City of Toronto, iThentic, and Canadian Film Centre announce ‘Toronto Revealed’ film initiative

The City of Toronto, in association with the Canadian Film Centre and iThentic, is pleased to announce details of a new short-film initiative, “Toronto Revealed.”

This initiative will give five emerging filmmakers from Toronto, chosen by an expert panel, the opportunity to learn from some of Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers, including Jennifer Baichwal, Peter Mettler, Bruce McDonald, Patricia Rozema and Ingrid Veninger.

The 2012 Toronto Revealed filmmaker participants are:
• Terril Calder for the short film “Repercussions”
• Cait Cantillon for the short film “504″
• Jason Charters and Liam Romalis for the short film “In the Skin of an Image”
• Mark Ellam for the short film “The Structure of the Future”
• Tess Girard for the short film “Concrete Impressions”.

“Toronto Revealed provides welcome support for the craft of short filmmaking and emerging artists,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee. “By helping talented new filmmakers to hone their skills, we are adding rich new perspectives to our artistic and cultural mosaic.”

The concepts and films to be produced over the next three to four months will provide an innovative look at some of Toronto’s untold stories. In addition to the mentorship experience, each of the selected filmmakers will receive $10,000 in financial support toward the production of a short film that highlights Toronto in new and inspiring ways.

The Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Office developed the proposal for Toronto Revealed as part of their mandate to support talent, nurture culture and promote Toronto.

“The project was conceived because Toronto is an incredible city. People here or anyone who has visited knows it; however, so much of its essence is untold,” said Mimi Wolch, industry co-chair of the Toronto Film Board. “We wanted to do something that would reveal to all the individual experience.”

The City’s Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Office (TFTO) was created more than 30 years ago to assist in building a film and television cluster in the city; draw local, national and international investment dollars and spending; and create jobs for Torontonians. It has helped Toronto to become a global centre of excellence in production, post production, visual effects and animation. Production work and its direct spin-off business contributed $1.13 billion to the local economy in 2011. TFTO’s industry development encompasses working with film festivals and helping to create opportunities for filmmakers. TFTO also plays a significant role in managing production activity in the public realm by balancing the needs of the industry with those of residents and businesses. Finally, the TFTO has worked to nurture the film culture in the City and assist emerging film makers through its work with the more than 60 festivals taking place annually in Toronto.

More information about iThentic is available athttp://www.ithentic.com/p/about.

More information about the Canadian Film Centre is available athttp://www.cfccreates.com/about_us/introduction/backgrounder.php.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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