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Telefilm Canada announces key changes to the Canada Feature Film Fund in collaboration with the Working Group for the French-language market

Montreal, October 23, 2006 -Telefilm Canada announced key changes to the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF) for the French-language market, following consultations with the CFFF Working Group for the French market. Changes are to go into effect for 2007-2008. Since last May, Telefilm and the CFFF Working Group-representing producers, distributors, exhibitors, directors, writers, broadcasters, performers, the Department of Canadian Heritage and SODEC-have been at work on changes to the performance-based envelope system for funding features in French. Telefilm is also pursuing efforts with the English-language Working Group to find solutions specific to the English market.

"By collaborating with the two Working Groups, we are ensuring that the CFFF is more efficient and effective, responds to the specific needs of the French- and English-language markets and continues to support a diversity of films," said Wayne Clarkson, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.

"By putting our heads together with the French Working Group, we have come up with arrangements that will increase the resources for the selective component, added Michel Pradier, Director, French Operations and Quebec Office. We have also reduced the number of performance-based envelopes in order to fund each one more substantially and minimize demand on the selective component. The most recent French Working Group meeting was crucial, since the decisions made jointly with the industry are going to shape the CFFF in 2007-2008."

Key changes to the CFFF for 2007-2008-French-language market
More resources for the selective component and greater autonomy for producers with performance envelopes

  • The selective component will be increased by $1 million drawn from current CFFF resources. This will bring it to a total of $12.5 million or 50% of the total resources (whichever is greater).
  • The number of performance-based envelopes will be reduced from 12 to 5.
  • A per-company, per-year cap of $3.5 million will apply to both CFFF components (performance and selective) to ensure a more equitable sharing of resources.
  • To enhance the impact of the CFFF contribution, the envelope calculation will take into account the box-office efficiency ratio based on the per-project amount invested.
  • The prestige and international exposure bonus will be increased in calculating the envelopes (the list of festivals has been updated).
  • Six corporate envelopes earmarked specifically for project development have been created to encourage the development of more broadly diverse projects.
  • A recognition award will go to the writer(s) and director of the film with the top box-office earnings. This cash prize will be presented at the Prix Jutra ceremony.

Telefilm Canada and the French Working Group's finance subcommittee working on alternative ways to finance French-language features
In support of the French Working Group's finance subcommittee, which is to propose enabling solutions for the challenge of financing features in French, Telefilm has commissioned a study aimed at comparing the methods used to finance French-language Canadian productions with those used in other countries facing comparable challenges. KPMG is charged with identifying alternative financing structures and will submit its report on November 24. The report will be of assistance to the finance subcommittee in determining alternative financing solutions to be submitted in December 2006.

Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. The Corporation also administers the funding programs of the Canadian Television Fund.

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Media inquiries:
Douglas Chow, Deputy Director, Strategic Communications
514-283-6363 or 1-800-567-0890, chowd@telefilm.ca

 

CANADA FEATURE FILM FUND WORKING GROUP
FRENCH MARKET

MEMBERS

 

NAME

TITLE

ORGANISATION

PRODUCTION SECTOR

Cécile Chevrier

Producer, President

Production Phare Est

Marc Daigle

President

ACPAV

Pierre Even

Producer

Cirrus

Claire Samson

President, Executive Director

APFTQ

Jacques Bonin

Producer

Téléfiction

DISTRIBUTION SECTOR

Patrick Roy

Vice-President

Alliance Atlantis

Christian Larouche

President

Christal Films

Marie-Claude Poulin

Vice-President of Distribution

Équinoxe Films

EXHIBITION SECTOR

Mario Fortin

Executive Director

Cinéma Beaubien

Lise Dandurand

Executive Director

APCCQ

PROFESIONNAL ASSOCIATIONS

Raymond Legault

Interim President

UDA

Jean-Pierre Lefebvre

President

ARRQ

Yves Légaré

Executive Director

SARTEC

PRIVATE BROADCASTERS

Johanne Saint-Laurent

Vice-President of Finance and Business Affairs

Les Chaînes Télé Astral

PUBLIC BROADCASTERS

Marie-Andrée Poliquin

Directrice des opérations, Financement et relations d'affaires

SRC

PROVINCIAL AGENCIES

Joëlle Levie *

Executive Director of Cinema and TV Production

SODEC

DEPARTMENT OF CANADIAN HERITAGE

Jean-Pierre Gauthier *

Director, Film Policy

Department of Canadian Heritage

TELEFILM CANADA

S. Wayne Clarkson *

Executive Director

Telefilm Canada


* : non-voting member

INDUSTRY OBSERVERS

EXHIBITION SECTOR

Tom Fermanian

Owner

Cinéma Pine et Mont-Tremblant

PROVINCIAL AGENCIES

Ghislain Labbé

Financial Services

New Brunswick Film

TELEFILM CANADA STAFF

 

Michel Pradier

Director – French Operations and Quebec Office

Telefilm Canada

Elizabeth Friesen

Chief Operating Officer

Nathalie Leduc

Senior Policy Advisor

Louise Deslauriers

Director, Business Unit – Feature Film

Richard Beaulieu

Economist