Among the 11 new Indigenous feature films that Telefilm Canada announced that they'll be funding will be three from B.C. filmmakers.
The national organization announced on August 8 that they will be allocating $4.7-million in financing for these features.
Seven of the projects are headed up by female filmmakers, thus making good on Telefilm's commitment to addressing gender disparity in Canadian screen industries. That's in addition to their support of works by Indigenous filmmakers.
Projects from B.C. include Marie Clements' first narrative feature Red Snow. Clements recently released documentary-musical The Road Forward, explored the history and legacy of the B.C.–based Native Voice newspaper and the Indigenous activism related to it.
Local filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers will write and direct the dramatic feature Stay. Tailfeathers starred in the feature film On the Farm, about women living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside during the period before the arrest of serial killer Robert William Pickton.
A third B.C. film is Edge of the Knife, a drama directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and written by Jaalan Edenshaw.
Inuit actor Lucy Tulugarjuk, who has starred in Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and Maliglutit, will direct the action-adventure feature Ababa and Pingua, to be produced by Marie-Hélène Cousineau (Uvanga).
Here is the list of approved projects:
Edge of the Knife, drama, BC
Director: Gwaai Edenshaw
Writer: Jaalan Edenshaw
Producer: Jonathan Frantz
Red Snow, drama, BC
Director: Marie Clements
Writer: Marie Clements
Producer: Marie Clements (Lael McCall, Michelle Morris)
Red Eye, science-fiction/fantasy, AB
Director: Benjamin Ross Hayden
Writer: Benjamin Ross Hayden
Producer: Carolyn McMaster
Stay, drama, BC
Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Writer: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Producer: Tyler Hagan
Corruption of Divine Providence, drama, MB
Director: Jeremy Torrie
Writer: Jeremy Torrie
Producer: Tanya Brunel
Rustic Oracle, drama, QC
Director: Sonia Bonspille-Boileau
Writer: Sonia Bonspille-Boileau
Producer: Jason Brennan
Sedna, "Empress of the Sea", animation, QC
Director: Jerry Thevenet
Writer: Jerry Thevenet
Producer: Jerry Thevenet
Rebirth 8:37, drama, NS
Director: Juanita Peters
Writer: Joe Leclair
Producer: Hank White
Ababa and Pingua, action/adventure, NV
Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk
Writer: Lucy Tulugarjuk
Producer: Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Leaves Fall Around Her, thriller, ON
Director: Darlene Naponse
Writer: Darlene Naponse
Producer: Darlene Naponse
The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, comedy, ON
Director: Shelley Niro
Writer: Shelley Niro
Producer: Shelley Niro