RBC's Emerging Artist Bursary Program Recognizes Deepa Mehta With $25,000 Donation to TIFF(R) Talent Lab

    Mehta commemorates donation with T-Shirt design

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - RBC today announced a $25,000 donation to the
Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab in appreciation of Deepa
Mehta's contribution to Canadian filmmaking. In recognition of the donation
made through the new RBC Emerging Artist Bursary program, Ms. Mehta has
designed a commemorative limited edition Talent Lab T-Shirt that will be
available through RBC in-branch contests as well as to RBC customers at key
TIFF sites throughout the Festival.
    "RBC's donation will provide resources and programs that will help the
next generation of Canadian filmmakers succeed. I was excited to create a
commemorative Talent-Lab T-Shirt as it was a departure from my normal
responsibilities as a filmmaker, yet still an opportunity to be creative for
something I strongly believe in. The camera design symbolizes the unity of
TIFF and RBC coming together to create an opportunity to inspire emerging
filmmakers, while the rays represent the infinite capacity of filmmakers to
create and grow," said Deepa Mehta, film director and screenwriter.
    RBC's $25,000 contribution to the TIFF Talent Lab makes possible the
introduction of the Talent Lab Mentorship Program, and is in addition to its
annual gift of $10,000 for emerging artists. Selected by a jury of industry
experts, one fortunate filmmaker from the 2008 Talent Lab will have the unique
opportunity to apprentice along side a respected filmmaker who holds the
distinction of being a former Talent Lab Guest or Governor. Also
jury-selected, the Mentorship program will choose a 2008 Talent Lab
participant to attend an international market-focused film festival as an
accredited industry member, mentored by an attending TIFFG employee, a Talent
Lab Producer, or internationally known director or producer working on their
current production.
    The new RBC Emerging Artist Bursary embodies RBC's continued legacy for
supporting emerging artists in Canada. The new bursary will be presented
annually to help Canadian filmmakers from across the country participate in
Toronto International Film Festival Group industry programs. "We are proud to
recognize Deepa Mehta as a passionate supporter for Canadian film and
filmmakers," said Jennifer Tory, RBC's regional president for Greater Toronto.
"Deepa's generous gift of the T-Shirt design brings to life her vision of the
Talent Lab as a source of knowledge and inspiration for aspiring filmmakers."
    This year's Talent Lab hosts 24 emerging filmmakers, as selected from
160 applicants by a jury of industry experts. The TIFF Talent Lab is a
four-day intensive program offering artistic-development opportunities to
emerging filmmakers. Talent Lab participants build networks and learn from
some of the most esteemed film artists in the world. This year Talent Lab
Governors include: Canadian director Don McKellar; French director, Olivier
Assayas, London, U.K. producer Stephen Woolley, and New Zealand director 
Allison MacLean.

    About RBC in 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 the Official Bank of the world's top public
film festival - the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Bell Lightbox

    Currently under construction in downtown Toronto, Bell Lightbox is soon
to be the world's leading destination for film lovers. This major new cultural
institution on the Canadian and international landscape will be structured
around five state-of-the-art cinemas celebrating film from around the world.
Bell Lightbox programming will give context to films through innovative
cross-media exhibitions, lectures, and film-related learning opportunities for
all ages. Designed by innovative architecture firm KPMB, Bell Lightbox's fluid
design encourages exploration, movement and play within its soaring atriums.
    The campaign to build Bell Lightbox is generously supported by founding
sponsor Bell. The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario each have
contributed $25 million to realize Bell Lightbox. A gift of more than 
$22 million has been confirmed from the Reitman family - acclaimed filmmaker
Ivan Reitman and his sisters Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels - and The Daniels
Corporation, who together form the King and John Festival Corporation. The
project is also supported by RBC as Major Sponsor and Official Bank, Visa,
Copyright Collective of Canada, NBC Universal Canada, The Allan Slaight
Family, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, CIBC, and many other
individuals and corporations. The Board of Directors, staff and many generous
individuals have also contributed to the campaign. The total amount raised to
date is $147 million, three quarters of the total campaign of $196 million.
For more information on the Bell Lightbox campaign, visit belllightbox.ca.
    We are a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose mission
is to transform the way people see the world through film. Our vision is to
lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Beja Rodeck, Director, RBC,
Media Relations, (416) 974-5506, beja.rodeck@rbc.com

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