2007.014 - 2007.014 accrual

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CA ON00349 2007.014

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2007.014 accrual

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  • 1991 - 2007 (Creation)

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36.3 m of textual records

12,125 photographs
· 5,115 prints (3,655 col., 1,460 b&w)
· 270 contact sheets (188 col., 82 b&w)
· 4,375 negatives (1,960 col., 2,415 b&w)
· 2,365 transparencies/slides (2,232 col., 133 b&w)

697 audio recordings
· 368 DAT cassettes (577 hr., 5 min.)
· 307 CDs (274 hr., 37 min.)
· 22 audio cassettes (36 hr., 30 min.)

16,150 video records
· 28 ¾ in. cassettes (11 hr., 52 min.)
· 1239 Digital Betacam (1371 hr., 25 min.)
· 473 Betacam SP (363 hr., 21 min.)
· 9 Betacam SX (4 hr., 30 min.)
· 28 Hi8 (27 hr.)
· 676 HDCam (388 hr., 23 min.)
· 892 DVCam (827 hr., 16 min.)
· 89 DVC Pro HD (60 hr., 2 min.)
· 299 Mini DV (265 hr., 42 min.)
· 2953 VHS (1854 hr., 34 min.)
· 110 SVHS (114 hr.)
· 944 DVD (1014 hr., 40 min.)
· 20 HDV cassette (20 hr.)
· 24 8mm data cartridges (31 hr., 30 min.)

42 electronic materials
· 12 floppy disks (bearing textual material)
· 29 CDRs (bearing 37 QuickTime videos and 91 digital photos)

10 artifacts

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(1990 -)

Administrative history

Galafilm Inc. was founded in Montreal in 1990 by Arnie Gelbart. Gelbart (who was born in Brussels and raised in Montreal) got his start in the film industry working as the Assistant Director on Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in 1972. He subsequently honed his talents writing and co-writing various screenplays, including Montenegro, and serving as Assistant Director and Associate Producer of Dusan Makavejev’s Sweet Movie. From 1984 until 1990 he served as President of the production house Cleo 24, which he also co-founded.

Over the course of the company’s history, Galafilm has produced award-winning documentaries, television dramas, children’s programming, and feature films. Perhaps best known for its documentary productions, the company first came to prominence with its controversial three-part series The Valour and the Horror. Directed by Brian McKenna, the program dramatized the experience of Canadian soldiers in World War II. One episode, in which the moral and logistical exigency of the bombing of German cities instead of military targets, drew the ire of retired service men and resulted in a $500 million lawsuit (eventually settled in Galafilm’s favour). The series won three Gemini Awards.

Following on the success of The Valour and the Horror, Galafilm went on to produce a number of war documentaries from a Canadian perspective, including War at Sea (1995), Web of War (1995), and The War of 1812 (1999). The latter won a Gemini Award for Best Sound, and a Hot Docs award for Best Cinematography. Galafilm hasalso produced a number of historical documentaries on a variety of subjects including Canadian playwright Ted Allan, the riot surrounding the 1955 suspension of hockey star Maurice Richard, the history of the Vikings and the travails of a boat of Jewish refugees in 1939. They have also produced programs exploring science and technology and social topics.

Galafilm Inc. has won a variety of awards for its feature films, including three Genies for The Hanging Garden (1997), four Genies for Lilies (1996), and several international awards for Steel Toes (2006). Galafilm’s youth-oriented programming has had similar success, with 15 Love (2004) winning a Gemini for Best Writing and Fungus the Bogeyman (2004) winning two awards in the United Kingdom for Best Children’s Show. The company is notable for releasing all of its films in both French and English language versions.

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  • English

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