The new agreement will see the course continue for the next seven years.
Karen Lam and Mary Sexton are among 20 funding recipients.
Available prize money has increased to $4,500 with the introduction of the new Brian Linehan Actors Award.
This year’s speakers include Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt.
Films from Fred Fortier, Patrick T. Lo, Jeff Garneau, Keaton TF Evans, Josh MacDonald and Michael Schwartz.
Ignoring the festival and distribution gatekeepers may be the only way to get this film to its audience.