Canuck fund slots $1.6 mil for docs

Money will bridge gap for producers who can't raise coin elsewhere

BANFF — Federal funding agency Telefilm Canada and pubcaster CBC have launched a feature-length documentary pilot program to encourage the development and production of theatrical docs.

The co-venture entails a one-year commitment of C$2 million ($1.6 million) split two-thirds for English-language docs and one-third for French-language works.

“With the box office success of ‘The Corporation’ and ‘Roger Toupin, epicier variete’ and the award-winning ‘Shake Hands With the Devil,’ it is clear that audiences will go to the theater to see a documentary made by Canadians,” said Telefilm Canada exec director Wayne Clarkson.

The money, available in the fall, will bridge the gap for producers who can’t raise coin elsewhere.

In 2006, the Canada Feature Film Fund, which doesn’t support docs, is expected to be renewed. It is hoped coin will be earmarked for the growing genre.

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