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That’s a Wrap! $2 Million for Local Film Industry

May 19, 2023

Funding Creating Jobs and Developing Local Talent

NIPISSING – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government is investing $2 million to four local films through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). This investment will help create industry jobs, showcase northern talent and raise the profile of the film and television industry in Northern Ontario.

“Our government is proud to continue providing targeted investments to support the film industry in Northern Ontario, which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “Today’s funding is helping solidify the North’s reputation as a first-rate production centre in North America and the world.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects filmed in and around the North Bay area:

  • $500,000 for KM Romance Swing Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Swing into Romance.
  • $500,000 for Carpe Dee Yum Productions Inc. to produce the film Seeds.
  • $500,000 for JoBro Productions Inc. to produce the film Boy in the Woods.
  • $500,000 for Drive Back Home Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Drive Back Home.

“When industry and government work together, sustainability happens. This has always been our experience working with MPP Fedeli. The government has incentive programs that support creative industries in the North. Creative industries previously didn’t get this level of assistance or attention, both of which MPP Fedeli offers and the industry recognizes and appreciates.” – Jennifer Jonas, Producer, Carpe Dee Yum Productions Inc.

“It is an incredible feeling to be involved in such a booming industry, right here in my own backyard. These films have not only impacted my life and the lives of the thousands of local cast and crew over the years, but also the many northern communities we have had the privilege of basing our productions out of. We are so grateful for the NOHFC and MPP Fedeli, as these films would never happen without their support. It has allowed many people, just like me, to not only start a new career path, but a successful one at that, and in an industry that we are so passionate about.” – Kelly Martin, Producer, KM Romance Swing Productions Inc.

“We are extremely grateful to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund for their support on THE BOY IN THE WOODS. We could not have made the film without the financial support but also the strong production crews and infrastructure that northern Ontario provides.” – Jonathan Bronfman, Producer of The Boy in the Woods.

Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested $99 million in 561 projects in North Bay, leveraging $440 million in investment and creating or sustaining 1,190 jobs.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • The Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

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