Telefilm invests $4M in 18 productions

The list of under-$2.5M projects to receive support from the financier include Deanne Foley's Relative Happiness (Foley pictured) and Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson's Seances project.

Telefilm Canada has announced a $4 million investment in 18 lower-budget projects for the latest round of financing through its Canada Feature Film Fund.

The fund supports the production of English-language projects with budgets of $2.5 million or less. The current investment round covers the second quarter of Telefilm’s 2013-2014 fiscal year. The productions are from the Ontario and Nunavut, Western and Atlantic regions.

Topping the funding list with a $500,000 investment each are Relative Happiness, a comedy directed by Deanne Foley, and Seances, directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson.

Relative Happiness began shooting in Nova Scotia this fall, and is produced by Wreckhouse Productions Inc. and Lad Hammond Entertainment Inc. Seances is an interactive, cross-platform film project produced by Buffalo Gal Pictures and Phi Film production.

Two films received $450,000 in funding, including Heartbeat, directed by Andrea Dorfman and produced by Idlewild Films Ltd. and Black Dog Films Inc. and Big Muddy, directed by Jeff Moneo and produced by Angel Entertainment Corporation

-       Big News from Grand Rock — directed by Daniel Perlmutter; Markham Street Films Inc., $425,000

-       Man Vs. — directed by Adam Massey; Darius Films Inc., $350,000

-       How To Be Deadly — directed by Nik Sexton; Rink Rat Productions Inc. $300,000

-       Backcountry — directed by Adam MacDonald; Fella Films Inc. $250,000

-       Ally Was Screaming — directed by Jeremy Thomas; Perfect Pictures Inc. $120,000

-       Guidance — directed by Pat Mills; Alyson Richards Productions Inc. $116,940

-       The Scarehouse — directed by Gavin Booth; The Scarehouse Inc. $100,000

-       Cinemanovels — directed by Terry Miles; Cinemanovel Films Inc. $75,000

-       Down River— directed by Benjamin Ratner; Gossamer Creative, Inc. $75,000

-       What an Idiot — directed by Peter Benson; What an Idiot Productions Inc. $75,000

-       The Dick Knost Show—directed by Bruce Sweeney; Cypher Productions Ltd. $75,000

-      Algonquin — directed by Jonathan Hayes; Berkeley Films Ltd./Spiral Entertainment Ltd.       $60,000

-     Cruel & Unusual, directed by Merlin Dervisevic and produced by Mad Samurai Productions Inc.  $45,000

-     Cubicle Warriors — directed by Jeff Stephenson; Lumanity Productions Inc./Well-Drawn     Dog Productions Inc.   $40,000