The principal of Clique Pictures, Lauren Grant established her company in 2006 to focus on developing feature film and documentary production. In 2011, she won the best live action short drama Genie Award for the residential school musical Savage. The film has screened at over 40 film festivals including Berlinale Forum Expanded, BFI London Film Festival, SXSW and the NYC Children’s Film Festival.
Lauren’s recent productions, the feature film Picture Day and the futuristic short film Frost, both premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Picture Day won the Borsos Competition for Best Film and Best Performance at the Whistler Film Festival. Frost won Best Canadian Short Film at the Edmonton International Film Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Lauren is currently producing the feature documentary Traceable, executive producing the Two Story Productions’ documentary Dwelling and in post-production on the Wernham Entertainment short film Public Service. Lauren is also managing the business affairs on Velcrow Ripper’s feature documentary Occupy Love.
Clique Pictures is developing multiple feature film projects including the comedy Dick Harmony with director Jim Goodall, writers Max & Adam Reid and executive producers Miranda de Pencier and Brad Peyton; Wet Bum by writer/director Lindsay Mackay and producers Paula Devonshire and Daniel Bekerman; Get Happy with writer/director Jordan Christianson; documentary Write-Off with writer/director Maryam Mehrtash; the romantic comedy Girls Who Aren’t Bitches with writer SB Edwards; the period drama Easter with writer/director Sophie Ann Rooney; and the family sci-fi feature Scavengers with writers Jason and Sue Bourque. Clique Pictures is also developing the feature film Bad Indian with director/producer Lori Lozinski and writer Shannon Masters. Bad Indian is based on the short story You Don’t Want to Know What Jenny Two Bears Did by award-winning novelist Joseph Boyden.
Lauren’s previous documentary work includes executive producing the Two Story Productions’ television documentary A Window Looking In, which featured artists such as singer Sarah McLachlan, painter Shawn Hunt and writer William Gibson. She has also worked on the Paperny Entertainment television projects Eat St. and Glutton for Punishment as well as the Screen Siren Pictures’ broadcast documentaries Reservation Soldiers, Breaking Ranks and Girl Racers.
Lauren has been selected to the inaugural TIFF Studio, a yearlong program for producers in Ontario. Previous festival activity includes the Producers Lab at TIFF (2012), the Sundance Film Festival with the CFC North South Marketplace program (2012), the Banff Media Festival on a CTV Fellowship (2009) and Women in Film Scholarship (2011), as well as attending the 2011 Rotterdam Lab and Berlinale Talent Campus. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC with a double major in Film Production and History and attended the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers Lab.
Clique Pictures is based in Toronto and is able to provide full service business affairs for feature film and documentary productions including tax credit and interim financing applications and management. The company also consults on short film festival strategy and sales.