Plus: Telefilm Canada announces 12 CFFF productions; and Arielle Boisvert on the rise at Brightlight Entertainment


ZAG has joined forces with Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and Ocean Blue Entertainment on the live-action-animation hybrid 12/24.

Matt Lieberman wrote the screenplay from an original idea by David Guggenheim, who will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe will produce for 1492 Pictures. 

12/24 (pictured) follows two brothers who try to prove the existence of Father Christmas and set an elaborate trap on Christmas Eve.

  • Telefilm Canada has raised more than C$8m (USD 5.9m) to produce 12 english-language films through its Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF), writes Angela Lee. The films are: Martine Blue’s Hunting Pignut; Aising Walsh’s Maudie; Bruce McDonald’s nineteenseventysomething; Jay Baruchel’s Goon: Last Of The Enforcers; Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams; Barnet Bain’s Milton’s Secret; Erik Canuel’s Operation Insanity; Joey Klein’s The Other Half; Jeremy Torrie’s Juliana And The Medicine Fish; Hakan Sahin’s Loneliness Of A Sewer Trucker; Tyson Caron’s Lovesick; and Jason James’ Entanglement.
  • Vancouver’s Brightlight Pictures has named Arielle Boisvert director of production and development. Boisvert previously served as executive assistant to Brightlight president Shawn Williamson and served as co-producer on Anne Hathaway starrer Colossal and Little Pink House with Catherine Keener.