Canadian filmmaker Denis Côté from New Brunswick was awarded a Silver Bear at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. His film Vic+Flo on vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear) picked up the Alfred Bauer Prize, awarded in memory of the Festival’s founder to a feature film that opens new perspectives. Further awards went to Inch'Allah by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (placed 3rd for the Panorama Audience Award; Fipresci Award; and Ecumenical Jury Special Mention). Barefoot by Danis Goulet received a Special Mention in the Generation 14plus category.
This was the second year in a row that Canada won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2012, a Silver Bear went to actress Rachel Mwanza for her role in the Canadian film Rebelle (War Witch) by Kim Nguyen.
Denis Côté, photo: Ali Ghandtschi © Berlinale 2013
There are many international festivals in Germany, ranging from general festivals such as the Berlinale to festivals specializing in particular genres. Telefilm Canada organizes screenings for international festival directors on the search for films for their respective festivals. Therefore, it is advisable to contact Telefilm Canada directly and possibly submit your film to them. The best way to increase your presence on the international festival circuit, however, is to send in your film in response to the calls for entries of the respective festivals. Most German festivals do not require an application fee.
Once you have received an invitation from a German festival or film institute to present your film, please get in touch with Canada Council for the Arts regarding travel support.
You can also contact Katharina Fichtner, the Embassy’s Cultural Attaché for Film, to discuss promoting the collaboration.
Embassy of Canada, Katharina Fichtner, Cultural Attaché Visual Arts, Film, New Media
Leipziger Platz 17, D- 10117 Berlin, Germany
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