Wellness, Culture and Sport

New Brunswick Film launches mentorship program (09/05/11)

NB 662

May 11, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications for a mentorship program helping aspiring and emerging film production personnel are now being received, Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert announced today.

"The film industry is a growing cultural and economical development sector for our province," Albert said. "It is important to maintain a base of highly skilled and trained professionals, and we believe in directly supporting their development. The National Mentorship Program allows us to make strategic investments in on the job, professional development of future industry leaders."

Under the guidance of seasoned industry professionals, participants will be able to develop their business, creative and administrative abilities and their technical skills. They will also have the opportunity to increase their potential for career advancement in the production sector and to help foster the industry in New Brunswick.

The program is offered through a partnership of New Brunswick Film; the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA); Telefilm Canada; and the Atlantic Canada Film Partners (ACFP).

It provides placements to one English and one French New Brunswick resident - emerging and mid-level production personnel. Successful applicants will receive a 26-week work placement.

The on-the-job training opportunity will be provided by CFTPA mentor production companies based in the New Brunswick.

"The mentorship program contributes to the region's skilled workforce and will help to ensure the growth of its production industry," said Guy Mayson, CFTPA president and chief executive officer. "It also provides an important opportunity for seasoned and experienced industry professionals to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation."

CFTPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and interactive media products in all regions of Canada.

For more information, visit CFPTA at http://www.cftpa.ca/mentorship; or call New Brunswick Film at 506-869-6868.

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

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