Musical collaboration with CFC Film announced

TORONTO, January 30, 2008 - Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration with The Guild of Canadian Film Composers (GCFC) and the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School.

An exclusive new series of workshops has been organized in conjunction with the Guild of Canadian Film Composers to provide emerging directors in the CFC Film and Short Dramatic Film programs with hands-on experience working with emerging professional composers and musicians.

“This initiative is a first step in building new partnerships with the GCFC and the Glenn Gould School,” said Kathryn Emslie, Director of CFC Film & TV Programs.

“It is exciting to expand our training to further emphasize the power of music in film and television, and to engage actively with members from other vibrant creative communities.”

This unique opportunity was designed by award winning Canadian composer, Darren Fung, in close collaboration with the GlennGould School's Associate Dean David Visentin. Fung has worked on numerous projects with CFC residents and alumni, and teaches film scoring at his alma mater, the Schulich School of Music atMcGill University.

“Filmmakers are found in unfamiliar territory working with a composer. This exciting new venture provides a safe opportunity for some of Canada's brightest emerging filmmakers to explore musical collaboration in a controlled but professional environment,” said Darren Fung, Board of Directors, GCFC.

These workshops afford emerging professional composers and directors a chance to work closely together in creating an original score for a clip from the directors' original work, which will then be recorded with members of the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble, a 24-piece chamber orchestra in a full, studio recording session.

“This provides opportunities for film composers to hear their music, for the first time, brought to life by skilled hands, in order that both creator and re-creator learn together in an environment of mutual discovery,” said David Visentin, Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School.

ABOUT GCFC

The Guild of Canadian Film Composers promotes the music, status, and rights assistance of film, television, and new media composers in Canada. Their mission includes professional development, advocacy, and representation. For more information, please visit: www.gcfc.ca.

The GCFC gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance fromthe SOCAN Foundation, through the Department of Canadian Heritage‘s Creators' Assistance Program.

ABOUT CFC

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: www.cfccreates.com

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