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8/19/2008| Factsheet

(Numbers in parenthesis are last year's statistics)

312 Films: Features - 249; Shorts - 63 (352 Total: Features - 261; Shorts - 91)

237 Features that are world, international, or North American premieres: 116, 29, and 92 respectively (234: 101 world; 25 international; 108 North American)

Feature-length films that are world, international, or North American premieres (85%)

4209 Total Submissions: International -3445, Canadian - 764 (4156: International - 3415, Canadian - 741)

64 Countries (55)

61 First Features (71)

36 Screens Used (29)

17 Programmes (17)

20,693 Minutes of Film (29,764)

262' Longest Film: (540')

3' Shortest Film: (2')

29 Canadian features, including co-productions (41)

38 Canadian shorts, including co-productions (54)

18 Canadian features making their world premiere, including co-productions (22)

7 Installations mounted in venues across the city as part of Future Projections

340,000+ Admissions annually, both public and industry.

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

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.


For information, contact the Communications Department at 416-934-3200 or email [email protected]

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