Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment is providing the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) with a five-year C$1m donation as well as a C$100,000 endowment towards an annual scholarship to aid one film resident. In return, the CFC Film program will be named the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program. The scholarship will be similarly branded.

In a statement, CFC executive director Slawko Klymkiw praised the long-standing support of the exhibition chain, Canada's largest by far. Cineplex president and CEO Ellis Jacob said he is looking forward to seeing the fruits of the firm's largesse on its screens.

The CFC 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. More than 1000 alumni have graduated from the CFC, including many prominent names in the Canadian film industry such as Academy Award-nominated Sarah Polley, Don McKellar, Vincenzo Natali, Clement Virgo and Academy Award-winning producer Steve Hoban.