Telefilm Canada drives Canadian business opportunities at 61st edition of the Berlin International Film Festival

Montréal, January 26, 2011 – Telefilm Canada is delighted to be front and centre at this year’s Berlinale and European Film Market with the Canada Sales Desk and Perspective Canada.


Committed to fostering creative and business partnerships and increasing international sales, the Canada Sales Desk will play host to 8 distributors, up from 5 in 2010, in the newly expanded space: Arrow Entertainment, Bogeydom Licensing, Delphis Films, eOne Films International, Forward Motion, Horizon Motion Pictures, Joker Films and Raven Banner can be found under one banner. This unique space serves as an efficient business centre for Canadian industry professionals, while providing a supportive environment for sales and networking.  In 2009, our clients reported more than $12M of sales and presales completed or worth of sales and presales likely to occur as a result of discussions initiated at the European Film Market.


“The European Film Market has emerged as one of the most important markets for sales of theatrically driven prestige movies,” stated Charlotte Mickie, Executive Vice-President of Entertainment One International. “Our presence is essential and it’s a wonderful place to showcase our movies.  Support from Telefilm has been instrumental in our success at Berlin over the past years.  We’re looking forward to a bright future together in Berlin this year and for many more to come.”

Also, the fifth edition of Perspective Canada at Berlin will take place during the European Film Market that runs concurrently to the Berlinale. The screening program maximizes the exposure for Canadian feature length films while shining the spotlight on Canadian companies, films and on-screen talent for the international film community in Berlin, including close to 6,500 acquisitions representatives accredited at the Market.


“In 2010 we introduced the biggest grossing French-language film Father and Guns as part of Perspective Canada in Berlin. This year, in the same section, we are presenting The Bait; an action comedy directed by Yves Simoneau and produced by our sister company Cirrus,” said Xiaojuan Zhou of Delphis Film.  “We consider our participation in Berlin important as it is the first major film market at the beginning of the year that could help us catch up with the industry and set up our annual strategy in terms of our movie acquisitions and sales activities.”


Perspective Canada – European Film Market 2011 















































































Film


Director


Production Company


Distributor


Curling


Denis Côté


Nihilproductions (Montréal)


Doc + Film, France


Familiar Ground (En terrains connus)


Stéphane Lafleur


micro_scope (Montréal)


eOne Films International, Canada


Fathers and Sons


Carl Bessai


Raven West Films (Vancouver)


Shoreline, USA


Hidden 3D


Antoine Thomas


Caramel Films (Montréal)


eOne Films International, Canada


How to Boil a Frog


Jon Cooksey


Fools Bay Entertainment (North Vancouver)


Horizon Motion Pictures, Canada


Oliver Sherman


Ryan Redford


The Film Works (Toronto)


Wide Management, France


Score: A Hockey Musical


Michael McGowan


Mulmur Feed (Toronto)


Mulmur, Canada


Small Town Murder Songs


Ed Gass-Donnelly


Resolute Films and Entertainment (Toronto), 3 Legged Dog Films (Toronto)


Visit Films, USA


The Bait (L’Appât)


Yves Simoneau


Cirrus Communications (Montréal)


Delphis, Canada


The High Cost of Living


Deborah Chow


Suki Films (Montréal)


Filmoption, Canada


The Man of a Thousand Songs


William D. MacGillivray


Get Set Films (St. John’s), Picture Plant (Lunenberg)


Picture Plant, Canada


The Salesman (Le Vendeur)


Sébastien Pilote


ACPAV (Montréal)


eOne Films International, Canada


Trigger


Bruce McDonald


United Orange (Toronto)


eOne Films International, Canada


Wrecked


Michael Greenspan


Wrecked Productions (Vancouver)


eOne Films International, Canada


Canada at Berlin 2011 is organized and funded by Telefilm Canada in collaboration with its principal partner, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, its associate partners, British Columbia Film and Film Nova Scotia, and its contributing partner, Manitoba Film & Music.


For additional information on Telefilm’s international business development activities at Berlin, please visit our microsite Canada at Berlin 2011


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.

National and International Business Development
Telefilm Canada
514-283-6363
festivals@telefilm.ca