Telefilm Canada’s Indigenous Stream Funds Three Docs

Six Indigenous projects tapped for $3 million in funding

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Three documentaries are among the six latest Indigenous features to receive funding from Telefilm Canada. The six projects are tapped for a total of $3 million in support through the Indigenous Stream and were submitted under the Theatrical Documentary Program and the Production Program. The documentaries include Anicinabe Park 1974, a collaboration from directors Shane Belcourt (Beautiful Scars) and Tanya Talaga (Spirit to Soar); Nechako, the feature debut from director Lyana Patrick (The Train Station); and Cody Lefthand’s feature debut project about the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

The Indigenous Stream earmarks $4 million in funding for Indigenous projects annually. The remainder of the funding is allocated towards projects submitted through the Talent to Watch and Development Programs. The applications must prove that they are Indigenous projects majority owned and controlled by Indigenous creators.


The six projects receiving funding through Telefilm Canada’s Indigenous Stream are:


Angela’s Shadow (drama)
Director and screenwriter: Jules Koostachin
Production company: AaSheNii Productions Inc.
Province: British Columbia


Anicinabe Park 1974 (documentary)
Director: Shane Belcourt, Tanya Talaga
Screenwriter: Jordan Wheeler
Production company: Makwa Creative Inc.
Province: Ontario


Nechako (documentary)
Director and screenwriter: Lyana Patrick
Production company: Nechako Films Inc.
Province: British Columbia


Pow Wow Summer (family drama/comedy)
Director and screenwriter: Darrell Dennis
Production Company: Orca Cove Media Inc.
Province: British Columbia


Seeds (drama/comedy)
Director and screenwriter: Kaniehtiio Horn
Production company:  Kaniehtiio Horn-Batt Entertainment Inc. & New Real Film Inc.
Province: Ontario


Stoney Nakoda Film Project (documentary)
Director and screenwriter: Cody Lefthand
Production company: Stoney Film Project Ltd.
Province: Alberta

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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