décembre 1, 2014
« Talent. Together. »
Telefilm Canada held it’s Annual Public meeting at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this morning. The meeting was attended by representatives of government, organizations and members of Canada’s audiovisual industry.
You can read the full annual report here.
Michel Roy, Chair of the Board of Telefilm Canada pointed to Canadian audiovisual industry success stories to demonstrate how creative talent benefit from solid support. Carolle Brabant, Telefilm’s Executive Director, congratulated the industry’s very talented artists and craftspeople, and thanked all the public- and private-sector partners that contribute to the industry’s boom.
You can read the speeches here.
Fiscal 2013-2014 highlights
Supporting and promoting Canadian talent
- Telefilm supported the production of 91 feature films, the development of 306 projects and the marketing of 92 features, while also helping to promote Canadian talent at 109 Canadian and 29 international festivals and events, for a total investment of $92.2 million.
- A sign of investor confidence, private and foreign funding in films supported by Telefilm doubled since the previous fiscal year, reaching $50 million. The Talent Fund, a private donation fund, raised $13.7 million.
- The audiovisual world is innovating, as shown by the success of the Micro-Budget Production Program, which encourages emerging filmmakers to produce a first feature film and to leverage digital platforms. The Program now includes a new component aimed at emerging Aboriginal filmmakers.
- The promotion of Canadian talent is strongly supported by public and private partners such as the Canada Media Fund, Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, the Rogers Group of Funds, the Canadian Media Production Association, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, festivals, consulates, provincial organizations and various companies, such as Birks, which hands out each year an award to 10 women directors and actors.
- How do we attract Canadian consumers in this new multiplatform world, which offers an abundance of challenges as well as possibilities? That is the question that Telefilm and its partners are asking. A survey of Canadian consumers, titled Film consumers in Canada, found most notably that the majority of films viewed by Canadians are watched at home, mainly on television. Streaming is next in line as the platform of choice for film viewers in Canada.
2013-2014 success stories
- Canadian feature films were entered in 74 international festivals, where they won 40 major prizes. Highlights include:Gabrielle, by Louise Archambault, winner of the UBS Audience Award at Locarno and also Canada’s selection in 2013 for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; Tom à la ferme [Tom at the Farm], by Xavier Dolan, winner of the FIPRESCI international critics’ prize in Venice; Pierrot Lunaire, by Bruce LaBruce (Teddy Special Jury Award) and Triptyque[Triptych], by Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires (Special Mention, Ecumenical Jury Prize), both rewarded at Berlin; andThe Phantoms, winner of the Best Kids TV Movie/Mini-Series at the International Emmy Kids Awards.
- Enemy by Denis Villeneuve, The Grand Seduction by Don McKellar and Le Démantèlement by Sébastien Pilote—which recently won the award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Trophées francophones du cinéma—were also among the year’s success stories.
- Telefilm’s management expense ratio remained constant, at 5.8%. Operating expenses have fallen by 10% over three years.
- Over the last three fiscal years, a total of $4.5 million in administrative budget savings has been transferred to program funding. In 2013-2014, $800,000 in savings were transferred back into program funding.
- In 2013-2014, 86% of Telefilm clients said they were satisfied with the organization’s customer service, a figure which surpassed the target rate of 80%.
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world.