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Manx Films Shown in Toronto 16 September 2004

Three movies filmed on the Isle of Man are being featured at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The Libertine, Five Children and It, and Trauma will be shown at the prestigious annual event, which is being held September 9-18, 2004.

Leonard Singer, chairman of the Isle of man Film Commission said:

"The activities and reputation of the film industry within the Isle of Man continues to grow. Through investments from our media development fund, the Isle of Man Film Commission has shown a strong commitment to support independent artists and studios around the globe. With our supportive government policies, the Isle of Man is uniquely positioned and is quickly becoming one of the world's premier filming locations."

Nine productions have been filmed on the Island in the last six months including Chromophobia (starring Penelope Cruz, Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott-Thomas), The Libertine (starring Johnny Depp) and Colour Me Kubrick (starring John Malkovich).

Tim Craine, director of the E-business for the Isle of Man said:

"The Isle of Man has architecture ranging from Medieval castles and towns to fishing villages, stately homes, thatched villages, Edwardian and Victorian houses, and newly built business parks and offices. Because of its close proximity to London, wonderful amenities and supportive government and people, the Isle of Man is quickly becoming a film location of choice."

The Toronto International Film Festival, one of several programming initiatives of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, is widely recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes and the largest and most successful public festival in the world. It is the discriminating and sophisticated Toronto filmgoers who make the Toronto International Film Festival a must-attend event for the public, industry, and press alike. Over the last 28 years, the film going public has supported and shaped the Festival into what it is today. Every September, the city opens its doors and experiences the best cinema in the world, and boasts 250,000 admissions annually.

The Isle of Man Film Commission has developed a worldwide reputation for co-financing and co-producing feature film and television dramas. Through a unique combination of production finance, a wide variety of natural locations, a purpose-built 11,200 square foot sound stage at Island Studios and a film-friendly government and population, more than 60 films and TV dramas have been produced on the Island during the last 10 years.

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