Astral Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund announced the launch of a new documentary fund. Worth CDN$585,000, the fund will look for documentaries with a Western Canadian focus.
‘The Harold Greenberg Fund has traditionally been associated with dramatic feature film financing and this new direction gives us the opportunity to apply our well-honed operating principles to support filmmaking in Canada in a whole new way,’ says John Galway, President of the Harold Greenberg Fund. ‘Documentary filmmaking has its unique challenges and methodology and financing is often a challenge. We are therefore very pleased to be able to provide some assistance to producers working in this genre.’
The goal of the new fund is to finance two or three feature length docs a year. There will be one review process and part of the criteria is whether the films have the potential to be aired on multiple platforms. Because the money for this fund comes from residuals from the Standard Radio/Telemedia transaction, another part of the criteria will be that films should focus on music in some manner. The project will be launched with an initial application deadline of January 2009.