Recipients Include the Creators of It’s All Gone Pete Tong and ZOS: Zone of Separation New Submission Deadlines for Funding begin September 2009 (Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Corus Made with Pay Fund. For this round, a total of 18 films, representing the work of Canadian filmmakers from Halifax to North Vancouver, have been selected for development funding support. The next deadline for new applications for funding from the Corus Made with Pay Fund will be April 16, 2009. Applicants should note that new submission deadlines will be implemented starting September 2009, shifting deadlines to mid-September, mid-January and May. Corus Made with Pay Fund recipients include: Screenwriters Michael Dowse and Gordon Skilling and Strada Films for De Niro’s Game, based on Rawi Hage’s 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award-winning novel about the Lebanon civil war. Their film It’s All Gone Pete Tong won the award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2004. Whizbang Films and writer John Krizanc, the Governor General’s Award-winning playwright and Genie-nominated screenwriter (Tamara, ZOS: Zone of Separation, H20, Men With Brooms), have received funding for Pursuit. Markham Street Films and The Globe and Mail film columnist and screenwriter Johanna Schneller for Sailor Girl, based on the novel by Sheree-Lee Olson. Administered by Movie Central, the Corus Made with Pay Fund provides financial support to Canadian television and film productions at various stages of development. Since 2003, the Fund has contributed $7 million in financing towards the development of feature-length films and original television drama series. The latest film projects approved for funding are: De Niro’s Game Strada Films Inc. Screenwriters: Michael Dowse, Gordon Skilling Toronto, ON Echo APB Pictures Inc. Screenwriters: Michael De Carlo/Noel Baker Toronto, ON Falling from Grace Four Seasons Productions Screenwriters: Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman, Layne Coleman Toronto, ON The Living Skies Mad Samurai Productions Inc. Screenwriter: Michael Giampa Vancouver, BC Honor Camp Really Real Films Inc. Screenwriter: Robin Sen North Vancouver, BC Hounds Of God Screenwriter: Brett Hannam Halifax, NS Matching Blue Massey Productions Ltd. Screenwriter: Stephen Price North Vancouver, BC The Lockmaster Screenwriters: Katherine Fitzgerald, Stephen Kunc Toronto, ON The Lottery Creative Engine Pictures Screenwriter: Tara Gereaux Vancouver, BC Maudie Screen Door Inc. Screenwriter: Sherry White Toronto, ON Pursuit Whizbang Films Inc. Screenwriter: John Krizanc Toronto, ON The Rebel Kind Optic Nerve Films Inc. Screenwriter: Reginald Harkema Vancouver, BC Return of the Fabulous Seven Markham Street Films Inc. Screenwriter: Brian Drader Toronto, ON Sailor Girl Markham Street Films Inc. Screenwriter: Johanna Schneller Toronto, ON The Serial Killers Club Standing 8 Productions Inc. Screenwriter: Chaz Thorne Halifax, NS Telepathetic Darius Films Inc. Screenwriter: Bonnie Fairweather Toronto, ON The Volunteer Orca/ Lexico Screenwriter: Monica Hillborn Vancouver, BC Uthando Nedji Corp o.a Spiderweb Pictures/ Prospero Pictures Inc. Screenwriter: Gerald Wexler Toronto, ON Details on the application process, guidelines and deadlines for the Corus Made with Pay Fund are available on Corus Entertainment’s website at Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay TV service available to western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to Showtime and HBO content, through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Central website at Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. 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