Suzette Couture

Co-Chair and
Committee President

John Galway

President

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Suzette Couture

Co-Chair and
Committee President

John Galway

President

MESSAGE

from the Co-Chair
and the President

The Harold Greenberg Fund’s 29th year marked one of reflection and a re-commitment to our founding principles and mandate. The HGF has always been focused on creative and talent development and supporting the building of stories – stories that create connection both nationally and internationally and stories which express the depth and variety of the Canadian experience.

HGF continues to believe that strong scripts will drive success – by attracting talent, financing and audiences. We believe that the Canadian film sector needs to create the conditions that allow for more focus on developing stories and writing. HGF is committed to fostering the conditions that will allow filmmaking teams to focus on their projects and not the process and rules of financing. HGF realizes the need to help producers mitigate risk in the early stages of development and we will work as a development partner to assist in getting projects to market.

As part of the process and thinking that HGF undertook to refocus its programs, we undertook consultations with our industry led board, Bell Media, and select stakeholders. In addition a Best Practices Review was completed which reviewed the policies and practices of international film financing organizations, both public and private, as well as those in Canada to both seek out exciting new ideas as well as to make sure any changes at the HGF would be in harmony with our funding partners.

When you review the projects supported this year from the earliest stages of development through to production, you will see that HGF continues to support a wide range of genres, budget levels and filmmakers. In total we were able to help 83 projects from the 389 we received for consideration. The wide range and superb quality of all of the projects submitted made for another year of tough decisions but also renewed confidence in the level of talent in this country.

We’d like to highlight three projects that HGF helped with production financing this year and that will be important films to follow in the upcoming year. Two Lovers and a Bear marks filmmaker Kim Nguyen’s (Rebelle) first English language feature and is driven by superb performances by Dane DeHaan and Tatiana Maslany. Tatiana also delivers a heart-wrenching performance in Joey Klein’s strong feature debut The Other Half a film that is certain to set Joey as a director to watch. Finally, we are very proud to have helped develop and finance The Breadwinner, an animated feature based on the book by Deborah Ellis. Aircraft Pictures is producing along with the award winning animation studio Cartoon Saloon and Angelina Jolie.

Particularly inspiring is our Shorts-to-Features program in which emerging filmmaking and producing teams are creating exciting new works to showcase their talent and ideas as the shorts become calling cards for the feature versions HGF is helping them to develop. There clearly is no shortage of talent ready to tackle the changing filmmaking environment and new production models.

We’d also like to extend our sincerest thank-you to everyone who has contributed to the success of the Fund this year. Bell Media’s financial support and leadership have created the environment in which we can all succeed. The passion, knowledge and personal commitment of the staff and board create an environment that is both demanding of and supportive to Canadian filmmaking. Finally, it continues to be an honour to help foster the creative vision of Canadian filmmakers and we remain consistently impressed with their dedication and their contributions to our nation’s storytelling.

 

John Galway
President

Suzette Couture
Co-Chair and
Committee President

Board members,
Committee and Staff

Suzette Couture

Co-Chair and
Committee President

Biography

Suzette Couture
John Galway

President

Biography

John Galway
Damon D'Oliveira

Board Member

Biography

Damon D'Oliveira
Melanie Friesen

Board Member

Biography

Melanie Friesen
Corrie Coe

Board Member

Biography

Corrie Coe
Richie Mehta

Board Member since February 2015

Biography

Richie Mehta
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Suzette Couture

Suzette Couture won her fourth screenwriting Gemini Award for the CTV movie After the Harvest, starring Sam Shepard.  She was awarded the Humanitas for the CBS miniseries Haven, and her CBS miniseries Jesus was nominated for an Emmy.  As a partner in Sarrazin Couture Entertainment, she won the Golden Reel Award for highest box office for her first Canadian feature, La Florida.  She is now writing the feature film adaptation of 419, the Giller Prize winning novel.

John Galway

John Galway is an MBA graduate with twenty-five years of experience in film and television. His experience ranges from film festivals, to production and financing. Since joining the Fund in 2005, he has overseen the organization’s support of over 650 projects, including Away from Her, Barney’s Version, In Darkness and One Week. John has also worked on several industry boards, juries and advisory committees and recently co-founded the Toronto Irish Film Festival.

Damon D'Oliveira

Damon D’Oliveira has crafted some of Canada's most innovative feature films – including Poor Boy’s Game, Lie With Me, Rude, Proteus, H and the upcoming miniseries The Book of Negroes. D'Oliveira's films have sold internationally and screened at notable international festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance and Rotterdam. Damon has studied acting with Sandy Meisner at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York City, where he also worked for two years at the United Nations.

Melanie Friesen

Melanie Friesen’s career began 35 years ago in London. She was a literary agent, then MGM/UA’s head development executive in the U.K. She held similar positions for Cineplex Odeon Films in Los Angeles and for Martin Scorsese in New York. For 12 years, Melanie was the Producer of the Film/Television Trade Forum at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Her work with the festival continues as producer/presenter of Cinema Salon. She was the Interim Director of Praxis at Simon Fraser University in 2011, is on the board at the Vancouver Institute and has lectured on pitching in Luxembourg, Denmark, Wales, Mexico, Hungary and The Republic of Georgia.

Corrie Coe

Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production for Bell Media’s English-language properties, overseeing development and independent production. With a cross-channel and company-wide focus, she is responsible for the overall development and execution of creative content for all genres from independent producers for Bell Media’s two conventional networks and for its English specialty and pay channels.  Coe currently sits on the Board of Governors of the ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society, and the Board of Directors for the Canadian Film Centre and The Harold Greenberg Fund. Coe formerly served as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Television Fund. Coe was the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Leadership Excellence Award in the Mentor Category and was also named 2012 Production Executive of the Year by Playback magazine.

Richie Mehta

Richie Mehta is a film director and writer. He recently completed two feature films: I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, a science-fiction drama starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber and SIDDHARTH, a Hindi-language film starring Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. Both films were theatrically released in 2014. SIDDHARTH has received over 25 International Awards, and was shortlisted for best foreign language film at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Mehta's first feature film, AMAL, starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas. AMAL has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. AMAL's remake rights were optioned by producer Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films, the screenplay being written by Mehta as well.   Mehta is also an on-screen judge for the reality TV program Bollywood Star, airing in Canada in 2014, and a director on the first season of Vison TV's acclaimed series Orgamic Panic.

Corrie Coe

Board Member

Biography

Corrie Coe
Richie Mehta

Board Member since February 2015

Biography

Richie Mehta
Jane Tattersall

Board Member

Biography

Jane Tattersall
Alan Bacchus

Programs Manager

Alan Bacchus
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Corrie Coe

Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production for Bell Media’s English-language properties, overseeing development and independent production. With a cross-channel and company-wide focus, she is responsible for the overall development and execution of creative content for all genres from independent producers for Bell Media’s two conventional networks and for its English specialty and pay channels.  Coe currently sits on the Board of Governors of the ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society, and the Board of Directors for the Canadian Film Centre and The Harold Greenberg Fund. Coe formerly served as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Television Fund. Coe was the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Leadership Excellence Award in the Mentor Category and was also named 2012 Production Executive of the Year by Playback magazine.

Richie Mehta

Richie Mehta is a film director and writer. He recently completed two feature films: I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, a science-fiction drama starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber and SIDDHARTH, a Hindi-language film starring Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. Both films were theatrically released in 2014. SIDDHARTH has received over 25 International Awards, and was shortlisted for best foreign language film at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Mehta's first feature film, AMAL, starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas. AMAL has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. AMAL's remake rights were optioned by producer Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films, the screenplay being written by Mehta as well.   Mehta is also an on-screen judge for the reality TV program Bollywood Star, airing in Canada in 2014, and a director on the first season of Vison TV's acclaimed series Orgamic Panic.

Jane Tattersall

Jane Tattersall is one of Canada’s premier film professionals. With more than 150 credits in sound design and sound editing, Jane’s sound work has garnered her over 40 awards and nominations, and her dedication to the art of film sound has earned her an international reputation for creativity and skill. Jane founded Tattersall Sound and Picture twenty years ago, and has worked with such acclaimed directors as David Cronenberg, Jaco Van Dormael, and Fernando Meirelles, as well as many of Canada’s new generation of directors including Sarah Polley and Richie Mehta.

Alan Bacchus