Quebecor Inc.

Quebecor Inc.
Institut national de l'image et du son (INIS)

Institut national de l'image et du son (INIS)

August 22, 2006 10:25 ET

Creation of "Quebec Bursaries for Cultural Diversity" for Aspiring Screenwriters

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2006) - Quebecor and the Institut national de l'image et du son (INIS) are pleased to announce the creation of the "Quebec Bursaries for Cultural Diversity" for aspiring screenwriters who are Aboriginals or members of a visible minority. These bursaries, of a total value of $20,000, will allow three screenwriters a year to undertake professional training at the INIS, including the Interactive Media program and additional courses in traditional writing. The financial aid includes tuition, prepartory courses and traditional screenwriting courses. The deadline for submitting an application file is September 7, 2006. The training lasts five months and begins October 2.

Given the increasing variety of means of distribution (cell phones, the Internet, podcasting, etc.), today's Web authors, screenwriters and people who generate ideas must make sure that their content can be adapted to different media from the beginning of the creative process. According to Michel G. Desjardins, director general of the INIS, "A redefinition of screenwriting is currently taking place where users/spectators/listeners will be able to interact with the content through the different means of distribution they choose at any given time." He adds: The "Quebecor Bursaries for Cultural Diversity" will concretely respond to the needs of the milieu by offering intensive training that is specifically tailored to this reality."

"Through its media properties Quebecor is at the heart of a major shift toward multimedia that is taking place around the world," Pierre Karl Peladeau, president and CEO of Quebecor says. The "Quebecor Bursaries for Cultural Diversity" not only encourage contributions from cultural communities to Quebec's cultural heritage, but also allows these aspiring screenwriters and professionals who are updating their skills to master a form of writing that is increasingly in demand in TV and new media." "It also provides Aboriginals and members of visible minorities access to interesting positions in TV and multimedia," he adds.

General conditions for eligibility
To be eligible, candidates must:

- Have an undergraduate university degree and/or have relevant
experience in screenwriting or any other type of writing;
- Be 21 or older upon registration;
- Be an Aboriginal or a member of a visible minority;
- Be fluent in written and spoken French and have a working knowledge
of written and spoken English;
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Submit a complete application file by September 7, 2006 at 5:00

For more information on applying and to obtain a registration form, contact INIS at (514) 284-1840, ext. 224 or consult the Web site at Please note that the training is provided in French only.

Quebecor inc.

Quebecor Inc. (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is a communications company with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. It has two operating subsidiaries, Quebecor World Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc. Quebecor World is one of the largest commercial print media services companies in the world. Quebecor Media owns operating companies in numerous media-related businesses: Videotron Ltd., the largest cable operator in Quebec and a major Internet service provider and provider of residential and cell phone service and business telecommunications services; Sun Media Corporation, Canada's largest national chain of tabloids and community newspapers; TVA Group Inc., operator of the largest French-language general-interest television network in Quebec, a number of specialty channels, and the English-language general-interest station Sun TV; Canoe Inc., operator of a network of English-and French-language Internet properties in Canada; Nurun Inc., an important interactive technologies and communications agency in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia; companies engaged in book publishing and magazine publishing; and companies engaged in the production, distribution and retailing of cultural products, namely Archambault Group Inc., the largest chain of music stores in eastern Canada, TVA Films, and Le SuperClub Videotron ltee, a chain of video and video game rental and retail stores. Quebecor Inc. has operations in 18 countries.

The Institut national de l'image et du son (INIS)

The INIS is a professional training centre that delivers training programs to the cinema, television and interactive media industries based on professional practices, the understanding of professional realities, team work and the development of creativity. In existence for 10 years, the INIS has 5000 trainers and professional contributors and 250 graduates and has worked on 200 short features, 60 episodes of dramatic series, 30 interactive projects, 25 documentary portraits and a full-length feature.

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