OMDC celebrates banner year for Ontario-produced films at TIFF(R)

    OMDC announces the return of the International Finance Forum and
    Canadian Filmmakers' Indie Tent Event

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
announced today that eleven Ontario-produced films, six of which received
funding support from the OMDC, have been selected as part of the 2007 Toronto
International Film Festival(R) (TIFF), including both the opening night film -
director Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces starring Stephen Dillane and
produced by Robert Lantos and co-produced by Sandra Cunningham, and the
closing night film, Paolo Barzman's Emotional Arithmetic starring Susan
Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, produced by Suzanne Girard and Anna Stratton.
    "It has been an incredible year for OMDC! We are proud to have OMDC
funded films both open and close this year's Festival, as well as a record
number of Ontario-produced films being showcased. We are pleased to continue
our strong partnership with the Festival in fostering opportunities for our
indigenous filmmakers by hosting a number of events including the second
annual International Finance Forum," says OMDC President and CEO, Karen

    Six OMDC supported films screen at TIFF(R)

    All Hat by director Leonard Farlinger is the story of ex-ballplayer Ray
Dokes (Luke Kirby) who is fresh out of prison and returns home to outwit a
corrupt and wealthy thoroughbred owner in his attempts to take over a slew of
local farms and build a golf resort. The film stars David Alpay, Lisa Ray and
Keith Carradine. Premieres on Tuesday September 11, 6:00 PM, Isabel Bader

    Breakfast With Scot by director Laurie Lynd tells of a very straight gay
couple - Sam, an ex-Toronto Maple Leaf, and Ed, the team's lawyer - whose
lifestyle and relationship are shocked when they become the guardians of a
flamboyant 11-year-old named Scot. Reluctant and conflicted about bringing up
the boy, their feelings change as the pair are caught off guard by this unique
young character who is joyously and unashamedly himself. The film stars Tom
Cavanaugh, Ben Shenkman and Noah Bernett. Premieres on Sunday, September 9,
6:00 PM, Scotia Bank 1.

    Emotional Arithmetic by director Paolo Barzman and produced by Suzanne
Girard and Anna Stratton, is a story of redemption, healing and reconciliation
ignited by the re-union of three survivors of Drancy, the WW II internment
camp just outside of Paris. The film stars Academy-Award(R) winning actors,
Susan Sarandon, Max Von Sydow, Gabriel Byrne and Christopher Plummer. Closing
Night Gala - Saturday, September 15, 2007, 8:00 PM, Roy Thomson Hall.

    Fugitive Pieces by director Jeremy Podewsa (Five Senses), and produced by
Robert Lantos and co-produced by Sandra Cunningham, is based on Anne Michaels'
multi-award winning debut novel, a powerful, poetic, and emotionally-charged
drama about love, loss and redemption. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer,
a man whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during WW II. The
film stars Stephen Dillane. Opening Night Film, Thursday, September 6, 2007,
8:00 PM, Roy Thomson Hall.

    Poor Boy's Game directed and produced by Clement Virgo with producer
Damon D'Oliveira and Chaz Thorne. The film is the story of Donnie Rose (Rossif
Sutherland) who is released from jail a changed man after nine years in prison
for having brutally beaten a young man. He returns to find the violent, racist
place he came from is no different. At the other end of the city, the black
community is bent on revenge. Ossie Paris (Flex Alexander) has been chosen to
see that justice is done, challenging Donnie to a showdown in the boxing ring.
Particularly bent on revenge, George Carvey (Danny Glover), the father of
Donnie's victim, begins to reconsider when he realizes that he and Donnie both
want to leave the past behind. Premieres on Tuesday, September 11, 2007,
8:15 PM, Varsity 8.

    Weirdsville by veteran director Allan Moyle (New Waterford Girl, Pump up
the Volume) and produced by Nicholas D. Tabarrok, stars Scott Speedman, Wes
Bentley and Taryn Manning. The film follows Dexter and Royce, two men who get
in way over their heads after the overdose of a friend finds them at an
abandoned drive-in to dispose of her body. But things get worse when they
discover and disrupt a satanic cult performing a sacrificial ritual, run afoul
of a psychotic drug dealer, and incur the wrath of an angry mall security
guard. Premieres on Wednesday September 12, 2007, 3:00 PM, Scotia Bank 14.

    Other Ontario-produced feature titles premiering at this year's Toronto
International Film Festival(R) include; Richie Mehta's feature film debut Amal
starring Naseeruddin Shah and Seema Biswas. Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands
with the Devil starring Roy Dupuis as Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire. Bruce
Macdonald's The Tracey Fragments starring Ellen Page and Ari Cohen. Ed
Gass-Donnelly's This Beautiful City starring Noam Jenkins and Aaron Poole and
Kristin Booth. Martin Gero's debut feature Young People F(*)cking starring Carly
Pope, Peter Oldring opens the Canada First! Program.
    Ontario produced short films at TIFF(R) include; A Short Film About
Falling by Peter Lynch/Max Dean, Andrew McPhillips' Blood Will Tell, Bumblebee
by Jonathan van Tulleken, Burgeon and Fade directed by Audrey Cummings, Simon
Ennis' The Canadian Shield, Congratulations Daisy Graham by Cassandra
Nicolaou, Cursing Hanley by director Kelly Harms, Dada Dum by Britt Randle,
David Birnbaum's Found Objects, Four Walls directed by Raha Shirazi and I've
Never had Sex... by director Robert Kennedy.

    Other OMDC Events during TIFF(R)
    OMDC hosts the 2nd annual International Finance Forum (IFF) during
TIFF(R). IFF is a day-long, feature film co-finance event that brings together
international and Canadian producers to do business in a relaxed atmosphere of
brokered meetings and networking opportunities with international sales
agents, distributors, funders, agents, and executive producers.
    OMDC will also partner with the Canadian independent filmmaker community
to host the 2nd annual Canadian Filmmakers' Indie Tent Event - a celebration
of Canadian film at TIFF(R), as well as continuing their presence at the
TIFF(R) Industry Sales Centre.

    About the Ontario Media Development Corporation:

    The Ontario Media Development Corporation's mandate is to build Ontario's
cultural industries capacity and competitiveness. Through tax credits,
programs and services for the film and television, book and magazine
publishing, music and interactive digital media industries, OMDC maximizes
opportunities for growth and innovation in Ontario and abroad.

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For further information:

For further information: Contact for OMDC: Sharon Wilson,
Communications, Ontario Media Development Corporation, T. (416) 314-6858,; Contact for Media: Suzanne Cheriton, red eye media, T.
(416) 805-6744,; Micol Marotti, T. (416) 567-1698,

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