Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds have announced the names of the feature-length documentary projects that will receive funding support under the 'Theatrical Documentary Program' in 2009-2010.
Participating filmmakers will receive funding support for the production or post-production stage of their project, as the goal of the Program is to broaden both the slate and audiences for Canadian feature-length documentaries produced for commercial screening in Canada, while jointly financing a number of French- and English-language projects likely to be successful in Canada and abroad.
"Through this program, we are looking to attract new audiences in theatres for Canadian documentaries by providing support at crucial stages so projects can be commercially viable," said Michel Pradier, Director of Project Financing, Telefilm Canada.
"The feature films selected this year testify once again to Canadian documentary filmmakers' spirit of innovation and creativity."
Launched in 2005-2006 as a one-year pilot project, the public-private partnership was recently renewed until 2011. The program has a total budget of $4.5 million and provides funding, during production and post-production stages, for feature-length documentary projects with production budgets of $500,000 or more in French and $600,000 or more in English as well as financing for projects at the post-production stage.
English-language projects are "The David Suzuki Project"- Sturla Gunnarsson, "Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould"- Michele Hozer, "The Guantanamo Trap"- Thomas Wallner, "I Will Survive (Again)"- Jamie Kastner and "TuTu Much"- Elise Swerhone...