From Hot Docs to the Cannes Film Festival, Canada’s emerging filmmakers are showing their talent and creativity to the world over. Keep posted on exciting updates from Talent to Watch alumni. They couldn’t have done it without your support of the Talent Fund.

 

Nadia, Butterfly by Pascal Plante named an Official Selection of the 73rd Cannes Film Festival

The film Nadia, Butterfly, by Quebec director Pascal Plante, was part of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, alongside 55 other films that the organization wanted to promote despite the cancellation of the festival this year.

“As the cinema planet slowly starts to turn again in these uncertain times, it seems completely surreal to me to receive this huge news. It is therefore with humility that I realize the extent of this privilege,” reacted Pascal Plante in a press release.

Shot last summer in Montreal and Tokyo, Nadia, Butterfly is a dramatic feature film about the challenges of sports retirement and plunges into the world of swimming. Olympic swimmer Katerine Savard, medallist at the Rio Games in 2016, plays the title role. Additional athletes in this discipline also took part in the film.

Plante’s first feature Les faux tatouages, which was supported by the Talent Fund, won the Focus Québec / Canada Grand Prize at the FNC 2017, and was selected at the 2018 Berlinale.

Nadia, Butterfly will be released this fall. “We are very, very much looking forward to sharing the film with you,” added Pascal Plante.

 

Talent to Watch documentary win big at Hot Docs!

Lulu Wei & Ali Weinstein took home the Rogers Audience Award during Hot Docs for their Talent to Watch project There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace.

Director Lulu Wei captures a unique profile of a community losing access to both the residential and commercial spaces that allowed it to flourish. Their story is another addition to the growing number of Toronto neighbourhoods whose community fabric has been torn by the forces of gentrification.

 

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Our filmmakers are on the move!

Talent to Watch alumni Jasmin Mozaffari and Maxime Desmons were among the filmmakers selected for the Project Development Accelerator initiative from the Canadian Film Centre and Netflix.

The CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator is a three-month accelerator designed to provide advanced project development and workshop support for the selected creators/projects, each with real potential for international coproduction. Tailored to their specific creative and business needs, the Project Development Accelerator will allow creators and teams to benefit from international creative and market expertise and input from Netflix executives and a range of other industry professionals, depending on the needs of their project.

“Canadian stories have captured the imagination of audiences around the world, said Christina Rogers, Director of Original Independent Film at Netflix. We are delighted to support the next generation of diverse Canadian creators and look forward to continuing this important work with the CFC”.

The selected projects are in the early stages of development, allowing them to integrate and benefit fully from the ideas, feedback and information they receive through the CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator, and subsequently enhance their potential to attract real interest and investment.