RBC launches RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition in partnership with TIFF

    Twenty-five emerging filmmakers vie for cash prize and chance to be a
    part of RBC's trailer for the 2010 Festival

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - RBC today announced the launch of the RBC
Emerging Filmmakers Competition in partnership with the Toronto International
Film Festival (TIFF) Talent Lab.
    "This competition is designed to provide up and coming Canadian
filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their work and talent to the film
industry and the world," said Jennifer Tory, Regional President, Greater
Toronto, RBC. "Canadian filmmakers have proven themselves to be among the
world's most successful and imaginative. RBC is proud to support the next
generation of talent as they look to make their way to the big screen."
    Twenty-five emerging filmmakers, who are participating in this year's
TIFF Talent Lab, have been chosen for the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition.
Each filmmaker will be provided with a portable high definition camera and
$500 cash and will be challenged to develop a three-four minute short film for
the competition. Each year the films will focus on one topic - this year's
theme is water.
    "As a long-standing valued partner of TIFF, we are thrilled that RBC has
once again demonstrated their ongoing commitment to our Talent Lab program
with the launch of the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition," said Piers
Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. "This competition will give young
filmmakers the tools they need to showcase their creative abilities and we
can't wait to share the results of the competition with Festival audiences in
    Talent Lab is a four-day intensive program that offers
artistic-development opportunities to emerging Canadian filmmakers. The
program provides participants with the chance to build networks in a creative
environment and learn from some of the most esteemed filmmakers and artists in
the world.
    "I am honoured to be this year's Talent Lab Industry Ambassador. This
program has nurtured some of the strongest and most promising filmmakers, many
of whom have returned to the festival with success," said Don McKellar. "I
look forward to taking part in the workshops and sessions, and exchanging
ideas with the Talent Lab participants."
    A panel of industry experts will review the submissions and the top five
films will be posted online next Spring. Winners will be announced immediately
prior to TIFF 2010, with prizes awarded to the top two jury-selected films and
one Fan Favourite, selected from online votes. The national winner will
receive $15,000; the honourable mention $10,000 and the Fan Favourite will be
awarded $5,000.
    For more information about the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition and to
see the list of participants, visit www.rbc.com/tiff2009.

    About RBC and the Community

    RBC is proud to support the events and passions that resonate with our
clients and all Canadians. In addition to sponsoring numerous grassroots and
community causes and events, RBC is pleased to play a leadership role in the
following initiatives: The RBC Blue Water Project is aimed at fostering a
greater commitment to water stewardship in Canada and abroad. As the longest
standing partner of the Canadian Olympic Team, RBC continues its sponsorship
through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With golf as
the top participation sport in Canada, RBC has become the title sponsor of the
RBC Canadian Open - the country's national golf championship and the third
oldest in the world; and RBC is proud to support the world's top public film
festival - the Toronto International Film Festival.

    About TIFF

    TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to
transform the way people see the world through film. Its vision is to lead the
world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. TIFF
generates an annual economic impact of $135 million CAD and currently employs
more than 100 full-time staff and 500 part-time and seasonal staff, and counts
upon the largesse of over 2,000 volunteers year-round.

For further information:

For further information: Jackie Braden, Manager, Sponsorship
Communications, (416) 974-1724

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