The project is also the recipient of the prestigious Women in The Director’s Chair Feature Film Award.Launched in November 2016 to offer new opportunities for filmmakers who have historically been at a disadvantage in accessing financing, the CBC BREAKING BARRIERS FILM FUND helps finance English-language feature film projects that are written or directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival.
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These films join the first three projects announced by the Fund in February 2017: ANGELIQUE' S ISLE by Michelle Derosier, OCTAVIO IS DEAD!
“Response to the CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund from Canadian filmmakers has been overwhelming, underscoring the vital need for this fund,” said Helen du Toit, interim senior director, CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund.
“Exploring a wide range of stories and travelling from eastern and central Canada to the north and across the ocean, these three new films showcase the exciting creators our country has to offer and fully represent the kind of diverse storytelling we want to bring to audiences at home and around the world with this fund.” Directed by Newfoundlander Deanne Foley () as an extraordinary woman who risks everything for a second chance to be a mother again to the daughters she thought she’d lost forever.
Based on the 2005 award-winning novel of the same name by Newfoundland & Labrador author Joan Clark, the film is produced by Wreckhouse Productions and The Film Works and recently completed production in Newfoundland and Sudbury with James Klopko serving as director of photography. In addition to CBC and Telefilm, other funding for AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS includes the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, and Rogers Telefund.
Written and directed by Danishka Esterhazy (), LEVEL 16 is a thrilling sci-fi exposé of the beauty business, focusing on two 16-year-old girls who struggle to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment in a repressive and prison-like boarding school.
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