Telefilm invests over $11.7M across six features

The English-language features selected to receive a cash infusion in the latest round of financing include Stephen Dunn’s debt feature.
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Telefilm Canada has invested over $11.7 million dollars across six English-language features through its Canada Feature Film Fund, including Stephen Dunn’s debut feature and the latest projects from Deepa Mehta and Patricia Rozema.

Closet Monster, which is written and directed by Dunn and produced by Rhombus Media and Best Boy Entertainment, received $600,000 in financing. Writer/director Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys received $3.85 million in funding. The project is produced by Hamilton-Mehta Productions, with Randeep Hooda and Ali Momen among the confirmed cast.

The majority Canadian-U.K coproduction Born to Be Blue received $1.5 million in funding from Telefilm. Born to Be Blue is written/directed by Robert Budreau. Canadian producers on the project include New Real Films, Lumanity Productions  and Productivity Media. Confirmed cast for Born to Be Blue include Ethan Hawke and Callum Keith Rennie. Writer/director Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest received $2,593,683 in financing. The drama is produced by Rhombus Media and Bron Studios, with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood among the confirmed cast members.

Dominic Laurence James’ Wait Till Helen Comes was given $2,663,604 in financing. The film is written by Victoria Sanchez Mandryk and produced by Don Carmody Productions, Caramel Film, Inferno Pictures and Just Believe Productions. Finally, The Legend of Barney Thomson, a minority Canadian-U.K. coproduction, received $530,000 in financing. The comedy is directed by Robert Carlyle and written by Richard Cowan, with Trinity Works Entertainment serving as producer.

Of the selected projects, one was from the Atlantic region, four were from the Ontario and Nunavut region and one film hailed from Western Canada.