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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT FOR NB FILMMAKERS’ CO-OP

State-of-the-art equipment will help produce quality films that reach audiences far and wide

February 17, 2014 - Fredericton, N.B

The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op will purchase state-of the-art equipment to enable the organization to provide access to high-quality production resources and services for media artists throughout the region, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA) joined Co-op representatives to make the announcement today.

Specifically, the project will help the Co-op upgrade its current digital camera capabilities from high-definition standard to 4K, the current industry standard.  In addition, the Co-op will replace its outdated projection system with a state-of-the-art Christie Solaria One digital cinema projection system. 

The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), is investing $42,900 in this project and the NB Filmmakers’ Co-op is investing $42,400.

Quick Facts

  • For 35 years, the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-op has provided artists with equipment, working space, access to developmental workshops and networking opportunities with local filmmakers and artists across the country.
  • Today, the Co-op has 250 members and offers a fully equipped film and video training centre.
  • For the past 14 years, the NB Filmmakers’ Co-op has hosted the annual Silver Wave Film Festival, which highlights New Brunswick-made films and showcases films from around the world.
  • Highlights of the festival include screenings, receptions, workshops, panels and Silver Wave awards. The 2014 festival will take place in Fredericton from November 6-9.

Quotes

“Our Government understands the value that the film industry and the NB Filmmakers’ Co-op bring to this region and the contribution they make in sustaining local economies. It’s important that the Co-op stays current and this investment will allow the organization to offer state-of-the-art equipment to media artists from across the region. This access will mean an increase in the production quality of local films that reach numerous audiences via festivals, broadcasts and the internet.”

-The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

"In a time of rapid technological change, it is vital for filmmakers to have access to industry-standard equipment to produce world-class work. The investment by ACOA in the Film Co-op will give independent filmmakers in the province the tools that they need to get to the next level and produce work for distribution through broadcast media, film festivals and other new media outlets. As a film exhibitor, the digital cinema upgrade to our projection system will ensure the ongoing success of the Silver Wave Film Festival and Monday Night Film Series into the future benefitting both independent filmmakers across the province and film audiences alike."

-Tony Merzetti, Executive Director, NB Filmmakers’ Co-operative

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Contacts

Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613-941-7241

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-452-3687

Tony Merzetti
Executive Director
NB Filmmakers’ Co-op
506-455-1632

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