Just a shout out to Danielle Bélanger and Danny Lennon, who put together the terrific Not Short on Talent
program at Cannes this year. You guys really opened the door for us. And no country outside Canada gave their emerging filmmakers a similar showcase at the market.
I had an interesting chat with Carole Brabant about Telefilm's evolving mandate. (Classic Cannes sentence: back home, I don't tend to bump into Carole Brabant.) The agency seems to be moving out of development and aiming more to help market films that are already made. As a writer this is bad for me, but marketing has long been where the Canadian film industry drops dead. If fewer films get developed but more get adequately marketed, perhaps the anglophone side of the Canadian feature biz can break out of its ghetto.
A boy can dream, can't he?