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Northern communities share $11M to boost film and TV industry

Funded projects spread between Parry Sound and Thunder Bay

The growing film and television industry in Northern Ontario got a boost Feb. 23 with the announcement of more than $11.4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).

A total of 27 projects are receiving NOHFC funding, including:

  • $1 million for Spinner Productions Inc. to produce the six-episode television series Shoresy in Sudbury;
  • $500,000 for Sienna Films Productions XVIII Inc. to produce the feature film Happy Place in Parry Sound;
  • $500,000 for 2821899 Ontario Inc. to produce the feature film Better Days in Sault Ste. Marie;
  • $200,000 for Aki the Film Inc. to produce the non-verbal documentary Aki in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation; and
  • $61,850 for Film Riel Inc. to produce the docu-drama film Le tireur d’elite/The Sniper in Thunder Bay.

“Today’s funding is helping solidify the North’s reputation as a first-rate production centre in Canada and the world,” Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford said in a government news release.

“Ontario is a world-class destination and leading player in the production of film and television in Canada and internationally,” said Lisa MacLeod, minister of culture industries, in the release.

“These investments will help maintain and grow Northern Ontario’s film and television industry — driving our economy, creating jobs and strengthening our unique cultural identity and pride of place.”

— BayToday