Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 18, 2008 12:34 ET

Media advisory: His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond Extends his Patronage to the 2008 Latin American Film Festival and Will Attend the Unveiling of its Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - His Excellency Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will be honorary patron of the 2008 Latin American Film Festival and will attend the unveiling of its program. The announcement will be made during a news conference on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the residence of the Ambassador of Brazil, 400 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa.

For His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, who is also a filmmaker and writer, this patronage falls within the scope of other Rideau Hall programs, including Art Matters, a forum for dialogue and reflection on the vital place that the arts and culture hold. The Latin American Film Festival highlights the importance of film in opening doors to the world and confirming that cultural exchange is key to mutual understanding.

The 2008 Latin American Film Festival is a joint initiative by the Canadian Film Institute and the embassies of Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, and Panama. The festival will run from March 28 to April 6 at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

For more information about the Festival, please contact the Canadian Film Institute at 613-232-6727.

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