Canada can provide Canadian producers with some "development" funds, but most of its financing is allocated to loans for the production of programs that have been pre-sold to broadcasters or international distributors.
Now known as Telefilm
Canada, the CFDC was founded--in the finest Canadian traditions of the "mixed economy"--to invest public money in a fledgling private sector Canadian film industry to create, with varying degrees of success, a reasonably constant level of production of Canadian feature films.
The participation of Russell, who's actually the best thing about the movie, makes sense, given that he memorably played Presley in the 1979 telefilm
THE DEFENDERS telefilm
entitled THE DEFENDERS: CHOICE OF EVILS.
To acknowledge the 35th anniversary of Telefilm
Canada (which the agency celebrated last year, though its doors didn't open for business until 1968), Take One interviewed the legendary Paul Almond, whose film Act of the Heart was the first one financed by what was then known as the Canadian Film Development Corporation.
It's a telefilm
that plays so fast and loose with the facts that it doesn't even use the real name of the journalist who helped break the story, even though he produced the film (Rudy Langlais, here named Ron Larson and played by Gregory Hines).
is a funny yet inspirational story about a
One could argue it was really Quebec's year, since all of the Canadian features in the Official Selection were Quebecois productions or co-productions; however, the movies emanate from a thriving Canadian film culture with Telefilm
Canada at its hub.
What: ``Wonderful World of Disney'' telefilm
about a doll that becomes human.
, filmed in English, will center on a character or concept that can be followed by sequels, thereby creating a "franchise.
Production financing partners are Movision Entertainment, Telefilm
Canada, Corus Entertainment's The Corus Family Feature Film Fund, Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund, and Odeon Films, with Comerica Bank providing the interim and gap financing.
Managed by Telefilm
Canada, the Canada Pavilion at this year's Cannes was located in the festival's International Village, a strip of tentlike structures between the Croisette and the beach.