Telefilm Canada has approvedproduction financing on seven French-language feature films through the CanadaFeature Film Fund (CFFF).
In a release Teiefilm saidthe CFFF's overall goal was to increase Canadian audiences in theatres forCanadian feature films to a five per cent share of the Canadian box office andthat goal had been realized in 2005, when Canadian cinema achieved a 5.3%share.
However, no mention was madeof the fact that share was achieved almost entirely through the popularity ofFrench-language films in the province of Quebec, where the local box officeshare reached nearly 26 per cent in 2005. In English-Canada, the box office ofCanadian films remains near 1%.
The agency will announce theEnglish-language films selected for funding later this month.
Meanwhile, the selected French-languagetitles are:
- L'Heure De La Brunante, directedby Fernand Dansereau, produced by Productions Totale Fiction. The film reunitesdirector Dansereau and actress Monique Mercure 40 years after the fact with asequel to their 1966 film Ce N'est Pas Le Temps De Romans (This Is No Time For Romance).
- Ce Qu'il Faut Pour Vivre (Inuujjutiksaq), directed by Benoit Pilon from a screenplay by leading Quebecoisfilmmaker Bernard Emond (La Neuvaine). A coproduction of ACPAV and Arico Films Communications.
- Adieu Max, directed by AlainDesrochers and produced by Cirrus Communications, the company behind 2005Quebec box office smash C.R.A.Z.Y.
- Cadavres, directed Erik Canueland produced by Christal Films. Christal recently expanded its presence inEnglish-Canada with the opening of a Toronto office.
- Ma Fille, Mon Ange, directed byAlexis Durand-Brault, a thriller from Remstar and Forum Films.
- Ma Tante Aline, directed byGabrielle Pelletier (La Vie Apres L'Amour) and produced byCite-Amerique.
- Voleurs De Chevaux, aFrance-Belgium-Canada coproduction directed by Micha Wald co-produced by ForumFilms of Montreal.