CFC Sends Canadian Filmmaking Talent to Tribeca All Access

By CFC Staff March 23, 2010 12:40

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Clement Virgo, Damon D'Oliveira, Julia Kwan, Shan Tam to attend

TORONTO, March 23, 2010 – CFC (Canadian Film Centre, in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute, is pleased to announce that two Canadian filmmaking teams have been selected to participate in the 2010 Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. TAA will present 24 projects throughout a six-day program taking place during the annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, held from April 21 – May 2, 2010 in New York City. TAA is made possible by Bloomberg with major support from Time Warner and additional support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Celebrating its 7th year, Tribeca All Access (TAA) was created to cultivate relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. During this year's Festival, TAA will provide the participating directors, screenwriters and producers with workshops and the opportunity to present their upcoming works in one-on-one meetings with more than 100 potential investors, development executives, executive producers and agents. The program is designed to advance the careers of women and minority filmmakers and allow them to potentially find funding and exposure for their feature length screenplay or documentary work-in-progress.

Canadian participants were selected by TAA in consultation with the CFC to participate in Tribeca All Access. 2010 marks the third year Tribeca All Access has extended its program to include international participants. Delegates from the UK Film Council will join Canadian filmmaking talent.

“We are delighted to continue as the Canadian collaborator in support of this unparalleled opportunity offered by Tribeca All Access,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CFC Executive Director. “This collaboration with TAA provides Canadian filmmakers and their projects with access to U.S. industry professionals while extending their professional network and building community cross border.”

Canadian participants include:

  • CFC Alumni Clement Virgo (Director, Co-Screenwriter, Co-Producer) and Damon D'Oliveira (Co-Producer) will be representing Enter the Cipher, Douglas Century (Co-Screenwriter), the story of an unlikely friendship between a young Princeton-educated, Jewish journalist who befriends a Brooklyn gangster/would be rapper, and is drawn, moth-like, into the flames of his seductive criminal underworld.
  • CFC Alumna Julia Kwan (Director, Screenwriter) and Shan Tam (Co-Producer) will be attending with Portraits from the Other Side, Michael Parker (Co-Producer), a story about a Chinese-Canadian law student whose life takes an unexpected turn when she inherits a mobile photography studio and discovers her true passion through taking family portraits.


The Tribeca Film Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving audiences and artists year-round. While TFI's mission remains grounded in the heart of its New York City founding, its reach and influence in the film community has expanded to capture international acclaim and participation. Since its inception in 2001, TFI has become an industry-recognized institution. Administering a dozen major programs annually, TFI reaches 10,000 people through its year-round programming in New York City as well as its featured initiatives at the Tribeca Film Festival. For more information and a list of all TFI programs visit


Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Centre to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.

The Festival's mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking centre. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

The Tribeca Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 2.3 million attendees and has generated an estimated $600 million in economic activity for New York City.