DAILY NEWS Nov 23, 2011 9:05 AM - 0 comments

Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund and The Movie Network Introduce Short Film Program

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Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund's English-Language Program and The Movie Network are proud to introduce the new Short Film Program. This initiative is designed to greenlight the production of short films from emerging Canadian filmmakers, to be used as a calling card for their first feature film.

Two prizes of $20,000 are available, consisting of a non-recoupable grant from Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund and a Pay-TV broadcast license fee from The Movie Network.

Eligible projects need not be based directly on a feature film idea, but applicants must be able to clearly explain how the proposed short film specifically relates to their first planned feature film. 

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with some of the country's brightest emerging talent," says the Fund's English-Language Program President, John Galway. "We hope that the short films produced will be instrumental in preparing these filmmakers for their first feature- and in establishing them as the industry leaders of tomorrow."

Full guidelines are now available on the Fund's website at www.astral.com/hgf. Applications are due by February 28, 2012.

Through the Industry Initiatives Program, the Fund invests $200,000 each year in project development and promotional initiatives across the country. Funded by The Movie Network and Viewer's Choice, this program is reviewed annually by the English-Language Committee, including Suzette Couture, Damon D'Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, Bryn Matthews, Jane Tattersall and Kevin Wright.

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