CFC Features and Women in View Announce Support for New Films from Sadaf Foroughi and Tracey Deer

CFC Features and Women in View Announce Support for New Films from Sadaf Foroughi and Tracey Deer

Selections made following nominations from Canadian women in film

Toronto, August 22, 2018
– The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Women in View (WIV) are pleased to announce their partnership in the selection of the next two projects that will receive support through CFC Features: SUMMER WITH HOPE, from writer/director Sadaf Foroughi; and BEANS, from co-writer and director Tracey Deer.

For the first time in the program’s history, CFC Features partnered with WIV to collect filmmaker and project nominations from culturally and regionally diverse female creators, as opposed to holding an open call for submissions. A special advisory committee made up of well-respected Canadian women in film assisted with the final selections. This process was based on the innovative and highly successful Five in Focus model championed by WIV, which encourages leaders and decision-makers to actively support media creators who deserve greater opportunities.

“Our partnership with Women in View to develop a new nomination and selection model has been invaluable to achieving our goal of widening the reach and diversity of CFC Features, while ultimately providing opportunities for marginalized Canadian creators and female filmmakers,” said Justine Whyte, Director and Executive Producer, CFC Features. “CFC couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this collaboration and we look forward to working with Sadaf, Tracey and the rest of the creative teams on these two important, unique and distinct stories.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with CFC Features in bringing more women’s voices to the screen,” said Jill Golick, Executive Director of Women in View. “The innovative selection process allowed us to talk to more than 20 female directors from across the country. It’s thrilling to know that women are developing such great work, and even more thrilling that CFC Features is able to support two of these excellent projects.”

SUMMER WITH HOPE is Sadaf Foroughi’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut feature, Ava, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (honourable mention, Canadian First Feature Film; Discovery FIPERSCI Prize), and received eight Canadian Screen Awards nominations, including Best Picture, and won the award for Best First Feature Film. Set to be produced by Ava’s Kiarash Anvari and First Generation Films founder Christina Piovesan (Paper Year, MOUTHPIECE), SUMMER WITH HOPE follows two adolescent swimmers whose alliance provokes reactions in a small town in Iran.

BEANS is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl during the Oka Crisis. Award-winning Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer, co-creator of hit series Mohawk Girls, will direct the script, which she co-wrote with screenwriter and story editor Meredith Vuchnich, an alumna of CFC’s Bell Media Prime Time TV Program. Anne-Marie Gelinas, founder of EMAfilms (Turbo Kid) and an alumna of Tribeca All-Access, is set to produce.

With the support of CFC Features and valued program partner The Movie Network (TMN), SUMMER WITH HOPE and BEANS will go through script polishing and packaging next. Both projects aim to go to camera in spring and summer 2019, respectively.

CFC Features is a unique and extraordinary opportunity for writers, directors and producers to advance their scripts and produce their films to achieve maximum critical and commercial success. Development at CFC Features is supported by the Government of Ontario, with production support and financing from TMN, a division of Bell Media.


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About CFC

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC), celebrating 30 years, is a charitable cultural organization that supports, develops and accelerates the content, careers and companies of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. Its uniquely designed programs and initiatives span film, television, screen acting, screen composing and songwriting, and innovative work in the digital media and entertainment technology industries, all of which continue to push boundaries and generate world-class content, products and companies for the global marketplace. 

Women in View

Women in View is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening gender and cultural diversity in Canadian media both on screen and behind the scenes. We do this through a range of initiatives that seek to generate awareness, promote talent and spark dialogue across the full spectrum of production, policy and artistic arenas. For more information:


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