1K Wave Toronto

On May 22 2012, Ingrid Veninger and Stacey Donen initiated a $1000 Feature Film Challenge for Toronto-based filmmakers. 34 local filmmaking teams took up the Challenge. Five were selected. 5 features for $5000 in 5 months.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ingrid Veninger, Stacey Donen

DIRECTORS: Nadia Litz, Michel Kandinsky
A woman and man agree to meet at a hotel in Tucson, known for its nefarious associations to bank robber John Dillinger, in this funny and tender story of true love told through infidelity.

DIRECTORS: John Board, Hector Centeno
Legendary 1st AD, John Board (worked with David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison, Louis Malle), delves into this personal documentary, an exploration of ‘modern’ medicine and alternative treatments, including bee sting therapy, in an effort to cure his own cancer.

In this dark comedy, a husband refuses to deal with the death of his wife, and ends up dealing with everything else that pisses him off instead.

DIRECTOR: Ben Roberts
A one-night father-son odyssey, where hidden family secrets surface unexpectedly.

DIRECTOR: John L’Ecuyer
A diaristic look at 24-hours in the life of a meth addict.

The End of Time

(114 min. 2012)

DIRECTOR: Peter Mettler

PRODUCERS: Ingrid Veninger, Cornelia Seitler, Gerry Flahive

THE END OF TIME is a personal, rigorous and visionary exploration into our perception of time. Filmmaker, Peter Mettler dares to dream the movie of the future while also immersing us in the wonder of the present.

“… recalling the work of Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog and the late Chris Marker… THE END OF TIME become immersive and hypnotic… a ravishingly beautiful experience.” Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“A work of vision… A globe-trotting cine-essay about time… poetic and lovely.” Adam Nayman, POV

“Splendiferously trippy.” Jason Anderson, Cinema Scope

“One of the year’s best films, THE END OF TIME isn’t something you simply watch; it’s something you surrender to.” Peter Howell, Toronto Star


(92 min. 2008)

DIRECTOR: Charles Officer

SCREENPLAY: Ingrid Veninger, Charles Officer

PRODUCER: Ingrid Veninger

A young boy turns to magic to protect his dying mother and unknowingly conjures a lover for her, and a father for himself.

“This risky, rewarding drama blends emotional naturalism with a formal style in the story of its three titular characters — a young Jamaican-Canadian mother with sickle-cell anemia, an ex-boxer looking for a human connection and a 12-year-old boy.” Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

“A stupendous soundtrack, telling images, sensitive performances and an honest emotional screenplay.” Sophie Godin, Festival du Nouveau Cinema

“Nurse.Fighter.Boy is a rich exploration of the connections between the healer, the warrior and the child of its title.”Jesse Wente, TIFF

Everything is love and fear

(8 min. 2006)

DIRECTORS: Ingrid Veninger, Charles Officer

SCREENPLAY: Ingrid Veninger, Charles Officer

PRODUCER: Ingrid Veninger

A woman and man have an affair in a hotel room in Vladivostok and conceive a child. After seven years, they meet again and remember their night together.

An 8 minute improvisation created while attending a film festival in Vladivostok, Russia.


The Limb Salesman

(80 min. 2005)

(a.k.a. Re-Generation)

DIRECTOR: Anais Granofsky

SCREENPLAY: Anais Granofsky, Ingrid Veninger

PRODUCERS: Ingrid Veninger, Nicholas Tabarrok, Anais Granofsky

GABRIEL GOODE is The Limb Salesman — a disgraced doctor who regenerates limbs on the black market.  When GOODE travels to the water miningregions of the north to heal the cherished daughter of a wealthy water miner, dark family secrets are revealed, and Goode is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. A story of forbidden love in a dystopian future.

“A retro-future gothic romance.” Geoff Pevere, The Toronto Star

“BLADE RUNNER meets (Guy Maddin’s) THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD…Atmospheric and dark…the (Fielder) family make the royals look well-adjusted.” Chris Knight, The National Post

“First sight of Abe’s (Clark Johnson) gabled house, standing alone in a giant snowy field, suggests “Giant” and “Days of Heaven,” and John Welsman’s majestic, medieval-style score offers a film with terrific sights and sounds.”Robert Koehler, Variety


(5 min. 2004)

DIRECTORS: Ingrid Veninger, Charles Officer

PRODUCER: Ingrid Veninger

Somewhere between Frankfurt and Vienna, between dreaming and being awake, where possibilities are held and lost. This is Urda/Bone.

“URDA/BONE. is stunning.” Laura Michalchyshyn, Sundance Channel

“Sophisticated and sensual.” Jeremy Podeswa, Director

“Evocative and inventive.” Dan Lyon, Telefilm Canada

Gambling, Gods & LSD

(180 min. 2002)

DIRECTOR: Peter Mettler

PRODUCERS: Ingrid Veninger, Cornelia Seitler, Alexandra Rockingham Gill

A filmmaker’s inquiry into transcendence become a three-hour trip across countries and cultures, interconnecting people, places and times.

“Mesmerizing… Hallucinogenic… a documentary that is more dreamlike than any drama.” Brian D. Johnson, MACLEAN’S

“Gambling, Gods and LSD becomes a sort of divine sacrament, melting the viewer’s synapses with a mesmerizing array of sights, sounds and genuinely profound insights… it ranks with the most visionary work of Chris Marker and Joris Ivens.” Jason Anderson, EYE MAGAZINE

“a fascinating three-hour exploration/autobiography/Zen meditation.” Cameron Bailey, NOW MAGAZINE

The Bunny Project

(2 min. 2002)


Can an eight-year-old boy dressed as a bunny change the world? He thinks he can.

Made as part of Toronto’s 24 hour On-The-Fly film challenge.