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Whistler Film Festival Announces China Canada Gateway Competition And Feature Project Lab Participants

whistler film festival [1]The Whistler Film Festival [1] is proud to announce the 12 writer/producer teams from across Canada selected to participate in this year’s second annual China Canada Gateway for Film® Script Competition [2]. Presented by the Whistler Film Festival in association with Telefilm Canada [3] and China Film Group [4], this dynamic pitching competition is the only national effort of its kind designed to stimulate international financing for Canadian feature film projects by introducing experienced Canadian writer/producer teams to Chinese studios with up millions of production financing on the table.
The top 12 finalists will take part in the competition at the Whistler Film Festival’s industry Summit on December 5, 2013. They will pitch their script synopsis to a panel of three international experts and three Chinese production companies, seeking to make films suitable for both the Chinese domestic and international markets. A Premium Industry Pass, Industry Pass or observer ticket are required to attend the competition. At least 3 projects will be chosen for development in 2013. The Whistler Film Festival is facilitating the opportunity by bringing the parties together and will not be in involved in the actual deals. The structure of each deal will vary with needs of the proponents. The expected average project budget is $5 million.

“We have spent the past three years expanding our relationships with the Chinese film industry in order to broaden the opportunities for Canadian creators,” says Jane Milner, WFF’s Director of Special Projects. “The Script Competition is an instrumental platform that introduces our writers to Chinese production houses looking for experienced storytellers to invest in.”

The 12 teams were selected by jury members Eva Cao, Head of Productions, Huayi Brothers International and Victoria Hon, Producer, Director of International Cooperation, Hairun Pictures and include:

Also named today were the six producers from across Canada have been selected to participate in the WFF’s new Feature Project Lab [5], an intense four day business and marketplace immersion experience presented by the Whistler Film Festival in association with Telefilm Canada. Designed to advance Canadian creative talent, the WFF Feature Project Lab focuses on strengthening dramatic feature projects from script to screen by facilitating feedback as well as collaboration on and investment in film projects that have US and international appeal.

“We are pleased to have a good range of projects participating in our Feature Project Lab, and we look forward to connecting them with our industry experts to help move their projects from script to screen,” said Angie Nolan, WFF’s Programming Manager.

The six producers and projects selected for WFF’s 2013 Feature Project Lab are:

Industry experts participating in the WFF’s Feature Project Lab include:

WFF’s Feature Project Lab Marketplace Analysts and Facilitators include Peter Wetherell, President, Magus Entertainment, and Tim Brown, CEO, Joker Films.

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