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Life’s a Pitch, An Interview with Jim Compton
This week’s blog challenge for Creative Communications was to conduct a Q & A interview with someone who is an inspiration to me. Although I had many people in my life who have become inspirations for many reasons, I chose to interview someone who is a perfect example of the things I hope to achieve some day. A person who is a role model to many in the Indigenous community and whose expertise and experience is a beacon of hope to those pursuing a career in the Creative Communications Industry.
Jim Compton is widely known for his work and contributions with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). He was the Program Director of APTN and Host of The Sharing Circle. APTN was the first National Aboriginal broadcaster in the world. It was made for the indigenous audience with culturally relevant programming. He was also one of the first Indigenous on air television journalists for the CBC.
Jim is currently the Artistic Director at The Adam Beach Film Institute, a new and exciting collaborative endeavor aimed at Training and connecting Aboriginal youth with the skills to pursue a rewarding career in the Film industry. Those are just a few projects that capture a small glimpse of Jim Compton.
Telefilm Canada announces 18 Micro-Budget Production Program finalists for 2016-2017
Montreal, June 16, 2016—Telefilm Canada today announced the 18 finalists, representing all regions of the country, for the Micro-Budget Production Program for 2016-2017. Telefilm also announced that the Talent Fund, a private donation fund, is financing 77% of the Program this year, thanks in particular to numerous donors and principal partners Bell Media and Corus Entertainment. Technicolor is also continuing to offer free digital distribution encoding to finalists.
Hartley T. Richardson, Chair of the Talent Fund Advisory Committee, stated: “Investing in emerging talent means investing in innovation, creativity and passion. Members of the advisory committee witnessed this when they recently met with the teams behind two projects funded through the Program, Cardinal and The Space Between. We were tremendously impressed by their vision and engagement. The Talent Fund provides Canadians with a unique opportunity to support homegrown talent and realize that their investments have a profound impact.”
Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, added: “The Micro-Budget Production Program shows that Canada’s new generation of filmmakers is diversified. After the success achieved at both Canadian and foreign film festivals by Christian Sparkes (Cast No Shadow), Julie Lambert (Un film de chasse de filles), Kyle Thomas (The Valley Below), Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy (The Editor), Suzanne Crocker (All the Time in the World) as well as Aboriginal filmmakers Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Le dep) and Adam Garnet Jones (Fire Song), it’s worth noting that two films funded through the Program will be screened at the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival: The Devout (Connor Gaston) and The Space Between (Amy Jo Johnson).”
This is the fourth annual round of projects in the Micro-Budget Production Program. The Program supports emerging filmmakers seeking to produce their first feature-length films and emphasizes the use of digital platforms and developing the films’ potential for distribution and audience engagement. Project budgets are capped at $250,000.
Three of the projects for the fiscal year are by filmmakers from official-language minority communities and two are Aboriginal projects. For the first time, Web content was an eligible format; four narrative works created especially for digital distribution are funded by the Program.
New INTAKE Class scheduled for October 3-December 10. Stay tuned for details and official announcements
ABFI would like to welcome Jurgen Valiquette as a member of the Board of the Directors. His years of work in the communications & publishing business will be an asset to our development team.
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