MONTREAL, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is pleased to
announce the inaugural finalists of its Micro-Budget Production Program - eight promising creators among today's emerging filmmakers across
This new program, which was launched in June 2012 with a budget of $1
million, is intended to support new filmmakers seeking to produce their
first feature-length films, with special emphasis on digital-media
production and marketing methods. Candidates for this year's program
were recommended to Telefilm through a network of 25 partners from all
regions of the country.
The Program's finalists will be featured at the Regard sur le court au Saguenay short film festival (March 13-17), where a special program will present
a selection of shorts from their earlier work.
"Congratulations to all the finalists in this first year of the Program,
and many thanks to the members of our network of partners who were able
to spot these new artists in their regions," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. "With more and more Canadians
watching videos online, Telefilm is particularly proud to support
emerging filmmakers in producing a first feature by leveraging
innovative production techniques and multiplatform distribution
strategies. Supporting new talent and developing new partnerships are
important objectives for Telefilm, and the Micro-Budget Production
Program makes this possible."
Crawlspace, by Christian Sparkes (director), Allison White and Chris Agoston
Partner: Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) University
Down in the Valley, by Kyle Thomas (writer, director, producer) and Cameron MacGowan
Partner: Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF)
The Editor, by Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks (directors and producers)
Partner: University of British Columbia (UBC) Film Production Program
The Next Morning, by Matt Sadowski (writer, director, producer) and Peter Harvey
Partner: National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)
The Secret Trial 5, by Amar Wala (director, producer) and Noah Bingham (producer)
Partner: York University
Two4One, by Maureen Bradley (writer, director)
Partner: Creative Women Workshops Association
Un film de chasse de filles, by Julie Lambert (writer, director, producer), Sonia Despars and Marc
What We Have, by Maxime Desmons (director, producer) and Sally Karam (producer)
Partner: Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
The selection process
To determine the finalists, a selection jury reviewed 24 preselected
projects recommended by Telefilm's network of partners - recognized educational and training institutions whose film
production programs provide a privileged lookout to spot emerging
talent in their respective regions. The producer of the project must be
a student or recent alumnus from one of these partners' production
programs or an active member of a film cooperative that is part of the
The jury was made up of Regional Feature Film Executives at Telefilm,
headed by Stephanie Azam, Telefilm's National Feature Film Executive - English Market, and Marie-France Godbout, National Feature Film Executive - French Market, and by Montreal film
director, programmer and inventor Vincent Morisset in the capacity of external expert. Among his many projects, Morisset
has worked with the rock band Arcade Fire, for whom he directed an
interactive video for Neon Bible, considered to be the first-ever interactive video clip, and a
documentary on the group entitled MIROIR NOIR (Black Mirror). He is also the founder of the AATOAA Studio.
Program finalists to be featured at Saguenay short film festival
In order for a film project to be eligible for the Micro-Budget
Production Program, its producer must have produced or directed at
least one short film. As a result, the Regard sur le court au Saguenay short film festival has decided to help Telefilm spotlight this year's
Micro-Budget Program finalists and their talents in a special program
of short films they have produced in the past.
"Because we believe that the short is crucial in the careers of many
filmmakers and a fortiori for the dynamic creative film community itself, we are very proud to
partner with Telefilm Canada in showcasing the work of the Micro-Budget
Production Program finalists," says Ian Gailer, Festival Director of the REGARD sur le court.
About the Micro-Budget Production Program
The Micro-Budget Production Program targets emerging talent in Canada's audiovisual industry and will
support them in the production and release of a first feature-length
film, with an emphasis on digital platforms and their potential for
wide distribution and audience involvement.
Telefilm will contribute a maximum of $120,000 in funding per project.
Finalists must use this contribution to produce, distribute and promote
a feature-length film for release to the general public within 15
months of signature of the Telefilm contract, via one or more
distribution platforms, with special emphasis on digital media.
This year, Technicolor Canada will participate in the program as exclusive partner in post-production
services. The company will offer a sponsorship valued at $15,000 to
finalists who choose Technicolor to provide post-production services
for their feature-length film.
For more information about the program, please visit http://www.telefilm.ca/en/funds-and-programs/micro-budget-production-program.
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success
of Canada's audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and
promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative
talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the
programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit www.telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada.
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