​Film Projects and Participants Selected for Third Edition of Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab

By CFC Staff October 26, 2011 16:00

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Toronto, October 26, 2011 – CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is pleased to announce that a new session of the successful Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab will begin November 14, 2011 in Toronto.

Chaired by comedy legend Eugene Levy, the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, a CFC Film program presented in collaboration with Just For Laughs, seeks to advance the comedy genre in Canada and generate comedies that achieve commercial and critical success.

“Participating in the Comedy Lab is a major advantage for filmmakers. It brought together the comic pedigree of Just For Laughs, the support of Telefilm Canada and the CFC, and paired it with the experience and talent from Hollywood's top comedy filmmakers to create one strong, momentum building package for our film,” said filmmaking team Mary Anne Waterhouse (producer, FIDO, MY ASSHOLE NEIGHBOUR) and Andrew Currie (director). Both Waterhouse and Currie, along with co-writer Robert Chomiak, were participants of the 2010 Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab.

The Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab is Canada's first advanced professional program designed to develop and package original theatrical feature-length comedies for Canadian and international audiences. Launched in 2009, this initiative pairs experienced Canadian feature film producers, their writer and/or director teams and their comedy scripts, with the best comedy minds in the world to strengthen each script and increase packaging appeal for investment.

Sheila de la Varende, Telefilm's Director of National and International Business Development, added: “After just two years, the ‘Lab' has successfully fostered the development of close relationships between top U.S. comedy experts and Canadian talent. Essentially, this initiative has helped put Canadian talent on the U.S. radar. We're happy to see that SERVITUDE – a year 1 project which screened at the Just For Laughs Festival in July and which will have its theatrical release later this year – as well as several other comedy projects now in Telefilm's pipeline will reach their audiences.”

Projects and teams selected for the 2011 session are:

  • From British Columbia: Blake Corbet Productions' romantic comedy HOW TO CHANGE EVERYTHING WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING: producers Blake Corbet and Gosia Kamela and writer/director Kris Lefcoe
  • From British Columbia and Toronto: Sheep Noirs' zombie romantic comedy ZOMBIE LOVE: producer Marc Stephenson and writer Jonathan Williams
  • From Ontario: Markham Street Films' mystery comedy FIT TO PRINT: producer Michael McNamara and writer/director Daniel Perlmutter
  • From Quebec: Item 7': comedy/drama BIRTHMARKED: Producers Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin and writer Marc Tulin
  • From British Columbia: Random Bench Productions' female driven comedy HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR MOTHER: producers Elizabeth Levine and Adrian Salpeter and writer Kellie Ann Benz

Of the 5 projects selected, ZOMBIE LOVE and FIT TO PRINT both participated in the 2011 Just For Laughs Comedy Boot Camp for Film held in Montreal as part of the 2011 Just For Laughs Comedy Conference.

“The Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab is an innovative way to discuss and pitch fresh ideas in a protected, creative environment and to nurture new film projects into fruition. I had a great time and am definitely up for more,” said Daniel Goldberg, producer, THE HANGOVER, OLD SCHOOL. CFC will be announcing the full lineup of esteemed mentors and guests shortly.

Telefilm Canada, CFC and Just for Laughs welcome the new participants to the 2011/2012 edition of the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, and wish them much success with their projects in the upcoming weeks.

About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund's programs. Visit www.telefilm.gc.ca.

About CFC
CFC launches the country's most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities for top creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by transforming and accelerating the careers of the brightest talent in film, television and new media. For more information please visit: cfccreates.com

About the Just For Laughs Group
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group's growth is concentrated on four major focal points: Festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and Paris); television production (most notably Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour, North American dates for Family Guy Live!, Arturo Brachetti's show Change in London); and talent management. Its inaugural Montreal Festival 28 years ago is now the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto and London.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Brian Mullen, Communications Coordinator, CFC, 416.445.1446 x463

Douglas Chow, Manager, External Communications, Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838, ext. 2225, or 1-800-567-0890