Train Whistle Does Not Blow, by Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald (both NSI Drama Prize) is among the 15 finalists chosen for the third edition of the Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget Production Program. The project was nominated by NSI, who’s also a partner of the program.
NSI Features First project The Sun at Midnight by Kirsten Carthew (NSI Drama Prize) was also chosen.
Each finalist production can receive up to $120,000 in financing through the program. To be eligible, the budget of each project cannot exceed $250,000 and the director and producer must be alumni from the same partner school.
The program supports new filmmakers seeking to produce their first feature-length film with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for distribution and marketing.
Telefilm supports eight to 10 projects through the main component, up to three projects in the new Aboriginal component and up to three projects in the newest official-language minority component.