MONTREAL, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce
that it is a Presenting Partner to Canadian international documentary
film festival Hot Docs, taking place in Toronto from April 28 to May 8. Telefilm is also a
proud sponsor of the Hot Docs Forum, one of the leading international documentary business markets in North
America. This year, Hot Docs is presenting over 200 films from more
than 40 countries and welcoming hundreds of international filmmakers
and industry delegates.
"Congratulations to Hot Docs on 18 years as an essential meeting place
for the international documentary industry," said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm's Executive Director. "With our continued sponsorship of this
first-rate festival and our industry financing most notably through the
Theatrical Documentary Program - a unique public-private partnership
between Telefilm and the Rogers Group of Fund - we are a proud
supporter of this mobilizing art form."
Five Telefilm-financed documentaries in the Hot Docs spotlight
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson, Trish Dolman
Feature-length documentary about a man on a mission to save the planet
and its oceans. Part Captain Nemo, part Grizzly Man, the film follows
Watson in the act as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may
apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers - the illegal
poachers of the world.
The Future is Now!, Gary Burns and Jim Brown
Documentary-drama hybrid in which a young journalist leads "Everyman" on
a quest for knowledge from experts in art, science and philosophy. The Future is Now! was recently part of the International Festival of Independent Cinema
of Buenos Aires' prestigious retrospective on Canadian director Gary
The Guantanamo Trap, Thomas Selim Wallner (Canada/Germany/Switzerland co-production)
Recounts the story of Murat Kurnaz, who was born in Germany of Turkish
heritage and detained and tortured at a US military base in
Afghanistan, and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was held for five
Family Portrait in Black and White, Julia Ivanova
From Variety Magazine: "Engaging docu Family Portrait in Black and White considers the much-extended household of Olga Nenya, a middle-aged
Ukrainian woman who's foster mother to 17 children, many mixed-race."
Beauty Day, directed by Jay Cheel
Before there was Jackass… before there was Tom Green… there was Ralph
Zavadil. His cable access television show, The Cap'n Video Show, ran from 1990 to 1995, challenging the sensibilities of his small
Southern Ontario audience.
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and
promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides
financial support to the private sector to create distinctively
Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international
audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund's programs.
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For further information:
Douglas Chow, Manager, External Communications
1-800-567-0890 or (514) 283-0838 ext. 2225