NOHFC invests $24M across 18 productions

New Metric Media's Bad Blood (pictured) and Circle Blue Media's Angelique's Island are among the projects selected to receive funding.

High Park Entertainment’s upcoming Netflix series V-Wars and the second season of New Metric Media’s Bad Blood (pictured) will receive $3 million each from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).

All told, NOHFC is providing funding to 18 film and TV productions filming in Northern Ontario to the tune of $24 million. NOHFC is dedicated to promoting and stimulating economic development in the region and falls under the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines banner.

Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault made the announcement on Friday (May 4) on behalf of Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle.

According to a release, the funded projects will bring close to 100 jobs to the area during production.

Other projects to receive funding include, Northern Rescue, from DCTV Rescue, which received $2.7 million and will film in the Parry Sound area.

In addition, Toronto’s Circle Blue Media was awarded $686,000 in funding to produce the thriller Angelique’s Isle in Thunder Bay. Co-directed by Michelle Derosier (Return to Manomin) and Marie-Helene Cousineau (Uvanga), the project was one of three that received financing through the first round of CBC’s Breaking Barriers fund, an initiative that backs films from underrepresented creators.

Productions set to receive $500,000 include Collingwood, ON-based Now Entertainment Group’s feature Self Storage, filming in Sudbury; Ottawa’s SandBay Entertainment’s feature Noel en boite, which is set for production in North Bay; Falls Around Her from Nite Falls Studios, which is shooting in and around Atikameksheng Anishnawbek; Stranded from Jordan Barker Films, which is being shot in and around Sudbury; Goalie from Foundry Films, shooting in Sudbury; Toronto-based Darius Films’ Killing Daniel, which is set for Sudbury; and Father of Cain Productions’ feature Skin and Bones, which is filming in Thunder Bay.

Other features receiving funding were IMPACT Arts’ feature Autumn Springs, which will receive $42,500; Imaginarium Studio’s feature The Days of Destitute ($339,939) and Fire Song Films’ feature Fire Songs ($5,000).

In addition, Franco Finn Films’ doc One Woman’s North, filming in Thunder Bay, will receive a total of $47,800.

Production facilities and services that received a portion of the coin include Treadstone Entertainment, which will receive $725,000 towards expanding its animation facility as well as building a new live-action sound stage with FX capabilities. In addition, Valor Props & FX has been awarded $16,500 for a prop, replica and special effects business.

Tourism Northern Ontario also received $100,000 to develop and produce 13 episodes of The Ontario Experience with U.S.-based Sportsman Channel.

According to a release, NOHFC has provided more than $103.9 million to 155 projects since 2013, leading to more than $508 million in direct economic activity.

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