Telefilm to back 26 projects in 2003


Montréal, - Telefilm Canada has announced that it has agreed to support 26 of the 168 applications that were submitted by the September 23rd deadline for fiscal 2002-2003.

As some applications applied for multiple phases there are commitments to 21 products. Of this total, 13 are for products in pre-development/development and 8 are for products supported in production and marketing. The Atlantic office received 13 English applications, Quebec a total of 72 in English and French, the Ontario office received 39 applications in English and 1 in French, while the Western office received 43 English language applications.

It is interesting to note that 5 of the 21 supported products are new media TV or feature film convergence products, which offer tie-ins between television and film projects and such media as wireless products, interactive games and Web sites. The other supported products are CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, multimedia installations, console games, Web content, Web sites and wireless products. Overall, 24% of the accepted projects are for offline platforms, while 76% are for online platforms. Furthermore, 16 of the 21 products accepted by Telefilm – or 77% – are in the educational/edutainment category.

The list of accepted products that were submitted for the September 23rd, 2002 deadline can be found at the following address:

In fiscal year 2001-2002, The Canada New Media Fund, administered by Telefilm Canada, was allocated $9 million dollars annually for a minimum of three years, by the Department of Canadian Heritage as one of the components of the Canadian Culture Online Program, which will invest almost $200 million dollars in Canadian Online Content between May 2001 and March 2004.

Telefilm Canada, a cultural investor in cinema, television, new media and music Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian film, television new media and music industry. The Corporation acts as one of the government's principal instruments for providing strategic leverage to the Canadian private sector.

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