Toronto, June 9, 2017 – Canadian filmmaking has been a powerful form of cultural and artistic expression, and a highly profitable commercial enterprise. Notable Canadian filmmakers include James Cameron, David Cronenberg, Denis Villeneuve, and Atom Egoyan – just to name a few. Canadian directors who are best known for their American-produced films include Norman Jewison, Jason Reitman, Paul Haggis and James Cameron. Cameron, in particular, wrote and directed the highest and second-highest-grossing films ever, Avatar and Titanic, respectively. After Hollywood and New York City, Toronto is the third largest destination for movie production in North America. Toronto also hosts one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world – the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
On Wednesday, the Canadian Film Centre hosted their annual CFC Garden Party in partnership with Business for the Arts. Along with its founder, Norman Jewison, and his wife, Lynne St. David-Jewison, they welcomed guests from the film industry as well as their CFC Circle of Supporters, sponsors, and friends.
In attendance was The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, who announced a renewed commitment to the CFC with a multi-year funding investment. Some of that funding will go to the new CFC/Bell Media Vision Project, a new partnership that helps to scale up their activities in the development of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences at the CFC. This complements IDEABOOST, their business accelerator supported by founding partner Corus and funded in part by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
It was our first time at the CFC Annual Garden Party and it was great to meet so many interesting people. Congratulations to Business for the Arts award recipients: Diane Dallaire (The Arnold Edinborough Award), Piers Handling (The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award) and Tony Gagliano (Edmund C. Bovey Award). See you again next year!