first_imgCarolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada since 2010, poses for a photograph at the Telefilm offices in Montreal on Feb. 23, 2018. Brabant will be leaving the position in March. “Carolle’s one of the best executive directors Telefilm has ever had,” veteran producer Robert Lantos (The Sweet Hereafter, Eastern Promises) said. Twitter Advertisement If you find yourself with an afternoon to kill at the tail end of this year’s Canadian Screen Week – and possess a high tolerance for exposure to regional box-office statistics – take some time to read Telefilm Canada’s annual reports from the past two decades. Along with all the facts and figures expected in the filings of a federal agency, there’s a curious repetition in the statements from its board chairs and executive directors: “It was an ambitious yet challenging year.” “We continued to struggle.” “Clearly we have many challenges to face.” “This was a year of many accomplishments …” – great! – “but we still face substantial challenges.”Running the 51-year-old institution charged with supporting Canada’s feature-film industry has never been an easy job – and it’s only gotten harder since Carolle Brabant took over as executive director in 2010. Traditional business models have gone sideways. Theatrical exposure for Canadian films has imploded, thanks to threats both foreign (Hollywood’s big-footing blockbusters) and domestic (disruptive digital technology). Ottawa seems to be more interested in playing with Netflix than investing in its own Crown corporation, with its funding of Telefilm largely static.Yet, as Brabant prepares to step down this month at the conclusion of her eight-year tenure, she seems to have met the challenges her predecessors warned of with something resembling success – if such a thing can be had in the easily disagreeable world of Canadian film. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

How industry outsider Carolle Brabant changed Telefilm from the inside out

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