The Ontario Film Development Corporation chose two filmmaking teams in
their new Calling Card program; producer Earl White and director Tracey
Izatt's "The Badgers Paw", and producer Paul Barkin and director Jake Fry's
"The Fence". The Calling Card program will provide these two teams with up to
$30,000 and $2,000 of Kodak film stock to complete a short "calling card"
film with which to prove their readiness to make commercial length
features. The shorts will be licensed for broadcast by Showcase Television,
one of the sponsors of the program.
"The process is an essential part of the program. The successful projects
made it through several tiers of assessment," said Kathy Avrich Johnson,
OFDC's Director of Skills Development and Marketing Initiatives. "In the
process the producers and directors were brought to the attention of
several industry players."