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Tourism, Culture and Recreation
May 28, 2009

The following statement was issued today by the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

Local Film-makers Have Works Screened at Cannes

I rise in this Honourable House today to acknowledge and congratulate two of our province�s talented young film-makers, who have recently had their films screened at the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival in France.

Crackie, a feature film, written and directed by Sherry White and produced by Jennice Ripley and Rhonda Buckley, was featured at the festival on May 14th and 20th as part of Telefilm Canada�s Perspectives Canada screening series.

In addition, The Hall, a short film written and directed by Stephen Dunn, a Ryerson University student and native Newfoundlander and Labradorian, was also screened May 18th during the Short Film Corner series at Cannes.

The film industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is filled with talent that has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. You may recall that the Newfoundland and Labrador feature film Down to the Dirt was also screened at Cannes last year.

With the screening of Crackie and The Hall at this year�s festival, the investment by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and its agencies in the development and marketing of local film projects is clearly paying off. We are a presence on the international film scene. Ms. White and Mr. Dunn, along with their production teams, are to be commended for their outstanding achievements.

I would be remiss if I did not mention a short film called Countdown, directed by Jordan Canning, which was selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the 2009 National Film Board/Cannes Short Film Corner online competition. While that film was not screened at Cannes this year, to have been a finalist in the online competition is an achievement in itself.

In the past five years, from 2004 to 2008, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has invested over $17 million in film production activity. Most importantly, this investment has, in turn, enabled another $51 million to be leveraged from other public and private sources, resulting in total production activity of over $68 million.

And this year is shaping up to be a banner year for local film production. Tax credits included, Budget 2009 investment is expected to total about $7.7 million � due in large part to the filming of a new, hour-long CBC television series, Republic of Doyle.

This is indeed an exciting time in our local film industry and I invite all members of this House to join with me in congratulating the young film-makers featured in Cannes, and to wish them well as they move forward in their film careers.

2009 05 28                                                      2:00 p.m.

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