The NFB-TVO Calling Card Program invites Ontarians to make new-media and broadcast documentaries

    Winning teams receive $45,000, mentorship and an online or broadcast

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and TVO
proudly announce their newest collaboration: the expanded NFB-TVO Calling Card
Program. The program provides an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and
new-media teams from Ontario to work with the NFB and TVO to create
documentaries for new-media platforms or television broadcast.
    For the first time the Calling Card Program features an interactive
new-media category as well as a television broadcast category. The program
will have its official launch at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary
Festival 2009 in Toronto.
    Documentaries must be original, character-driven narratives with a focus
on social, political and cultural issues. Submission deadline is August 31,
    The winning team in each category (new-media and television broadcast)
will be awarded $45,000 and receive mentorship from members of the film and
new-media community to take their docs from concept to television premiere or
online launch. The winning 30-minute TV documentary will have its premiere
broadcast on TVO's flagship Canadian documentary series The View From Here.
The winning online interactive documentary will be launched and hosted at both and
    "The introduction of a new-media component this year furthers the NFB's
commitment to digital storytelling," says Silva Basmajian, Executive Producer
at the NFB Ontario Centre. "Supporting emerging talent and creators from the
digital community is a perfect fit with the Calling Card Program."
    "Enabling new approaches to documentary storytelling and reaching new
audiences online are key priorities for TVO," says Christine McGlade, Manager,
Interactive and Digital Media, TVO. "The new Calling Card Program is a
tangible result of our transition to a digital media organization. We feel
strongly that point-of-view documentaries have an important role to play in
the new online environment."
    The winning documentaries will join an esteemed list of other Calling
Card winners, such as the Oscar-nominated Hardwood, as well as Cheating Death,
Woodland Spirits, Harvest Queens and 9 Months, 6 Blocks.
    For competition guidelines and application forms, visit

    About NFB

    The world changes, our stories live on - that's the National Film Board
of Canada's pledge to Canadians as it marks its 70th anniversary in 2009 with
a new national online Screening Room and a slate of bold, innovative
productions. Canada's public film producer and distributor, the NFB produces
and distributes social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative
drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian
perspective. In collaboration with its international partners and
co-producers, the NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st century cinema and
breaking new ground in form and content, through community filmmaking
projects, cross-platform media, interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation -
and more. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000
productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90
Genies. To watch over 1000 productions online or for more information, visit

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Anne Rubenstein, TVO
Communications, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2881,; Paul Ginis, TVO
Communications, Tel: (416) 484-2600 ext. 2445,; Melissa Than,
NFB Publicist, Tel: (416) 985-8960, Cell: (647) 248-9854,

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