E1 Entertainment Supports CFC Features

By CFC Staff August 26, 2009 16:00


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Toronto, August 26, 2009CFC Features (formerly known as CFC Feature Film Project) will now guarantee domestic and international distribution for its new films through the generosity of E1 Entertainment. The support of E1 Entertainment and a number of changes to the program introduced by the CFC will provide unparalleled opportunities for Canadian filmmakers to participate and succeed in this innovative program.

The program will consist of three distinct labs: Development Lab, Production Lab and the newly named E1 Entertainment Distribution Lab.

“Today marks a significant evolution for CFC Features,” said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, CFC. “E1 Entertainment's contribution to the program will ensure that Canadian filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their stories made and brought to screens around the world.”

“E1 Entertainment is delighted to support the CFC Features program, as training and education are an essential part of the future of the Canadian film and television industry,” commented Patrice Theroux, E1 Entertainment's president of Filmed Entertainment. ”We see a great opportunity in this collaboration to bring closer the talented storytellers training at CFC to E1's activities and are excited to be participating in shaping this new chapter of the program.”

CFC Features, acting as Executive Producer, provides filmmakers with up to 100 percent of the financing and mentorship needed for the successful development, production and marketing of their feature film.Founded in 1992, the program has produced 17 features including, CUBE, RUDE, THE UNCLES, THE DARK HOURS and NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY. Many of these 17 films have gone on to reap critical acclaim and commercial success.

CFC Features will build upon this success through tailored mentorship to the individual film and filmmakers and has introduced changes to the program that will enhance the role of the producer and give more filmmakers the opportunity to be eligible for funding. They consist of:

Production budget levels have increased to $600,000

Fees for the writer/director/producer in production have increased to $20,000 per role

Production entities can shoot and post anywhere in Canada

Production entities will retain copyright of films produced through the CFC

Production entities can now bring additional financing to the production

Mentorship will be tailored to the sensibilities and individual needs of the writer, director and producer for each production

CFC Features has three deadlines for application per year. The next deadline is September 18, 2009. Full criteria and application details for CFC Features are available online at http://www.cfccreates.com/

CFC Features is supported by: Citytv; Development supported by: Government of Ontario; Production supported by The Movie Network; Distribution supported by: E1 Entertainment.

About CFC

CFC is Canada's largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities for top creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. For more information please visit: www.cfccreates.com

About E1

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.

The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television,E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.

E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.