CTV Canadian Documart Finalists announced

The CTV Canadian Documart will premiere on June 13, 2001 during the Banff Television Festival. A total of CDN$100,000 in development funds will be available to the seven finalists.
May 24, 2001

When the CRTC (Canada’s regulatory body) gave the green light for BCE to purchase Canadian commercial broadcaster CTV in December 2000, millions of production and development dollars were unleashed to the independent production community in the form of a benefits package. The CTV Canadian Documart, which premieres on June 13 during the Banff Television Festival is one result of this. Modeled after the Australian Documart, the new pitching session will award development funds in denominations of CDN$50,000 (US$32,000), $30,000 (US$20,000) and $20,000 (US$13,000) to three of the seven finalists. Projects will be evaluated based on the quality of the pitch, the viability of the project, and its potential to attract a large, mainstream audience.

The following projects won a spot in front of the judges:

An Ode to SPAM: The World’s Most Popular Luncheon Meat

Anne Pick, Real to Reel Productions

Demon in the Freezer

Dugald Maudsley, Atlantic Television/Infield Fly Productions

Inside the Great Magazines

Irene Angelico, DLI Productions

Sunday Night

Scott Harper, Scott Harper Productions

Teen Invasion

Tom Perlmutter, Primitive Entertainment

The River-An Inquiry into the Origin of Aids

Arnie Gelbart, Galafilm Productions

The Secret Language of Girls

Matt Zimbel, Copie Zero Television & Media

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