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Telefilm promotes co-productions to finance French-language feature films
Montreal, January 24, 2007 - Representatives of public culture agencies
from Quebec (SODEC), France (Centre National de la cinématographie), Belgium's
French community (Centre du cinema et de l'audiovisuel), Switzerland (Office fédéral
de la culture), and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (FilmFund Luxembourg) responded
with interest to Telefilm Canada's invitation to meet on January 17, 18 and 19,
2007 in Montreal to discuss the co-production of French-language feature films.
The meeting, which was considered very successful by participants, was a first
of its kind in Montreal. It created real dialogue between participants, and will
be followed up with joint action over the coming year.
Telefilm is committed to finding solutions to the financing challenges for
French-language feature film. The Meeting was one among a range of measures
to assist the French-language Canadian film industry in maintaining its production
volume and audience share.
Among the other Telefilm initiatives to further this mandate was the creation
of the French
Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF) Working Group and the International
Sales Promotion Pilot Initiative.
Objectives of the Meeting of Francophone Agencies on French-Language Feature
The main goals of the Meeting of Francophone Agencies on French-Language Feature
Film Co-production were the following: improve the understanding of the realities
of each of the countries; identify common stakes; identify shared areas of intervention;
and trigger initiatives to encourage the production and distribution of French-language
cinematographic works likely to reach a broad international audience. Participants
also had the occasion to meet the French CFFF Working Group and to speak with
Four priority areas of intervention
The meeting participants indicated the need for, and their interest in holding
multilateral statutory meetings. They defined four important areas of intervention:
- Development support (financial packaging, script-doctoring, casting, location
scouting, etc.) for promising co-production projects;
- The creation of incentive measures to promote cooperation between Canada
- Support for networking initiatives between producers and creators of the
main Canadian Francophone partners; and
- Initiatives to promote talent and co-productions.
The dialog between the participants will continue throughout this year. An
action plan should lead to promising initiatives.
Telefilm Canada and the participating organizations will announce initiatives
as soon as details are finalized.