TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is delighted to
announce esteemed Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis as Chair
of the CFC Film Programs including the Cineplex Entertainment and Short Dramatic Film programs.
"This is a very exciting chapter for the CFC, we are so fortunate to
have an accomplished and gifted storyteller such as Paul lend us his
expertise, "said CFC Founder Norman Jewison. "His insights and passion
for the art of filmmaking will hopefully inspire our young filmmakers
and help to give their ideas and stories a greater reach."
As Chair, Paul Haggis plans to deliver one Master Class a year and to
help the CFC promote greater international awareness of its Film
Programs and the talent within them.
"It's an honour to accept this position and contribute to Norman's
legacy of an organization that supports and fosters creative talent."
said Paul Haggis. "Programs like these are vital in helping make sure
that filmmakers will have all the right tools to make their mark on the
world and ensure a vibrant future for Canada's storytellers."
In 2006, Paul Haggis became the first screenwriter to write two Best
Picture Oscar winners back-to-back - MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004) and
CRASH (2005, which he also directed). For CRASH, Haggis won Academy
Awards® for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Haggis' writing credits
also include such acclaimed films as FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, CASINO
ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Recent directing credits include IN THE
VALLEY OF ELAH and THE NEXT THREE DAYS, which was the first feature to
be produced through his Highway 61 Productions. Prior to making his
mark on the film industry, Haggis spent over two decades writing,
directing and producing television shows such as "thirtysomething",
"Due South" and "Walker, Texas Ranger". Haggis is equally committed to
his social concerns as founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, a non-profit organization supporting communities in Haiti through
programs in education, health and dignity (www.APJNow.org).
The Cineplex Entertainment and Short Dramatic Film Programs offer an
intense creative and professional immersion in the art and business of
dramatic filmmaking for directors, producers, writers and editors. With
a focus on entrepreneurial spirit and collaboration, these programs
maintain a balance between the artistic and commercial aspects of the
filmmaking industry, while nurturing originality and fostering creative
risk-taking. The CFC's film programs have produced over 152 critically
acclaimed short films and launched the careers of many of Canada's top
filmmakers such as Clement Virgo, Sarah Polley, Vincenzo Natali,
Charles Officer and Don McKellar.
CFC is Canada's leading institution for advanced training in film,
television and new media. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC
is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent;
providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities for top
creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant
cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's
most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the
world. For more information please visit: cfccreates.com
SOURCE Canadian Film Centre
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