Cineplex Entertainment supports emerging Canadian filmakers at CFC

TORONTO, February 13, 2008 – CFC (Canadian Film Centre) and Cineplex Entertainment L.P. (TSX:CGX.UN) announced today, a five-year, $1,000,000 corporate donation by Cineplex Entertainment which will play an important role in supporting emerging filmmakers in Canada. The CFC Film program will now be recognized as Cineplex Entertainment Film Program. Known within the industry for providing many talented film directors, producers, writers and editors, it is the essential ground for fostering Canada's best talents in filmmaking. In addition, Cineplex Entertainment has established an endowed scholarship of $100,000. The Cineplex Entertainment Scholarship will aid one film resident annually, in perpetuity, with costs associated with taking the program.

“Cineplex Entertainment is a long-standing corporate supporter of the CFC,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CFC Executive Director. “Their investment in the future of our film program and Canada's emerging filmmakers will enable us to continue to offer the highest level of training and professional expertise to aspiring talent and the industry.”

“Cineplex Entertainment is committed to seeing the Canadian Film Industry succeed,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO of Cineplex Entertainment. “We are very pleased to continue our support of the CFC with this one million dollar donation. These funds will directly support the work of young Canadian filmmakers by providing them with great training and financial resources that will help them realize their dreams. We look forward to seeing their work on our screens across the country.”

CFC's film alumni have a proven track record for success. Boasting prominent alumni such as: Sarah Polley ('01), Andrew Currie ('97), Vincenzo Natali ('95), Steve Hoban ('92), Julia Kwan (‘01), Don McKellar ('91), Peter Wellington ('92) Christina Jennings ('91), Clement Virgo ('92), Elizabeth Yake ('94) to name just a few, CFC alumni have made an enormous impact on every aspect of Canada's media industry and continue to achieve international recognition.

Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is a five-and-a-half month complete immersion in the art and craft of dramatic filmmaking for producers, editors, writers and directors. The program maintains a balance between the artistic and commercial aspects of the filmmaking industry, while nurturing originality and fostering creative risk-taking. Filmmakers develop technical and collaborative skills, while refining and challenging their artistic expression in an intensely demanding, creative and professional environment. More than 1000 alumni have graduated from CFC and gone on to create award-winning and entertaining work that has contributed to the industry.


Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases, or has a joint-venture interest in 131 theatres with 1,327 screens serving approximately 61 million guests annually. Cineplex Entertainment LP is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada operating the following brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players (including Coliseum, Colossus and SilverCity), Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres.


CFC is Canada's largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. A leader in the rapidly changing entertainment landscape, 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: