Halifax producer Angus Swantee is one step closer to creating his next short film after a panel of industry professionals awarded him the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award. The goal of the Bridge Award is to cultivate and grow the emerging talent in Nova Scotia by providing them with the opportunity to produce a program for broadcast in the Atlantic region. About 20 projects have been supported through the award and Mr. Swantee’s production Game can be added to that list. “The Bridge Award has a history of creating world-class short films, so to become a part of this legacy is an honour for myself and writer-director Josh MacDonald,” said Mr. Swantee. “I welcome the opportunity to be able to draw on the resources and knowledge of Film Nova Scotia, CBC, and my executive-producer Kimberlee McTaggart as we begin production.” Game is a seven-minute exercise in building suspense, as a terrified woman flees through the woods, desperately trying to evade her three monstrous pursuers. In the end, the audience is left asking who is the predator and who is the prey”? As the recipient of the award, Mr. Swantee will receive $20,000 in equity funding from Film Nova Scotia and an equal amount in regional broadcast licences and services from CBC for Game. “The Bridge Award allows us to help up-and-coming talent create their first broadcast production,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “We strongly value our partnership with CBC Maritimes, which makes this award possible.” Film Nova Scotia is a Provincial Crown Corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. With an industry that employs almost 3,000 people and contributes upwards of $100 million to the economy annually, Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.