Telefilm invests more than $9 million in feature films

The Black Marks from Darius Films, 13 Eerie from Minds Eye Entertainment and micro_scope-produced Whitewash all received more than $1 million each in the latest funding round.
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The latest numbers from Telefilm Canada indicate Ottawa’s film financier has poured more than $9 million into 11 English-language feature films through the Canada Feature Film Fund, with three films receiving more than $1 million each.

The recent star-driven shoot for The Black Marks earned a $2.8 million investment, the largest in the latest funding round.

The heist comedy from writer/director Jonathan Sobol stars Jay Baruchel, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon, and marks the director’s follow-up to A Beginner’s Guide to Endings.

Produced by Darius Films, The Black Marks was shot in Hamilton and southern Ontario.

The Minds Eye Entertainment zombie flick 13 Eerie, directed by Lowell Dean, received $1.5 million from Telefilm.

And the micro_scope-produced Whitewash, a psychological thriller set in Northern Quebec that is directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, received another $1.2 million investment from the Canadian Feature Film Fund.

micro_scope’s recent track record includes the Oscar-nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar titles.

Telefilm invested $825,000, $750,000 and $700,000 respectively in Mad Ship, The Lesser Blessed and Rufus.

Mad Ship, written and directed by David Mortin, produced by Enigmatico Films and distributed by D Films Corporation, is the story of a Norwegian immigrant driven to madness.

The Benjamin Bratt-starrer The Lesser Blessed, written and directed by Anita Doron and produced by Gen One Films’ Christina Piovesan and Alex Lalonde, was adapted from the novel by Tlicho author Richard Van Camp.

And Telefilm invested $700,000 in Rufus (pictured), the Saskatchewan-shot third feature film from director David Schultz and produced by Lonely Boy Productions Inc.

My Awkward Sexual Adventure, a reteaming of writer Jonas Chernik and director Sean Garrity, received $560,000 for its Winnipeg shoot, produced by julijette.

Written by Pierre Billon and Michel Poulette and produced by Productions Thalie, Maina received $450,000.

And Random Acts of Romance, directed by Katrina Bowen and produced by Random Romance Productions, and Saskatchewan-shot Space Milkshake, written and directed by Armen Evrensel and produced by Foundation Features, received $440,000 and $350,000 respectively.

Elsewhere, Michael Ray Fox-directed Roaming received $55,000 from Telefilm as part of the inaugural First Feature Project award from Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm. Film Nova Scotia also put up $55,000, for a total prize of $110,000.