Wellness, Culture and Sport

Short Film Venture Program applications available (09/05/08)

NB 649

May 8, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications for the 2009 Short Film Venture Program are now available to aspiring New Brunswick filmmakers, Wellness, Culture and Sports Minister Hédard Albert announced today.

"The Short Film Venture Program was created in 2001 to inspire and empower New Brunswick film and video makers," Albert said. "Since its creation, 47 projects have been produced at a value of more than $887,000. Of these, 38 have been showcased in film festivals throughout New Brunswick, Canada and the United States.

"These projects demonstrate the outstanding abilities and dedication that exist in our province, and we are pleased to help make these projects a reality."

The program is sponsored by New Brunswick Film, supported with technical assistance from the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative, based in Fredericton.

The program offers script consultation, technical training from professional filmmakers and workshops offered by the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative as well as capital to see recipients' film projects through to completion.

Recipients are offered a grant of 25 per cent of the total cost of their project up to a maximum of $5,000 to help cover costs related to the technical work involved. Eligible applicants must be residents of New Brunswick on the last day of the preceding taxation year (Dec. 31, 2008).

Projects submitted must meet the guidelines indicated in the New Brunswick Film website. Information may also be obtained by calling New Brunswick Film at 506-869-6868; from the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative website; or by telephone at 506-455-1632. Previous applicants are eligible to apply with new projects only.

The deadline for applications is May 31. Following a jury review, selected participants will be notified by telephone. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2010.


MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.