The following short film projects each receive $20,000 from the BC Shorts Program: A Pregnant Woman from director/writer Ana Carrizales, producer Lori Watt; Hatha from writer/director Asia Youngman and producer Kaayla Whachell; The Unicorn Code from writer/director Martin Glegg and producer Katherine Koniecki; and Freya from writer Rhona Rees, director Camille Hollett-French and producers Athena Russell and Willan Leung.
“Our selections cover a diverse spectrum of voices and genres, and are a perfect representation of the creativity and talent in British Columbia’s filmmaking community,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund.
“I’m consistently impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of BC’s filmmakers, and we want to help emerging talent tell their stories and share them with broader audiences,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Our government is proud to be a part of this exciting program through Creative BC, and I offer my sincere congratulations to this year’s recipients.”
“We are thrilled to support the recipients of the Harold Greenberg Fund and Creative BC Shorts Program,” said Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC. “The program will bolster emerging BC talent at this stage in their filmmaking careers and showcase their creative visions on screen.”
About the films:
A Pregnant Woman
An 8 1/2â€month pregnant Hispanic immigrant drives to a remote motel and burns her past, searching for a new beginning.
Two women have an altercation on their way to yoga class and find common ground when they are both subjected to a sexist comment.
The Unicorn Code
Two young teenagers come upon an injured unicorn and have to decide whether to give it back to the owners.
When a young woman’s smart-bidet cheerily informs her she’s pregnant 48 hours after a one night stand, her life is thrown into turmoil. In a future where abortion is outlawed and social media and the state operate as one, she questions the system she used to love and attempts to regain control of her body.
About The Harold Greenberg Fund:
The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from Bell Media and The Movie Network, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the French and English Programs of the Fund have supported nearly 4,500 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $100 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.
About Creative BC:
Creative BC is an independent society created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (film and television, digital and interactive media, music, and magazine and book publishing industries). The society delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy. These include the administration of the provincial government’s tax credit programs for film and television; development funding and export marketing support; and motion picture production services to attract inward investment and market BC as a destination for domestic and international production. The society acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC’s creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.