Film4Ward is an incubator program on PEI that aims to support the province’s film and television sector through training opportunities and production funding. Every year, four short film projects each receive production funding of up to $20,000 and in-kind facilities and services, along with industry training for emerging filmmakers.
FilmPEI announced the following four short films, chosen from 13 applicants, that will be supported by this year’s Film4Ward stream: Finale, a backstage theatre comedy produced by Luc Trottier and directed by Jacob Puiras; Spud Island, a potato industry documentary produced by Brian Pollard and directed by Norman Ho; Ramblings of a Middle-Aged Drag Queen, a dramedy about secrets and lies produced by Goldy Ginalynn Locks and directed by Aharon Jinjihashvili; and Sea Salt, a fishing village thriller produced by Shane Pendergast and directed by Logan Fulford.
Ten short films have been produced so far since the Film4Ward program started in 2018. Including the four short films set to be produced during this year’s stream, about $300,000 will have been spent toward PEI’s film industry, as well as about $100,000 toward filmmaker training.
“Every year the outcomes are a true representation of the brimming talent PEI has to offer,” says Omar Broderick, FilmPEI’s interim executive director. “This year, each team has chosen different genres and unique stories to reach their audience. With the chosen teams we have a mix of talent and new perspectives. We are super excited for this year’s projects and I would like to sincerely congratulate all our winning teams.”
One program addition this year is the hiring of Brian Sharp as Film4Ward’s executive producer. He will help oversee the production of all four films. The films are slated to commence production by late 2022.