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RBC's Emerging Artist Bursary Program recognizes Deepa Mehta with $25,000 donation to TIFF® Talent Lab

Mehta commemorates donation with T-Shirt design

TORONTO, September 10, 2008 — RBC today announced a $25,000 donation to the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab in appreciation of Deepa Mehta's contribution to Canadian filmmaking. In recognition of the donation made through the new RBC Emerging Artist Bursary program, Ms. Mehta has designed a commemorative limited edition Talent Lab T-Shirt that will be available through RBC in-branch contests as well as to RBC customers at key TIFF sites throughout the Festival.

"RBC's donation will provide resources and programs that will help the next generation of Canadian filmmakers succeed. I was excited to create a commemorative Talent-Lab T-Shirt as it was a departure from my normal responsibilities as a filmmaker, yet still an opportunity to be creative for something I strongly believe in. The camera design symbolizes the unity of TIFF and RBC coming together to create an opportunity to inspire emerging filmmakers, while the rays represent the infinite capacity of filmmakers to create and grow," said Deepa Mehta, film director and screenwriter.

RBC's $25,000 contribution to the TIFF Talent Lab makes possible the introduction of the Talent Lab Mentorship Program, and is in addition to its annual gift of $10,000 for emerging artists. Selected by a jury of industry experts, one fortunate filmmaker from the 2008 Talent Lab will have the unique opportunity to apprentice along side a respected filmmaker who holds the distinction of being a former Talent Lab Guest or Governor. Also jury-selected, the Mentorship program will choose a 2008 Talent Lab participant to attend an international market-focused film festival as an accredited industry member, mentored by an attending TIFFG employee, a Talent Lab Producer, or internationally known director or producer working on their current production.

The new RBC Emerging Artist Bursary embodies RBC's continued legacy for supporting emerging artists in Canada. The new bursary will be presented annually to help Canadian filmmakers from across the country participate in Toronto International Film Festival Group industry programs. "We are proud to recognize Deepa Mehta as a passionate supporter for Canadian film and filmmakers," said Jennifer Tory, RBC's regional president for Greater Toronto. "Deepa's generous gift of the T-Shirt design brings to life her vision of the Talent Lab as a source of knowledge and inspiration for aspiring filmmakers."

This year's Talent Lab hosts 24 emerging filmmakers, as selected from 160 applicants by a jury of industry experts. The TIFF Talent Lab is a four-day intensive program offering artistic-development opportunities to emerging filmmakers. Talent Lab participants build networks and learn from some of the most esteemed film artists in the world. This year Talent Lab Governors include: Canadian director Don McKellar; French director, Olivier Assayas, London, U.K. producer Stephen Woolley, and New Zealand director Allison MacLean.

About RBC in the Community
RBC is proud to support the events and passions that resonate with our clients and all Canadians. In addition to sponsoring numerous grassroots and community causes and events, RBC is pleased to play a leadership role in the following initiatives: The RBC Blue Water Project is aimed at fostering a greater commitment to water stewardship in Canada and abroad. As the longest standing partner of the Canadian Olympic Team, RBC continues its sponsorship through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With golf as the top participation sport in Canada, RBC has become the title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open - the country's national golf championship and the third oldest in the world; and RBC is the Official Bank of the world's top public film festival - the Toronto International Film Festival.

Bell Lightbox
Currently under construction in downtown Toronto, Bell Lightbox is soon to be the world's leading destination for film lovers. This major new cultural institution on the Canadian and international landscape will be structured around five state-of-the-art cinemas celebrating film from around the world. Bell Lightbox programming will give context to films through innovative cross-media exhibitions, lectures, and film-related learning opportunities for all ages. Designed by innovative architecture firm KPMB, Bell Lightbox's fluid design encourages exploration, movement and play within its soaring atriums.

The campaign to build Bell Lightbox is generously supported by founding sponsor Bell. The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario each have contributed $25 million to realize Bell Lightbox. A gift of more than $22 million has been confirmed from the Reitman family - acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Reitman and his sisters Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels - and The Daniels Corporation, who together form the King and John Festival Corporation. The project is also supported by RBC as Major Sponsor and Official Bank, Visa†, Copyright Collective of Canada, NBC Universal Canada, The Allan Slaight Family, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, CIBC, and many other individuals and corporations. The Board of Directors, staff and many generous individuals have also contributed to the campaign. The total amount raised to date is $147 million, three quarters of the total campaign of $196 million. For more information on the Bell Lightbox campaign, visit belllightbox.ca

We are a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. Our vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

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Media contact:
Beja Rodeck,
Director, RBC, Media Relations, 416-974-5506, beja.rodeck@rbc.com


 



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