EDITH: Small town. Big secrets.

OTTAWA – Local filmmakers, Claudia Jurt, Olivier Surprenant & Peter Jurt are competing for $1 Million in financing and screenings at Cineplex Cinemas across Canada with their feature film concept, EDITH. EDITH is a psychological horror-thriller about a small town in which seven children all go missing in one night. Twenty years later, it happens again. The upcoming film is the only entry from Ottawa that made it to the TOP 30 in CineCoup’s film accelerator contest.

The CineCoup contest is a film funding competition where Canadian filmmakers market their projects with concept trailers and other missions supported by the public. The team has put out content every week and EDITH has been amidst the top ten to twenty since the start of this nationwide competition. Filming will begin in the Ottawa area as soon as financing is secured, hiring as much local talent as possible. Call in the Giants, the team’s production company, would like to see Ottawa continue to build and sustain an industry of homegrown films.

Over 12 weeks, participants advance through CineCoup’s social web platform and three voting periods (TOP 60/30/15). EDITH has made it into the TOP 30. To make it to the TOP 15, the next step of the CineCoup competition involves a hype video. In order to advance to this round, team EDITH seeks support from the public.  Fans can sign up at and help the team by following, commenting, sharing and rating the various mission videos, posters & art work.

CineCoup selects a final five to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry professionals in June 2015. One project will then receive up to one million dollars in production financing and a release in Cineplex Cinemas nationwide.

The TOP 15 voting window opens Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m. and ends on Friday, May 8 at 9 p.m. The winner for 2015 will be announced at the Banff World Media Festival on June 8.

Learn more about team EDITH here: Twitter: @EdithTheMovie

Live Events:
Wednesday, May 6 @ 7:00pm: team EDITH along with four CineCoup teams are hosting a bash in TORONTO!

Friday, May 8 @ 6:00pm: Music & BBQ Bash on the set of EDITH!! in CASSELMAN (35 min. East of Ottawa)


Claudia Jurt
(Director/Writer/Producer) has worked on close to 70 productions in film, television, commercials and theatre, as an actor, writer, producer, director and/or casting director. Claudia owns and operates, A.C.T. (Acting for Cinema & Television) (, Ottawa’s professional screen acting studio, which she founded in 2001. She also founded Ottawa Casting, the Capital’s original casting company. Claudia has taught acting for over 15 years, privately, at A.C.T., Algonquin College, St. Lawrence College and more recently at Lonsdale Smith Studios ( An actor herself, she understands the process well and excels at drawing out truthful work from actors. For a list of credits:

Olivier Surprenant (Actor/Cinematographer/Producer)
A man of many talents, he has been behind the creation of EDITH from the beginning. If you pay careful attention, you may see him in the trailer…beware.  Some of his favorite credits include House at the End of the Street (Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue & Max Thieriot) and Penthouse North (Michael Keaton & Michelle Monaghan). Soon after the CineCoup competition ends, Olivier will be travelling to Europe to work on a holocaust documentary.
For a list of credits:

Peter Jurt (Actor/Writer/Producer)
Peter has written, directed and produced a number of short films and written a couple of feature film scripts. Not only is he a talented actor but also the front man of the rock band Hellbros! Download their award winning album, Goodtime Machine here: Peter was a stand-in for both Michael Keaton & Christian Slater. He also played an SS Guard in the TV Series, The Strain, shot in Toronto. He loves the horror/thriller genre and looks forward to shooting EDITH.
For a list of credits:

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