Western Canada boosts bid for biz

Film fest to run Thursday to Sunday

The Canadian Film Center has partnered with the organizers of the Whistler Film Festival to provide programming at the festival and throughout the year.

The goal of the alliance is to give Western-based industryites access to the CFC’s professional development programs and resources without having to head to Toronto to take advantage of them.

“The WFF partnership is the perfect way for us to both connect with our Western-based alumni and enhance our profile with emerging Western talent,” said CFC executive director Slawko Klymkiw.

During the 2006 Whistler Film Festival, which runs Thursday to Sunday, the CFC will provide programming for the Whistler Filmmaker Forum as well as a “best-of” program taken from the CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. It also will supply a program of short dramatic films for the Whistler Film Festival Society’s monthly independent film series, Reel Alternative.

In addition, the orgs announced the creation of the Go West Project Lab for producers based in Western Canada, kicking off next spring. The lab is intended to attract international investment and give producers access to resources to market their programming in the U.S. and abroad and explore new platforms.

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