Telefilm Canada and APTN celebrate Aboriginal filmmaking

    
    15 feature-film projects are selected under the Featuring Aboriginal
    Stories Program
    

MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada, in partnership with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), is delighted to announce that 15 projects have been selected under the Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program. Twenty-seven projects from all regions of the country were submitted for the June 29, 2009 deadline. Participants will benefit from a combination of training, professional development and personalized mentorship activities, and whenever applicable receive a development advance.

"The quality of the selected projects highlights the creativity and vitality of Aboriginal filmmakers across Canada," said Sheila de La Varende, Director of National and International Business Development. "This year, the Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program is providing support to experienced as well as emerging filmmakers and is funding a larger number of projects than in 2008. The increasing interest in this program shows that Telefilm and the APTN are meeting a real need within Aboriginal communities."

"The scope and diversity of projects that will receive support this year from the Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program highlight the inherent ability of Aboriginal producers to tell stories. We celebrate that success and are pleased to be a part of this unique opportunity," said Peter Strutt, APTN Director of Programming.

    
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                          English-language projects

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    A Better Place            Writer: Shane Belcourt, Duane Murray
                              Region: Ontario
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    Backwater                 Writer: Ian Barr
                              Production company: Devonshire Productions
                              Producer: Paula Devonshire
                              Region: Ontario
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    Killing the Shaman        Writer: Jeremy Torrie
                              Production company: High Definition Pictures
                                                  Inc.
                              Producers: Jeremy Torrie, Jim Compton
                              Region: West
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    Monkey Beach              Writers : Andrew Duncan, Johnny Darrell
                              Production company : Mama-OO Pictures
                              Producers: Loretta Todd, Rajvinder Uppal
                              Region : West
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    Red River Max             Writer: Joe Thornton
                              Production company: EagleCreek Entertainment
                              Producer: Joe Thornton
                              Region: West
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    Renaissance               Writer: Abraham Côté
                              Region: Quebec
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    Running Home              Writer: Zoe Leigh Hopkins
                              Producer: Laura Milliken
                              Region: West
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    Stonefaces                Writers: Evan Adams, Michelle St. John
                              Production company: Frog Girl Films Inc.
                              Producer: Marie Clements
                              Region: West
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    The Point                 Writer: Mark Ennis
                              Production company: Bear Paw Productions Inc.
                              Producers: Brian Francis, Timothy M. Hogan,
                                         Rick Leguerrier
                              Region: Atlantic
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    Untitled (Tracey's Film)  Writer: Tracey Deer
                              Production company: Rezolution Pictures
                                                  International
                              Producers: Ernest Webb, Catherine Bainbridge
                              Region : Quebec
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    White Mask                Writer: Matt Alden Dykes
                              Production company: Mosaic Entertainment Inc.
                              Producers: Camille Beaudoin, Eric Rebalkin
                              Region: West
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                           French-language projects

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    Enfant du temps           Writer: Evelyne Papatie
                              Region: Quebec
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    Martine ma muse           Writer: Micheline Marchand
                              Region: Ontario
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    Nibi et Kigôs -           Writer: Kevin Papatie
     Deux frères              Region: Quebec
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    Saisons Atikamekw         Writer: Line Rainville
                              Region: Quebec
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Launched in 2008, the Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program aims to encourage and support Aboriginal filmmakers to develop original script material that will be attractive to producers, financiers and other film industry decision-makers. The program provides solid support to Aboriginal writers and producers, at all stages of a film's development. Again this year, Telefilm has mandated the National Screen Institute in Winnipeg with the delivery of the training component of this program.

This initiative solidly backs up Telefilm's commitment to allocate a total of $1.2 million over three years to set up a professional development program for Aboriginal filmmakers. The APTN is contributing $750,000 to the initiative over three years.

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 Canada Feature Film Fund, the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund. Visit www.telefilm.gc.ca.

About APTN

September 1, 2009 marked the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 Ext. 358 or toll free at 1-888-330-APTN (2786), or visit www.aptn.ca.

SOURCE Telefilm Canada

For further information: For further information: Media inquiries: Eva Hartling, Communication Specialist, Telefilm Canada, (514) 283-0838, 1-800-567-08920, ext. 2090, hartlie@telefilm.gc.ca; Sylvia Kolopenuk, Manager of Communications, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, (204) 947-9331, ext. 339, skolopenuk@aptn.ca


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