Telefilm Canada announces 17 feature film projects selected under the Écrire
au long & Feature It! Initiatives

Initiatives support writers and producers in minority Francophone & Anglophone communities

MONTREAL, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the selected feature film projects from minority French- and English-language communities across Canada that have been selected under the Écrire au long and Feature It! initiatives, respectively.

Targeting eligible Francophone and Anglophone writers and producers, these initiatives are part of Telefilm's Official Languages Activities (OLA) Program to develop market-driven feature film projects and to expand the available pools of these creators:

  • Écrire au long targets eligible Francophone creators from Quebec communities outside Montreal and from Francophone communities outside the province of Quebec;
  • Feature It! targets eligible Anglophone creators working in Quebec.

Participating writers and producers receive development funding in the form of an advance for a later phase of their projects and take part in four-day workshops to review the fundamentals of film development and scriptwriting with industry experts. In addition, participants will subsequently receive personalized, professional support from scriptwriting advisors or producer-mentors.

Toronto-based Francophone writer Maxime Desmons sees his acceptance into the 2010-2011 Écrire au long program as an opportunity to improve both his project and his scriptwriting skills.

"To participate in Écrire au long and receive financial support from Telefilm for such an early stage of a project increases my credibility as a scriptwriter," he said. "Working with a mentor who will challenge me and critique my work professionally will make me work even harder on my project and strengthen me as a writer."

2010-2011 Écrire au long participants

French-language projects from outside Montreal

Pierre-Luc à Isaac à   
Productions Par'Ici     Evelyne Lafleur-Guy    Cédric Landry Rimouski
Productions 10e
Nancy F. Savard Normand Bergeron    Québec
Seyka Productions Seydou Kane Seydou Kane Gatineau
Richard Lacombe Stoneham
Jacques Jacob St-Irénée


French-language projects from outside Quebec

Producer Writer Region
K. Zorg et moi Red Letter Films     
Sylvie Peltier             Jean Baillargeon Vancouver
Lara Fitzgerald Toronto
La chanson de
Maxime Desmons      Toronto
Monde de Sophie      n/a n/a Nadine Valcin Toronto


Montreal-based Anglophone writer-producer Debra Kouri raved about her 2009-2010 Feature It! experience and how it helped her project Oh, Christmas Trees.

"In my 12-plus years in the film and television industry, the Feature It! training was the best I have ever received. We had extremely experienced lecturers and industry professionals share their experiences with us. The lessons we learned have already proven invaluable and I'm sincerely looking forward to writing my next draft. I wish this type of training was mandatory for all Canadian writers and producers!"


2010-2011 Feature It! Participants

Producer(s) Writer(s) Region
Alice Found Alive


Alexander Epstein,     
Lisa Hunter
Boost n/a n/a Darren Curtis Montreal
Breaking the Band   

6909060 Canada Inc.  

John Christou,
Chin-Yee Aisling
Mark Slutsky Montreal
Everything is
Quietus Films Inc. Jesse Andrew
Jesse Andrew
Motorway Lodge n/a n/a Seth W. Owen Montreal
My Two Idiots n/a
Michael Vincent
Tracey's Film

Rezolution Pictures
International Inc.
Christina Fon,
Catherine Bainbridge   
Cynthia Knight Montreal


"At their cores, the Écrire au long and Feature It! initiatives give minority Francophone and Anglophone writers and producers such as Maxime and Debra the hands-on mentoring that is so essential to the fine tuning of their work as fiction feature film creators," said Sheila de La Varende, Telefilm Canada's Director of National and International Business Development. "Through this program and others, we are making progress on our goal to enhance industry skills, increase the number of feature-film scripts, and improve creators' access to our main funding programs for the eventual production of their projects," she added.

Telefilm collaborated with the following organizations to deliver each initiative's training components:

  • The Creative Women Workshops Association is delivering Feature It! training components and held a four-day workshop session that ran from June 19 to June 22, 2010, in Montreal.
  • The Institut national de l'image et du son is delivering the Écrire au long training components and will hold a four-day workshop session that will be held in Montreal from August 30 to September 2, 2010.

Since the launch of the OLA program in 2006, Telefilm Canada has been seeking to expand the talent pool of Anglophone and Francophone creators working in minority official language communities across the country. A total of 36 English-language projects and 48 French-language projects have been supported following calls for entries issued to both of these communities.

The Écrire au long and Feature It! initiatives conducted under Telefilm's OLA Program have received financial support from Heritage Canada through the Interdepartmental Partnership with Official-Language Communities.

This is the fifth and final year for the Écrire au long program, and the fourth and final year for the Feature It! program. Telefilm will review results of both initiatives this fall to determine how best to support the professional development of minority-language Francophone and Anglophone creators moving forward.

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About Telefilm Canada
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Media inquiries:
Denise Arab
Director, Communications
Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838, ext. 2099

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