Five TV and film productions in Sudbury — including the award-winning Letterkenny comedy series — will share more than $4 million in provincial funding.
“Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs,” Greg Rickford, minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, said in a release. “Our communities are benefitting from the growing film and television industry.
“Through investments like these, our government is continuing to diversify the northern economy and create good paying jobs.”
The government said the money will support the film and television industry in Northern Ontario, creating jobs for local artists, crews and businesses. The money will come from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
In total, Rickford announced more than $5 million to support eight film and television productions across the north. The investments include:
– $2 million to Get’er Done Productions 4 Inc. for season four of the TV series Letterkenny in Sudbury.
– $949,209 to Glowbies2 Inc. for season two of the children’s animated TV series Glowbies in Sudbury.
– $500,000 to 2623427 Ontario Inc. to produce the film Castle in the Ground in Sudbury.
– $500,000 to Moving Story Film Inc. to produce the film Entangled in Sudbury.
– $374,130 to Hangar 18 Spare Parts Movie Inc. to produce the film Spare Parts, in Sudbury.
– $500,000 to Tainted Productions Inc. to produce the film Tainted in Sault Ste. Marie.
– $150,505 to Franco Finn Films Inc. to produce the documentary Lakehead at War in Thunder Bay.
– $37,332 to Alibi Entertainment Inc. to produce the documentary Northern Gold in Timmins.
Letterkenny, starring Jared Keeso, has become a hit TV comedy on Crave that is now being shown in the United States.
Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots are staring in writer/director Joey Klein’s crime drama, Castle in the Ground, according to Variety
Wolff is portraying a teenager in a small town dealing with the untimely death of his mother. He befriends his charismatic but troubled next-door neighbour, who embroils him in a world of addiction and violence just as the opioid epidemic takes hold. Principal photography is currently underway in Sudbury.
Entangled is a science-fiction film starring Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin. It follows four university students whose experiments with quantum physics cause them to come face-to-face with their doppelgangers from a parallel universe.
Spare Parts is described as a slasher film, about an all-girls punk band who run into trouble with the people in a small town.
Since June 2018, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has invested more than $82 million in 539 projects, creating or retaining more than 1,437 jobs.