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  • Sheila de la Varende

    Telefilm Canada is pleased to partner with the 15th annual Fantasia International Film Festival, which, over the years, has carved out a unique niche on the global festival scene with a richly varied program.

    Recognized as one of the most important events of its kind in North America, Fantasia serves as a springboard for promoting and launching Canadian genre films from all regions. Events like this one bolster the entire industry by spotlight- ing homegrown productions and encouraging the emergence of new talent.

    At Telefilm, we aim to foster cultural success by supporting creators across the country, while facilitating the production of content with domestic and inter- national audience appeal. Diversity is at the core of Canadian cinema. Our movies entertain, enlighten, inform and offer food for thought; and they promote dialogue about our identity and values.

    Thank you to the organizers of the Fantasia International Film Festival for giving us this fifteenth opportunity to gather in Montréal to celebrate cinematic diversity from around the world.

    Enjoy the festival!

    Sheila de la Varende

    Sheila de la Varende
    Directrice, Développement des affaires nationales et internationales, Telefilm Canada

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