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This House

Original title: Cette Maison

Directed by: Miryam Charles

Produced by: Félix Dufour-Laperrière (Embuscade Films, Québec, Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 85'

Expected release: February, 2022

Production stage: Editing / Post-production

Budget: $CAN480,000 (100% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Sales agents, international distributors, buyers, festivals

Synopsis:

Bridgeport, January 17, 2008. A teenage girl is found hanged in her room. While everything points to suicide, the autopsy report reveals something else. Ten years later, like an imagined biography, the director and cousin of the teenager examine the past causes and future consequences of this unsolved crime.

Director’s profile:

Miryam Charles is a director and producer living in Montreal. She has produced and photographed several short fiction films as well as feature films . She is also the director of several short films which have been presented in various festivals in Quebec and
internationally. She is currently working on her first feature-length documentary Cette maison (Talents en vue, SODEC) and is in development on short fiction film Au crépuscule (SODEC créateurs émergents), a dramatic series X (Banff/Netflix Diversity of Voices + Trio Orange) as well as a feature-length fiction film Le marabout (La forge Québec cinéma/ Netflix + Voyelles Films).

Producers’s profile:

EMBUSCADE FILMS is dedicated to making a different cinema: animated films, creative documentaries and atypical fictions. Founded by Nicolas and Félix Dufour-Laperrière in 2013, the production company favours unique aesthetics and puts its resourcefulness and independence of mind at the service of strong auteur visions. It sees cinema as art, meaning as refuge, and risk-taking as essential. Félix Dufour-Laperrière is a director, screenwriter and producer. His work, which shows a constant tension between narrative and formal exploration, maintains a close connection with the visual and contemporary arts. His films, among which the feature documentary TRANSATLANTIQUE (Rotterdam 2014) and the animated features VILLE NEUVE (Venise 2018) and Archipelago (Rotterdam 2021) have been presented in numerous festivals, museums and events of importance, where they have won several awards.

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End of the Peace

Original title: Wochiigii lo End of the Peace

Directed by: Heather Hatch

Produced by: Heather Hatch, Ava Karvonen (Della and Goliath Productions, Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 90' feature/ festival version , 45' T.V

Expected release: September, 2021

Production stage: Rough Cut

Budget: $45,000 (50% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: festivals, sales agents / distributors, buyers, co-producers, gap financing, and strategic guidance.

Synopsis:

This film follows the struggles of First Nation Elder Diane from West Moberly as they battle the Canadian government against the construction of a multi-billion-dollar mega-dam along the Peace River called Site C. If constructed, it will give way to the extinction of their people’s culture by destroying the land and water they have occupied for over 13,000 years. They fight against all odds for water.

Director’s profile:

Heather Hatch is a Haida (First Nations) filmmaker whose focus is on writing and directing films that explore female and Indigenous stories. She seeks the truth with a tenderness for her characters. This work extends to her latest project, Wochiigii lo, End of the Peace. Exploring the often devastating impacts of land development on Indigenous ways of life. (Funded by Telefilm) Her first documentary, WOMAN WHO RETURNS, explores themes of female empowerment and identity – premiering at the Edmonton International Film Festival and seven international festivals. She wrote for CBC’s Peace River Rising, a short documentary about the rise of violence against Indigenous women in the presence of a transient workforce. Her work includes promotion of her Haida language and culture in the CBC Kids’ pilot, The Girl Who Talks to the Moon.

Producer’s profile:

A 35-year industry veteran with 100 worldwide screenings, Ava Karvonen is internationally recognized with more than 50 awards and nominations. Ava is the founder of Reel Girls Media, with experience creating and producing 7 series. She recently produced the critically acclaimed documentary, FINDING BOBBI, a story of a woman who returns to stage 20 years after last performing as a man. She directed seasons 1 & 2 of CHAOS AND COURAGE for APTN, the CBC special, KEEPING CANADA ALIVE, HOMEFRONT (with media embedded in Afghanistan) and SEEDS OF CHANGE (taking her to China). Importantly, Ava has mentored 35 filmmakers with the National Screen Institute.

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Songs She Sings in Shadows

Original title: Songs She Sings in Shadows

Directed by: Fazila Amiri

Produced by: Lesley Johnson, Fazila Amiri (Songs She Sings in Shadows Inc., Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: December, 2021

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: $330,000 (70% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Post-production and completion funds for gap financing, world sales and distribution, broadcast sales and acquisition, festival screenings

Synopsis:

Zahra and Sadiqa are the only two female contestants on Afghan Star, a reality singing show in Afghanistan, under the mentorship of the global Afghan popstar Aryana Sayeed. Their dream is for a woman to win the show for the first time, despite receiving death threats within the patriarchal society, while Aryana attempts to hold the first major concert by a woman, amidst the US-Taliban peace negotiations.

Director’s profile:

Fazila Amiri is an Afghan-Canadian director, writer and producer based in Toronto. She holds an MFA degree in Film Production from York University and a BFA in Film Studies from NSCAD University. Her films explore social issues, personal histories, women’s rights and present a nuanced and contemporary view of Afghanistan to international audiences. Her short films THE RED BYCICLE (2019), UNKNOWN ARTIST (2018), and THE PHOTOGRAPH (2017) have been screened at the 2020 Canadian Film Fest, 2018 Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Festival, and Atlantic Film Festival, and won the Lindalee Tracey Award (Hot Docs 2018), Best Story Award at Amnesty India Film Festival, Don Haig Award, Pay It Forward Prize (Hot Docs 2019), and Wouter Barendrecht Award (HAF, 2014). She is an alumnus of Hot Docs Accelerator Lab and RIDM Talent Lab.

Producer’s profile:

Lesley Johnson is a filmmaker and producer based in Toronto, whose work focuses on intimate stories of personal transformation. She holds an MFA in Film Production from York University. As a producer, her projects have appeared on CBC, APTN, and been selected for TIFF and Canada’s Top Ten. Her short films PRINCESS JACK (2016), I HOLD THE DEHCHO IN MY HEART (2018) and CHARLIE (2018), have won awards and screened at numerous festivals including BFI Flare, Inside Out, and TIFF’s “Share Her Journey” program. Her latest documentary, REVOLUTION MOOSEHIDE (2020), is currently in festivals. She is an alumnus of DOC’s Breakthrough Program, RIDM’s Talent Lab and Sundance Documentary Collab.

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Geographies of Solitude

Original title: Geographies of Solitude

Directed by: Jacquelyn Mills

Produced by: Jacquelyn Mills, Rosalie Chicoine Perreault (Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 100'

Expected release: January, 2022

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: €171,047 (100% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, sales agents, distributors (impact), strategic guidance

Synopsis:

Geographies of Solitude is an immersion into the rich landscapes of Sable Island and the life of Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived over 40 years on this remote strip of land.

Director’s profile:

Jacquelyn Mills’ work explores the healing and transformative qualities of the natural world. Her current feature-length documentary GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE is supported by Sundance Documentary Fund. This film was created with a scope of immersive and innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques. Her first documentary IN THE WAVES premiered at Visions du Réel, was awarded Grand Jury Prize (NHIFF), Best Medium-Length Documentary (RIDM), Best Documentary and Best Edit (FIN), and released at TIFF’s Lightbox Series. Jacquelyn has also worked as Director, DOP, Editor and Sound Designer on award-winning films for the National Film Board of Canada, Lisa Pictures, Grassfire Films and GreenGround Productions.

Producer’s profile:

After studying cultural production at UQAM and finishing a specialized graduate diploma in management at HEC, Rosalie Chicoine Perreault begins her career in cinema by accumulating various experiences in production. In 2019, she starts working at Metafilms as a producers’ assistant. As of last year, she began developing projects as an emerging producer and now has 4 films to her credits. She is constantly looking for projects and filmmakers with a unique vision that stands out from the current cinematographic landscape.GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE is her first feature-length production. She co-produces it with Jacquelyn Mills.