Feb. 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications for the Short Film Venture Program are now available to aspiring New Brunswick filmmakers, Wellness, Culture and Sport 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, 51 projects have been produced at a value of more than $995,000. Of these, 43 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 the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, supported with technical assistance from the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative, based in Fredericton. It offers script consultation, technical training from professional filmmakers and workshops offered by the 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, 2009).
Projects submitted must meet the guidelines indicated online. Information may also be obtained in three ways:
Previous applicants are eligible to apply with new projects only.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 31. Following a jury review, selected participants will be notified by telephone. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2011.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.