Toronto: Highlights of the First 25 Years of the Canadian Film Centre


1988: The Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies officially opens its doors Feb. 29, 1988, on Windfields Estate in Toronto; Peter O'Brian is executive director.

1988: CFC hosts Martin Scorsese, screening The Last Temptation of Christ for its inaugural Reel Club event. 

1989: First short dramatic films produced. More than 158 have been produced since.

1991: Wayne Clarkson appointed executive director.

1991: The Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies changes its name to Canadian Film Centre.

1991: Summer Lab is created to provide training for minority filmmakers. 

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1992: The Feature Film Project is launched (it is renamed CFC Features in 2006). Twenty-one features have since been produced and distributed.

1993: CFC Features produces its first feature, Holly Dale's vampire horror-comedy Blood & Donuts

1993: TV Drama Program is launched as CFC tests the waters for TV training. 

1994: CFC Features produces Clement Virgo's Rude and Laurie Lynd's House

1994: The first CFC Outstanding Volunteer Awards (now Payback Awards) are held.

1995: CFC Features' Rude premieres as an official selection at Cannes. 

1996: CFC Features produces its fifth film, Vincenzo Natali's Cube.

1998: CFC celebrates its 10th anniversary.

1998: Prime Time TV Program is launched, providing in-depth training for TV writers.

1998: Norman Jewison receives CFC's Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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2000: CFC Features produces its eighth feature, James Allodi's The Uncles

2001: CFC Media Lab launches interactive Art & Entertainment Program. More than 100 interactive  prototypes are produced in a variety of platforms and genres. 

2001: CGC Feature Khaled recieves a special mention by the FIPRESCI Jury of International Critics at TIFF. 

2003: Norman Jewison receives Canada's Governor General's Performing Arts Award. 

2004: CFC Features produces its 15th and 16th features, David Weaver's Siblings and Paul Fox's The Dark Hours

2005: Wayne Clarkson leaves CFC to head Telefilm Canada, and Slawko Klymkiw, former head of programming at CBC, is appointed executive director. 

2006: TELUS Innovation Fund launches.

2006: Alumna Julia Kwan wins the special jury prize at Sundance for her debut feature film, Eve & The Firehorse

2007: Twenty-three CFC alumni are nominated for Gemini Awards.

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2007: Late Fragment, North America's first dramatic interactive feature film, premieres at TIFF, a co-production between CFC and the National Film Board of Canada. 

2008: CF's 17th feature, Nurse.Fight.Boy starring Clark Johnson, has its world premiere at TIFF and receives Genie Award nominations including best picture, best screenplay and best cinematography and ACTRA Award nominations for best actor and best actress. 

2008: Alumna Sarah Polley is nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for her first feature, Away From Her

2008: CFC launches Canada's first theatrical documentary development program with the NFB. 

2009: CFC launches the Telefilm Canada Comedy Lab with comedy legend Eugene Levy as chair. 

2010: CFC partners with Clement Virgo Productions and TD Bank to celebrate Black History month with director Lee Daniels (followed by Spike Lee in 2011, Pam Grier in 2012 and John Singleton in 2013).

2011: CFC launches the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp.

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2011: Paul Haggis is named Film Programs chair. 

2011: Alumnus Brad Peyton's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island grosses more than $300 milion worldwide. 

2012: Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange relaunches with husband-and-wife Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann as special guests. 

2012: Alumna Miranda De Pencier's feature Beginners wins the best actor Oscar for Christopher Plummer

2012: CFC's North South marketplace-supported film Rhymes for Young Ghouls wins the $10,000 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Narrative. 

2013: CFC premieres three films at TIFF, including Rhymes for Young Ghouls, directed by Jeff Barnaby, and shorts We Wanted More, directed by Stephen Dunn, and Anatomy of Assistance, directed by Corey Bowles

2013: Orphan Black, a TV series developed by 2008 executive producer in residence Graeme Manson, along with the 2008 Prime Time TV Program residents, debuts on BBC America, Space and CTV. 

2013: CFC Media Lab and TIFF co-produce Body/Mind/Change, the digital extension of the David Cronenberg: Evolution exhibition, an elaborate multimedia production. 

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