Toronto’s The Film Farm Bets on Huculiak’s “Bad Person” (EXCLUSIVE)

Toronto's The Film Farm Bets on
Courtesy: Amy Darling

Deal struck at Los Cabos Film Fest, where the feature project competed in Cabos Discovery sidebar

The Film Farm, the Toronto-based indie producer behind films by Atom Egoyan, Brian De Palma and Sarah Polley, will exec produce drama “I’m Not a Bad Person,” the sophomore pic by Canadian director Andrew Huculiak (“Violent”).

The deal was struck at Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, where “I’m Not a Bad Person” was selected for the second edition of Cabos Discovery, the competitive forum for projects in development, made in or co-produced by Mexico, U.S. or Canada.

Media Darling’s Amy Darling and Welker House’s Nicole Irene Dyck negotiated the partnership on behalf of the filmmakers, with The Film Factory’s co-founders Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss signing on to preside over development and production.

Darling and Dyck are set to co-produce “I’m Not a Bad Person” with Josh Huculiak at Vancouver-based Amazing Factory.

The parties first met at Los Cabos last year, where brothers Andrew and Josh Huculiak presented the Latin American premiere of their Norwegian language drama “Violent,” in partnership with Media Darling and Welker House, while The Film Farm accompanied Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive.”

“I’m Not a Bad Person” will portray a small town family man charged with unspeakable crimes that he did, in fact, commit. Pic will shoot in the Canadian wilderness.

“Violent,” Andrew Huculiak feature debut, garnered a large list of awards at international festivals and placed in the Canadian Top Ten at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

A film boutique launched in 1997, specializing in director-driven projects, The Film Farm has produced films by Atom Egoyan (“Adoration,” “Chloe”), Brian De Palma (“Redacted”), Laurent Cantet (“Foxfire”) and Sarah Polley, whose drama “Away From Her,” one of Canada’s top grossing films, snagged a best actress Golden Globe for Julie Christie and received Academy Award nominations for best actress (Christie) and adapted screenplay (Polley).

Focused on the discovery and development of bold emerging filmmakers, Calgary’s Media Darling is in pre-production on three additional features to be shot over the next two years, the company said in a statement.

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