Talent to Watch Program

TELEFILM - 2020 TALENT TO WATCH PROGRAM

2020 JURY RESULTS

The NB Film Co-op proudly announces that member André Roy has received major funding to do his web series through the Telefilm Talent to Watch Grant Program for his project: Fred l’handicapé. The Film Co-op and its member community are thrilled for André and his member dream team.

President of Productions l´Entrepôt, actor, comedian, director and producer are just a few of the hats worn by André! A double graduate of the University of Moncton in information-communication and drama, André still teaches improvisation there.

Since 1997, he has been investigating several humorous projects, including the groups Les Mains d´Nez, Siga and Les 203. André Roy has also made his mark, among others, with La Revue Acadienne, the S.I.M. and in the Pays de la Sagouine where he embodies the endearing character Peigne.

He was the host of the morning show 2 Bon’heures on Rogers TV. In 2013, the public in the Moncton area discovered André as a stand-up and host of the Entrepôt du rire presented at the Université de Moncton. André has also directed several shows, including the comedy show "Boosté" by Luc LeBlanc.

Since 2014, André has scripted, directed and/or produced several documentaries and short films including L'Humour c'est secondaire, Partie de moi, La troisième roue - first 360 documentary with the NFB, La force du rire, Martin Saulnier : Dernier rappel, Le Couch and Découvrez l’Acadie avec Luc LeBlanc, in addition to having co-wrote the drama series Les Newbies and having produced and directed the digital component for this same series. The company also collected its first nomination at the Gémeaux in 2019 for the digital media component for Les Newbies. To date, André has worked with several broadcasters including Radio-Canada, UNIS TV, AMI TV, Z-TV and Groupe Média TFO.

Fred l’handicapé  - Director: Emmanuelle Landry 

Writer: Frédéric Mallet 
Producer: André Roy 
Province/Territory: New Brunswick 
Partner organization: New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative 
Language: French

The NB Film Co-op proudly announces that member Kennlin Barlow has received $150,000 to do their first feature through the Telefilm Talent to Watch Grant Program for their project: The Green Waterways. The Film Co-op and its member community are thrilled for Kennlin and their dream team.

Toronto/Montréal, August 12th, 2020 – Telefilm Canada announces the support of 10 Indigenous feature films with an annual $4 million dedicated to funding Indigenous creators through the Indigenous Stream. The selection of these projects presents an array of genres from drama to thriller, science-fiction and documentary, with three of these films directed by women and three directed or co-directed by those who self-identify as gender-diverse. In its fourth year, Telefilm has received more than double the amount of applications through the Indigenous Stream compared to its inaugural year. All submissions are evaluated by an external all-Indigenous jury.

“We are pleased to see a steady growth of Indigenous applications through this Indigenous Stream and we welcome more Indigenous creators to apply, not only to this dedicated stream, but to all our programs,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “As Telefilm continues to evolve, our priority of working through the lens of greater inclusivity remains the focus.”

As an extension of Telefilm’s commitment to greater transparency, and facilitating access, an Indigenous Initiatives webpage has been created to provide information to help directors, writers and producers from Indigenous communities apply to the various funding programs available at Telefilm.

“We are committed to increasing the representation of Indigenous creators within Telefilm’s portfolio with the involvement of the Indigenous Working Group, an Indigenous jury and our Lead, Indigenous Initiatives, Adam Garnet Jones,” added Christa Dickenson. “We all benefit with the amplification of Indigenous voices and their storytelling.”

Selected Projects:
Under the Talent to Watch Program:

The Green Waterways - Director and writer: Kennlin Barlow 
Producer: Corrina Merasty
Partner: New Brunswick Filmmakers Co-operative
Province: New Brunswick

The Green Waterways Director/Writer: Film Co-op member Kennlin Barlow is from Indian Island first nations, NB. They identify as Two-Spirit/Non-Binary. Kennlin, who’s been filming since they were 13, started out with short films on Youtube. In 2014, they started an experimental video series where they created about 8-shorts. In 2016 Kennlin was selected for the NB Film Co-op/imagineNATIVE incubator grant for their short film “Mancanti (or the violence of man),” which went on to be selected for the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 followed by the Halifax Independent Film Festival. In 2017, Kennlin began writing “The Green Waterways,” which became a 3-year process. In 2019, Kennlin followed up "Mancanti" with two new shorts called “Twelve-Thirty” and “Rabbi Lippa Medjuck.” The films premiered at the IFF (St. Thomas Indigenous film festival) and Gallery on Queen. Kennlin’s battle with mental illness is a significant influence on all of their work, including "The Green Waterways", which is a semi-autobiography of their queer upbringing as a teenager.

The Green Waterways Producer: Film Co-op member Corrina Merasty – Wapisiw (White Swan) is a multidisciplinary artist whose ancestry originates from the Cree, Dene, Mi’kmaq and Metis First Nation, belonging to the Mathias Colomb Cree First Nation, hailing from Leaf Rapids, Manitoba. Corrina was ten years old when she moved to New Brunswick in 1989, where she discovered her talent as an artist as a teenager, which fueled her desire to have a future in the arts. Her passion is to explore various media, such as film, media arts, graphic design and illustration, photography, painting, beadwork, and traditional Indigenous art forms. In 1998, she received her diploma in Multimedia Communications from BKM Research and Development. She also holds a diploma in ICT/Mobile Application Development from CCNB in 2014. Since 2017, Corrina has been involved in various roles, such as producing, acting, writing and directing with other Indigenous artists in 5 short-film projects that have screened at various film festivals on Turtle Island. 

The Green Waterways Executive Producer: Film Co-op member Natasha Barlow is a Mi’kmaq from Indian Island First Nation and has been a storyteller since she was young. Although Natasha has a theatre background, film has always been a passion, and within the last few years, she has been able to explore film through workshops hosted by the NB Film Co-op, which led her to make her own short films. Natasha was awarded the 2017 NB Film Co-op/imagineNATIVE Incubator Grant to create her short film "A Prayer For The Lost." The short film which premiered at the 2017 Silver Wave Film Festival and other festivals examines in poetic form the epidemic in Canada of murdered and missing aboriginal women. Natasha has also acted in and directed additional short films through NB Film Co-op weekend filmmaking workshops.