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    THE ANIMAL PROJECT is different from anything Ingrid Veninger has directed, since in the past she mostly worked with her family, shooting outside Canada. This time, Ingrid's goal was to work with professional actors, and shoot in Toronto.

    November, 2013: Ingrid worked with casting director, Nicole Hilliard-Forde. They met with 100 actors in Toronto. Unlike traditional movie-making, Ingrid wanted to cast first, and then come up with an idea for the movie, writing roles for specific actors. So, all the actors had to commit to the project, without knowing anything about the characters they would play.

    January-February, 2013: Ingrid wrote a screenplay (103 pages, 107 scenes).

    March-May, 2013: Production commenced for three months, shooting 3 days each week. There were no rehearsals (but a lot of long emails). The core cast received the script in advance, but everyone only met on the first day of shooting, which was Scene 1: The Interview.

    The production crew consisted of 4 people: Cabot McNenly (Director of Photography), Braden Sauder (Sound Recordist), Hallie Switzer (Production Designer), John Gundy (Stills Photographer/Associate Producer).

    There were 44 Toronto locations, including all the actor's homes. Everyone brought their own lunch during the shoot. Actors did their own make-up, and mostly wore their own clothes.

    June-July, 2013: Editing the footage occurred throughout production and into the summer with editor, Jonathan Eagan. The final picture was locked in early July.

    August, 2013: Composer, Nick Storring, and the Sound Team, Jakob Thiesen (Sound Designer), and Eric Apps (Mixer), worked solidly through August. Final mixing and color grading (with Ryan Ruskay) was done at Deluxe post-production.

    Instead of launching an indiegogo campaign to help with completion costs, Ingrid put an invitation on facebook offering executive producer credits, to 4 individuals, for a contribution of 5,000 each. Within a week, she raised 20,000. 4 women stepped up: Karen Walton, Kate Gammal, Renah Persofsky, Julia Grant.

    September, 2013: THE ANIMAL PROJECT had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Director of Photography CABOT McNENLY Production Sound BRADEN SAUDER
    Composer JOHN WELSMAN Sound Designer Jakob Thiesen

    2014 FEMCINE Santiago International Film Festival
    2014 Kingston Canadian Film Festival
    2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival
    2014 Sarasota International Film Festival
    2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival
    2014 Minneapolis International Film Festival
    2014 Nashville Film Festival

    2013 Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema)
    2013 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
    2013 Whistler International Film Festival WINNER EDA AWARD

    2013 Cucalorus Film Festival
    2013 Denver Starz Film Festival
    2013 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Film Festival
    2013 Anchorage International Film Festival

    2013 India International Film Festival
    2013 Bratislava International Film Festival

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  2. "Nurse.Fighter.Boy is a rich exploration of the connections between the healer, the warrior and the child of its title. Officer, directs with both assurance and daring… and touches upon themes of faith and destiny while remaining unabashedly romantic… ” - Jesse Wente, Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival, 2008.

    JUDE (Karen LeBlanc) is a single mother who descends from a long line of Jamaican caregivers. SILENCE (Clark Johnson) is a ‘past his prime’ boxer who fights illegally to survive. CIEL (Daniel J. Gordon) is a boy who delves into music, conjuring dreams for his mother. During the last week of summer, a late-night brawl finds the fighter in the nurse's care causing their three fates to be forever entwined.

    “A stupendous soundtrack, telling images, sensitive performances and an honest emotional screenplay. Nurse.Fighter.Boy sends a fresh breeze blowing through independent Canadian film.” – Sophie Godin, Festival Nouveau Cinema, Montreal

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  3. “Every time I see a film like Ingrid Veninger and Simon Reynolds’ ONLY, my faith in cinema is restored.”
    - Michael Tully, hammertonail.com

    Introducing Jacob Switzer and Elena Hudgins Lyle
    Director of Photography Ian Anderson_Editor Aren Hansen
    Casting Marissa Richmond_ Sound Editor Emiliano Paternostro
    Executive Produced by Ankur Sharma_ Story by Ingrid Veninger
    Music by Wee Golden, Bebop Cowboys, Laura Repo & The Blue Healers, My Two Toms,
    The Envelopes, Joanne Mackell, Ecstatic Sunshine, Blackblack, High Places, Woods, Menomena
    Written, Directed, Produced by Ingrid Veninger and Simon Reynolds

    ONLY tells the story of one day shared between a young boy and girl. Daniel lives in a motel, managed by his parents, in northern Ontario. People come, people go, Daniel hardly notices. Until one day a girl arrives and changes his world.

    Toronto: Ingrid Veninger. “ONLY was inspired by my time up north in the late-70’s. My parents had just emigrated from Czechoslovakia. My father got a job managing a motel/tavern complex just south of Parry Sound off Highway 400. My mother was working in Toronto and we’d drive north every weekend rain or shine or blizzard. I spent every weekend and all my holidays at the motel from the age of 8-12 and it was the loneliest time of my life. My parents were always working. I was an only child. I helped clean the motel rooms and pool. I worked the switchboard and sang ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree and Hava Nagila to accordion accompaniment on Friday nights. But mostly, my time was spent dreaming up adventures and making up stories. ONLY is essentially one of those stories”.


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pUNK Films was founded in 2003 by writer/producer/director Ingrid Veninger, with the mandate to produce high quality independent feature films aimed at a world audience, with a 'nothing is impossible' manifesto.

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pUNK Films was founded in 2003 by writer/producer/director Ingrid Veninger, with the mandate to produce high quality independent feature films aimed at a world audience, with a 'nothing is impossible' manifesto.

With this goal in mind, pUNK Films produced the indie feature THE LIMB SALESMAN (co-written/produced by Ingrid Veninger, directed by Anais Granofsky), which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2004 and was acquired for Theatrical Distribution in Canada by THINKFilm, and Worldwide Distribution by Shoreline Entertainment. To date, THE LIMB SALESMAN has been sold to 15 countries, and has been screened at International Film Festivals around the world (Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Vancouver, Goteborg, Sarasota, Tampa, Paris, Nice and Vladivostok). THE LIMB SALESMAN received completion funding from Telefilm Canada's Low Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program.

"It's like THE GLASS MENAGERIE rewritten by Ray Bradbury... THE LIMB SALESMAN is a touching parable about love and self-sacrifice - in other words, what it means to be human." Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Film Festival

Between 2004-2006, pUNK produced 5 new films: URDA/BONE screened at the New York Film Festival, Lincoln Centre with Nuri Bilge Ceylan's DISTANT (Grand Jury Prize, Cannes), was programmed by TIFF's Film Circuit, and sold to CBC and Showcase. THE BUNNY PROJECT screened at Toronto's Sprockets International Film Festival and many Children's Festivals around the world. MAMA screened at NYC's Red Shift Festival and Aspen's ShortFest. HOTEL VLADIVOSTOK, screened at VIFF and Sarasota, was broadcast nationally in Russia, and awarded the Audience ‘Best Film’ Prize at the Vladivostok International Film Festival.

"URDA/BONE is evocative, sensual ... reminds me of the multi-layered work done by artists such as Holly Fisher." Jon Gartenberg, President, VOIR USA

In 2007, pUNK Films produced the award-winning CFC Feature Film Project NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (co-written/produced by Ingrid Veninger, directed by Charles Officer). NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY was released in Canada by Mongrel Media, and is represented in the US by Film Movement, and Internationally by REZO Films. NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY had its world premiere at the Toronto International film festival in 2008 and in 2010 NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY received 10 Genie Nominations, including Best Motion Picture.

"There is no artifice in NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY. It takes risks, and it will restore your faith." Sophie Godin, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal

In 2008, pUNK produced the independent feature film ONLY (co-directed by Ingrid Veninger and Simon Reynolds). ONLY had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and received critical acclaim in Canada and abroad. ONLY went on to screen at many festivals worldwide, including the Rome International Film Festival, Slamdance and MoMA in New York. ONLY won the Audience Award at the Possible Worlds Film Festival in Sydney, Australia, and the Best Actress Award at MethodFest in Los Angeles. pUNK Films continues to represent ONLY theatrically in Canada, and was awarded NOW Magazine's Best of 2009: ‘Best Argument for self-distribution’ by Norman Wilner. Worldwide Sales are handled by Horizon Motion Pictures.

"ONLY is an extraordinary example of independent cinema." Erminio Fischetti, Iniziativa, Roma

In July 2010, pUNK completed MODRA, Ingrid Veninger’s debut feature as solo writer/producer/director, with a production crew of 3, and a cast of 20 (mostly family). MODRA had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, and continues to garner critical acclaim, screening at festivals across Canada and overseas. In October 2010, Alexander Gammal won the inaugural Best Canadian Actor Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. In November 2010, MODRA won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Bratislava International Film Festival. In January 2011, MODRA was an official selection for Canada’s TOP TEN of 2010. MODRA received support from Telefilm Canada’s Low Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program. Canadian rights are handled by Mongrel Media. World Sales are handled by CCI Releasing Inc. And pUNK Films.

"Veninger displays a confident control of tone and pacing... a prime example of heartfelt DIY filmmaking that really works... poignantly alert to the nuances of teen life, perfectly capturing that confusing betwixt-and-between time..." Alissa Simon, VARIETY

Recently, pUNK produced ‘i am a good person/i am a bad person’ shot on location in Toronto, Paris, Berlin and Bradford, England with a crew of 2 and an international cast of 23. Following a critically acclaimed world premiere at TIFF 2011, ‘i am a good person/i am a good person’ screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. The International Premiere started with Canadian Front at MoMA, New York curated by Laurence Kardish and Telefilm Canada, followed by Film Festival tours throughout USA, UK, Eastern Europe and Australia.

“2011 Toronto Director of the Year: Veninger stands alone as Toronto’s reigning queen of humble-core. " Adam Nayman, The Grid

Ingrid Veninger is part-time faculty in the Film Department at York University, an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre, Berlinale Talent Campus, Rotterdam Producer’s Lab, OMDC/EFP Producer’s Lab, and an official participant in TIFF's inaugural 2013 STUDIO Programme.

"Ingrid Veninger is one of Canada's most dynamic, perceptive, and prolific film talents." Tom McSorley, Canadian Film Institute

In January 2012, Ingrid received the Jay Scott Prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association; with the $5000 award she launched Toronto's 1KWAVE, executive producing five feature films. Most recently, as writer/producer/director she completed THE ANIMAL PROJECT; a narrative feature shot in 44 Toronto locations, with a production crew of 4, and a cast of 15 professional actors. World Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival 2013 (Contemporary World Cinema). Canadian Distribution: Mongrel Media. Theatrical Release TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX TORONTO (JUNE 6, 2014) day-and-date VOD on iTUNES (Canada) and VIMEO (Worldwide).

"THE ANIMAL PROJECT is unlike anything I have seen before and I can promise that fellow audience members will feel the same way." Matthew Hoffman, Black Sheep

In 2014, Ingrid initiated the pUNK Films FEMMES LAB to foster feature films written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. Currently, Ingrid is a member of the Film Studies Faculty at York University. And she just completed her latest feature shot in Chile, HE HATED PIGEONS -- a phantasmagorical film with live score.


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  • Malcolm Taylor

    The Animal Project is simply a great Film! It features an endearing, brave and adventurous cast. It is lovingly conceived and realized. Thank you Ingrid for the beautiful creatures, costumed and otherwise you put on screen. We are truly fortunate to have a filmmaker of your inspiration as an exemplar of achieving your dream right here in our immediate creative landscape. Go see this film! You have no excuse! It's beautifully shows off Toronto. It will inspire you. It will make you dream of doing something more, something beyond your comfort zone, something to know your alive today! A truly wonderful film Ingrid! It touched my heart. Thank you!

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    Since 2008, pUNK Films has produced six acclaimed features films with a "nothing is impossible" manifesto.

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