Telefilm Canada Celebrates Canadian Cinema at the 34th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival(R)



    
    This year marks 10th anniversary of Telefilm Canada Pitch This!
    Competition
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada (TFC) is announcing its
partnership with the 34th edition of the Toronto International Film
Festival(R), taking place September 10 to 19. A total of 21 TFC-financed films
will be screened at this year's event. Telefilm Canada Pitch This!
Competition-where Canadian film teams present their feature film ideas to an
audience of industry professionals-is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The
2009 edition marks Telefilm's 20-year partnership with TIFF(R).
    "Telefilm Canada is delighted to partner with the Toronto International
Film Festival(R) for the 20th consecutive year. Both organizations share
common objectives such as helping Canadian films reach audiences locally and
around the world," stated Sheila de La Varende, Director, International and
National Business Development, Telefilm Canada. "We're also very happy with
the high-quality, varied selection of Canadian films being screened at this
year's edition, as they reflect the diversity of our cinema and talent pool.
The number of both Canadian and international industry professionals that come
to network and exchange ideas increases every year, providing unique
opportunities to this country's creative teams."

    Industry initiatives

    Celebrating its 10th successful year, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! will
once again give six Canadian filmmakers the opportunity to present feature
film ideas to a large audience of film industry professionals. One aspiring
filmmaker or team will have the occasion to develop the "pitched" project and
to shop it around at a major international festival of their choice. The
majority of past winners have seen their project go into production and be
released commercially. This year's event will be taking place on September 15
at Stop33 in the Sutton Place Hotel.
    The Match Club is a meeting hub for all industry delegates, and the nexus
for the international and Canadian film industries. International consultants
will be available on site to help set up meetings and offer assistance as
required. Match Club is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from September 10 to 17,
at 5th Elementt restaurant, located at 1033 Bay Street. This year's Match Club
consultants are Nancy Collett, Peter Belsito, Matt Toner and Jessica Leigh
Clark-Bojin.
    The International Financing Forum brings together selected international
and Canadian producers developing English language projects to meet and do
business with high-level international industry executives including sales
agents, financiers, distributors, agents, and executive producers. This year,
the 45 selected producers represent the following countries and provinces:
England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, South
Africa, Brazil, Ireland, the USA, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec
and Nova Scotia.
    Last year, the International Financing Forum brought producers together
with representatives from companies such as Aramid Capital Partners (UK),
Bavaria Film International (Germany), Celluloid Dreams (France), Cinetic Media
(USA), Endeavor Talent Agency (USA), Film4 (UK), Fortissimo Films (Hong
Kong/Netherlands), IFC Entertainment (USA), Kinowelt International GmbH
(Germany), Magnolia Pictures (USA), The Match Factory (Germany), Overture
Films (USA), Paramount Vantage (USA), Participant Media (USA), William Morris
Agency (USA) and more.
    
    Telefilm Canada-financed films at TIFF(R) 2009
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    TITLE - CATEGORY                                   DIRECTOR
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    A SHINE OF RAINBOWS - SPROCKETS FAMILY ZONE        Vic Sarin
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    ALL FALL DOWN - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE            Philip Hoffman
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    CAIRO TIME - SPECIAL PRESENTATION                  Ruba Nadda
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    CARCASSES - VANGUARD PROGRAM                       Denis Cote
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    COOKING WITH STELLA - GALA                         Dilip Mehta
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    CRACKIE - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE                  Sherry White
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    DEFENDOR - SPECIAL PRESENTATION                    Peter Stebbings
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    GLENN GOULD: THE INNER LIFE - VANGUARD PROGRAM     Peter Raymont &
                                                       Michele Hozer
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    HIGH LIFE - CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA              Gary Yates
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    HUGH HEFNER: PLAYBOY, ACTIVIST & REBEL -
    WORLD PREMIERE                                     Brigitte Berman
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    HUNGRY HILLS - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE             Rob King
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    J'AI TUE MA MERE - ENGLISH CANADA PREMIERE         Xavier Dolan
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    LA DONATION - MASTERS                              Bernard Emond
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    LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL - VANGUARD PROGRAM         Reg Harkema
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    PASSENGER SIDE - CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA         Matthew Bissonnette
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    REEL INJUN - VANGUARD PROGRAM                      Neil Diamond
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    SUCK - CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA                   Robert Stefaniuk
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    THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS - GALA         Terry Gilliam
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    THE TROTSKY - WORLD PREMIERE                       Jacob Tierney
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    THE WILD HUNT - WORLD PREMIERE                     Alexandre Franchi
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    YEAR OF THE CARNIVORE - OPENING CANADA FIRST!
    PROGRAM                                            Sook-Yin Lee
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    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 or 1-800-463-4607,
sosaa@telefilm.gc.ca


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