Over $7.3 million is flowing from the province to the northeast region for film and television projects, including one on Manitoulin Island.

Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced the funding late last week.

He says the investment will create jobs and promote economic development in Sudbury, North Bay and surrounding areas.

$50,000 is going to The Weengushk Film Institute – a not-for-profit organization and educational centre focused on building a strong role for aspiring Indigenous youth and visible minorities within the media arts industry in the M’Chigeeng First Nation.

The funding will be used to develop a feasibility study to create a world-class arts training facility on Manitoulin Island.

“Our government is proud to support the film and television industry in Northeastern Ontario,

which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent,” said Fedeli. “As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, helping northern production and post-production projects succeed is more important than ever.”

Thirteen projects, in total, are receiving funding.

The other 12 include:

  • $2.8 million for Get‘er Done Productions 6 Inc. to produce season six of the Letterkenny

television series

  • $530,000 for A Stellar Film Inc. to produce the feature film Stellar

  • $500,000 for Mulmur Feed Co. Ltd. to produce the feature film All My Puny Sorrows

  • $500,000 for Always a Pleasure Inc. to produce the feature film Door Mouse

  • $500,000 for Circle Blue Films Inc. to produce the feature film The Boathouse

  • $396,201 for Nortario Film Group Inc. to produce the feature film Fidelity

  • $83,550 for Black Rectangle Brand Inc. in Coniston to renovate, purchase new

equipment and increase its marketing capacity

  • $64,968 for Red Square Motion Inc. to establish a post-production facility in Sudbury

that focuses on serving and hiring Northern Ontario residents

  • $750,000 for Stratagem RX to produce the feature film Lakewood

  • $500,000 for Christmas Films 2020 to produce the feature film Tiny Home Christmas

  • $500,000 for DNV Productions to produce the feature film A Dog Named Valentine

  • $200,000 for Game Theory Films Inc. in North Bay to establish a space for film