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Competition launch: Tremplin 2009

Press release

2008/12/09

Competition launch: Tremplin 2009
The NFB offers francophone filmmakers
a chance to make a film with professionals

Toronto, December 3, 2008 – The National Film Board of Canada has launched Tremplin 2009, a competition for emerging filmmakers from French minority communities in Canada. Now in its third year, the pan-Canadian competition is jointly run by the NFB's Ontario and West Studio, its Acadia Studio and Société Radio-Canada, with support from Canadian Heritage's IPOLC (Interdepartmental Partnership with the Official-Language Communities). Tremplin gives young filmmakers a chance to make a 12- to 15-minute documentary short under professional conditions and attend training workshops given by seasoned professionals.

Anne-Marie Rocher, a producer at the Ontario and West Studio, says: “With their quality and hard-hitting topics, the films produced under Tremplin attract the interest of festivals, broadcasters and the general public. Addressing wide-ranging, poignant themes such as life or death as well as social or environmental issues, these films cast a contemporary, humanist eye on Canadian society.”

This year, the script development workshop is joined by two new ones: interview techniques and preparing for a shoot. What's more, the competition is now open to a second film proposal, letting some filmmakers continue to develop their ideas beyond their first film. Winners from previous years are also invited to submit a new documentary short.

Shorts produced as part of Tremplin are increasingly successful. In September 2008, the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA) screened the winners from 2007, one of which, La trappe by Lina Verchery (Acadia Studio), received an award. In November, the winning films from 2007 screened at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) with the filmmakers in attendance. The 2007 films were also acquired by Radio-Canada's network outside Quebec, with an initial broadcast scheduled for 2009.

Tremplin is part of the NFB's mandate to discover and promote emerging Canadian filmmaking talent. By providing access to hands-on film production experience, the competition allows the winners to cross an important threshold in their film careers. To date, 126 filmmakers have participated in the competition, of whom 33 were chosen as finalists, resulting in 14 short films.

The application deadline is January 31, 2009. Full details on Tremplin 2009 are available online at: www.nfb.ca/tremplin.

About the National Film Board of Canada

Canada's public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. In its new Strategic Plan, the NFB is focused on five key objectives: creative leadership and programming excellence, wide accessibility and democratic engagement, a digital strategy to realize its mission, organizational renewal and firm financing. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. For more information about the NFB, go to www.nfb.ca.

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Source: Anne-Marie Rocher, Producer, Ontario and West Studio, National Film Board of Canada                                                                                   

Information: Kim Galvez, Publicist, 416-359-0380, kgalvez@sympatico.ca