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TORONTO - Women In Film and Television - Toronto recently unveiled the Kodak New Vision Fellowship Award Program, a newly created national initiative designed to support talented Canadian female filmmakers.

Filmmakers whose short film or feature has screened at a major Canadian film festival are invited to apply to this award program.

The Kodak New Vision Fellowship Award will provide one Canadian female filmmaker with the opportunity to prepare for the Toronto International Film Festival 2004 (TIFF), through intensive industry coaching, festival bursary and a post-festival creative mentorship. On board for the 2004 award are internationally recognized filmmaker Patricia Rozema as director mentor and executive producer, Dan Lyon as business consultant.

"I am delighted to take part in this very important award program," said Patricia Rozema, in a press release. She is the director of such films as Mansfield Park, When Night Is Falling and I've Heard The Mermaids Singing. "It is critical that experienced filmmakers support emerging female talent. These are the artists who will keep our industry flourishing," she added.

"We are pleased to partner with WIFT-T to ensure talented voices in our industry have the tools and support to succeed at the highest level," added Kim Snyder, country manager and vice-president, Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging.

"WIFT-T's new employment study told us that only 10% of Canada's registered film directors are women," said Kate Hanley, president, WIFT-T, in the release. "We initiated this program with Kodak in response to a critical shortage, and are thrilled to have the participation of a major talent like Patricia Rozema as well as business leader Dan Lyon."

The award winner will receive the following benefits:
� $3,000 in-kind donation of Kodak Motion Picture film stock
� One-on-one coaching with Lyon (Twist, Ginger Snaps) to build the essential business skills required to develop and market projects at TIFF
� Two-month intensive mentorship with Rozema
� Complimentary Toronto International Film Festival registration
� Guidance at the festival and for post-festival follow-up
� Announcement of award winner at WIFT-T's festival reception, September 12, 2004
� Award presentation at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon, November, 2004

All candidates must:
� have a film (short or feature) screened at a major Canadian film festival (see guidelines at www.wift.com for further details)
� have a minimum of one feature film project in development

The deadline for application is August 23, 2004.

For additional information contact: Leslie Charlton, manager of communications at 416.322.3430 x28, lesliecharlton@wift.com or Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging's communications director David G. Butler, at 416.760.4522, david.g.butler@kodak.com.
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