Telefilm Canada launches Off The Wall video series on its new Facebook page
Up close and personal, funny and irreverent: Canadian film talent like you’ve never seen them before!
Montreal, July 25, 2012 – Telefilm Canada is launching Off The Wall, a new initiative on its Facebook page that features a series of original videos spotlighting the creative talent behind some of the Canadian film industry’s biggest hits. The series comprises six videos, in which emerging and established Canadian directors offer revealing answers to questions on a variety of topics.
“Our filmmakers are starting to make very successful use of social media to promote their work, as Jason Eisener did with Hobo With a Shotgun, and to explore online releasing, as Olivier Roberge and Patrick Boivin did with Enfin l’automne (Fall, Finally), the first Canadian feature to be released on YouTube,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “With promotion being one of Telefilm’s core activities, we are definitely focusing on these new channels, which allow us to get close to audiences and to offer exclusive content. This is exactly what our video series Off The Wall enables us to do.”
Videos already available on Telefilm’s Facebook page:
- Deepa Mehta (Toronto) is a Canadian director, writer and producer. Her best-known film, Water, was nominated for nine Genie awards as well as an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2006. Midnight’s Children, her eagerly awaited upcoming feature, is based on Salman Rushdie’s best-selling novel.
- Guy Édoin (Montreal) won the Jutra Award for Best Short in 2009 (La battue). This up-and-coming director garnered international attention, notably at the Venice Film Festival, for his first feature, Marécages, which has had a successful career since this “Mostra” screening.
- Ingrid Veninger (Toronto) is an award-winning director and producer with several films to her credit, including Nurse.Fighter.Boy and Modra. Her films have earned several Genie nominations and been screened at numerous festivals. Her most recent movie, i am a good person / i am a bad person, was shown at a number of Canadian film festivals, including TIFF. She was also the subject of a retrospective at the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa.
Upcoming videos (to be posted on a monthly basis):
- Anne Émond (Montreal) has written and directed six shorts as well as a debut feature film, Nuit #1, which won the Claude-Jutra Award at the Genies for the year’s best feature by a first-time director.
- Aaron Houston (Vancouver) has written and directed numerous award-winning shorts and commercials. In addition, he co-produces the monthly Celluloid Social Club event and is co-founder of the Hot Shot Shorts Film Contest.His first feature, Sunflower Hour, picked up several festival awards, including Czech Television’s Independent Camera Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
- Jason Eisener (Halifax) wrote and directed Hobo With a Shotgun, his debut feature, which was a hit at the Sundance, Toronto and San Francisco film festivals, among others. Before it was a feature, Hobo With a Shotgun was a fake trailer for the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie Grindhouse.
Media representatives can click here for an advance look at Jason Eisener’s next video — and get a glimpse into the filmmaker’s originality and humour. This preview can be shared with their readers.
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 productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund’s programs. Visit www.telefilm.gc.ca and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/telefilm_canada.
Andréane Leblanc, External Communications
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