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Telefilm Canada announces French-language project selected for production support through the Official Languages Activities Program

21 September 2009

Montréal, September 21, 2009 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that it has selected the film project La Sacrée, for financing through the French-language production component of the Official Languages Activities (OLA) Program. La Sacrée is a script by Daniel Marchildon to be produced by Mark Chatel of Ontario company Balestra Productions and to be directed by Dominic Desjardins and Mark Chatel.

La Sacrée is one of four projects supported by Telefilm with a $20,000 development grant through the “Écrire au long” initiative. The program is aimed at supporting Francophone feature film writers and producers working outside Quebec. Ottawa-based producer Mark Chatel and scriptwriter Daniel Marchildon of Penetanguish, Ontario benefited from a three-day writing workshop on producing for narrative feature films, as well as advice from an Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS) consultant during the re-write period.

“Seeing La Sacrée move forward is a pleasure, since the French-language production component of the Official Languages Activities Program is designed to help Francophone creators from outside Quebec break into the market,” said Michel Pradier, Director, Project Financing, at Telefilm Canada. “And it’s encouraging to have the project enter a new phase in continuity with its initial participation in the Écrire au long initiative.”  

In La Sacrée, a man attempts to come to terms with his past and with his fellow villagers by undertaking to brew an ancestral beer whose secret recipe has been forgotten over time. This is also the story of a small Franco-Ontarian community that has lost its soul and wants to find it. The village’s survival is linked to the secret of the beer once brewed there and its long-lost formula. Like the protagonist, the village finds that the way to ensure the future is by searching the past.

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Media inquiries:

Eva Hartling
Communication Specialist
Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838, ext. 2090 or 1-800-567-0890