HGF distributes over $100K in Shorts-to-Features program

Writer/director Rebecca Addelman is among the grant recipients in the Shorts-to-Features Program for her project The Smoke.
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Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund will distribute $111,000 across three recipients the latest round of funding for its Shorts-to-Features Program.

The shorts selected through the program are The Smoke from writer/director Rebecca Addelman and producer Jennifer Shin, Connor Gaston’s The Cameraman, produced by Arnold Lim, and Blacktail from writer/director Alex Clark and producer Chris Luckhardt.

Each recipient will receive $32,000 in production financing from the fund, in addition to a $5,000 contribution for the development of the script. The program aims to promote emerging Canadian filmmakers by supporting the transition from shorts to feature-length films.

Gaston’s The Cameraman tells the story of how two brothers cope with the abuse of their mentally ill father, while Clark’s Blacktail centres on a mother who hires a retired bounty hunter to find the man responsible for the kidnap and murder of her daughter. Addelman’s The Smoke finds a woman returning to her hometown for a Bar Mitzvah, where she becomes desperate for a cigarette.

Vivieno Caldinelli’s short film Portal to Hell, a recipient of funding through the program last year, is an official selection at TIFF ’15.

HGF’s Shorts-to-Features Program is funded in partnership with The Movie Network.