Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 23, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Festival REGARD sur le Court Metrage au Saguenay

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament (Jonquiere-Alma), today announced funding to Caravane Films Productions for the cultural component of the Festival REGARD sur le court metrage au Saguenay.

This event, now in its 14th year, promises a rich program of activities to please the whole family. The festival will take place from March 10 to 14, 2010, and will include an opening gala, musical presentations by local artists, and more than 150 short films. Audiences are invited to attend screenings of these cinematic works and take part in the various other activities.

"Our Government is very enthusiastic about being part of this festival, which creates a venue for directors to present their films, meet the public, and develop partnerships with professionals in the field of short films," said Minister Moore. "Gatherings like this promote citizen participation and provide an opportunity for local creators to get involved in their community."

"The REGARD festival has cultivated a love of film not only among moviegoers, but also among our region's young filmmakers. This winter showcase highlights both the cultural expertise and the tourist attractions of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. It is a perfect occasion to export our talent and import national and international recognition," said Minister Blackburn. "The Government of Canada recognizes the important contribution of Caravane Films Production, which-in addition to presenting this festival-plays a significant role in promoting short films and enriches the cultural life of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean."

Caravane Films Productions has worked since 1995 to present, promote, and develop the short feature film as a unique cinematic art form. The Festival REGARD sur le court metrage au Saguenay is the largest festival in Quebec dedicated exclusively to the short feature film.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $27,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot - Director, Regional Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations