Daring to change -Telefilm Canada releases its fiscal 2009-2010 results
Montréal, December 8, 2010 – Telefilm Canada held its second annual public meeting in Halifax this afternoon. Michel Roy, Chair of the Board, and Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, presented highlights of Telefilm’s 2009-2010 annual report and unveiled the organization’s major strategic orientations.
“A nation’s cinema is too important to leave it to develop on the sidelines,” stated Michel Roy. “This is why our new corporate plan, taking effect on April 1, will dare us to change. Dare us to question the way we do things. Dare us to breathe new life into our film industry. Dare us to embrace a vision of the future in which our cinema will at last take its rightful place in the hearts of Canadian movie lovers, and movie lovers all over the world.”
“The Canadian industry aims for excellence,” stated Carolle Brabant. “The entrepreneurs, creators and artisans that I have met are ambitious. They have confidence in themselves and in what they produce, and they want to conquer not just the country but the entire world. We certainly intend to continue playing a major role in helping them achieve their goals.”
Among the highlights of fiscal 2009-2010, the following are worth noting:
- Ten Canadian feature films earned more than $1 million at the box office, among them De père en flic ($10.7 million) and Trailer Park Boys ($2.9 million).
- Telefilm certified 55 new official coproductions, bringing a welcome injection of 248 million dollars of foreign investment into Canadian production.
- The administrative expenses required to offer our programs declined from 7.2% to 6.1%.
- $1.5 million in efficiency gains were reinvested back into the industry.
- The Office of the Auditor General’s Special Examination was very positive, demonstrating that Telefilm operates with excellent governance and management practices.
- Canadian feature films supported by Telefilm won 104 awards worldwide.
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 productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund’s programs. Visit www.telefilm.ca.