Canada's Indie Film Queen meets Queen Tut

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Canada's Indie Film Queen meets Queen Tut

IV meets QT

Ingrid Veninger has come on as an executive producer on the feature film project Queen Tut. Having personally produced 10 features over the course of the last 15 years, Veninger has earned the title of Canada's Indie Film Queen.

The news comes just as Veninger and producer Shant Joshi are set to attend the Whistler Film Festival this weekend for the Western Canadian premiere of the well-travelled fem-queer coming-of-age Porcupine Lake, production managed by Joshi, and the World Premiere of behind-the-scenes documentary The Other Side of Porcupine Lake.

Producer Shant Joshi has also been invited by the Whistler Film Festival to bring Queen Tut for their Power Pitch program where he will be pitching to executives from Paramount Pictures, Myriad Pictures, and Bell Media.

As an executive producer, Veninger will provide oversight on the continued development and financing of Queen Tut. Her manifesto: "Nothing is impossible!"

Links
Official Film Site: "Queen Tut"
Variety Report: "Whistler Film Fest Shines Light on Underdogs and Emerging Talent"

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Producer Shant Joshi power pitches Queen Tut in Whistler

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Producer Shant Joshi power pitches Queen Tut in Whistler

 Left: Shant Joshi (courtesy of Jamie Phong, AstroLab) / Right: Whistler Film Festival (courtesy of Tourism Whistler)

Left: Shant Joshi (courtesy of Jamie Phong, AstroLab) / Right: Whistler Film Festival (courtesy of Tourism Whistler)

Producer Shant Joshi has been invited to the Whistler Film Festival to participate in their Power Pitch program and speak to top financiers, sales agents, and distributors about making the film, Queen Tut

For the program, Shant will be mentored by industry consultant and super-connecter Jan Miller (Trans-Atlantic Partners, Strategic Partners, National Screen Institute, Women in Film & Television-Atlantic).

On Saturday December 2nd, Shant will be pitching before an esteemed jury made up of Kirk D'Amico (President of Myriad Pictures), Lejo Pet (Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Open Road Films), and Gosia Kamela (Production Executive in Drama and Feature Films at Bell Media).

Shant will also be attending the festival for the Western Canadian Premiere of Ingrid Veninger's coming-of-age feature, Porcupine Lake, and the World Premiere of Julian Papas's behind-the-scenes documentary, The Other Side of Porcupine Lake

#WFF17 #ItTakesAVillage

Links
Official Film Page: "Queen Tut" 
Press Release: "Here Comes Talent: Whistler Film Festival Champions 28 More Canadian Creators" 

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Reem Morsi joins Queen Tut Team

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Reem Morsi joins Queen Tut Team

 Courtesy of the Canadian Film Centre

Courtesy of the Canadian Film Centre

Award-winning Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker Reem Morsi has signed on to direct the feature film Queen Tut, currently in development with Paper Frame Pictures. The film focuses on a teenage Egyptian outsider who finds belonging when he takes up training to become a drag queen.

Morsi has just come off of a very successful year winning four Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival as well as the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference.

At Yorkton, Reem won awards for her shorts Show and Tell, a light drama about a young Lebanese girl who is hesitant to invite her hijab-wearing family to the school recital, and The Door, a psychological thriller about a Syrian refugee family struggling to cope with the grief of losing a loved one.

As described by producer Shant Joshi, “Reem has been able to engage audiences by dramatizing sincere characters who have heart, are driven, and can be quite funny at times.”

Reem’s films have screened throughout the globe at festivals like the Cannes Short Film Corner and TIFF. She has developed her skills at the Berlinale Talent Campus, TIFF Talent Lab, the Canadian Film Centre Directors’ Lab, and the Women in Director’s Chair program.

Reem is very excited to bring her directorial voice to Queen Tut.

Queen Tut was penned by screenwriter-urban geographer Bryan Mark, currently doing his Master’s degree in Geography with Dr. Alison L Bain. The project is produced by Shant Joshi, who production managed the highly-anticipated Canadian Feature Porcupine Lake, which will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

For more information on the project, please visit: www.paperframepictures.com/queen-tut/

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Paper Frame Pictures purchases Option for First-Feature "Queen Tut"

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Paper Frame Pictures purchases Option for First-Feature "Queen Tut"

Toronto-based production company Paper Frame Pictures has optioned the film rights to the script Queen Tut, a first-feature written by Bryan Mark.

The company expects the film to be produced through Canadian funding under a low-budget tier.

Queen Tut is a colourful queer dramedy that tells the story of an Egyptian teenage boy, Al, who struggles with being a fish-out-of-water until he is introduced into Toronto’s drag world. Through drag, Al finds a home and an identity at the expense of his relationship with his father.

Bryan Mark is an emerging writer recently graduated from York University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Urban Studies. Bryan’s most recent writing work was on the Jewish Canadian short drama Kavod, which is just about to enter the festival circuit.

The producer on the project is Shant Joshi. Shant’s recent credits include Production Manager on Ingrid Veninger’s fem-queer coming-of-age feature Porcupine Lake, Line Producer on John Greyson’s queer activist features Last Car & Jericho, and Producer on Greyson’s short film for the CBC and Toronto Pride 2017, Pink : Diss.

In 2015, Paper Frame Pictures reached the Top 15 at the feature development competition CineCoup, with their Francophone psychological thriller, Fantome.

The company is currently looking at candidates to direct the project.

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Playhouse to play at TSFF 2016

 What to expect when expecting...the dark version

What to expect when expecting...the dark version

We're stoked to announce that Playhouse, written and directed by Shane R. Preston, has just been accepted into its second festival. The film will be screened as part of the Toronto Short Film Festival during the week of March 14th - 16th @Carlton Cinemas in Toronto. Stay tuned for more scheduling details!

In the meantime, check out an exclusive clip here

It's gonna be an exciting couple of months... #CanadianHorror #IndieFilm

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Counting Sheep (Official Video)

You won't have to be "Counting Sheep" anymore because the new video for Luna Lufa is here! We at Paper Frame have been itching to get this video online and this song in your heads. It gave us an excuse to team up with special effects make up artist, Roy Lee, who worked with us previously on the Fantome videos. We also had the pleasure of working with new director, Guillermo De La Rosa. On behalf of all of us, we hope you enjoy!

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The Night Jogger (Coming Soon)

 "Back in the 90's, there was a boy...and a girl...and another girl...and a couple of stoners."

"Back in the 90's, there was a boy...and a girl...and another girl...and a couple of stoners."

Just wrapped on the concept trailer for our new feature project, The Night Jogger. Set in the 90's, the film is equal parts teen slasher and stoner comedy. We had a trip going back in time with this one and we look forward to sharing it with you soon.

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Fantome Short (Coming Soon)

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We wanted to thank all of you Fantome fans out there for your patience these last few months. Since the Cinecoup competition, we have been developing the project further and prepping pre-production for the feature film. Additionally, Erica Orofino has been working hard on a script for a short film which we plan to shop around the festival circuit. We just wrapped on our Indigogo video and will be launching the campaign in just a few weeks. Can't wait to share what's in store...stay tuned!

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Another Reflection (Official Video)

It's finally here! Our video for The Vare's "Another Reflection" is up and we couldn't be more excited to share this one. We spent several months working on this and we hope you enjoy it every bit as much as we do.

Also, we're super stoked to have Exclaim! magazine do a piece on our vid. You can check out their article in the link below but without further ado, here is the video for "Another Reflection."

-PFP

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That's a wrap on Counting Sheep

This past weekend, Paper Frame has been hard at work on the new music video for Montreal's folk duo, Luna Lufa. Directed by Guillermo de la Rosa, the video for "Counting Sheep" juxtaposes the song's sweet acoustic tones with moody, neo-gothic imagery. We're very excited about this one and can't wait for its release in early December.
Stay tuned...

-PFP

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When I Look At You (Official Video)

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When I Look At You (Official Video)

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Just in time for the long weekend...
We’re super stoked to announce the release of our newest music video for Becca Willow Moss. We had such a blast collaborating with the Toronto artist. It was a genuine pleasure to get the opportunity to visually translate this haunting musical theater piece to the screen. On behalf of all of us here at Paper Frame, we hope you enjoy the video and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Crossing “Borders” in Italy

Today, we celebrate the selection of two films (Blue Eyed Drunks and Two Wolves) into Italy’s very own Visionaria International Film Festival. This is the 22nd year for the festival which showcases independent short films with focus on personal storytelling in a variety of genres and forms. This year, the festival is aimed towards finding films which offer a diverse perspective, with specific emphasis on the theme of “borders.” The festival will take place onthe 8th – 17th of October at the Castelnuovo Berardenga in Siena, Italy. This marks the third festival for Drunks and the second for Two Wolves. We are thrilled by their success and wish them luck in the festival this month.

-PFP

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Taking the drone for a spin

Last week we wrapped on "When I Look at You," the latest music video for Toronto artist Becca Willow Moss. We had a great time working with her and the video is looking pretty rad thus far. We also got the chance to play with our new drone! For an exclusive sneak peak, check out our Instagram page @paperframepictures.

Stay tuned for more,

-PFP

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Erebus goes to TIFF Indie

Our short film Erebus, written and directed by Gareth Probert, has just been accepted into the Toronto Indie Film festival and we couldn't be more excited. The film explores our universal fear of the dark. The festival runs alongside TIFF from September 10 – 19 and provides a wonderful opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements in a space where all the key players of the film industry have gathered. It will be shown at Carlton cinema on College Street.

Stay tuned for scheduling info.

-PFP

Welcome to the farmer's market

This past weekend, we took our cameras to the RYBLT farmer's market as part of our upcoming documentary. Under the bold leadership of Ehsan Khandaker, this rotary club provides youth with first-hand business experience and new employment opportunities. We had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with many of these bright young minds who had great things to say about the program.

Stay tuned for more info on the doc as it develops.

-PFP

Blue Eyed Drunks advances to second festival

We wanted to show some love for our short film, Blue Eyed Drunks, which was just accepted into the National Screen Institute's Online Short Film Festival. This marks the second festival for Drunks, which previously screened at the Toronto Youth Shorts festival earlier this month. We're super proud of writer/director Abdul Malik and wish his film continued success in the festival circuit. To see an exclusive clip from the film, click here.

 

Stay tuned for scheduling info.

-PFP

 

Playhouse heads to Alberta

We're pleased to announce that our short film, Playhouse, has been selected to screen at the Fort McMurray International Film Festival. Written and directed by Shane R. Preston, the film is a darkly comic thriller about an uncomfortable Christmas dinner party and the dysfunctional relationship of its hosts. This is the first festival for Playhouse and we hope the first of many! The festival runs from September 4th-6th. Click here for an exclusive look at the film. Viewers BEWARE! This is not for the easily squeamish.

Stay tuned for scheduling and location info.

-PFP

The future of Fantome

As many of you may already know, Fantome did not advance to the Top 5 but it's okay! We had a good run and gained a great deal from this experience. This is not the end of the road but merely the first of many stepping stones in the journey that is producing our first feature film. In addition to giving us a wealth of material for our pitch package, this experience has also taught us a great deal about working under pressure to produce a good product. Big shout out to Cinecoup for providing this platform for our project and to our huge support system, without whom, none of this would be possible. Fantome is currently the frontrunner in our list of in- development projects and we are looking forward to sharing more news with you as it moves closer to production.

Well, that's it for now. The team is boarding a plane to Los Angeles so we'll be MIA for a bit. We've got some really cool projects coming up and some great artists that we will be collaborating with over the summer months. We're excited to show you what we have in store!

Till next time.

-PFP