MONTREAL, May 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is partnering with
Vancouver's CineCoup Film Accelerator, a reality-show style competition to provide a million dollars to fund
a new feature film, as part of the funding agency's newly minted New Ways of Discovering Canadian Talent marketing campaign.
On Sunday, Telefilm presented CineCoup President of Distribution and
Sales, Brad Pelman, to industry players and media during its Talent To Watch event at the
Cannes Film Festival. Up next, Telefilm will partner with CineCoup to
unveil the Top 5 films at the Banff World Media Festival in June, where
filmmakers will pitch their projects in front of industry experts.
"We've been in the talent development business for more than 40 years,
supporting dynamic companies and creators from across the country,"
said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm's Executive Director. "And we're constantly innovating in our
quest to find and encourage emerging talent. New Ways of Discovering Canadian Talent was created to promote the next cinematic gems. But to do this, we rely
on partners who share our passion for cinema and who want to push the
boundaries of development, production, distribution and marketing.
That's why we were so delighted to join with CineCoup as the first
collaborator in our promotional campaign."
The CineCoup Film Accelerator is a unique model for indie filmmakers to
develop, market and finance their feature films. Filmmaking teams apply
to CineCoup with a two-minute trailer then advance through a gamified
selection funnel that's designed to package their projects and to build
fan support on the CineCoup social Web platform.
Film fans watch, weigh in and earn votes to help their favourite
filmmakers advance. Ten projects have now been optioned for
development, five teams will travel to the Banff World Media Festival
and, ultimately, one project will be selected for up to $1 million in
production financing and guaranteed theatrical release in Canada.
The contest recently announced its Top 10 submissions: http://www.cinecoup.com/showcase.
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 telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TelefilmCanada.
SOURCE: TELEFILM CANADA
For further information:
Douglas Chow, Manager, External Communications, Telefilm Canada
(514) 283-0838, ext. 2225 or 1-800-567-0890