National production projects
Emotional Arithmetic (Producers: Production Arithmetic QuÃ©bec inc. – Suzanne Girard, Arithmetic Ontario Productions inc. – Anna Stratton; Writers: Jefferson Lewis, Paolo Barzman; Director: Paolo Barzman)
Melanie Winters returns home from the mental institution to play hostess to two childhood friends who bring with them memories of their internment in concentration camps as teenagers.
Ontario & Nunavut region
All Hat (Producer: New Real Films Inc. – Jennifer Jonas; Writer: Brad Smith; Director: Leonard Farlinger ) is based on Brad Smith’s novel of the same name and tells the story of Ray Dokes, a charming ex-ballplayer, who returns home from jail to discover the rural landscape of his childhood transformed. Ray must find a way to stop Sonny, Ray’s nemesis and the spoiled heir to a thoroughbred dynasty, from his grand plan to turn the farmland into a subdivision. One false move and Ray will land back in jail, but he comes up with a plan to stop Sonny and right some wrongs.
Stone Angel (Producers: Liz Jarvis, Kari Skoglund; Writer/Director: Kari Skoglund) is based on the much-loved and critically acclaimed Margaret Lawrence novel of the same name. Hagar Shipley is aged and ailing – but would rather die than go into a nursing home. The witty, irascible and fiercely proud Hagar, faced with the prospect of a nursing home, sets out on a preposterous journey in search of the safe haven of an abandoned ocean side house she remembers from happier times.
Newton and Leo (Producers: Menlo Park Movies Ltd. – Dean English, Karen Powell, Marc Stephenson; Writers: George Toles, Daegan Fryklind; Director: Jesse Rosensweet) is an animated, mythical reworking of modernity’s legendary inventor Thomas Alva Edison. Leo is turned into an electrical boy by his father, Thomas Galileo Newton, in this comedy-adventure set in the expressionistic-Victorian, cinematic fantasy world of Pickerton Park.
Regional production projects
Pushing Up Daisies (Producers: Standing 8 Productions – Chaz Thorne, Bill Niven, John Watson, Pen Densham; Writer/Director: Chaz Thorne) is the story of Oliver Zinck and how his life changes when he inherits a Nova Scotian funeral home from his estranged father. Completely in debt, Oliver discovers that by creating corpses in his own way and then providing funeral services, he can make some fast cash. Pushing Up Daisies is a dark comedic exploration of the depths of greed, ambition and desire.
Ontario & Nunavut region
Amal (Producer: New Real Films Inc. – Executive Producers: Robin Cass, Peter Starr, Producers: David Miller, Steven Bray; Writer: Shaun Mehta and Ritchie Mehta; Director: Ritchie Mehta) is a based on the short film by Shaun Mehta of the same name and tells the story of an auto rickshaw driver, who attempts to do the right thing following a tragic incident with a young beggar girl.
Breakfast With Scot (Producer: Miracle Pictures Inc. – Paul Brown; Writer: Sean Reycraft; Director: Laurie Lynd) is a contemporary comedy about a ‘straight’ gay couple whose lives are turned upside down when they become the reluctant, temporary guardians of Scot, a recently orphaned and flamboyant 11-year-old boy.
Young People F*!@king (Producers: Copperheart Entertainment – Steve Hoban; Tracey Boulton; Writer: Martin Gero & Aaron Abrams; Director: Martin Gero) is a wickedly funny sex comedy about five twenty-something couples who, over the course of one night in Toronto, try to have some seemingly straightforward sex but run into problems along the way.
Normal (Producer: Normal Film Company Inc. – Andrew Boutilier; Writers: Travis McDonald, Carl Bessai; Director: Carl Bessai) An accident in the past causes ripples of tragedy in the lives of the people connected to it, in particular the victim’s bereaved mother, his best friend, and the middle aged man responsible for the crash. Normal explores the fragility and humanity of people who are searching for redemption.
Walk All Over Me (Producer: Chaos A Film Company – Carolyn McMaster; Writers: Robert Cuffley, Jason Long; Director: Robert Cuffly) is a darkly comedic thriller laced with love, latex and empowerment. Alberta, a twenty-something cashier, moves to Vancouver into the home of her former babysitter (dominatrix-for-hire Celene) and rescues a handsome "john" accused of stealing a fortune from his crooked boss/ex-best friend.
Low-Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program
Western region (post production)
Acts of Imagination (Producers: Springate Combs Inc. – Caroline Combs, Michael Springate; Writer: Michael Springate; Director: Caroline Combs) chronicles the loves of brother/sister immigrants from the Ukraine through their relationships with others.
The Green Chain (Producers: I Love Trees Productions Inc. – Mark Leiran-Young, Donna Wong-Juliani, Tony Wosk; Writer/Director: Mark Leiran-Young) is a powerful, funny and thought provoking film about the conflict between loggers and environmentalists, people on both sides of the battle who love trees – and are willing to risk anything to protect their personal visions of the forest and our planet.
Immigrant (Producers: Japanese Polka Dancing Films Ltd. – Bojan Bodruzic, Shirley Vercruysse; Writer/Director: Bojan Bodruzic) follows two parallel stories about Bosnian immigrants in Canada who fled their homeland to escape the war. The first looks at the tumultuous relationships between a Bosnian filmmaker and his Canadian girlfriend; while the second is about a widower, who has a hard time letting go of his past.