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Astral’s The Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 27 New Projects

Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund is pleased to announce its latest round of funding for 27 new and ongoing projects through its Script Development Program and Equity Investment Program. 

Chosen from a record 139 applications (nearly twice the average amount), the most recent selection of supported projects includes a dynamic combination of new stories from old hands and old favourites from new voices.

“New voices are always exciting and, of course, essential to the growth of our industry, but it’s great that we’re also seeing scripts from filmmakers whose success we have shared in the past,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund.  “The fact that we have an established core of capable creative professionals who are continuing to produce work lets us know that we’re succeeding in our efforts to support local talent, and make screenwriting a viable career option in Canada.”

This latest collection of supported scripts includes new projects from recognized industry veterans Sarah Polley (Away From Her) and Michael McGowan (One Week), while Michael Dowse (Fubar) gives us a small-town Newfoundland take on the 2003 Quebec hit La Grande séduction.

Projects approved this quarter include:



Story Optioning


The Flying Troutmans

Four Seasons Productions Inc.

Screenwriters: Semi Chellas and Miriam Toews


King Leary

Verite Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Paul Quarrington


The Outlander

Strada Films Inc. and Triptych Media Inc.

Screenwriter: TBD



First Draft


Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

Hand Picked Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Richard Bell


The Diary of Laura’s Twin

pUNK Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Laura Phillips


Don’t Talk To Irene

Alyson Richards Productions Inc.

Screenwriter: Pat Mills


King Leary

Verite Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Paul Quarrington


The Lizard Cage

Sienna Films Inc.

Screenwriter: David Vainola


Queen Kristina

Triptych Media Inc.

Screenwriter: Michel Marc Bouchard



Second Draft


Dot’s Will

Playmaker Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Scott Simpson


The Flying Troutmans

Four Seasons Productions Inc.

Screenwriter: Semi Chellas and Miriam Toews



Bad Astronaut Inc.

Screenwriter: Andrea Dorfman and Jennifer Deyell


Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Nine Mile Productions

Screenwriter: Katie Ford


Kush Kush in the Bush: Bollywood Comes to the Trailer Park

Buffalo Gal Pictures Development Inc., Femmina Films Inc. and Diamonds to Bullets Enterprises Inc.

Screenwriter: Rebecca Sernasie


Rhéal and Rhéaume

Sarrazin Productions Inc.

Screenwriter: Suzette Couture


Sam I Am

Ichi Ni San Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Chris Smets



Productions Caramel Film Inc.

Screenwriter: Domenic Salvaggio



Final Draft



Emotion Pictures Inc. and Opolo Pictures Inc.

Screenwriter: Jason Buxton


Dead Tired

Productions The Gates Inc.

Screenwriter: Geoffrey Uloth and Jean-Francois Da Sylva-La Rue


The Great Seduction

Max Films

Screenwriter: Michael Dowse


NuShu – The Secret Sisterhood

Filmarto Inc.

Screenwriter: Allen Hatcher



Javelin Pictures Inc.

Screenwriter: Karl Richter



Mad Samurai Productions Inc.

Screenwriter: John L’Ecuyer



Polish & Packaging


Kosher Sexy

julijette inc. and Jonas Chernick

Screenwriter: Jonas Chernick



January Films Ltd.

Screenwriters: Andrea Blundell and Claudia Casagrande


Take This Waltz

Joe’s Daughter Inc.

Screenwriter: Sarah Polley

Equity Invesment Program


Hockey The Musical

Mulmur Feed Company

Screenwriter/Director: Michael McGowan

The Equity Investment Program, funded by Astral Media’s Viewers Choice, was established in 1992 to invest in the production of quality Canadian dramatic movies made for theatrical release and/or pay television. The Script Development Program was created to assist in the development of quality Canadian feature film scripts. The program receives a yearly contribution of $1.3 million from Astral Media’s The Movie Network.

The script development applications are reviewed each quarter by the English-Language Committee of Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund, which includes Suzette Couture, Damon D’Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, shane Kinnear, Bryn Matthews and Kevin Wright.

Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization established to contribute to the development and production of high-calibre film and television productions. Supported by Astral Media, The Fund/Le Fonds has invested over $70 million in the Canadian film and television industry since its inception in 1986 and is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.