OMDC Film Fund Invests $2 Million in 11 Domestic Features



    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
announced an over $2 million investment in Ontario's domestic film industry.
This investment will provide eight Ontario-produced films, six dramas and two
documentaries, support in the production phase and three projects for
late-stage development funding.
    "OMDC Film Fund has had great success in providing Ontario producers with
the last-in production funding to get their Ontario feature film production
rolling, " says OMDC President and CEO, Karen Thorne-Stone. "Since the program
started in 2005, results from the OMDC Film Fund have been impressive with six
OMDC film fund-supported features programmed at this year's Toronto
International Film Festival(R) and two last year. There are a large number of
talented filmmakers in Ontario who are garnering critical acclaim for their
films, so this funding will help to ensure more of them get our stories to the
screen."
    Larry Weinstein, Director/Producer of Rhombus Media's Inside Hana's
Suitcase commented that "the OMDC Film Fund has been something of a godsend
for Ontario-based film production. I truly believe that a number of Ontario's
greatest films over the last years wouldn't have seen the light of day had it
not been for this initiative, and I hope it will continue on with its crucial
support."

    
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             OMDC FILM FUND DRAMATIC FILM PRODUCTION RECIPIENTS
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    Dramatic Film
    Project                 Company                     Producer/Director
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    ADORATION      Adoration Productions Inc          Atom Egoyan,
                                                      Producer/Director
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    BLINDNESS      Rhombus Media Inc.                 Niv Fichman, Producer
                                                      Fernando Meirelles,
                                                      Director
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    HIGH LIFE      Triptych Media Inc.                Robin Cass, Producer
                                                      Gary Yates, Director
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    ONE WEEK       Mulmur Feed Co. Ltd.               Michael McGowan,
                                                      Producer/Director
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    POMONA QUEEN   Sudden Storm Entertainment Ltd.    Jesse Ikeman, Producer
                                                      Jeremiah Chechik,
                                                      Director
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    SPLICE         Copperheart Entertainment Inc.     Steve Hoban, Producer
                                                      Vincenzo Natali,
                                                      Director
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             OMDC FILM FUND DRAMATIC FILM DEVELOPMENT RECIPIENTS
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    LOVECRAFT      Copperheart Entertainment Inc.     Steve Hoban, Producer
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    THE RIVER OF   Dusty Foot Films Inc.              Andrew Rosen, Producer
     BLOOD
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            OMDC FILM FUND DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION FILM RECIPIENTS
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    Documentary
    Film Project            Company                     Producer/Director
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    EXAMINED LIFE  Sphinx Productions                 Ron Mann, Producer
                                                      Astra Taylor, Director
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    INSIDE HANA'S  Rhombus Media Inc.                 Larry Weinstein
     SUITCASE
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              OMDC FILM FUND DOCUMENTARY DEVELOPMENT RECIPIENTS
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    FOR A NEW      Asli Films Inc.                    Kathy Wazana, producer
     SEVILLE/POUR
     UNE NOUVELLE
     SEVILLE
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    OMDC Film Fund decisions are made through a jury-adjudicated process. The
jury consisted of Suzanne Berger, S.L. Berger Productions, Ted East, CAFDE and
Martin Harbury, OMDC Film and Television Consultant.

    About OMDC Film Fund:

    OMDC Film Fund enables Ontario-based producers to apply for up to $25,000
for development projects and up to $400,000 for production funding, on a
last-in basis. To date 15 completed films have been supported through the Film
Fund. The next application round will be in fall 2007. For information on this
program go to www.omdc.on.ca (greater than) programs (greater than) content
and marketing funds (greater than) OMDC Film Fund.

    About Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC):

    Ontario Media Development Corporation's mandate is to build Ontario's
cultural industries capacity and competitiveness. Through tax credits,
programs and services for the film and television, book and magazine
publishing, music and interactive digital media industries, OMDC maximizes
opportunities for growth and innovation in Ontario and abroad.

    Disponible en français.





For further information:

For further information: Sharon Wilson, Communications, Ontario Media
Development Corporation, T. (416) 642-6616, E. swilson@omdc.on.ca

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