Strengthening Ontario's Film Industry



    McGuinty Government Invests in Canadian Film Centre

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping to grow its entertainment industry with a significant
capital investment in the Canadian Film Centre.
    The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is the country's largest institution for
advanced training in film, television, and new media. Ontario is helping to
ensure the centre remains competitive in the fast-growing global entertainment
market by providing $2.5 million to improve its facilities. The funding
addresses capital repair and expansion needs to support the centre's advanced
training programs.
    This funding is in addition to Ontario's $10 million investment in the
CFC announced in the 2005 provincial budget.

    QUOTES

    "The entertainment industry is an important part of Ontario's economy. By
supporting the development of our best creative talent, we help strengthen
Ontario's position in the rapidly growing cultural industries," said Culture
Minister Aileen Carroll, who made the funding announcement at the CFC annual
barbecue, which is held each year during the Toronto International Film
Festival.
    "Ontario's support furthers our leadership role in developing world-class
talent. We are thrilled that the Ontario government recognizes the cultural
and economic contribution the Canadian Film Centre makes to the province,"
said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director of the CFC.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Two CFC films have been selected for the 2008 Toronto International
        Film Festival (TIFF), which runs September 4-13.
    -   The festival has an estimated annual economic impact of over
        $67 million including benefits to tourism, retail, travel and firm
        sales.
    -   TIFF is one of the world's most important film festivals, accrediting
        over a thousand international media for the event.
    -   Since 1988, the CFC has graduated over 1000 film directors, editors,
        writers, producers, show runners and new media content developers.
    -   Nearly 60 per cent of CFC alumni live and work in Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about the Canadian Film Centre (http://www.cfccreates.com/).
    Learn about the Toronto International Film Festival
(http://tiff08.ca/industry/default.aspx).

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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Jill Skorochod, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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