"Truth Only Comes from a Free Voice"
The CRTC has released its decision in the review of the “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs). It contains some significant news for Canadian screenwriters specifically, and the Canadian screen-based industry in general: the minumum CAVCO point requirements for CIPFs to fund a production have been dropped from eight to six.
The WGC views this as part of a larger trend towards reducing the presence of Canadian talent in hopes of gaining more international funding. If a "star" screenwriter (or actor, or other key creative) from elsewhere is hired, instead of a Canadian, some believe that the production has a better chance of attracting this funding. In the big picture, it's whittling away at Canadian culture.
It seems timely to post this editorial by WGC president, Jill Golick, written for our own Canadian Screenwriter magazine and published in June 2016. It's called Truth Only Comes from a Free Voice. As Jill puts it: "Let the creator's voice ring out. Let us tell stories that have meaning and depth. Stories filled with truth. This is the route to attracting Canadian audiences: creating Canadian culture. It is also the only route to export success."
Read the entire editorial here.
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