Films chosen for IndieCan10K film challenge unveiled

Seven feature filmmaking teams have been chosen for mentorship as they complete their projects for under $10,000. (IndieCan's Avi Federgreen pictured)
Avi Federgreen

Avi Federgreen’s IndieCan Entertainment has unveiled seven 
films selected 
 for the inaugural 
 IndieCan10K 
challenge.

The cross-country picks include FSM, from writer/director Melanie 
Jones and producer 
Bernie 
Yao; 
Paradox Boy, from writer/director Angus Kootenahyoo, who also produces with Kevin Prasad; and Basic Human Needs, by writer/director Matt Yim and producers Allan Roeher and Matthieu 
 Belanger.

Other up-and-coming filmmaking teams making the cut with their projects include director Bradley
 Sawatzky, writer Allan 
 Turner and producer Jenny Ng 
with IntersectionOwl River Runners, from director/producer Danny
 Thebeau, producer
 Donovan
 Richard and writer
 Chris 
Fulton; Noon Gun, from writer/director/producer 
Caley
 MacLennan; and A Sunday Kind of Love, from writer/director Geordie 
Sabbaugh 
and producer
 Taylor Bateman.

The selected projects come one each from British Columbia, Alberta, 
Saskatchewan, 
Manitoba, 
New 
 Brunswick, 
Nova 
Scotia 
 and 
Ontario.

The film challenge, which has pacted with Indiegogo.com to get ultra-low-budget movies made, gives the seven filmmaking teams key industry mentorship and services to get their projects completed by the end of 2014.

Industry mentors participating include Screen Siren Pictures’ Trish 
 Dolman, 
Sean Cisterna of Mythic 
Productions, Gia 
 Milani and 
Tony 
Whalen of Shore 
Road
 Pictures 
and 
 Michael 
 Melski of Cineast
 Screen
 Development.

The alliance between the 10K film challenge and Indiegogo comes as demand for traditional funding by Canadian filmmakers increasingly outstrips supply.