The Harold Greenberg Fund, run by Canadian media company Astral, has named 18 new and ongoing projects to be funded under its English-language script development program.

Among the projects, chosen from 126 applicants, are Deepa Mehta’s Salman Rushdie adaptation Midnight’s Children, from Hamilton-Mehta Productions, and The White Circus, from Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, makers of Oscar-nominated animated short Madame Tutli-Putli, and Silo Corporation.

“We are honoured to be working with such high caliber Canadian filmmakers,” said fund president John Galway. “Deepa’s Water and Chris and Maciek’s Madame Tutli-Putli were both Academy Award nominated films. This shows us that, in addition to fascinating screenplays, these filmmakers have the drive and experience to execute complex, high quality projects.”

The supported scripts emanate from all across Canada. From Vancouver comes Archangel, an original science fiction story from novelist William Gibson and Michael St John Smith and Red Cedar Films. From Saskatchewan comes The Last Crossing, to be written by Rob King and produced by Minds Eye Development. And from Newfoundland comes Hold Fast, which Rosemary House of Rock Island Productions is adapting from the award-winning coming-of-age novel by Kevin Major.

The Script Development Program, created to assist in the development of quality Canadian feature film scripts, receives a yearly contribution of $1.3 million from Astral’s The Movie Network .