Nadine Pequeneza among BravoFACTUAL grantees

15 to Life director and producer Nadine Pequeneza (pictured) is among 12 Canadian recipients selected for funding to produce short documentary projects from Bell Media's BravoFACTUAL.
June 25, 2015

15 to Life director and producer Nadine Pequeneza (pictured) is among 12 Canadian recipients selected for funding for short documentaries from Bell Media’s BravoFACTUAL fund.

Whittled down from a field of 142 applicants, the BravoFACTUAL jury awarded grants to 12 filmmakers, of which more than half were female-led projects. The winning projects are to receive a combined total of CAD$562,541 (US$455,718)  in financing.

In addition to securing funding, recipients will have access to the consultation service Festival Concierge – a partnership between BravoFACT and the Documentary Organization of Canada.

This year’s recipients include Tessa Lai’s The Bone Stocks, which follows the building and racing of stock cars at a rural Ontario speedway; David Ridgen’s Derby, detailing a season in Canada’s demolition derby circuit; Nadine Pequeneza’s How to Recruit a Terrorist, a satirical five-step guide of how the militant group ISIS recruits youth from around the world; House of Falconer, directed by Mark Staunton, which documents the architectural restoration of Prince Edward County’s The House of Falconer; and  Mark Leiren-Young’s The Hundred Year Old Whale, exploring the past and future of “Granny,” the world’s longest-living killer whale.

Additional winners include Kevin Fraser’s Invading Giants, which documents the flow of icebergs into Newfoundland and Labrador’s harbor; Kelly Makin’s The Legendary Jerry Greben: Professional Stand-In, a docudrama chronicling the 30-year film and television career of Jerry Greben; Cynthia Banks’ Over the Top, which explores a Lindsay, Ontario native who has been entertaining his hometown for more than 50 years; Jeremy Wookey’s Pollock & Pollock, documenting the past of Winnipeg siblings and local celebrities Ron and Natalie Pollock; Nobu Adilman’s Short Round Up, which chases down the men who auditioned for the role of Short Round in Steven Spielberg’s 1983 film Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom; Leora Eisen’s Teriano, following the journey of a Maasai woman from a remote Kenyan village to downtown Toronto; and Jay Cheel’s Untitled Thorold Tornado Project, documenting the rumors of a tornado hitting a Thorold, Ontario drive-in screening of Twister.

Since its inception in 1995, BravoFACT has provided funding for short documentary films through two grant cycles per year. BravoFACTUAL’s next submission deadline is September 25.

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