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Canadian Cinema – Reignited contributes $660K to restore 23 Canadian seminal films

09 May 2023

Telefilm Canada’s Canadian Cinema – Reignited digitization initiative is announcing 23 Canadian titles that will receive funding for digitization and/or restoration this year, for a total of $659,640.

“Digitization and restoration help preserve our film history as well as create new opportunities to celebrate Canada’s filmmaking legacy, while paving the way for continued creativity, innovation, and international success,” said Francesca Accinelli, Vice President of Promotion, Communications and International Relations. “Since 2021, the Canadian Cinema – Reignited initiative restored nine seminal Canadian films with the support of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival.”

Following a call for projects, the selection process is conducted by Telefilm with recommendations made by an advisory committee composed of internal and external experts. Decision-making was based on the cultural relevance of the film and its importance in Canadian film history, as well as its potential for commercial exploitation.

Winter Kept Us Warm (1965)
Director, screenwriter and producer: David Secter
Digitization partner: Canadian International Pictures

Tiki Tiki (1971)
Director: Gerald Potterton
Screenwriter: Jerome Chodorov, Donald Brittain and John Morgan
Producers: Gerald Potterton and Murray Shostak
Digitization partner: Canadian International Pictures

In Praise of Older Women (1978)
Director: George Kaczender
Screenwriter: Paul Gottlieb
Producers: Robert Lantos, Claude Heroux, Harold Greenberg and Stephen J. Roth
Digitization partner: Serendipity Point Films

La maladie, c’est les compagnies (1979)
Director and producer: Richard Boutet
Screenwriter: Danyèle Patenaude
Digitization partner: Cinema Politica

Au clair de la lune (1983)
Director: André Forcier
Screenwriters: André Forcier, Jacques Marcotte, Guy L’Écuyer, Michel Côté, Michel Pratt and Bernard Lalonde
Producers: Bernard Lalonde and Louis Laverdière
Digitization partner: Québecor Média inc./Éléphant : mémoire du cinéma québécois

Les six saisons Attikameks (1983)
Directors and screenwriters: Pierre Dinel and Pierre Hivon
Producer: Pierre Dinel
Digitization partner: Cinémathèque québécoise

Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got (1985)
Director, writer and producer: Brigitte Berman
Digitization partner: Toronto International Film Festival

Joshua Then and Now (1985)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Screenwriter: Mordecai Richler
Producers: Robert Lantos and Stephen J. Roth
Digitization partner: Serendipity Point Films

Determinations (1988)
Director, screenwriter and producer: Oliver Hockenhull
Digitization partner: Moksha Media Incorporated

Archangel (1990)
Director: Guy Maddin
Screenwriters: Guy Maddin and George Toles
Producer: Greg Klymkiw
Digitization partner: Sphinx Productions

White Room (1990)
Director and screenwriter: Patricia Rozema
Producer: Alexandra Raffé
Digitization partner: Vos Productions and Film Associates International

Masala (1991)
Director and screenwriter: Srinivas Krishna
Producers: Camelia Frieberg and Srinivas Krishna
Digitization partner: Toronto International Film Festival

Deux actrices (1993)
Director, screenwriter and producer: Micheline Lanctôt
Digitization partner: Québecor Média inc./Éléphant : mémoire du cinéma québécois

Eldorado (1995)
Director and screenwriter: Charles Binamé
Producer: Lorraine Richard
Digitization partner: Québecor Média inc./Éléphant : mémoire du cinéma québécois

Cube (1997)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Screenwriters: Vincenzo Natali, André Bijelic and Graeme Manson
Producers: Mehra Meh and Betty Orr
Digitization partner: Canadian Film Centre

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Director and screenwriter: Atom Egoyan
Producers: Atom Egoyan and Camelia Frieberg
Digitization partner: Sphinx Productions

Hey, Happy! (2001)
Director and screenwriter: Noam Gonick
Producer: Laura Michalchyshyn
Digitization partner: Big Daddy Beer Guts, Inc.

Honour Before Glory (2001)
Director, screenwriter and producer: Anthony Sherwood
Digitization partner: Anthony Sherwood Films Inc.

Khaled (2001)
Director and screenwriter: Asghar Massombagi
Producer: Paul Scherzer
Digitization partner: Canadian Film Centre

Saved by the Belles (2003)
Director and producer: Ziad Touma
Screenwriters: Ziad Touma and Brian C. Warren
Digitization partner: Couzin Films

Poor Boy’s Game (2007)
Director: Clement Virgo
Screenwriters: Clement Virgo and Chaz Thorne
Producers: Damon D’Oliveira, Chaz Thorne and Clement Virgo
Digitization partner: Conquering Lion Pictures

Incendies (2010)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Screenwriter and Dialogue: Denis Villeneuve in collaboration with Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne
Producers: Luc Déry and Kim McCraw
Digitization partner: Microscope Inc.

Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
Director and screenwriter: Philippe Falardeau
Producers: Luc Déry and Kim McCraw
Digitization partner: Microscope Inc.

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Joyce Richards 
Advisor, Public Relations – English Market
Telefilm Canada