Telefilm Canada highlights Canadian audiovisual industry’s expertise and craftsmanship at Frankfurt Book Fair

Montreal, October 21, 2021 – Telefilm Canada is proud to be a part of the celebration of Canada as the Guest of Honour at the prestigious 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair. Telefilm is responsible for the audiovisual portion of the cultural programming, in partnership with Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada and Canada FBM2021. Canadian arts and culture are being showcased in cities across Germany as Canada celebrates its presence as Guest of Honour. The National Film Board of Canada also participated in the promotion of Canadian creativity by contributing to the programming.

“Canada’s presence as Guest of Honour is a distinction that raises the profile of Canada’s cultural industries far beyond literature,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director and CEO of Telefilm Canada. “This is an incredible opportunity to promote the discovery of Canadian works and increase business opportunities for our industry.”

Audiovisual programming highlights

  • Fiery Sparks of Light is an immersive and sensory augmented reality (AR) experience that celebrates poetry and the important contribution women poets have made to Canada’s stellar reputation on the international literary scene. The production reinvents a selection of poems by four renowned Canadian women poets—Margaret AtwoodNicole BrossardCanisia Lubrin and Sarah Tolmie—and features holographic performances (starting October 20, 2021, in Frankfurt). The program is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and is a coproduction of the CFC Media Lab and the Immersive Storytelling Lab at York University, in partnership with The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and with the support of OCAD University.
  • A Crack in Everything / Une brèche en toute chose, a virtual exhibition from the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, features an immersive selection of works that explore contemporary art through the vibrant lens of Leonard Cohen’s creative universe.
  • Canada By the Book – Maple Movies Festival Tour, a festival of the best and brightest Canadian films, will travel across the country. The festival is a collaboration with the Canadian embassy in Berlin and the Canada Council for the Arts.
  • ImagiNATIVE’s A Wall Is a Screen, in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival and REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival, is part walking tour, part screening of short films (including National Film Board of Canada productions).
  • Wapikoni Mobile presents three different programs of Indigenous short films throughout the city of Frankfurt from October 16 to 24, 2021.
  • Throughout October, Deutsches Filminstitut Filmmuseum (DFF) presents Canada on Screen, an extensive series of films representing Canadian cinema from the Second World War to the present day.

The full audiovisual program is available on RDVCANADA.CA.


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Joyce Richards
Advisor, Public Relations – English Market
Telefilm Canada