16th March 2009

CFC Heads To Whistler With GO WEST Project Lab

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Canadian Film CentreToronto – The Whistler Film Festival presents, in association with Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Film Centre’s GO WEST Project Lab, an intense five-day business and marketplace immersion experience held in Whistler June 21-25, 2009. The CFC GO WEST Project Lab is open only to western-Canada-based producers (from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon) and is intended to advance a producer’s dramatic feature project, facilitate relationships and collaboration on and investment in film projects that have US & international appeal. The deadline application for the Project Lab is April 6th, 2009.

“We are once again excited to showcase the many skills and projects of western-based producers,” said CFC Director of Film & TV Programs, Kathryn Emslie.”The CFC GO WEST Project Lab strives to build strong collaboration between Canadian talent and industry professionals that will create widespread appeal in Canadian and international markets.”

“The CFC GO WEST Project Lab is unique in Canada, providing western-based producers with invaluable project feedback as well as insights into the international marketplace from some of the best in the industry,” says WFF Director Shauna Hardy Mishaw. “We are thrilled to collaborate on this initiative with the Canadian Film Centre.”

“The CFC Go West Project Lab brings the renowned Canadian Film Centre model to Whistler, providing filmmakers with some of the most valuable industry training, networking and relationship-building opportunities available anywhere,” said Earl Hong Tai, Regional Director of Business Development for Telefilm Canada’s Western Region.

Up to 6 producers will be invited to participate in the third consecutive CFC GO WEST Project Lab. Each producer will receive individual and project specific feedback from select sales agents, distributors and other key packaging and market experts in order to help build the producer’s ability to create interest in, funding and marketing strategies for their films.

Each producer may enter a maximum of three projects for consideration. All successful applications will receive fully paid attendance to the Project Lab, flight and accommodation. Full benefits, eligibility and application details are available online at www.cfccreates.com/gowest.

The Whistler Film Festival and CFC acknowledge the generous support and commitment to the GO WEST Project Lab from Telefilm Canada, Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund, and Empire Theatres.

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