Canada Feature Film Fund Téléfilm Canada announces support for 7 French-language feature films

Montréal, June 19, 2009 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce its latest investment decisions – the last for French-language productions for fiscal 2009-10 – under the selective component of the Canada Feature Film Fund’s main program. Twenty-three French-language projects were submitted for the March 30, 2009, deadline, and Telefilm has selected seven to receive a total investment of $7.4 million.

In keeping with its mandate to support a diversity of projects and help increase the box- office earnings of Canadian productions, Telefilm Canada is investing in multiple genres including drama, suspense, comedy and sports drama. These are the French-language projects that will receive Telefilm Canada funding:

100 milliards de neurones – Drama directed and written by Michel Monty. Faced with the death of his doctor father from an overdose of prescription drugs, 12-year-old Étienne starts down the same path. (Producers: Josée Vallée, Pierre Even; Distributor: Alliance Vivafilm Inc.)

Angle mort – Suspense directed by Frédérik D’Amours and written by Martin Girard. A pyromaniac road killer takes revenge for the accident that left his wife dead and him disfigured by murdering bad drivers who cross his path. (Producer: André Rouleau; Distributor: Remstar Distribution Inc.)

Cabotins – Comedy directed by Alain DesRochers and written by Ian Lauzon. Marcel Lajoie is a variety show legend who has delighted audiences for years. But success has come at a cost. With just two weeks before the bank forecloses on his estate, he decides to repair the barn and put on a show to avoid losing everything. (Producer: Jacques Bonin; Distributor: Films Équinoxe Inc.)

Demande à ceux qui restent – Road-movie drama directed by Louis Bélanger and written by Louis Bélanger and Alexis Martin. Stricken with grief and guilt when his son dies, a father flees. Mourning and wandering, he seeks connections. (Producers: Denise Robert, Daniel Louis, Fabienne Larouche, Michel Trudeau; Distributor: Alliance Vivafilm Inc.)

Jour des corneilles (Le) – Animation feature, France-Québec coproduction, directed by Serge Elissalde and written by Serge Elissalde and Amandine Taffin. Deep in a vast forest, a child is raised like a wild thing by his gruff tyrant of a father, who keeps him cut off from all contact with the outside world. Then one day the boy discovers a nearby village and meets a girl, Manon. (Producers: Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal, William Picot; Distributor: Films Équinoxe Inc.)

Frissons des collines – Comedy directed by Richard Roy and written by Richard Roy and Michel Michaud. In the summer of 1969, in the little Quebec village of Sainte-Agasse, Frisson, age 12, is looking for a way to get to Woodstock to see her idol, Jimmy Hendrix. (Producer: Louis-Philippe Rochon; Distributor: Films Séville Inc.)

Lance et Compte – Sports drama directed by Frédérik D’Amours and written by Réjean
Tremblay. The National plays an off-season match in Roberval. On the way back, the team bus gets into an accident. (Producers: Caroline Héroux, Réjean Tremblay;
Distributor: Films Séville Inc.)

The next deadline for French-language projects applying to the CFFF selective component is September 14, 2009.

Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry
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. The Corporation also administers the funding programs of the Canadian Feature Film Fund, the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund.

To learn more about Telefilm Canada, watch the complete webcast of the Corporation’s first annual public meeting, held April 8, 2009, at www.telefilm.ca.

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