Natural Resources Television (IDNR-TV)

Natural Resources Television (IDNR-TV)

October 06, 2010 14:06 ET

The 1st Mining Film Festival Brings Together All of the Key Players in Quebec's Mining Industry on November 4 at the Cinema du Parc in Montreal

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - On Thursday, November 4, IDNR-TV, the only channel specializing in the world of natural resources, will present the first edition of the Québec Mining Film Festival at the Cinéma du Parc in Montréal. The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of the mining industry from a different perspective, free of prejudice and preconceptions. In this respect, this 1st Festival could easily be called the "Festival that gets to the bottom of things"! This was announced today by IDNR-TV chairman Ivor Barr, who stated that the Festival will be an opportunity for creativity and the stage for awarding two Prizes honoring college and university students.

These prizes are the Ebe Scherkus Prize for excellence in mine development strategy, and the Scott Jobin-Bevans Prize for Earth science studies.

The Festival, which will present original productions, will be held in memory of Paul Penna, a pioneer in the Québec mining industry and celebrated member of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, who died in 1996 at the age of 74. Mr. Penna was a successful mine constructer and the founder of a leading mining company. As chairman and CEO of Agnico­Eagle Mines, he turned his modest premises into a major company. While other prospectors increasingly sought their fortunes abroad, Paul Penna decided to remain close to home, on familiar ground in Ontario and Québec. Today, Agnico­Eagle is one of Canada's most prominent gold mining companies.


The team at IDNR-TV considers the creation of this Festival particularly appropriate as Québec is home to 60% of all the Canadian-mined ore, with nearly 900 companies employing more than 50,000 women and men in the mining regions of Québec, whether in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Chaudière-Appalaches or Northern Québec.


This first edition of the Festival will be emceed by professional journalist and broadcaster Alexandre Dumas, and will present original productions that will be able to lift the veil from this important piece of Québec's economic activity that remains little-known or completely unknown to the general public.

Notable films scheduled for this first edition of the Festival include "QUÉBEC A DE LA VEINE", "MEADOWBANK," "TROILUS" and "IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS MALARTIC."

Numerous figures from the political scene and the mining industry have already confirmed their participation in this first edition of the Festival, which is rapidly set to become both a cultural and economic tradition in Québec.

The IDNR team is proud to see so many industry and political leaders sign up for this event which should go a long way towards creating a new image for an industry whose reputation has been, more often than not, sullied by biases spread via urban legends, as well as ignorance and misunderstanding of this industry that is so vital to the economy of Quebec.

Several industry leaders have signed up as co-sponsors of the event, Cambridge House, PDAC, the Prospectors Association of Canada, the law firm of Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, Osisko, Agnico-Eagle, Golden Valley Mines, Genivar, and Marketwire, as well as the Québec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife. This support reflects the huge interest already attracted by the first edition.

To view the logos of the partners of the event, please visit the following link:

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