Thursday, September 8, 2011

CMPA’s Producer’s Award at the TIFF goes to André Rouleau

André Rouleau Wins CMPA’s Producer’s Award at the Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto, September 8, 2011- The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is delighted to announce André Rouleau as the winner of the 6th annual $10,000 CMPA Producer’s Award. The award was presented this afternoon at the Festival’s Filmmakers’ Lounge at the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival®.

The Montreal-based André Rouleau (Caramel Films) has worked in the Canadian production industry for more than fifteen years. He is well known for his many works including Funkytown, Die, Polytechnique, Mesrine: L’instinct de mort (Mesrine: Death Instinct), Battle in Seattle, An American Haunting, and Head in the Clouds.

Rouleau also has three film projects screening at this year’s Festival year including special presentations of Breakaway and Goon, and a gala presentation of Starbuck.

“I have always been fascinated by the way a story on pages could be translated into images,” says Rouleau. “I feel privileged each time I get to present to the public—movies to make them laugh or cry. This is something that never ceases to amaze me. It makes the profession so interesting and fulfilling.”
“I have long admired the tenacity and passion of producers like André Rouleau,” says Norm Bolen, President and CEO, CMPA. “These miracle-workers juggle multiple projects and constant production and financial challenges. They thrive on pushing the boundaries to tell their stories.”

“André Rouleau never ceases to amaze me. His diverse body of work, including the three films we are privileged enough to showcase at this year’s Festival, is testament to his vision and talent,” says Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF.

This year’s winner was selected from a group of five nominees. They were shortlisted from more than 28 eligible Canadian films being screened at the festival this year. The jury includes Chair Denise Robert (Cinémaginaire), Neil Campbell (Landmark Cinemas of Canada), Mark Musselman (Serendipity Point Films), Paul Pope (Pope Productions) and award-winning editor Susan Shipton.

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