In a recent speech before the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Universities Canada President Paul Davidson said that many people are “too fixated on the price tag” of postsecondary education. Davidson said that many calls for lower tuition neglect the broad range of scholarships, bursaries, and other financial aid options that can help offset the cost of an education. “Tuition is not an insurmountable barrier,” he said. “Our studies and other studies show that people overestimate the cost of higher education and underestimate the earning premium that they will achieve as the result of attending a university.” Some students took exception to Davidson’s remark; Michaela Sam, Chair of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia, said that the comment “disregards the reality that students face today.”
By Sparsh Sharma
Strategic Partners, one of the world’s top co-production/co-financing markets focusing on feature film, TV and multiplatform fiction, shines the spotlight on India and for the second year in row, the United Kingdom at the 16th annual event, September 12-15 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
“Strategic Partners’ spotlight on India and the UK is timely,” said Laura Mackenzie, Director, Strategic Partners. “Momentum continues to build in the number of Canadian and International producers looking to collaborate with India and the UK is a natural co-spotlight given their experience in successfully capitalizing on their co-pro treaty with India many times.
Offering an intimate, organized forum for projects seeking financing, as well as those at an early stage – looking for the right partner, Strategic Partners’ linear program is designed to provide unparalleled access to international co-production possibilities – all under one roof.
“Strategic Partners held a soft focus on India to introduce a small number of India producers and officials to the event. This has already contributed to a Canadian film shot in India” added Mackenzie.
The deadline for the Strategic Partners’ call for producer applications and industry registrations is June 28. Application/Registration forms are now available online.
Top Canadian and international industry players are selected to attend, including producers, investors, sales agents, funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors. Offering close to 1000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, coproduction focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels, visionary keynote speakers, screenings and receptions, Strategic Partners is a convergence of talent and innovation, producing tangible results.
“It was at Strategic Partners that we were introduced to producer, Karen Shaw’s project Khoya in 2012. It’s an interesting project and given our experience in International productions, we came onboard instantly,” said Guneet Monga, producer, Sikhya Entertainment, India (Gangs of Wasseypur, Peddlers.)
“Guneet Monga and I connected during our participation in Trans Atlantic Partners, and further cemented the relationship at Strategic Partners,” said Karen Shaw, producer, Quarterlife Crisis Productions, Canada (Khoya, The Good Fence). “Khoya was shot in India, where we worked with Guneet, and the film is now in post production.”
About Strategic Partners: An International Film, Television and Multiplatform Co-Production Market
The Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners is one of the world’s pre-eminent co-production/co-financing markets focusing on feature film, TV and multiplatform fiction. Strategic Partners offers an intimate, organized forum for projects looking for financing as well as those still at an early stage – looking for the right partner. It is a linear program designed to provide unparalleled access to international co-production possibilities – all under one roof, set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Film Festival and the vibrant, coastal city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Top Canadian and international industry players are selected to attend, including producers, investors, sales agents, funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors. Offering over 1000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, coproduction focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels, visionary keynote speakers, screenings and receptions; Strategic Partners is a convergence of talent and innovation, producing tangible results.
Strategic Partners is a part of the Atlantic Film Festival family of programs. Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders, alFresco filmFesto, Strategic Partners and Music & Image.
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