Incendo rolls on two rom-coms

Both Destination Love and Sweet as Maple Syrup are produced in association with Citytv and expected to air as part of the channel's Fall in Love Fridays lineup.

Incendo has started principal photography on two new romantic comedies: Destination Love and Sweet as Maple Syrup.

Written by John Banas and directed by Aidee Walker, New Zealand-shot Destination Love with Screentime New Zealand stars New Zealand actors Anna Hutchison (A Love Yarn) and Josh McKenzie (The Hopes & Dreams).

Produced by Bridget Bourke, Tina McLaren and Ian Whitehead, the film follows a woman who finds a pre-planned wedding package on a remote New Zealand island vineyard, teaming up with the vineyard owner to reimagine the event for her best friends.

Graham Ludlow serves as supervising producer and executive producers include Whitehead, Jean Bureau and Philly de Lacey.

Additionally, production is underway in Montreal on Sweet as Maple Syrup, written by Julie Kim and Kariné Marwood.

Directed by Caroline Labrèche – who previously directed Incendo projects such as You May Kiss the Bridesmaid and No Good Deed – the rom com starring Brooke Nevin (The Comebacks) and Carlo Marks (Smallville) follows a woman who teams up with a professor of arboriculture to heal her family’s maple orchard when the trees start to decline ahead of the maple syrup festival.

Samantha Ellison will produce, while executive producers include Bureau and Whitehead.

Both Destination Love and Sweet as Maple Syrup are produced in association with Rogers Sports & Media channel Citytv and are expected to air as part of its Fall in Love Fridays lineup.

Most recently, in February, Incendo unveiled it had started production on Love Knots.

Also commissioned by Rogers Sports & Media’s Citytv for Fall in Love Fridays, the New Zealand-shot film was Incendo’s first production for 2021 and its third coproduction with Screentime New Zealand.

Abiding by COVID-19 production protocols, notably, Incendo produced seven films in 2020, according to a press release. Nine additional films in various stages of prep are in the works for 2021, with 15 slated for production next year.