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bravoFACT Announces New Documentary Fund bravoFACTUAL

September 6, 2013

- bravoFACTUAL to fund grants of up to $50,000 for short documentary
films -

- Robert Culbert announced as bravoFACTUAL consultant; Richard Crouse
announced as bravoFACT consultant -

- Submission guidelines now available on bravofact.com -

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TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2013 /CNW/ – Bravo announced today the addition of
funding for short-form documentary films to its bravoFACT (Foundation
to Assist Talent) program. Canada’s largest funder of short-form
scripted film and video content, bravoFACT will now fund short
documentaries with grants up to $50,000 via bravoFACTUAL. The first
deadline for bravoFACTUAL submissions is October 31, 2013. The
announcement comes as nine bravoFACT-funded short films screen at this
year’s Toronto International Film Festival(©), including Wakening, which opened the festival before last night’s world premiere of The Fifth Estate at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre.

Also announced today is the addition of a consultant to each fund. For
the first time, grant recipients have access to a consultant, who
provides mentorship, guidance, and consultation throughout the
production of each recipient’s short. Award-winning journalist and
industry veteran Robert (Bob) Culbert was announced as consultant for
bravoFACTUAL, and respected film critic, media personality, and author
Richard Crouse was named consultant for bravoFACT. In addition to
mentoring grant recipients, both consultants join senior Bravo
executives and chair Michael Levine in embracing bravoFACT’s goal to
increase public recognition and appreciation of Canadian talent.

** Media Note ** – Download photos of Richard Crouse and Bob Culbert at www.bellmediapr.ca/bravo

“We are thrilled to expand the scope of bravoFACT to include a fund
supporting short-form documentaries,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior
Vice President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “With the addition of
the new fund, and of Bob and Richard, bravoFACT solidifies its position
as a key incubator of emerging talent in Canada.”

“Having bravoFACT broaden its range of impressive creative work into the
documentary genre is a wonderful development,” said Culbert. “This is a
significant boost of support for the art of documentary in Canada,
especially the next generation of producers and directors. I look
forward to seeing the many great documentary shorts which will be made
as a result of this initiative.”

“bravoFACT is one of the premier talent incubators for filmmakers in
Canada,” said Crouse. “I am thrilled and humbled to have been asked to
contribute to this great organization.”

Award-winning print media and television journalist Bob Culbert is
currently the head of independent production company Culbert
Productions and Consulting. After a distinguished, nearly 30-year
career with the CBC, Culbert joined CTV from 2000-2009 as
Vice-President of Documentaries. In 2012, he was named to Playback magazine’s Hall Of Fame for his contributions to broadcast journalism
and documentary production in Canada.

Media personality Richard Crouse is a regular film critic for CTV’s
host can now be heard on his syndicated radio show ENTERTAINMENT EXTRA
on Bell Media’s News Talk1010 and via his two weekly columns for Metro
News. Crouse is also the author of six books on pop culture history,
including the best-selling The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen.

Full biographies for Bob Culbert and Richard Crouse can be found here.

bravoFACT and bravoFACTUAL submission guidelines:

        --  Scripted bravoFACT projects with a running time of up to seven
            minutes and 30 seconds are eligible for grants up to $50,000.
        --  bravoFACTUAL documentaries with a running time of up to fifteen
            minutes are eligible for grants up to $50,000.
        --  There are four submission deadlines per broadcast year for
            scripted applications, and two deadlines per broadcast year for
            documentary applications. The first bravoFACTUAL documentary
            submission deadline is October 31, 2013.

For more information about bravoFACT, bravoFACTUAL, full submission
guidelines, and deadlines, visit http://bravofact.com/




About bravoFACT

Bell Media’s bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was
established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The
foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having
supported over 1,500 short-form projects across the country. bravoFACT
is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE:
BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about
bravoFACT can be found at www.bravofact.com.

About Bravo

Bravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive
programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to
blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning
entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE
Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More
information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca.


Source: PR Newswire