An Exceptional Year for Canadian Films at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival



    MONTREAL, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce
that nine Canadian feature films have been officially selected for the 14th
edition of the Pusan International Film Festival, which takes place in Pusan,
South Korea from October 8 to 19, 2009.
    "Telefilm recognizes Pusan as a valuable venue for Canadian filmmakers to
showcase their work to international audiences," states Sheila de la Varende,
Director, International & National Business Development. "Participation in
Pusan supports our efforts to increase foreign sales, encourage co-production,
and raise the profile of Canada's industry on the international scene, all of
which are critically important to building a sustainable, vibrant film
industry in this country."
    In 14 years, Pusan has become one of Asia's most important film
festivals, to which a market component, the Asian Film Market, was added in
2006. Telefilm has been organizing screenings for Pusan's selection committee
and facilitating the selection of Canadian films for this important
international festival since 2005.
    MIDNIGHT TO 4 AM, a Canada/Singapore/South Korea feature film project,
has been selected to be part of the pitching sessions of the 12th Pusan
Promotion Plan, the financing forum component of the Pusan Festival. The
project is an omnibus feature length film, composed of six short stories by
six directors, produced by Cine-Asie Creatives from Montréal.
    Director and producer Peter Wintonick will be giving a masterclass and
mentoring projects with the Pusan documentary wing called "AND", the Asian
Documentary Network, and with Pusan's Asian Film Fund.
    The following films have been officially selected for the festival:

    
    World Cinema Section

    UN ANGE A LA MER (dir. Frédéric Dumont; Production Company: Dragons
    Films, Palomar; Sales Agent: E1 Entertainment; Belgium/Canada) - Asian
    premiere;

    CAIRO TIME (dir. Ruba Nadda; Production Company: Foundry Films; Sales
    Agent: E1 Entertainment; Canada) - International premiere;

    COLE (dir. Carl Bessai; Production Company: Raven West Films; Canada) -
    International premiere;

    DEDE, A TRAVERS LES BRUMES (dir. Jean-Philippe Duval; Production Company:
    Max Films, Zone 3 Sales Agent: Max Films International; Canada) -
    International premiere;

    LA DONATION (dir. Bernard Emond; Production Company: ACPAV; Sales Agent:
    E1 Entertainment; Canada) - Asian premiere.

    Wide Angle Section (Documentary)

    PILGRIMAGE (dir. Peter Wintonick & Mira Burt-Wintonick; Production
    Company: Necessary Illusions Productions; Sales Agent: Films Transit
    International; Canada) - Asian premiere.

    Flash Forward Section (Competition)

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS (dir. Daniel Nearing; Production Company: 923 Films;
    USA/Canada) - International premiere.

    Midnight Passion Section

    STOIC (dir. Uwe Boll; Production Company: Brightlight Pictures; Sales
    Agent: Brightlight Pictures; Canada) - Asian premiere;

    TRICK'R TREAT (dir. Michael Dougherty; Production Company: Bad Hat Harry
    Productions; Sales Agent: Warner Bros.; USA/Canada).
    

    Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry

    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. The Corporation also
administers the funding programs of the Canadian Feature Film Fund, the
Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund. Visit
www.telefilm.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Alejandra Sosa, Communications Officer and
Press Attaché, Telefilm Canada, (416) 973-6436, ext. 2505, 1-800-463-4607,
sosaa@telefilm.gc.ca


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