CFC announces Telefilm Features Comedy Lab projects

Eugene Levy

Impressed with the selection of projects submitted to this year’s Telefilm Features Comedy Lab, the industry committee chose six instead of five to be eligible for development financing of up to $75,000.

Chaired by Eugene Levy (pictured), the program is designed to help create Canadian comedies that achieve commercial and critical success, helping participants develop and package original feature-length projects.

Those accepted into the Lab will be eligible for development financing via Telefilm’s Canada Feature Film Fund program. The first half of the program take place in Toronto this month, and in March 2011 participants will head down to L.A.

“Canadians have always done well on the world comedy stage so we’re excited to see this program continue to attract strong interest and projects from experienced producers in its second year,” said Sheila de La Varende, director of national and international business development for Telefilm Canada in a statement. “Holding the second session in L.A. will bring projects closer to decision makers in the U.S. market.”

Three projects from Ontario were selected, including western comedy Cold Blooded Snakes from Darius Films (producer Nicholas Tabarrok and writer Stephen Kunc), buddy comedy The Wild Society from El Duo Motion Pictures (producers Robert Scarborough and Shawn Myrick, writer/director Matthew Atkinson and writer Brendan Gall), and Project 10 Productions’ horror comedy The House They Screamed In (producer Andrew Barnsley, writer/director Vivieno Caldinelli and writer Bob Kerr).

Other projects include the men-behaving-badly My Asshole Neighbour from B.C.’s Quadrant Motion Pictures (producer Mary Anne Waterhouse, writer/director Andrew Currie and writer Robert Chomiak); Combustion Inc.’s romantic comedy Nearly Wed from Alberta (producer Bruce Harvey, director/producer Grant Harvey and writer Jason Filiatrault); and Cirrus Communications’ romcom Atlantic Gold (producers Antonello Cozzolino and Josee Vallee, and writer John Hazlett) from Quebec.

The latter two were originally showcased at the Just For Laughs Comedy Boot Camp for Film held earlier this year in Montreal as part of the Just for Laughs Comedy Conference.