Mr. Speaker, today marks the opening of the 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival. An impressive number of Canadian films have been selected to compete this year. In fact, this is a historic milestone for the Canadian film industry.
Out of 18 submissions vying for the Palme d'Or, 3 are Canadian: David Cronenberg for Maps to the Stars; Xavier Dolan for Mommy; and Atom Egoyan for Captives (The Captive).
Three other films are nominated in other categories: Tu dors Nicole, Jutra, and Petit frère.
Our government is proud to support Canada's film industry. Every year, we invest more than $600 million in this sector, through Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, and tax credits. This important industry supports more than 127,000 jobs across the country.
Our government wishes all the Canadian nominees the best of luck for the 67th Cannes International Film Festival.