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Telefilm Canada celebrates Canadian cinema at the 35th edition of TIFF

10 August 2010

29 Canadian feature films selected

Montreal, August 10, 2010 – Telefilm Canada salutes the Canadian contingent at the 35th edition of TIFF. A total of 29 Canadian feature films will be presented at the Festival, taking place from September 9 to September 19, 2010. Of the 29 Canadian feature films, 19 were financed by Telefilm Canada through various programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund.

“As one of the world’s leading film festivals, TIFF will put these Canadian features in the international spotlight, reaching audiences both at home and abroad,” said Sheila de La Varende, Director of National and International Business Development at Telefilm Canada. “The strong Canadian line-up is a significant recognition of both our engaging stories and our storytellers.”

As previously announced, Score: A Hockey Musical from Canadian director Michael McGowan (One Week, Saint Ralph) will have its world premiere when it opens the festival on September 9th.

“My two previous experiences at TIFF have been vital in validating me as a filmmaker, and to be selected to open this year’s festival is a huge honour,” said director Michael McGowan. “As a filmmaker, you hope that your film will get into a festival with as much credibility and respect as TIFF. It provides an important international showcase for films, and this seems doubly so for Canadian films.”

TIFF 2010 Canadian selections include:




A Beginner’s Guide to Endings *

Gala, World Premiere

Jonathan Sobol

A Married Couple

Canadian Open Vault

Allan King

A Night for Dying Tigers *

Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere

Terry Miles

Amazon Falls

Canada First!, World Premiere

Katrin Bowen

The Bang Bang Club *

Gala, World Premiere

Steven Silver

Barney’s Version *

Gala, North American Premiere

Richard J. Lewis

Casino Jack

Gala, World Premiere

George Hickenlooper

À l’origine d’un cri (Crying Out) *

Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere

Robin Aubert

Curling *

Visions, North American Premiere

Denis Côté

Daydream Nation *

Canada First!, World Premiere

Michael S. Goldbach

Fubar II *

Midnight Madness Opening Night, World Premiere

Michael Dowse

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Film *

Special Presentation, World Premiere

Sturla Gunnarsson

Good Neighbours *

Special Presentation, World Premiere

Jacob Tierney

High Cost of Living *

Canada First!, World Premiere

Deborah Chow

How to Start Your Own Country

Real to Reel, World Premiere

Jody Shapiro

Incendies *

Special Presentation, North American Premiere

Denis Villeneuve


Canada First!, North American Premiere

Patrick Demers

Les Amours imaginaires (Heartbeats)

Special Presentation, English Canadian Premiere

Xavier Dolan

The Man of A Thousand Songs

Real to Reel, World Premiere

William D. MacGillivray


Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere

Ingrid Veninger

Oliver Sherman *

Canada First!, World Premiere

Ryan Redford


Special Presentation, World Premiere

Carl Bessai

Route 132 *

Contemporary World Cinema, English Canadian Premiere

Louis Bélanger

Score: A Hockey Musical *

Opening Night Gala, World Premiere

Michael McGowan

Small Town Murder Songs *

Contemporary World Cinema, World Premiere

Ed Gass-Donnelly

Trigger *

Special Presentation, World Premiere

Bruce McDonald

Trois temps après la mort d’Anna *

Special Presentation, English Canadian Premiere

Catherine Martin

Verano de Goliat (Summer of Goliath)

Visions, North American Premiere

Nicolas Pereda

You Are Here

Canada First!, North American Premiere

Daniel Cockburn

* Film financed by Telefilm

The 35th edition of TIFF also marks the return of industry initiatives such as Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!, a pitching competition open to aspiring Canadian filmmakers, and TIFF’s Talent Lab, an artistic development program that provides emerging talent with the opportunity to learn from the world’s best film artists.

Titles were announced earlier today at a press conference in Toronto, Canada. Visit for more information.

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 products that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund. Visit


Media inquiries:
Denise Arab
Director, Communications
Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838, ext. 2099