Telefilm Canada celebrates Canadian cinema at the 35th edition of TIFF

29 Canadian feature films selected  

MONTREAL, Aug. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada salutes the Canadian contingent at the 35th edition of TIFF. A total of 29 Canadian feature films will be presented at the Festival, taking place from September 9 to September 19, 2010. Of the 29 Canadian feature films, 19 were financed by Telefilm Canada through various programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund.

"As one of the world's leading film festivals, TIFF will put these Canadian features in the international spotlight, reaching audiences both at home and abroad," said Sheila de La Varende, Director of National and International Business Development at Telefilm Canada. "The strong Canadian line-up is a significant recognition of both our engaging stories and our storytellers."

As previously announced, Score: A Hockey Musical from Canadian director Michael McGowan (One Week, Saint Ralph) will have its world premiere when it opens the festival on September 9th.

"My two previous experiences at TIFF have been vital in validating me as a filmmaker, and to be selected to open this year's festival is a huge honour," said director Michael McGowan. "As a filmmaker, you hope that your film will get into a festival with as much credibility and respect as TIFF. It provides an important international showcase for films, and this seems doubly so for Canadian films."

TIFF 2010 Canadian selections include:

Title Category Director
A Beginner's Guide to Endings * Gala, World Premiere Jonathan Sobol
A Married Couple Canadian Open Vault Allan King
A Night for Dying Tigers * Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere Terry Miles
Amazon Falls Canada First!, World Premiere Katrin Bowen
The Bang Bang Club * Gala, World Premiere Steven Silver
Barney's Version * Gala, North American Premiere Richard J. Lewis
Casino Jack Gala, World Premiere George Hickenlooper
À l'origine d'un cri (Crying Out) * Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere Robin Aubert
Curling * Visions, North American Premiere Denis Côté
Daydream Nation * Canada First!, World Premiere Michael S. Goldbach
Fubar II * Midnight Madness Opening Night, World Premiere Michael Dowse
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Film *    Special Presentation, World Premiere Sturla Gunnarsson
Good Neighbours * Special Presentation, World Premiere Jacob Tierney
High Cost of Living * Canada First!, World Premiere Deborah Chow
How to Start Your Own Country Real to Reel, World Premiere Jody Shapiro
Incendies * Special Presentation, North American Premiere Denis Villeneuve
Jaloux Canada First!, North American Premiere Patrick Demers
Les Amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) Special Presentation, English Canadian Premiere Xavier Dolan
The Man of A Thousand Songs Real to Reel, World Premiere William D. MacGillivray   
MODRA * Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere Ingrid Veninger
Oliver Sherman * Canada First!, World Premiere Ryan Redford
Repeaters Special Presentation, World Premiere Carl Bessai
Route 132 * Contemporary World Cinema, English Canadian Premiere   Louis Bélanger
Score: A Hockey Musical * Opening Night Gala, World Premiere Michael McGowan
Small Town Murder Songs * Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere Ed Gass-Donnelly
Trigger * Special Presentation, World Premiere Bruce McDonald
Trois temps après la mort d'Anna * Special Presentation, English Canadian Premiere Catherine Martin
Verano de Goliat (Summer of Goliath) Visions, North American Premiere Nicolas Pereda
You Are Here Canada First!, North American Premiere Daniel Cockburn

* Film financed by Telefilm

The 35th edition of TIFF also marks the return of industry initiatives such as Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!, a pitching competition open to aspiring Canadian filmmakers, and TIFF's Talent Lab, an artistic development program that provides emerging talent with the opportunity to learn from the world's best film artists.

Titles were announced earlier today at a press conference in Toronto, Canada. Visit for more information.

About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian products that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund. Visit

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

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