CFC (Canadian Film Centre)

CFC (Canadian Film Centre)

December 16, 2008 10:47 ET

CFC Appoints David Cronenberg to Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2008) - CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned filmmaker David Cronenberg to its Board of Directors.

"We are truly privileged to welcome him as an ex-officio member of the board", said Roma Khanna, Chair, CFC Board of Directors. "David's international stature and extensive knowledge of Canada's film and television production community will be of great benefit as CFC continues to expand its innovative programs and build creative partnerships both nationally and internationally in the years ahead."

With over 35 years of filmmaking experience, Toronto-born David Cronenberg is a widely-acclaimed, highly honoured director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. A professional risk-taker and innovator throughout his career, Cronenberg has been able to use his fascination with the bizarre to create a big-screen world all his own. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror. His early films - Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), The Brood (1979) - explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction. Cronenberg continued to develop his fascination with biological horror with films such as The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Naked Lunch (1991), Dead Ringers (1988), and Crash (1996) which was awarded the Prix Special du Jury for daring, originality, and audacity at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. He continued to gain international attention for eXistenZ (1999) and Spider (2003), starring Ralph Fiennes and was given the title of "Officier des Arts et Lettres" from France. His most recent films include A History of Violence (2005), selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival and Eastern Promises (2007), which received nominations and/or awards from The Golden Globes, The British Film Awards, the Academy Awards and the Genie Awards.

In addition, CFC is pleased to announce the appointment of accomplished filmmaker and President of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), Sturla Gunnarsson to the CFC Board of Directors, as an ex-officio member. Gunnarsson replaces Alan Goluboff, former board member and previous President of the DGC. "Sturla's expertise as a filmmaker and his understanding of the larger community it serves through the DGC will be of valuable guidance to the CFC," said Ms. Khanna.

Sturla Gunnarsson's films have been recognized with a multitude of awards, including Emmy, Genie and Gemini Awards, a Prix Italia and an Oscar nomination. Gunnarsson's most recent work includes the feature film Beowulf and Grendel (2006) and the highly acclaimed feature documentary Air India 182, which opened the 2008 Hot Docs Festival.

With the above-noted appointments, the 2008/2009 Board of Directors is comprised of:

Norman Jewison C.C. (Founder, Chair Emeritus) Ralph Brown, Q.C.
Roma Khanna (Chair) Neal G. Clarance
Janet Yale (Vice-Chair) David Cronenberg (Ex-Officio)
Steven DeNure (Vice-Chair) Doug Dales
Stan Ford Kate Alexander Daniels
Stuart G. Fraser Etienne de Villiers
The Honourable Douglas C. Frith, P.C. David W. Middleton
Blake Goldring Robin C. Mirsky
Sturla Gunnarsson (Ex-Officio) Robert Munroe
Piers Handling (Ex-Officio) John Riley
Christina Jennings Paul Robertson
Michael Kennedy Councillor David Shiner
Daniel Lamarre (Ex-Officio)
Richard Stursberg
David Zitzerman


CFC celebrates 20 years of launching Canada's most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. As Canada's largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media, CFC proudly has more than 1000 alumni working in Canada and abroad. A leader in the rapidly changing entertainment landscape, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent and during this anniversary year will launch new programs that will continue to bring inspiring storytellers to the world. For more information please visit

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