imagineNATIVE releases research report Pathways to the International Market for Indigenous Screen Content’.

A collaborative effort between imagineNATIVE, Telefilm, the National Film Board, Ontario Creates, the Indigenous Screen Office, and Canada Media Fund the report presents findings of a major examination of Indigenous screen-based content internationally along with lessons to expand opportunities for Canadian Indigenous screen-based productions.

There are no surprises here, this has been our life for 20+ years… all these things have been said before, and for many years. It’s up to OTT’s and national broadcasters to realize the potential of our stories, and invest properly in our content.

You can access the full report here:

Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) 2017

Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) has unveiled its 2017 lineup of producers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including HDP’s own Tanya Brunel.


Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) is an established training and networking programme for experienced film and TV producers from Europe, Canada and the US. Founded in 2009, TAP is the only programme worldwide that is dedicated to trans-Atlantic co-production.

Next to intensive, hands-on training and targeted project feedback from resource trainers, producers will be given the opportunity to participate at the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners, one of the worlds pre-eminent international co-production markets in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“Since film and TV production is a global industry, filmmakers and producers have to constantly adapt to the changing production rules and laws in different countries,” said TAP Director Jan Miller. “TAP helps assist with that, giving the knowledge and expertise to seamlessly set up production abroad. The program helps producers tap into international financing, talent, sales and distribution to create projects with international audience appeal.”

European Module: June 21 – 24, 2017 in Berlin, Germany

Canadian Module: September 12 – 17, 2017 in Halifax, Canada

Here’s the full list of this year’s participants:


Ilann Girard, Producer ANNALEBANON, GOODBYE BAFANA, Arsam International, France
Julia Sereny, Producer RANSOM (TV Series), EP RIFTWORLD CHRONICLES (TV Series),
Sienna Films, Canada
Malte Grunert, Producer, A MOST WANTED MAN, LAND OF MINE, Amusement Park Film, Germany
Nathalie Clermont, Director of Program Management, Canada Media Fund, Canada
Lars Hermann, Deputy Head of Drama, DR Drama, Denmark
Phyllis Laing, Producer ALOFT, KEYHOLE, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, Buffalo Gal Pictures,
Ken Dhaliwal, Attorney, Partner, Dentons, Canada
Kai May, Attorney, Partner, Unverzagt von Have, Germany
Jeff Boone, Manager of Global Scripted Development, Entertainment One Television, USA


Allison Carter, Producer, Savage Rose, USA | Producer, DONALD CRIED 2017 (SXSW 2016; New Directors New Films 2016), Line Producer AMERICAN HONEY 2016 (Cannes IFF 2016, Jury Prize; BIFA 2016, Best British Independent Film)
Reena Dutt, Producer, Painted Tree Productions & Off-Chance Productions, USA | Producer, AS GOOD AS YOU 2017 (Hollywood Reel IFF, 2015, Best LGBT Film; Flickers’ Rhode island IFF), Line Producer CHEE & T 2017 (Los Angeles FF, 2016, Special Jury Prize for Comedy; San Diego Asian American FF 2016, Best Narrative Feature)
Kiara C Jones, Producer, Cultivated Films LLC, USA | Producer, SHE’S LOST CONTROL 2014 (Berlinale IFF 2014, CICAE Award, Nomination Best First Feature; SXSW 2014, Gamechanger Award Nomination), Producer CHRISTMAS WEDDING BABY 2014 (DGA, Grand Jury Award; Urbanworld)
Carolyn Mao, Producer, USA | Producer, GOOD ENOUGH 2016 (Boston IFF, 2016, Indie Best Actress Winner; Bentonville FF, 2016), Producer SAENG-IL 2011 (Gen Art FF, 2011, Audience Award; Toronto Reel Asian IFF, 2011)
Trevite Willis, Producer, Southern Fried Filmworks LLC, USA | Producer, CARGO2017 (Miami International Film Festival), Producer CHILDREN OF GOD 2010 (BFI Flare; OutFest)

Leslie Bland, Producer, Less Bland Productions Inc., Canada | Producer, Director SHE KILLS ME 2014, Director, Producer OLLIE AND EMMA 2016
Tanya Brunel, Producer, High Definition Pictures Inc., Canada | Producer PATH OF SOULS 2012 (Cowichan International Aboriginal FF 2012, Best Picture; American Indian FF 2012, Best Director)
Mackenzie Donaldson, Producer, Development Executive, Shaftesbury, Canada | Co-Producer, ORPHAN BLACK 2013-2017 (Emmy Awards 2016, Best Actress; CSA Awards
2013/2014/2015/2017, Best Drama), Director, Producer, Writer THE DEFINITES2017
Cameron MacLaren, Producer, MacLaren Productions Inc., Canada | Producer SPACE & TIME 2017, Associate Producer LETTERKENNY 2016 (CSA Award 2017, Best Comedy)
Kryssta Mills, Producer, Mills Films Inc., Canada | Co-Producer YEAR OF THE CARNIVORE 2010, Associate Producer THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS 2008 (Berlin IFF 2007, Manfred Salzgeber Award, Atlantic FF 2007)
Glen Wood, Producer, Director, Viddywell Films Inc., Canada | Producer, THE DARK 
STRANGER 2016, Executive Producer TWO 4 ONE 2015 (San Francisco International LGBTQ FF; Los Angeles Outfest)
William Woods, Producer, Woods Entertainment Canada Inc., Canada | Producer, MEAN 
DREAMS 2017 (Cannes Directors’ Fortnight; Toronto IFF), Producer IN RETURN2012
(Indianapolis IFF)
Rayne Zukerman, Producer, VP, Development, Indian Grove Productions Ltd., Canada |
Producer, LE DIVAN DU MONDE 2010 (FICFA, 2010; Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, TV5 Award for Best Feature 2010), Co-Producer REMEDY (Seasons 1 & 2) 2013-2015

Markku Flink, Producer, Luminoir Oy, Finland | Producer, MISS BLUE JEANS2012 (Jecheon Music & Film Festival 2013, Main Prize & Special Jury Award; FEST 2013, Silver Castle)
Esther Friedrich, Producer, MovieBrats Pictures GmbH, Germany | Producer, LOST PLACE 3D 2013, Co-Producer ZOOLOGY 2016 (Karlovy Vary IFF, 2016, Special Jury Prize; Toronto IFF, 2016; Fantastic Fest, 2016, Best Picture)
Anita Juka, Producer, 4 Film Ltd., Croatia | Producer, YOU CARRY ME 2015 (Karlovy Vary IFF, 2015; Santa Barbara IFF, 2016, European Film Academy nomination, official entry, 88th Academy Awards)
Michal Kráčmer, Producer, Prague Movie Company, Czech Republic | Producer, UNCLE VICTOR 2015 (Pune International Film Festival 2015; Mumbai International Film Festival 2015)
Daniel Kresmery, Producer, Head of Production and Development, Korda Studios, Inc., Hungary | Producer, BLACK SOUP 2014 (Raindance FF London, 2014; Titanic IFF Budapest, 2013, Opening Night Special Screening)
John McKay, Producer, Compact Pictures, UK | Writer, Director, Producer, WE’LL TAKE MANHATTAN 2011 (Prix Europa, 2011, Best Drama)
Rachael O’Kane, Producer, Tilted Pictures Ltd., Ireland | Producer, BUTCHERS2010, Producer THE THIRD WAVE 2017
Danijel Pek, Producer, Antitalent, Croatia | Producer, VIS-A-VIS 2013 (Pula FF, 2013, Best Movie by Young Jury; Raindance FF, 2014), Producer GORAN 2016 (Fantasia IFF, 2016, Best Male Role; SXSW FF, 2017)
Fredrik Støbakk, Producer, Head of TV, Ape&Bjørn AS, Norway | Producer,CAPTAIN SABERTOOTH AND THE TREASURE OF LAMA RAMA 2014, ProducerMATCH 2017 (Series)
Milan Stojanovic, Producer, SENSE Production Ltd., Serbia | Producer, BARBARIANS 2014 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Special Mention; European Film Festival Palic, Seyfi Teoman Award)
Marteinn Thorsson, Producer, VP, Development, Tenderlee Motion Pictures Co., Icelandic Academy of Storytelling, Iceland | Producer, Writer, Director, XL 2013 (Karlovy Vary IFF, 2013, Best Actor)
Anja Wedell, Producer, Czar Film GmbH, Germany | Producer, BIKINI MOON2017, Co- Producer NEW MONEY 2017

Gitika Aggarwal, Producer, Partner, Neo Juris LLP, India | Associate Producer, THE 
LUNCHBOX 2014 (Cannes FF, 2014, Audience Choice Award), Executive Producer MONSOON SHOOTOUT 2014 (Cannes IFF, 2014)
Mauro Mueller, Producer, Fidelio Films, Mexico & Switzerland | Producer, COPENHAGEN 2014 (Slamdance Film Festival, 2014, Audience Award; Florida Film Festival, 2014, Grand Jury Award)
Elena Yatsura, Producer, Virtual Kick Studio Ltd., Russia | Producer, “4” 2005 (Rotterdam IFF, Golden Tiger, Golden Cactus), Producer 9TH COMPANY 2005

Filming in Manitoba

Manitoba has it all!

The highest tax credit in the country

  • Currently with a tax credit of up to 65% (45 % base, with 5% rural, 5% Manitoba producer and a 10% frequent filmer bonus), Manitoba has one of the highest tax credits in the country. And with lower production costs, Manitoba can go toe to toe with most tax credits in the U.S.

Studios and postproduction facilities

  • Purpose-built studio with 15,000 sq. ft. clear span, supported by office space, a carpentry shop, loading docks, wardrobe and a commissary. In addition, there are a variety of warehouses that enable Manitoba to accommodate multiple shows.
  • Winnipeg is the prairie headquarters for William F. White.
  • Manitoba is home to leading visual effects companies and post-production facilities with spacious edit suites as well as the ability to set up edit suites on location. The latest Avid online and offline technology is available with HD closed captioning, plus web streaming capabilities, and certified Dolby 5.1 mixing theatre.

Manitoba can double for:

  • World-class cities, including Chicago – for films including: Amreeka (18 shooting days), Make It Happen (28/30 shooting days) and Shall We Dance? (50/55 shooting days); New York – for Capote (33/35 shooting days) and The Hessan Affair (25 shooting days); Detroit – for The Horsemen; San Francisco – for You Kill Me (20/21 shooting days); Vancouver – for Walk All Over Me(24/25 shooting days); and regions as diverse as Conneticut (The Haunting in Conneticut); Missouri (The Assassination of Jesse James); Washington (The Capture of the Green River Killer) and Minnesota (New in Town).
  • Period, turn of the century cities, including Kansas City and Boston – see The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
  • Period looks for the 1930’s-1940’s – for films such as The Hessen Affair and For the Moment.
  • Coastline, beaches and cottage country – see Falcon Beach (TV series–26 episodes), My Life as a Dog (TV series–26 episodes), Who Loves the Sun (feature film–12/22 shooting days), The Atwood Stories (anthology– 27 shooting days).
  • Arctic terrain – see Rough (mini series–2 weeks unit shooting in Churchill, MB); Whiteout (unit shooting on Lake Manitoba), Snow Walker (feature film–2 weeks unit shooting in Churchill, MB), K-19: The Widowmaker (unit shooting on Lake Winnipeg).
  • Mid-west towns – used for The Lookout (Hartney, MB), The Stone Angel (Hartney, Balmoral, Emerson, Otterburne, MB), The Good Life (Argyle, MB), Capote (Selkirk, MB).

Contact us to discuss whether Manitoba can work for your project.

HDP – who are we?

High Definition Pictures Inc. (HDP) is an Aboriginal owned and operated Manitoba-based company established in December 2001 to create unique, dynamic, thought-provoking film and television entertainment product for the domestic and international marketplace.

HDP as a motion picture development company produces independent feature films and other entertainment products such as television documentaries, dramatic programming including (MOW’s) movies of the week and drama series, and feature films.

HDP has recognized the cultural, social, and business potential of the industry having successfully produced and developed a number of film and television projects. The company will continue to produce programs that tell specific Aboriginal stories, recognizing the vital cultural role the voice of indigenous films play in worldwide societies who embrace their uniqueness, but they will not be the sole focus of the company: providing thought-provoking entertainment for a worldwide audience is the mantra. That is why our slate represents a great cross-section of commercially viable product.

HDP most recently completed The Psychopath Next Door a 60 minute Documentary for CBC DocZone. The Psychopath Next Door examined the “successful” psychopath, the charming, manipulative and ruthless snakes in suits who don’t rob the bank, but instead become a director of it. The Psychopath Next Door was the highest rated DocZone since 2011.

In 2012 HDP completed Path of Souls a 90 minute Feature Film starring Adam Beach, Corey Sevier and Laura Harris. Written and Directed by Jeremy Torrie, Path of Souls follows a woman as she tracks her dead husband into the afterlife and travels the treacherous Path of Souls into the Underworld of the Dead. Distributed by Hollydan Works and broadcast on Superchannel and APTN, Path of Souls was an official selection in over 20 film festivals including the Calgary International Film Festival, Gimli Film Festival, and Dreamspeakers Film Festival. Path of Souls was a Perspective Canada selection at Cannes and Berlinale; Winner Best Picture at the Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival, Winner Best Director at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and American Indian Film Festival.