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Impressive Year for Canadian Cinema at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival

Montreal, September 7, 2010 – Telefilm Canada announces that eight Canadian feature films have been chosen as official selections of the 15th Pusan International Film Festival, to be held in South Korea from October 7 to 15, 2010.

“Pusan is an excellent springboard for Canadian filmmakers looking to launch their films internationally,” said Sheila de La Varende, Telefilm Canada’s Director of National and International Business Development. “Canadian participation at Pusan strengthens our efforts aimed at increasing international sales, encouraging coproduction and raising the profile of the Canadian industry on the international stage—especially in Asian markets. These activities play a big role in helping to expand Canada’s film industry and make it even more vibrant.”

Over the last 15 years, Pusan has become one of Asia’s most important film festivals. In 2006, the festival was supplemented by a market, the Asian Film Market. Telefilm has been organizing screenings for the Pusan selection committee since 2005, thereby helping to favour the selection of Canadian films at this major international festival.

The following films will be presented as official selections during the festival (* indicates that the film received Telefilm Canada support):

World Cinema program
CRYING OUT –
À L’ORIGINE D’UN CRI* (Robin Aubert) –  International premiere
TWICE A WOMAN - DEUX FOIS UNE FEMME* (François Delisle) – World premiere
INCENDIES* (Denis Villeneuve) – Asian premiere
HEARTBEATS - LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES* (Xavier Dolan) – Asian premiere
TROMPER LE SILENCE* (Julie Hivon) – International premiere

Midnight Passion program
ALTITUDE*
(Kaare Andrews) – International premiere

Invitation to Open Cinema (outdoor screening for 5000 moviegoers):
THE BANG BANG CLUB*
(Steven Silver) – International premiere

Flash Forward program
LULLABY FOR PI (Canada-France majority co-production)
(Benoit Philippon) - World premiere

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 www.telefilm.ca.

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For information:
Élise Proulx
Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838 or 1-800-567-0890, ext. 2090
proulxe@telefilm.ca
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