CFC Supported Project RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS Wins Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access

CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is thrilled to announce that the CFC supported project RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS has won the prestigious Creative Promise Award for Narrative at Tribeca All Access. The team will also receive a $10,000 prize.

The 2012 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Narrative was judged by Rosario Dawson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mekhi Phifer andGabourey Sidibe.

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is a dramatic feature film by award-winning Montreal filmmakers: writer/director Jeff Barnaby (THE COLONY, TIFF's Top 10 - 2007) and producers John Christou (RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO, UP THE YANGTZE) and Aisling Chin-Yee of Prospector Films.

It is a raucous coming of age tale about Aila, a young Mi'gMaq girl embroiled in the family drug trade who is coping with the suicide of her mother and the recent release of her imprisoned father.

The project benefited very early from CFC financial support and is currently in script development with CFC Features, aiming for a fall 2012 shoot. The project has also received development support from Telefilm Canada and SODEC.

"We're thrilled to win the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award,” said producer John Christou. “Jeff has poured his heart and soul into the script for RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, and we're thrilled that his hard work has been recognized. Being the first Canadian and first Native American writer/director to win the award is significant, considering the fierce competition offered by our fellow Tribeca All Access participants. We're honoured."

Now in its eighth year, TAA was created to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. The CFC acts as the Canadian affiliate of the Tribeca All Access Program through its North South Marketplace Initiative and is the international filter for all Canadian projects and filmmakers both living in Canada and abroad. In five years The TAA/CFC partnership has supported eight feature projects including K'naan‘s RIVER OF BLOOD with producers Andrew Rosen & Anthony Leo; ENTER THE CYPHER from Clement Virgo and Damon D'Oliveira and the recently produced feature HOME AGAIN with filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and producer Jennifer Holness. In addition to sending the filmmaking team behind Rhymes For Young Ghouls to participate in Tribeca All Access, CFC mentor director Ruba Nadda, participated in Tribeca Film Institute workshops and provided mentorship to six TAA teams.

CFC alumni with films at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival include:

Writer/Director Sarah Polley ('01) with the feature film TAKE THIS WALTZ

Writer/Director Boris Rodriguez (‘96) with his feature debut EDDIE THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL, which had a sold out premiere and was listed as one of the top films to watch by the Village Voice and The Huffington Post

Producer Paul Scherzer (‘00), TFI documentary fund recipient for the feature documentary THE MANOR

Writer Mike McPhaden (‘06), producer Jennifer Mesich (‘06) and editor Mike Reisacher ('09) with the short film RUNG

Producers Pierre Even ('11) and Marie-Claude Poulin ('11) with REBELLE (WAR WITCH), winner of the The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature in the World Narrative Competition category

Producer Antonello Cozzolino ('10) with the short film TROTTEUR

About CFC
CFC is Canada's leading institution for advanced training in film, television, screen acting, and digital 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, digital media, and screen acting to the world.

About the Tribeca Film InstituteThe Tribeca Film Institute is a 501(c)3 year round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001. TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource and advocate for individual artists in the field. The Institute's educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century. Administering a dozen major programs annually, TFI is a critical contributor to the fabric of filmmaking and aids in protecting the livelihood of filmmakers and media artists.

For more information and a list of all TFI programs visit