Northeastern Ontario’s film and television industry received increased funding on Friday as the provincial government announced more than $ 7.3 million to support 13 projects in the region.
A portion of the investment will go towards the production of nine films and television series shot in Sudbury, North Bay and surrounding areas.
The remaining dollars will be used to fund other projects, including the establishment of a post-production center in Sudbury and a feasibility study to create an arts training center on Manitoulin Island.
Funding is provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).
“Our government is proud to support the film and television industry in northeastern Ontario, which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent,” said Nipissing MPP Victor Fedeli.
“As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, helping production and post-production projects in the North succeed is more important than ever. ”
A Stellar Film Inc. will receive $ 530,000 to produce the feature film Stellar, which is currently filming in the territory of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.
It has also been announced that Ger’er Done Productions 6 Inc. will receive $ 2.8 million to produce season six of the popular Letterkenny television series, which has just finished production.
Letterkenny is filming in the Sudbury area.
“I’ve been working in the north since 2011 and seeing the infrastructure growth year over year, and seeing the teams gain experience and grow in size – it’s pretty miraculous to see,” said Mark Montefiore, president and director of New Metric Media. producer of the multi-award winning Canadian Screen Award comedy.
“People who had to leave Northern Ontario to work in an industry they dreamed of since they were children now realize that there is a great opportunity not only to survive in the arts in Northern Ontario. Ontario, but also to flourish and flourish there.
Montefiore stated that New Metric Media is preparing for a “Letterkenny” spin-off called “Shoresy” which will also be shot in Sudbury.
“It’s going to play in Sudbury, which is incredible. This will be the second time that New Metric Media has presented Sudbury for the glorious and beautiful city that it really is, ”said Montefiore.
“I’m proud to be a part of the evolution of storytelling in Northern Ontario where we can actually play our cities for what they are – the beauty, the blues and everything that goes with it.
Black Rectangle Brand Inc., a Coniston-based design and manufacturing shop that specializes in props and sets for the motion picture industry, will receive $ 83,550 to renovate, purchase new equipment and increase its marketability.
A boutique film post-production facility located in Toronto called Red Square Motion Inc. will receive $ 64,968 to establish a post-production facility in Sudbury.
The facility will focus on serving and hiring residents of Northern Ontario.
“Ongoing investments by northern companies that invest in post-production and ancillary services provided to (the film and television industry) create permanent full-time jobs in communities across Northern Ontario.” “Said Peter Chirico. , President and CEO of the North Bay Chamber of Commerce.
The Weengushk Film Institute, a non-profit organization and educational center focused on creating a meaningful role for aspiring Indigenous youth and visible minorities in the media arts industry, will also receive money. .
Located in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, the institute will receive $ 50,000 for a feasibility study to establish an arts training center.
Other projects include $ 500,000 for Mulmur Feed Co. Ltd. to produce the feature film All My Puny Sorrows, based on a Miriam Toews book of the same name, and $ 750,000 for Stratagem RC to produce the feature film Lakewood in North Bay.
“The financial support from the NOHFC and the beauty of North Bay were instrumental in bringing this Naomi Watts project to northern Ontario,” said Alex Lalonde, COO of Lakewood Producer and Stratagem RX.
“We can’t wait to come back for several projects that we have in the pipeline. We are also delighted to announce that Lakewood has been accepted to the Toronto International Film Festival and will be screened in the Special Presentation category this fall.
The film and television industry plays an important role in economic growth and creating opportunities in Northern Ontario, officials said.
Producer Leif Bristow, who worked on the television series Rising Suns, said the industry has an “immediate and broad” economic impact on local communities.
The film and television industry can create 50 to 150 local jobs per project and generate economic spinoffs that benefit multiple sectors.
“Because we are not a brick and mortar industry, it is often difficult to understand the impact that we can actually have,” he said.
“If we invest $ 1 in the film industry, the metric is between $ 1.74 and $ 4.11 in the local economy. We are one of the most income-generating industries because of our direct investments in these communities.
The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity in the North by providing financial assistance for projects that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skills development.
It has spent over $ 317 million on 3,134 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging over $ 1.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining or maintaining more than 4,850 jobs.
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