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Telefilm Canada promotes homegrown talent at the 31st annual Vancouver International Film Festival

05 September 2012

Vancouver, September 5, 2012 – Telefilm Canada’s participation at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), held from September 27 to October 12, 2012, underlines its commitment to promote Canadian film talent. Telefilm will once again take part in the VIFF Film & Television Forum, as well as be present at both the Telefilm Canada International Tête-à-Tête Meetings and the Film & Television Forum Speed Dating sessions. New this year to the Festival, Telefilm is bringing its popular Talent to Watch Q&A series to Vancouver, an initiative first launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.

“The VIFF selection once again highlights the diversity of talent that abounds in the Western region and across the country,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “Through our various initiatives during the Festival, our goal is to encourage players in the industry to form partnerships and to stimulate public interest in Canadian cinema.”

John Dippong, Director of Industry Promotion, Western Region at Telefilm Canada, added: “This year’s Canadian Images program truly has something of interest for everyone, and demonstrates the huge depth of filmmaking talent we have from coast-to-coast in Canada.”

Telefilm Canada at the VIFF Film & Television Forum

Once again Telefilm will take part in the VIFF Film & Television Forum, which provides creators from the Western region with professional development opportunities and privileged access to some of the world’s best producers, directors and writers.

Telefilm Canada International Tête-à-Tête Meetings

Telefilm is proud to present the 9th edition of its International Tête-à-Tête Meetings. Designed to promote coproductions with Canada and stimulate international sales, this series of one-of-a-kind meetings provides seasoned filmmakers with the opportunity to present their projects to producers, distributors and programmers from around the world. Telefilm representative SandraDesrosiers Karr, National Director, Business Affairs, will be taking part in these meetings.

Film & Television Forum Speed Dating

Telefilm’s Western Region Feature Film Executive, Lauren Davis, will take part in the daily Film & Television Forum Speed Dating meetings. This initiative, which targets our up-and-coming filmmakers, creates the perfect opportunity for them to meet individually with broadcasters, well-established local producers and funding agencies to present their projects, get feedback and build new relationships that will help them in their careers.

Talent to Watch

Don’t miss Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Q&A panel on New Filmmakers Day, Saturday, Sept. 29th. The event will showcase recent films from some of Canada’s most interesting new directors: Katrin Bowen (Random Acts of Romance), Kristine Cofsky (In No Particular Order), and Jesse James Miller (Becoming Redwood). Moderated by Katherine Monk, National Movie Critic, Postmedia News, this is sure to be a lively and inspiring discussion. 

About Telefilm Canada

Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual sector. Through its various funding programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creators of talent both in Canada and internationally. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund and its programs. Please visit us online at or follow us on Twitter at and Facebook at


For more information:
Douglas Chow, Manager, External Communications
(514) 283-0838, ext. 2225 or 1-800-567-0890