Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds will partially fund five feature documentaries through their joint partnership, the Theatrical Documentary Program. The five projects - three in English, two in French - were selected by a jury of Canadian industry professionals.

The $4.5m public-private venture provides financing for feature-length documentaries with production budgets of C$750,000 or more during their production and post-production phases.

The English-language projects selected are Eco-Pirate: The Story Of Paul Watson, a profile of the controversial founder of the environmental activist group Greenpeace, to be directed by Trish Dolman and to be distributed by Entertainment One Films Canada; Last Train Home, from director Lixin Fan, now in post and to be distributed by KinoSmith; and Mathieu Roy's A Short History Of Progress, to be distributed by Alliance Vivafilm.

The French-language projects are Le Concert Des Voix from Bettina Ehrhardt, a Canada-Germany coproduction; and Les Equilibristes, by Violette Daneau.

Launched in 2005-2006 as a one-year pilot project, the programme has provided financing for ten English and French-language documentaries as well as completion financing of several others.