CFC Announces 2014 Residents of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program

CFC Announces 2014 Residents of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program

Toronto, July 8, 2014 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to welcome 19 talented filmmakers who will participate in the 2014 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, which began July 7, 2014 on CFC's campus. Designed to champion original voices, the entrepreneurial spirit, and creative risk-taking, the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is also a significant accelerator for the development of original projects. This program develops, packages, and launches talent and their projects into the international marketplace by building strong creative partnerships and real business opportunities.

“We are delighted to be welcoming our 26th year of filmmakers to the program,“ said Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC. “We are excited to be working with this truly talented and diverse group to help them articulate their creative visions and push the boundaries of storytelling.”

The Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is a full-time, five-and-a-half month professional program for producers, writers, directors, and editors that balances residents' artistic vision with the demands of the business and an ever-changing industry. The program brokers countless creative and business opportunities by offering access to over 100 international mentors, creative advisors, and industry professionals.

The 2014-2015 residents of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program are:

Directors' Lab Residents:

  • Fernando Arrioja (Ontario)
  • Reza Dahya (Ontario)
  • Sherren Lee (Ontario)
  • Michael Mazzuca (Ontario)
  • Jonathan Watton (Ontario)

Producers' Lab Residents:

  • Jessica Adams (Ontario)
  • Brendan Brady (Ontario)
  • Lora Campbell (Nova Scotia/Newfoundland)
  • Kat Hidalgo (Ontario)
  • Marc Tetreault (Nova Scotia)

Writers' Lab Residents:

  • Anar Ali (Ontario)
  • Kathleen Hepburn (British Columbia)
  • Joel Thomas Hynes (Newfoundland)
  • Lisa Rose Snow (Nova Scotia)
  • MOTION (Ontario)

Editors' Lab Residents:

  • Alex Brueckner (Ontario)
  • John Nicholls (Ontario)
  • Simone Smith (Ontario)
  • Rich Williamson (Ontario)

The Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is chaired by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis. In 2006, Haggis became the first screenwriter to write two Best Picture Oscar winners back-to-back – Million Dollar Baby (2004); and Crash (2005), which he also directed and won Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Haggis' writing credits also include such acclaimed films asFlags of Our Fathers, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace. His recent directing credits include In the Valley of Elah and The Next Three Days, which was the first feature to be produced through his Highway 61 Productions, as well as Third Person (2013), which he wrote and directed. Prior to making his mark on the film industry, Haggis spent over two decades writing, directing, and producing television shows such as thirtysomething, Due South, and Walker, Texas Ranger. Haggis is equally committed to his social concerns as founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, a non-profit organization supporting communities in Haiti through programs in education, health, and dignity.

To learn more about the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, please visit

About CFC

CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. A charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, and fostering industry collaborations and creative partnerships. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices to the world. For more details, visit


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Cory Caverson-Angeletti
Communications Specialist, CFC
416.445.1446 x 463