Telefilm Canada Celebrates Canadian Cinema at the 34th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival®

This year marks 10th anniversary of Telefilm Canada Pitch This! Competition

Toronto, September 10, 2009 – Telefilm Canada (TFC) is announcing its partnership with the 34th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival®, taking place September 10 to 19. A total of 21 TFC-financed films will be screened at this year’s event. Telefilm Canada Pitch This! Competition—where Canadian film teams present their feature film ideas to an audience of industry professionals—is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The 2009 edition marks Telefilm’s 20-year partnership with TIFF®.

“Telefilm Canada is delighted to partner with the Toronto International Film Festival® for the 20th consecutive year. Both organizations share common objectives such as helping Canadian films reach audiences locally and around the world,” stated Sheila de La Varende, Director, International and National Business Development, Telefilm Canada. “We’re also very happy with the high-quality, varied selection of Canadian films being screened at this year’s edition, as they reflect the diversity of our cinema and talent pool. The number of both Canadian and international industry professionals that come to network and exchange ideas increases every year, providing unique opportunities to this country’s creative teams.”

Industry initiatives
Celebrating its 10th successful year, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! will once again give six Canadian filmmakers the opportunity to present feature film ideas to a large audience of film industry professionals.  One aspiring filmmaker or team will have the occasion to develop the “pitched” project and to shop it around at a major international festival of their choice. The majority of past winners have seen their project go into production and be released commercially. This year’s event will be taking place on September 15 at Stop33 in the Sutton Place Hotel.

The Match Club is a meeting hub for all industry delegates, and the nexus for the international and Canadian film industries. International consultants will be available on site to help set up meetings and offer assistance as required. Match Club is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from September 10 to 17, at 5th Elementt restaurant, located at 1033 Bay Street. This year’s Match Club consultants are Nancy Collett, Peter Belsito, Matt Toner and Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin.

The International Financing Forum brings together selected international and Canadian producers developing English language projects to meet and do business with high-level international industry executives including sales agents, financiers, distributors, agents, and executive producers. This year, the 45 selected producers represent the following countries and provinces: England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, the USA, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Last year, the International Financing Forum brought producers together with representatives from companies such as Aramid Capital Partners (UK), Bavaria Film International (Germany), Celluloid Dreams (France), Cinetic Media (USA), Endeavor Talent Agency (USA), Film4 (UK), Fortissimo Films (Hong Kong/Netherlands), IFC Entertainment (USA), Kinowelt International GmbH (Germany), Magnolia Pictures (USA), The Match Factory (Germany), Overture Films (USA), Paramount Vantage (USA), Participant Media (USA), William Morris Agency (USA) and more.

Telefilm Canada-financed films at TIFF® 2009

Title – Category

Director

A Shine of Rainbows – Sprockets Family Zone

Vic Sarin

All Fall Down – North American Premiere

Philip Hoffman

Cairo Time – Special Presentation

Ruba Nadda

Carcasses – Vanguard Program

Denis Cote

Cooking with Stella – GALA

Dilip Mehta

Crackie – North american premiere

Sherry White

Defendor – Special Presentation

Peter Stebbings

GLENN GOULD:  THE INNER LIFE – VANGUARD PROGRAM

Peter Raymont & Michele Hozer

High Life – Contemporary World Cinema

Gary Yates

Hugh Hefner:  Playboy, Activist & Rebel – World Premiere

Brigitte Berman

Hungry Hills – north american premiere

Rob King

J’ai tué ma mÈre – English Canada Premiere

Xavier Dolan

La Donation – Masters

Bernard Emond

Leslie, My Name is Evil – Vanguard Program

Reg Harkema

Passenger Side – Contemporary World Cinema

Matthew Bissonnette

Reel Injun – Vanguard Program

Neil Diamond

Suck – Contemporary World Cinema

Robert Stefaniuk

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – GALA

Terry Gilliam

The Trotsky – World Premiere

Jacob Tierney

The Wild Hunt – world premiere

Alexandre Franchi

Year of the Carnivore – Opening Canada First! Program

Sook-Yin Lee

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. Visit www.telefilm.ca.

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For additional information, please contact:

Alejandra Sosa
Communications Officer and Press Attaché, Telefilm Canada
416-973-6436, ext. 2505 or 1-800-463-4607
sosaa@telefilm.ca