Writing, School of
Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson University; Robin Smith, President,
KinoSmith; and Martin Harbury, OMDC Film and Television Consultant.

    
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             OMDC FILM FUND DRAMATIC FILM PRODUCTION RECIPIENTS
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    Film Project         Company                 Producer/Director

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    CAIRO TIME           Cairo Time Films Inc.   Daniel Iron, Ruba Nadda
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    LESLIE               2077883 Ontario Inc.    Jennifer Jonas, Reg Harkema
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    RUBY                 Knightscove Family      Leif Bristow,
                         Films Inc.              Djordje Milicevic
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    SUCK                 Capri Vision Inc.       Robin Crumley, Rob Stefaniuk
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    VICTORIA DAY         Victoria Day Films Inc. Judy Holm, David Bezmozgis
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             OMDC FILM FUND DRAMATIC FILM DEVELOPMENT RECIPIENTS

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    THE ODDS             Quiet Revolution        Michael Dobbin, Matt West
                         Pictures Inc.
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    PERFECTING CHAOS     Prospero Pictures       Martin (Marty) Katz,
                                                 Audrey Cummings
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    THE PORNOGRAPHER'S   House of Films Inc.     Bill House, Jeremiah Chechik
    POEM
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    SOUNDGIRL            Conquering Lion         Damon D'Oliveira,
                         Pictures Inc.           Clement Virgo
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    TRACING IRIS         The Film Works Limited  Paul Stephens, Laurie Lynd
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              OMDC FILM FUND DOCUMENTARY DEVELOPMENT RECIPIENTS

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    APPLE CORE           Sphinx Productions      Ron Mann
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    RAW OPIUM            Kensington              Robert Lang, Yung Chang
                         Communications Inc.
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    QUOTES

    "I'm pleased and honoured to have served on the OMDC Film Fund Jury. The
high quality of the projects supported in this round are a clear indication of
the vitality of the Ontario film industry," stated Michael Coutanche,
Professor and Head of Writing, School of Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson
University. "The OMDC's financial support of Ontario filmmakers is crucial.
But this organization's commitment goes far beyond dollars - the OMDC and its
people are passionate advocates of the development and production of high
quality films in this province."

    "Features supported through the OMDC Film Fund have garnered critical
success on the festival circuit and have helped bring Ontario films to
audiences around the world," said OMDC President & CEO Karen Thorne-Stone. "We
were thrilled this year that Cannes selections ADORATION and BLINDNESS will
also screen at TIFF(R) -- joining five more Film Fund-supported features that
represent the depth of talent we have in this province."

    "We are fortunate that Ontario is home to many brilliant filmmakers who
bring their unique vision to the world of cinema," said OMDC Chair Kevin Shea.
"We congratulate all who were selected for this next round of the Film Fund,
and we are confident that they will continue to leave their mark on Ontario
and global cinema."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Seven features previously supported by OMDC's Film Fund will screen at
       this year's Toronto International Film Festival(R) including
       ADORATION, BLINDNESS, EXAMINED LIFE, HEAVEN ON EARTH, ONE WEEK, REAL
       TIME and TORONTO STORIES (six Film Fund-supported features screened
       at TIFF(R) last year -- including AWAY FROM HER, which won seven Genie
       Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two
       Oscar(C) nominations and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts
       nomination).

    -  Two of this year's TIFF(R) selections, ADORATION and BLINDNESS, were
       in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival (ADORATION won the
       Ecumenical Jury Prize and BLINDNESS was selected as the opening night
       film).

    -  To date 29 completed films have been supported through the OMDC Film
       Fund.

    -  In 2007, 25 domestic feature films contributed $75.5 million to
       Ontario's economy according to OMDC statistics.
    

    LEARN MORE

    OMDC established the OMDC Film Fund
(http://www.omdc.on.ca/PageFactory.aspx?PageID=3209) in 2005 to stimulate both
the production and development of indigenous filmmaking in the province of
Ontario. Stay tuned to OMDC website for the next round of the OMDC Film Fund
slated for late fall 2008.

    Ontario Media Development Corporation
(http://www.omdc.on.ca/Page3283.aspx) is an agency of the Ministry of Culture
(http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/index.html).

    
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For further information:

For further information: Contact for OMDC: Sharon Wilson, OMDC
Communications, T. (416) 642-6616, E-mail: swilson@omdc.on.ca

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