Assuming the position of Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Talent Fund is a great honour and privilege for me. Investing and contributing to the growth of the Canadian film industry reflects a value I’ve long cherished—the value of helping build a strong and vibrant Canadian cultural identity. I’ve always been impressed by the great artistic talent and creative minds of many of our filmmakers from across this vast country, especially those from my home province of Manitoba. I am ever so proud of their accomplishments and success.
I strongly believe that achievements in our movie industry enhance Canada’s image on the international stage, create a wide variety of jobs, and contribute to the financial success of our country. Our efforts in this area are therefore most important because with the Talent Fund we help our film industry to flourish. The Fund allows filmmakers to develop more Canadian content and to tell great stories. This is a superb opportunity for all Canadians to support and showcase Canadian talent.
Over the past four years as Chair of the Advisory Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of the young talented filmmakers the Talent Fund supports. It has been truly fascinating to hear about their accomplishments and challenges of making their first feature film.
It is also deeply gratifying to hear their sincere gratitude for the financial support received through the Talent Fund. As you know, our objective is to help the discovery of emerging filmmakers, and we certainly witnessed in a real way that our efforts have an impact on the careers of our country’s artists.
From a personal standpoint, I would like to thank each of you for your significant contributions. I am grateful for the partnerships that we have created on this journey together. Special recognition must be given to Bell Media and Corus Entertainment who have been with us from the beginning. And to all our new sponsors, let me reassure you that your contribution does make a difference in the success of our Canadian emerging talent.
On behalf of the Advisory Committee members, I would like to invite you to join us again this year in renewing your pledge to champion these gifted young filmmakers. Your generous support allows them to reach their full potential and to succeed—making us all immensely proud to be involved in the Talent Fund.
Hartley T. Richardson
Chair, Advisory Committee