Award-winning Canadian author David Bezmozgis is set to begin principal photography on his directorial debut Victoria Day.

Written by Bezmozgis, the film is produced by Bezmozgis and Judy Holm and Michael McNamara of Toronto-based production company Markham Street Films. Holm, Robin Cass and Anna Stratton of Toronto's Triptych Media serve as executive producers.

Described as a 'wry coming-of-age story', the film follows Ben Spektor (played by newcomer William Moore), son of Russian immigrants, as he wades into the social minefield of suburban Canada. Victoria Day is a civic holiday in Canada, the anchor of a long weekend crucial to the lives of Canadian teenagers.

Bezmozgis, whose short story collection Natasha And Other Stories is considered one of the strongest international literary debuts of recent times, wrote the screenplay before he wrote the stories.

Cinematography is by David Franco with production design by Peter Cosco and editing by Rod Deogrades. The film is backed by Telefilm Canada, the Ontario Media Development Corp.

Shooting runs from September 5 to October 1 in Toronto towards a release date in 2009. Maximum Films Distribution will release the film in Canada while Maximum Films International will handle world sales.