Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada are working together to support emerging filmmakers with the First Feature Project.
“We continue to support the careers of emerging filmmakers in Nova Scotia because we believe that they are important to the success of the creative economy,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson.
“This innovative collaboration has delivered strong results over the last three years and has established itself as an important program for Nova Scotia’s creative talent and our vibrant industry.”
Established in 2011, the project provides support to a producer-director-writer team to produce their first feature film. To date, the First Feature Project has funded three feature films, Roaming, Bunker 6 and Lure.
In 2013, local producer Chris Turner was selected. His psychological thriller Lure was shot locally in February.
“The First Feature Project was an incredible learning experience,” said Mr. Turner. “Having the opportunity to both write and produce a feature film will bring my career to a whole new level. It could not have happened without the support of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, Telefilm Canada and our talented cast and crew who worked so hard to bring Lure from script to screen.”
The selected team will receive $120,000 in funding from the Canada Feature Film Fund and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. To qualify, the applicant must have produced at least two professional short films, one of which has been screened at a major Canadian or international film festival.
“Throughout the past three years the calibre of films produced through the project has showcased the high level of talent we have here in Nova Scotia,” said Linda Wood, director, Business and Legal Affairs at Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “We look forward to receiving more creative proposals from our local filmmakers and working with the selected team.”
“We’re thrilled to be able to partner once again with Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia,” said Anne Frank, interim regional feature film executive, Atlantic Region, Telefilm Canada. “Telefilm has been in the talent development business for more than 40 years, supporting dynamic companies and creators from across the country.
“But to do this we rely on partners who share our passion for discovering new and emerging talent to create the next cinematic gems.”
Project guidelines can be found at http://film.ns.ca/content/first_feature_project. The deadline to apply is June 23.
Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loan and investment programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.