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  • Hannover plans innovative US release for The Wild Hunt

    14-Apr-2010

    Alexandre Franchi’s The Wild Hunt is set for US theatrical distribution in May through new distribution outfit Hannover House.
  • E1 to enter US theatrical distribution with Love Ranch

    6-Apr-2010

    Canadian distributor E1 is wading into the US theatrical market following its acquisition of world rights on Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch.
  • Hardwicke set to shoot Riding Hood in Vancouver

    11-Mar-2010

    Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has received the greenlight from Warner Bros for her next film, The Girl With The Red Riding Hood.
  • Ontario backs new projects from Cronenberg, Polley, Jewison

    4-Mar-2010

    New projects from David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison and Sarah Polley are among 12 features receiving a combined $1.6m (C$1.67m) in investment from the Ontario Media Development Corp (OMDC).
  • Fish takes Grade Five to Sienna

    14-Sep-2009

    Toronto-based production company Sienna Films, producers of hip-hop title How She Move, are putting together two pictures with two Canadian screenwriters.
  • Carmody sets up Dowse’s Goon

    14-Sep-2009

    It’s All Gone Pete Tong director Michael Dowse is setting up his next project, hockey comedy Goon, with Toronto-based super producer Don Carmody.
  • TIFF adds Gitai’s Carmel, Ozon’s Refuge to world premiere line-up

    20-Aug-2009

    Amos Gitai’s Israel-France-Italy co-production Carmel will make its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Montreal World Film Festival unveils competition line-up

    12-Aug-2009

    The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) has announced the complete line-up of its 33rd edition, including twenty features in each of its keystone World Competition and First Films World Competition.
  • TIFF announces eight world premieres across Visions and CWC sections

    6-Aug-2009

    Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is one of eight additional world premieres showing in the avant-guarde Visions and the Contemporary World Cinema sections.
  • Reitman’s Up In The Air to world premiere at TIFF

    30-Jul-2009

    Jason Reitman’s frequent flyer comedy Up In The Air, starring George Clooney, will make its world premiere as a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced today (July 30).
  • Telefilm Canada gives $6.4m to seven French-language projects

    22-Jun-2009

    New projects from Max Films, Cinemaginaire and Cirrus Communications are among seven French-language feature to be backed by Canadian film finance agency Telefilm Canada.
  • Silhol's Dominic wins best live action prize at Toronto's CFC short festival

    22-Jun-2009

    French director Nicolas Silhol took the C.O.R.E Digital Pictures Award For Best Live Action Short with his psychological drama, My Name Is Dominic as the 2009 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival wrapped this weekend.
  • Canadian documentary-maker Allan King dies at 79

    16-Jun-2009

    Allan King, the veteran documentary-maker, has died aged 79 years old following a battle with brain cancer.
  • One Man Village, Invisible City take top prizes at Hot Docs

    11-May-2009

    Lebanese documentary The One Man Village won the Best International Feature Award and Hubert Davis’ Invisible City won the Best Canadian Feature prize as the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival wrapped in Toronto over the weekend.
  • Canadian producers and ACTRA reach new deal

    8-May-2009

    Canadian actors and performers have secured a two per cent annual pay rise for the next three years after key industry bodies agreed to renew the Independent Production Agreement (IPA).
  • Polytechnique

    9-Apr-2009

    Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Canada. 2009. 76 min.
  • Canadian locations fight stronger competition

    9-Apr-2009

    The world may be in an economic crisis but you would not know it looking at the latest statistics coming from the Vancouver film and television industry. Hollywood’s northernmost suburb recently posted some jaw-dropping production statistics.
  • McGowan's One Week passes C$1m mark in Canada

    8-Apr-2009

    Michael McGowan's One Week has passed C$1.1m ($880,000) at the Canadian box office, the second English-language Canadian film to reach the threshold in the last six months after Passchendaele. Featuring Joshua Jackson as a man facing terminal ...
  • E1 re-releasing Necessities Of Life in Canada following Genie wins

    8-Apr-2009

    E1 Entertainment will re-release Benoit Pilon’sThe Necessities Of Lifein the wake of the film’s success at last weekend’s Genie Awards. The film goes back into cinemas inToronto and Vancouver on April 10.
  • City of Toronto takes stake in Pinewood's studio deal

    8-Apr-2009

    The City of Toronto has taken a 20% stake in the Pinewood consortium’s takeover of the city’s FilmPort megastudio.
  • Telefilm appoints de la Varende as business development chief

    8-Apr-2009

    Telefilm Canada has announced the return of Sheila de la Varende to its ranks. The culture industry veteran will act as the agency’s director of national and internationalbusiness development, effective 20 April.
  • Pinewood vying to take over Toronto's FilmPort studio

    7-Apr-2009

    Pinewood Studios Group is attempting another move into Toronto’s studio business following two earlier bids, one in 2007 and one in 2005.
  • Toronto Documentary Forum unveils 25 project pitches

    7-Apr-2009

    The Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival has announced the 25 projects to be presentedduring the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF), to be held May 6-7. The tenth anniversary of TDF featureprojects from 13 countries selected from 160 submissions.
  • Passchendaele wins Best Picture at Canada's Genie Awards

    5-Apr-2009

    Paul Gross’ WWI epicPasschendaeletook six awards, including best picture, as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the 2009 Genie Award winners in Ottawa on Saturday.The film, which premiered at Toronto in 2008, also won the prizes for art direction, costume design, sound editing and overall sound. It was also presented with the Golden Reel Award as the highest-grossing Canadian film of the year, with C$4.4m ($3.6m).Benoit Pilon’s ...
  • Chloe shoot wraps after Neeson's return

    30-Mar-2009

    Atom Egoyan has wrapped the shoot for Chloe this weekend, after Liam Neeson returned to the set following the death of his wife Natasha Richardson.
  • Canadian Telefilm to set new standards for film investment

    27-Mar-2009

    Canadian film and TV financing agency Telefilm Canada has advised producers it is implementing new standards for its selective investments in the English market starting with 2009-2010.
  • Joe Dante on the set of The Hole

    27-Mar-2009

    The Hole isn't Joe Dante's first 3D film but it might as well be. In 2002, the director was hired by Florida-based amusement park Busch Gardens to shoot a 25-minute ride film entitled Haunted Lighthouse. 'They called it 4D,' says Dante. 'The film was 3D and then they threw stuff on you, soaked you with buckets of water.'
  • E1 Entertainment ships 1m DVD units of Twilight

    24-Mar-2009

  • Hot Docs unveils 36 world premieres

    24-Mar-2009

    New films from Kevin McMahon, Larry Weinstein and John Greyson were among the 36 world premieres unveiled as the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival announced its full line-up today. The festival runs in Toronto from April 30 to May 10.McMahon’s Waterlife explores the complex ecology of and environmental damage wrought upon the Great Lakes while Weinstein’s Inside Hana’s Suitcase unravels the story behind a suitcase from Auschwitz and the ...
  • Egoyan's Chloe will continue to shoot around Neeson's schedule

    19-Mar-2009

    Production on Atom Egoyan's Chloe will continue in the wake of the death of actress Natasha Richardson, the wife of the film's star, Liam Neeson.Richardson died Wednesday in New York following a ski accident in the Quebec resort of Mt. Tremblant. The New York City medical examiner's office said the actress died from a blunt impact to the head.In a series of statements, the film's production ...
  • Jennifer Baichwal's Act Of God to open Hot Docs

    12-Mar-2009

    Jennifer Baichwal's Act Of God will have its world premiere as the opening night film of Hot Docs Toronto Documentary Film Festival. Baichwal's previous film, Manufactured Landscapes (2006), won the Best Canadian Feature prize at the Toronto International Film ...
  • Sprockets to host North American premiere of Letter For The King

    10-Mar-2009

    Two Dutch child-oriented features will make their North American premiere at the upcoming Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children. The festival unveiled its line-up of 29 features and 41 short films in an announcement today.Most prominent is Dutch filmmaker Pieter Verhoeff's period adventure Letter For The King, reportedly the most-expensive Dutch production, which saw 300,000 ...
  • Guy Maddin to shoot short for NFB's 70th anniversary

    4-Mar-2009

  • Telefilm backs seven feature projects from Quebec

    2-Mar-2009

    Telefilm Canada has announced it will invest in seven Quebecois feature projects, including the true-life story of airline pilot Robert Piche, who glided his powerless jetliner to a safe landing across hundreds of miles of open ocean. Piche will be directed by Erik Canuel from a screenplay by Chantal Cadieux and Ian Lauzon for producer Andre Dupuy. The film will be distributed by TVA Films.
  • E1 strikes film and TV content deal with iTunes in Canada, US, UK

    24-Feb-2009

    Canadian media company E1 is offering its film and TV content via iTunes online stores in Canada, the US and the UK. The company's key launch title is the blockbuster Twilight, which it distributed theatrically in Canada and the UK. 'We are excited to be able to offer film and TV enthusiasts the opportunity to rent or purchase E1 content on iTunes,' said E1 president of filmed entertainment Patrice ...
  • TIFFG names Karen Black director, Canadian initiatives

    12-Feb-2009

  • Necessities Of Life leads Genie Awards nominations

    12-Feb-2009

    Benoit Pilon's The Necessities Of Life received eight nominations and Yves-Christian Fornier's Everything Is Fine received seven as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the contenders for the 29th-annual Genie Awards.
  • The Necessities Of Life leads Genie nominations

    11-Feb-2009

    Benoit Pilon's The Necessities Of Life received eight nominations and Yves-Christian Fornier's Everything Is Fine received seven as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the contenders for the 29th annual Genie Awards. Necessities Of Life was ...
  • E1 Entertainment rethinks market listing

    10-Feb-2009

    Canadian media company E1 Entertainment will delay its planned listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company is reassessing its options in the market meltdown that is hammering even strong performers. The company said it will also undertake a restructuring of its US operations to ensure the competitiveness of its music business. This will result in a one-time charge to its year-end income statement.In a statement, James Corsellis, ...
  • Perfect Circle signs Kearsley to animated debut

    5-Feb-2009

    Perfect Circle has signed a two picture deal with Seth Kearsley, that includes Heaven Sent based on the graphic novel series by Ben Dunn.
  • Maple acquires Canadian rights to Private Lives Of Pippa Lee

    30-Jan-2009

    Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures has acquired all Canadian rights to director Rebecca Miller's upcoming Berlin title The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee. The film's ensemble cast features Robin Wright Penn in the title role, along with Keanu Reeves, Blake Lively, Alan Arkin, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder and Monica Bellucci.Adapted by ...
  • United States - South of the border

    30-Jan-2009

    Like many Canadians in Los Angeles, Marc Hamou left his native land because the opportunities in the US entertainment industry were too rich to ignore. But in this case, Hamou is a talent manager, and many of his clients are Canadians, including actors Jay Baruchel and Michael Cera - that is, Canadians whose success in Los Angeles made the move a compelling option for their manager. Baruchel, whose credits include Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, has recently signed to star ...
  • E1 Entertainment to distribute Christal Films titles worldwide

    27-Jan-2009

    E1 Entertainment (formerly Entertainment One) has signed an exclusive long-term Canadian distribution and international sales agreement with Christal Films Productions for all the Montreal company's feature films worldwide. The deal covers all films produced by Christal founder Christian Larouche. Larouche's distribution company, Christal Films Distribution, declared bankruptcy in May of last year, sending several productions into distribution ...
  • Entertainment One rebrands as E1 Entertainment

    22-Jan-2009

    Canadian media company Entertainment One is rebranding its expanding operations under one global banner, E1 Entertainment.
  • Hot Docs to spotlight South Korea, National Film Board

    20-Jan-2009

    To that end, the festival's 'Spotlight On' program will commission guest programmers to select their favourite NFB documentaries.
  • E1 Films Canada picks up Sundance competitor Cold Souls

    17-Jan-2009

    Canadian distributor E1 Films has acquired writer-director Sophie Barthes' Sundance US dramatic competitor Cold Souls. Although the film is represented at Sundance by E1's head of international sales Charlotte Mickie, the Canadian rights were acquired from Cinetic Media. John Hamilton and Richard Rapkowski negotiated on behalf of E1. The ...
  • IMAX signs digital cinema deal with Russia's Rising Star

    14-Jan-2009

    IMAX Corp. and Moscow-based Rising Star Media have signed a deal that will see the installation of Russia's first IMAX digital cinema. Rising Star is a joint venture between US exhibitor National Amusements and Soquel Ventures, the leisure investment group run by Paul Heth, credited with revitalizing the Russian cinema sector.The new cinema will be in the KinoStar City multiplex at Mega Belyadacha, a shopping centre in the Russian capital. ...
  • Lightning Media signs output deal with E1 for Canada, UK

    13-Jan-2009

    Lighting Media and Canadian media company Entertainment One have signed a multi-year output deal that will see E1 distributing Lightning product in Canada through its E1 Films Canada division and in the UK through E1 Films/Contender. The deal, which runs through 2010, was negotiated by Lightning Media co-presidents Rich Goldberg and Paul Gardner on behalf of Lightning and Lara Thompson on behalf of E1. Lightning Media's current ...
  • Industry veteran Tony Cianicotta lines up with Maple Pictures

    13-Jan-2009

    Maple Pictures has signed industry veteran Tony Cianciotta as a senior consultant. His appointment is the second at Maple this month - following that of Susan Smythe-Bishop as vice-president, publicity and promotions - reflecting the growing distribution plans for the Canadian distributor. Maple signed a long-term output deal with Miramax in October. Throughout his long career in Canada, he has held senior positions at Twentieth-Century ...
  • IFC Films picks up Canadian Oscar submission Necessities of Life

    11-Jan-2009

    US distributor IFC Films has picked up Benoit Pilon's The Necessities Of Life for release in the US. The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in August where it was awarded the Grand Prix of the Jury as well audience prizes for most popular film and most popular Canadian film. It was selected as Canada's entry for the foreign-language ...
  • Before Tomorrow

    11-Jan-2009

    Dirs: Marie-Helène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu.Canada. 2008. 93min.
  • Entertainment One picks up Amreeka for Canada and international

    11-Jan-2009

    Entertainment One Films Canada (E1) has acquired Canadian and international distribution rights to Cherien Dabis' Sundance US dramatic competitor Amreeka. The US-Canada-Kuwait coproduction charts the journey of a Palestinian family as it joins the larger emigre community in the US and the culture shock that ensues. Dabis, a Palestinian-American ...
  • Neeson, Moore, Seyfried sign on for Atom Egoyan's Chloe

    8-Jan-2009

    Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried are set to star in Atom Egoyan's next picture, Chloe, gearing up for a February shoot in Toronto. With a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus), the film will be produced through Ivan Reitman and ...
  • Maple Pictures hires Susan Smythe-Bishop

    8-Jan-2009

    Veteran publicity and marketing executive Susan Smythe-Bishop has joined Toronto-based Maple Pictures as vice-president, publicity and promotions. She will share the title alongside current vice-president Angie Burns. Widely-respected for her publicity acumen, Smythe-Bishop is returning from a self-imposed sabbatical after nearly 16 years at Alliance in its various guises and administrations. She departed the company last year. Her appointment ...
  • My Winnipeg wins inaugural Toronto critic's Best Canadian Film Award

    7-Jan-2009

    Guy Maddin’s meta-documentary My Winnipeg won the inaugural C$10,000 Rogers Best Canadian FilmAward as the Toronto Film Critics Association held its first awards gala in Toronto Tuesday night.
  • Patrice Theroux to chair Canadian distributors' lobby

    7-Jan-2009

    Entertainment One president of filmed entertainment Patrice Theroux has been appointed chair of the Canadian Association of Films Distributors and Exporters (CAFDE). He replaces outgoing chair Victor Loewy, chairman and CEO of Alliance Films. The trade association represents the interests of Canadian-owned distribution companies - including Alliance, E1 Films Canada, Equinoxe Films, Maple Pictures, Mongrel Media and TVA Films - as opposed ...
  • Toronto critics pick Wendy And Lucy as Best Film

    17-Dec-2008

    Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy was Best Picture and the film’s star Michelle Williams earned the Best Actress nod as the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) announced its 2008 honours.
  • Adoration, Fifty Dead Men, Before Tomorrow among Canada's Top Ten

    16-Dec-2008

    Atom Egoyan's Adoration, Kari Skogland's Fifty Dead Men Walking and Marie-Helène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu's Sundance 2009 World Cinema competitor Before Tomorrow were among the features selected as Canada's Top Ten for 2008. Organized by the Toronto International Film Festival Group, the eighth annual presentation celebrates the year in ...
  • Canadian producer Stephen J Roth dies at the age of 67

    15-Dec-2008

    Stephen J. Roth, a Toronto-based film and television producer, died on Friday, December 12. He was 67.Roth, a lawyer by training, was a founder along with Robert Lantos and Victor Loewy of RSL Productions, the company that launched Lantos’ career in the Canadian film industry. Roth’s name was behind a number of Lantos’ early success stories, including 1978’s In Praise Of Older Women and 1985’s Joshua ...
  • Paramount to release JJ Abrams' Star Trek on IMAX

    12-Dec-2008

    Paramount Pictures will release its Star Trek prequel day and date worldwide in conventional cinemas and IMAX on May 9, 2009. The latest in a long and successful run of television and film series, the new film in the franchise chronicles the early days of Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Paramount is the exclusive distributor in the IMAX format worldwide. Directed by JJ Abrams, the film showcases a ...
  • IMAX reorganises management structure

    12-Dec-2008

    IMAX Corporation is reorganising its management structure with long-time co-chairmen and co-CEOs Brad Wechsler and Richard Gelfond assuming sole title to the respective roles of chairman and CEO.
  • Entertainment One backtracks on DHX acquisition

    11-Dec-2008

    Canadian entertainment company Entertainment One (E1) has reversed its planned reverse takeover of Halifax production company DHX Media.Announced in September, the move would have given E1 a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange; E1, financed by the UK-based hedge fund Marwyn, currently has a listing on the LSE's AIM.In a release, E1 said its senior lenders would not consent to the DHX transaction, set to close January 31, 2009. The transaction was conditional on ...
  • 3 Seasons wins Canadian competition at Whistler

    8-Dec-2008

    Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons won the C$15,000 Borsos Competition for Best New Canadian Feature as the 8th annual Whistler Film Festival wrapped over the weekend. Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu's Before Tomorrow, was given special mention by jury president Donald Sutherland and his fellow jurors, filmmakers Sturla Gunnarsson and Patricia Rozema. Before ...
  • Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons wins at Whistler Film Festival

    8-Dec-2008

    Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons won the $12,000 Borsos Competition for best new Canadian feature at the 8th annual Whistler Film Festival.
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. lead Marc-Andre Grondin stars in 5150 Elm's Way

    3-Dec-2008

    C.R.A.Z.Y. star Marc-Andre Grondin is before the camera as the lead of Eric Tessier's psychological thriller, 5150 Rues Des Ormes (5150 Elm's Way), for Montreal-based Cirrus Communications. The film is produced by Cirrus principal Pierre Even, who produced the 2005 Quebecois smash - it grossed C$6m and was released in 85 countries.The screenplay was written by Quebecois author Patrick ...
  • Telefilm Canada, Rogers back five theatrical documentaries

    3-Dec-2008

    Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds will partially fund five feature documentaries through their joint partnership, the Theatrical Documentary Program. The five projects - three in English, two in French - were selected by a jury of Canadian industry professionals. The $4.5m public-private venture provides financing for feature-length documentaries with production budgets of C$750,000 or more during their production and post-production phases. The English-language ...
  • Toronto critics launch C$10,000 Canadian film prize

    1-Dec-2008

    The Toronto Film Critics Association will this year inaugurate the first Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, a C$10,000 ($8,000) prize to be presented to the year’s best Canadian feature as judged by the group. The prize will presented at the 11th annual TFCA dinner on January 6, 2009.‘The TFCA wants to bring together all sides of the industry to celebrate the best films of the year, including the finest Canadian work,’ said TFCA president ...
  • Canada's Sook-Yin Lee starts shoot of Year Of The Carnivore

    25-Nov-2008

    Canadian actress Sook-Yin Lee has begun principal photography on her directorial debut Year Of The Carnivore. The film, which is shooting outside of Vancouver, is co-produced by Vancouver-based Screen Siren Pictures and Toronto-based The Film Farm, producers of Atom Egoyan's Adoration. Screen Siren's ...
  • Paul Gross in the saddle for William Phillips' Gunless

    25-Nov-2008

    Fresh from the success of his WWI epic Passchendaele, Canadian actor Paul Gross has signed for the lead in writer-director William Phillips' Gunless, a fish-out-of-water tale of a US gunslinger in the distinctly unwild Canadian West. The project will be coproduced by Toronto's Rhombus Media and Vancouver's Brightlight Pictures. Rhombus chief Niv Fichman will produce alongside Brightlight's principal ...
  • Lea Pool begins shooting Une Belle Mort in Luxembourg

    24-Nov-2008

    Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Lea Pool has begun principal photography on Une Belle Mort for Montreal-based Equinoxe Pictures and Luxembourg's Iris Productions. At a budget of $4.3m (C$5.4m), it is the first-ever official Canada-Luxembourg coproduction.The screenplay is co-written by Pool and Quebecois novelist Gil Courtemanche, based on his 2005 novel of the same name; it was published in English in 2006 as A ...
  • Kalatozishvili's Wild Field takes top prize at Marrakech

    24-Nov-2008

    Mikhail Kalatozishvili's Wild Field won the top prize, l'Etoile d'Or, at the 8th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival.
  • Capri gears up for Stefaniuk's vampire comedy Suck

    8-Nov-2008

    Toronto production house Capri Films is set to begin principal photography on Rob Stefaniuk's vampire comedy Suck. Writer-director-star Stefaniuk made waves with his quirky 2004 feature debut Phil The Alien. Cameras roll on November 24 on location in Toronto.Joining Stefaniuk in the ensemble cast are veteran actor Malcolm McDowell, Jessica Pare and comic Dave Foley along with a host of top-line ...
  • Sarah Polley to direct feature documentary The Stories We Tell

    6-Nov-2008

    Sarah Polley is setting up her feature documentary debut, The Stories We Tell, one of four projects backed under the inaugural Canadian Film Centre-National Film Board of Canada Feature Documentary Program. The program launches in January 2009. The other filmmakers are veteran Canadian documentary filmmaker John Walker, Shelley Saywell, and Yung Chang, whose 2007 feature documentary, Up The Yangtze won numerous accolades.The ...
  • Cameron's Avatar set for day-date IMAX release in December 2009

    6-Nov-2008

    James Cameron’s highly-anticipated 3D science fiction fantasy Avatar is scheduled for day-and-date release on IMAX and conventional screens on December 18, 2009. The date was announced jointly today by Twentieth Century Fox and IMAX - although the press release couched its terms by saying the two companies had ‘reached agreement on material terms’.Written and directed by the Academy Award-winning Titanic director, the film stars Sam ...
  • Maximum takes on international sales for Michod's Animal Kingdom

    6-Nov-2008

    Maximum Films International has picked up international sales rights on writer-director David Michôd's crime thriller Animal Kingdom, starring Guy Pearce. Its allied releasing arm, Maximum Films Distribution, will handle the film in Canada. The film goes starts shooting in Melbourne early next year.The Australia-produced saga explores the Melbourne underworld, where the police are just as dangerous as the criminals. ...
  • Transmission shifts into Nadda's Cairo Time from Maximum

    5-Nov-2008

    Australia's Transmission Films has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights to Ruba Nadda's romantic drama Cairo Time from E1's sales company Maximum International. Produced by Daniel Iron of Toronto's Foundry Films (Away From Her) and David Collins of Dublin's Samson Films (Once), the Canada-Ireland coproduction stars Patricia Clarkson as a diplomat's ...
  • Donald Sutherland to preside over Whistler jury

    5-Nov-2008

    Veteran actor Donald Sutherland will be the president of the jury at the eighth annual Whistler Film Festival, December 4 to 7. Joining Sutherland on the jury are Canadian directors Patricia Rozema and Sturla Gunnarsson.Held in the British Columbia ski resort, the festival will be presenting a number of world premieres including veteran counter-culture filmmaker Ron Mann's Know Your Mushrooms. Mann's latest film explores the world of ...
  • Telefilm Canada launches production funding for French outside Quebec

    30-Oct-2008

    Public film financier Telefilm Canada is setting up an investment program for French-language filmmakers who work outside of the province of Quebec. The agency's new Official Languages Activities Program (OLA) will have a total of $1.88m (C$2.3m) to devote to the initiative. While more than 80 per cent of French-speaking Canadians live in Quebec, the federal government's Ministry of Canadian Heritage is encouraging French cultural enrichment beyond the province, where the number ...
  • Berry and Skarsgard go before camera on Frankie and Alice

    29-Oct-2008

    Principal photography has commenced on Geoffrey's Sax drama Frankie and Alice, starring Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgard in the lead roles. Produced by Toronto-based Access Motion Pictures, the project will makes its first market appearance at the AFM through Cinesavvy, Access' partner sales company, which is handling world rights.Set against the backdrop of early 1970s Los Angeles, Berry plays Frankie, an exotic dancer whose life is ...
  • Delphis takes international rights on Dutch family hit Letter For The King

    29-Oct-2008

    Montreal sales company Delphis Films has acquired international sales rights to Dutch filmmaker Pieter Verhoeff's chivalric adventure Letter For The King. The deal is for rights outside Benelux and German-language territories. The German release is scheduled for November.Budgeted at Euros 7.5m and shot on location in Holland, Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Scotland, the family-oriented picture opened at home in July and has ...
  • Thirty Two Short Films gets reprise release in Canada

    28-Oct-2008

    Francois Girard's 1993 critical hit Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould will be re-released in Canada as part of the Glenn Gould Foundation's year-round celebration of the life of the late Canadian pianist. Presented under the auspices of the Toronto International Film Festival Group's Film Circuit, a limited run begins November 14 in Toronto. Further screenings are scheduled in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Vancouver. The film, which celebrates ...
  • Arcand, Leconte receive France-Canada cultural accolades

    27-Oct-2008

    Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand and French filmmaker Patrice Leconte have been awarded the Samuel de Champlain cultural prize, an annual accolade presented by the Paris-based France-Canada Institute. The prize acknowledges contributions to the understanding of the cultures of the two nations through letters, the moving image and theatre. The prizes were presented at a ceremony in Paris today.Arcand, who won the Best-Foreign Language Oscar as well as the Best Picture ...
  • Passchendaele passes $1m mark in Canada after a week

    27-Oct-2008

    TIFF 2008 opener Passchendaele has grossed $1m (C$1.38m) after its opening week in Canada on release through Alliance Films. Written and directed by and starring Paul Gross, the WWI-set epic opened on 202 screens across the country. The film was a distant second at the national box office behind 20th Century Fox's video game adaptation Max Payne, starring Mark Wahlberg, and just ahead of Warner ...
  • IMAX expands theatre deal with Ukraine's Triumph

    24-Oct-2008

    IMAX Corp. and Kyiv-based media company Triumph have added a third cinema to its giant-screen roll-out in the Ukraine.
  • Elizabeth Radshaw named director of Toronto Documentary Forum

    24-Oct-2008

    The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has named Elizabeth Radshaw as the new director of its allied market, the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF).
  • Canada's Telefilm anoints Gross, Martinelli, Vince for slate development

    21-Oct-2008

    Telefilm Canada has selected three Canadian production companies for its Slate Development Pilot Program (SDPP): Gabriella Martinelli's Capri Films, Paul Gross' Whizbang Films and Robert Vince's Keystone Pictures.
  • Tulpan takes top prize at Montreal's FNC

    20-Oct-2008

    Sergei Dvortsevoy's Un Certain Regard-winner Tulpan took the top prize as Montreal's 37th Festival du Nouveau Cinema wrapped over the weekend. The debut feature, a Kazakstan-Germany coproduction, has been gathering laurels since its Cannes debut.
  • UK's Odeon Cinemas buys two digital cinemas from IMAX

    15-Oct-2008

    UK exhibitor Odeon Cinemas will acquire two digital projection systems from IMAX Corp. The systems will be installed at multiplexes at Greenwich and Wimbledon and are expected to be operational by December. The deal is the second European cinema announcement in two weeks for the giant-screen company; the other being a three-screen joint venture with Austrian exhibitor Cineplexx Kinobetriebe.Odeon already operates an IMAX digital system at its facility in Manchester; ...
  • Rossellini gets greenlight for Green Porno Part 2

    15-Oct-2008

    Isabella Rossellini has been commissioned by The Sundance Channel to shoot a second batch of Green Porno, the short film series she conceived, wrote and co-directed. Originally commissioned by Sundance Channel, the Green Porno series premiered at the Sundance and Berlin festivals earlier this year.In the first series, Rossellini explored and, more memorably, enacted the sex life of a variety of ...
  • Canadian government reverses course on tax credit legislation

    8-Oct-2008

    Canada's Conservative minority government has promised to drop controversial tax credit legislation that chilled the film and television production industry earlier this year. The omnibus tax bill, C-10, would have allowed the government to withhold a producer's tax credit if that production were deemed contrary to 'public policy.' With Canadians going to the polls October 14, the Conservative Party announced that, if re-elected, the government would not reintroduce the unpopular ...
  • Cinetic Rights Management plans online premiere for Yeast

    8-Oct-2008

    Cinetic Rights Management (CRM) is planning a web premiere of Mary Bronstein's SXSW title Yeast on the online video site Dailymotion. Headed by former SXSW film festival director Matt Dentler, CRM was launched earlier this year with a mandate to exploit the online potential of its clients' work. Yeast, which stars Bronstein, Greta Gerwig, Amy Judd, Josh Safdie, and Benny Safdie, will be available ...
  • IMAX signs cinema pact with Austria's Cineplexx Kinobetriebe

    7-Oct-2008

    IMAX Corp. and Austrian exhibitor Cineplexx Kinobetriebe have signed a joint-venture agreement that will see three digital projection cinemas installed in the cities of Graz, Vienna and Hohenems. The pact marks the giant screen company's first joint-venture in Europe. Thus far, IMAX has deals for over 180 digital projection systems, with 18 operational and a further 45 to 50 screens set to open by the end of 2008. All three cinemas in the new deal will be operational by the ...
  • Miramax signs Canadian output deal with Maple

    7-Oct-2008

    Miramax Films has signed an exclusive all-rights deal with Canadian distributor Maple Pictures that will see the Toronto-based company handling Miramax titles across the country.
  • National Federation of the Blind condemns Meireilles' Blindness

    2-Oct-2008

    The US-based National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has condemned Fernando Meirelle's Cannes opener Blindness as 'harmful' to the blind because it portrays blind people as 'monsters'. The interest group plans to stage protests at 79 cinemas across the US where the film is screening. The Canada-Brazil-Japan coproduction opens October 3 through Miramax in the US and Alliance Films in Canada. The allied Canadian Federation of the Blind ...
  • Passchendaele to screen for Canadian troops in Afghanistan

    30-Sep-2008

    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) opener Passchendaele will be presented to Canadian military personnel serving in Afghanistan at an advance screening Oct. 3 in Kandahar. The WWI saga is released across Canada Oct. 17 through Alliance Films. Paul Gross, writer, director and star of the film, said the screening acknowledges the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers past and present.
  • Entertainment One plans North American stock exchange listing

    29-Sep-2008

    Multi-national content company Entertainment One (E1) is planning a reverse takeover of Canadian television producer and distributor DHX Media, a move that will give E1 a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. E1 currently trades on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), a sub-market of the London bourse.
  • Canada's Entertainment One lands $150m credit facility

    17-Sep-2008

    Canadian media conglomerate Entertainment One (E1) has signed a four-year $150m credit facility led by US private bank JP Morgan.
  • Necessities Of Life named as Canada's foreign Oscar submission

    17-Sep-2008

    Benoit Pilon's Necessities Of Life (Ce Qu'il Faut Pour Vivre) has been selected as Canada's submission for the the foreign language film category at the 81st Academy Awards. Written by Pilon and Bernard Emond and produced by Bernadette Payeur of Montreal-based ACPAV, the film world premiered in competition at this past Montreal World Film Festival where it won a Special Grand Prix of the Jury as well as the audience prizes for most popular ...
  • Jim Sherry moves in at Maple Pictures as co-president

    16-Sep-2008

    Jim Sherry, the former managing director of Alliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Distribution (AAC MDP), is joining Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures as co-president.
  • John Boorman to be feted at Montreal's FNC

    16-Sep-2008

    Film director John Boorman will receive a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, October 8 to 19. The British director will present his 2006 film, The Tiger's Tail, starring Brendan Gleeson, as well as three of his best-known works, the cult classic Zardoz, Leo The Last and Deliverance. ...
  • A Woman In Berlin (Anonyma - Eine Frau In Berlin)

    14-Sep-2008

    Director. Max F?erb Germany-Poland. 2008. 118 mins.
  • Slumdog Millionaire takes prestigious audience prize at Toronto

    13-Sep-2008

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  • Cantet's The Class to close Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema

    9-Sep-2008

    Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class will close the 37th Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema. A long-time Cantet supporter, the FNC awarded him its 2001 Louve d'Or for Time Out (L'Emploi Du Temps). The Class (aka Entre Les Murs) will open the New York Film Festival on Sept 26.
  • Martin McGartland settles with Fifty Dead Men Walking producers

    9-Sep-2008

    The producers of Fifty Dead Men Walking have settled with Martin McGartland, whose autobiography provided the basis for the film. McGartland, the Royal Ulster Constabulary mole who infiltrated the IRA and survived two attempts on his life, had taken issue with the film's misrepresentation of true events. Since viewing a rough cut in May, McGartland has insisted director Kari Skogland and producers, Future Films and Canada's Brightlight ...
  • Mongrel, Sienna, Foundry launch screenwriting lab

    8-Sep-2008

    Two Toronto production companies are banding with boutique distributor Mongrel Media to launch The Writers Unit (TWU), a screenplay development lab. Mongrel president Hussein Amarshi, Sienna Pictures' Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja, producers behind such films as How She Move and A Touch Of Pink, and Danny Iron of Foundry Films, co-producer of Away From Her and the upcoming Cairo Time, will select six screenplays to move forward to final draft. Broadcaster and ...
  • C.R.A.Z.Y.'s Vallee sets up Shoe Business

    8-Sep-2008

    Jean-Marc Vallee, the multi-award winning filmmaker behind 2005 Quebecois smash C.R.A.Z.Y., is setting up his next production, Shoe Business, a comic drama set at the height of the 1970s disco craze.Vallee will produce the film on an estimated $6.6m-$9.4m (C$7m-C$10m) budget through his C.R.A.Z.Y. Films production shingle, although he is considering co-production options.Vallee is ...
  • Canadian Film Centre launches actors' training programme

    7-Sep-2008

    The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is launching Canada's first professional training program for established screen actors. The scheme, set to launch in autumn 2009, will offer advanced onscreen performance training to up eight experienced Canadian actors. Its principal backers are CanWest and the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.The training will explore the technical side of screen-acting; empowering one'svocal and physical instrument for the screen; real on-camera experience ...
  • Carmody plans 3-D project Evil Dead: The Musical

    7-Sep-2008

    Producer Don Carmody and partners are in negotiations with Spidermandirector Sam Raimi to bring to the screen the musical version of the formerhorror meister's Evil Dead films, Evil Dead: The Musical.Conceived by George Reinblatt, Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris, the camp stage interpretation of Raimi's cult classic horror ...
  • Gale Ann Hurd picks up remake rights to Quebecois hit Nitro

    7-Sep-2008

    LA-based production powerhouse Valhalla Motion Pictures has acquired English-language remake rights to the Quebecois street racing action hit Nitro.The film, produced by Pierre Even of Montreal-based Cirrus Communications and directed by Alain Desrochers, earned $1.2m on its opening weekend in Quebec in 2007, besting Live Free Or Die Hard and Ratatouille. ...
  • Maximum Films takes the world on Control Alt Delete

    7-Sep-2008

    Maximum Films International has picked up worldwide sales rights on Cameron Labine's feature debut Control Alt Delete. Maximum Films Releasing will distribute in Canada. The slacker comedy makes its world premiere at TIFF on Wednesday in the Canada First! programme.Set at the turn of the century when Y2K scared the wits out of the nascent IT community, the story follows a deeply stressed programmer's increasing sexual attraction to his ...
  • Burns gets CTV backing for My Canada feature series

    6-Sep-2008

    Toronto-based producer Michael Burns has teamed with Canada's largest private broadcaster CTV in the development of My Canada, a series of director-narrated documentary features after the fashion of Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Burns, who envisioned the series and commissioned Maddin, has enlisted top Canadian directors to create their own personal 'odes' to their hometowns. Filmmakers ...
  • Thom Fitzgerald to direct Sense Of Things for Samson, Eagle Vision

    5-Sep-2008

    Thom Fitzgerald is set to direct an adaptation of novelist Alison Dye's The Sense of Things next summer. The film will be produced by Ireland's Samson Films, producers of the Oscar-winning Once, and Eagle Vision of Canada, producers of the Oscar-winning Capote. Fitzgerald's other titles include The Hanging Garden, Beefcake, The Event and 3 ...
  • Fifty Dead Men Walking author holds legal fire against TIFF

    5-Sep-2008

    The author of Fifty Dead Men Walking is holding his fire. Martin McGartland, the Royal Ulster Constabulary mole who infiltrated the IRA and nearly paid for it with his life, has decided to see the film for a second time. The film, which screens as a gala on Sept. 10, has been the centre of controversy since McGartland denounced the work as a distortion of his life story and threatened to take legal action against its producers as well as TIFF.
  • Venice dates move: A storm in a teacup'

    5-Sep-2008

    Reports that the Venice Film Festival is contemplating moving its start date into September next year will not affect Toronto, which itself moves back a week to start on Sept 10 in 2009.Toronto's dates traditionally shift with the calendar (the first Thursday after North American Labour Day). Venice's dates this year are August 27 - September 6 against Toronto's September 4 - 13. Next year Venice could start Wednesday, September 2, 2009 while Toronto 2009 runs September 10 ...
  • Canada's Alliance gets New Line reprieve into 2009

    2-Sep-2008

    Alliance Films and New Line Cinema have extended their output deal into 2009. The extension, rumoured over past weeks, will add at least eight titles to Alliance's Canadian releasing schedule, including the much-anticipated The Time Traveller's Wife from director Robert Schwentke and starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana as well as Seventeen Again, Burr Steers' comic pairing of Zac Efron and Matthew Perry.
  • Takita's Okurbito wins top competition prize at Montreal

    2-Sep-2008

    The Montreal World Film Festival wrapped on Monday with Japanese filmmaker Yojiro Takita's Okurbito (Departures) winning the top competition prize, the Grand Prix of The Americas. Canadian documentary filmmaker Benoit Pilon won three prizes for his dramatic debut, The Necessitites Of Life, earning a Special Grand Prix of the Jury as well as two major audience ...
  • Maximum takes international on Fleck and Boden's Sugar

    29-Aug-2008

    Maximum Films International (MFI) has picked up international sales rights on Sundance US dramatic competitor Sugar, the follow-up film from the production team behind Half Nelson. The HBO Films production screens in Toronto in Contemporary World Cinema.Written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anne Boden and produced by Paul Mezey, Jamie Patricof and Jeremy Kipp Walker, the film stars Miguel Santos ...
  • Festival talk - 'The audience was in for a special moment'

    29-Aug-2008

    Which festivals do you rate highly and enjoy visiting' On that basis, what makes a strong festival'
  • In focus - Small pond, big ripple

    29-Aug-2008

    The stacks of recycled business cards are piling up after nearly two years of seismic shifts in the Canadian distribution business. The faces have remained the same - almost all the key executive are still in positions of power - but the dynamics have changed.
  • In focus: Canadian distribution

    29-Aug-2008

    On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian distributors Alliance Films and Entertainment One (E1) are circling each other like prize fighters - but they do so on top of a shifting canvas.
  • Preview: Toronto International Film Festival

    29-Aug-2008

    This is the strongest year we've had since I started programming Canadian films,' says Steve Gravestock, head of Canadian programming at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).To see buzz films click hereTo visit Toronto special site click here
  • Fifty Dead Men to go ahead at Toronto in defiance of IRA mole

    27-Aug-2008

    The world premiere of Kari Skogland's Toronto International Film Festival gala Fifty Dead Men Walking will take place, say the film's co-producers, Future Films and HandMade Films International. The film has been the centre of row involving Martin McGartland, the former RUC Special Branch mole who infiltrated the IRA and whose eponymous autobiography inspired the work. McGartland told Screen International the version ...
  • Maximum picks up world sales to McGowan, Mehta Toronto titles

    26-Aug-2008

    Maximum Films International has picked up world sales rights on two major Canadian titles at TIFF: Michael McGowan's gala title, One Week, and Deepa Mehta's special presentation, Heaven On Earth.The One Week deal covers all rights except for Canada while the Heaven On Earth deal covers the world ex Canada and the ...
  • Maple Pictures takes Canadian rights to McDonald's Pontypool

    26-Aug-2008

    Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures has acquired all Canadian rights in all media to Bruce McDonald's TIFF Vanguard title, Pontypool. Described as the veteran guerilla filmmaker's first foray into horror, the film explores the terrorizing effects of a strange virus in a small town. It's adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess.The deal was negotiated ...
  • Toronto's Filmport officially open for business

    21-Aug-2008

    Toronto's long-awaited mega-studio, Filmport Studios, was officially opened today. Filmmaker David Cronenberg was on hand for the event alongside Toronto mayor David Miller and Filmport president Ken Ferguson.The facility is the largest studio complex outside of Los Angeles and lays claim to the continent's largest purpose-built sound stage: 45,900 sq. ft with more than an acre of column-free space below a 6-storey high lighting grid. In all, its over 250,000 sq. ft of production ...
  • Canadian author Bezmozgis begins directorial debut Victoria Day

    20-Aug-2008

    Award-winning Canadian author David Bezmozgis is set to begin principal photography on his directorial debut Victoria Day. Written by Bezmozgis, the film is produced by Bezmozgis and Judy Holm and Michael McNamara of Toronto-based production company Markham Street Films. Holm, Robin Cass and Anna Stratton of Toronto's Triptych Media serve as executive producers.Described as a 'wry coming-of-age story', the film follows Ben ...
  • Toronto unveils rest of line-up for a total of 249 features

    19-Aug-2008

    World premieres from Paul Schrader, Neil Burger, Rod Lurie and Anne Fontaine were among the titles unveiled as the Toronto International Film Festival released the balance of its 2008 line-up.
  • Isabelle Huppert to be honoured at Montreal Film Festival

    15-Aug-2008

    French actress Isabelle Huppert will be presented with a career achievement award at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival. The MWFF, which runs August 21 to September 1, will screen five of her performances, including her latest, Ursula Meier's Home. The other titles are Violette Noziere (1978), Madame Bovary (1990) and Comedy ...
  • Canadian festivals - Telefilm plays the Canada card

    15-Aug-2008

    In July, Telefilm Canada introduced a new regime for its festival funding. In essence, eligible Canadian film festivals will be required to increase the number of Canadian films they screen in order to qualify for funding.
  • Preview: Montreal World Film Festival

    15-Aug-2008

    Montreal's World Film Festival (WFF) enters its 32nd year in a state of suspended animation. Is it, as its mercurial president Serge Losique claims, a festival of discoveries' Or is it a repository for films that no-one else has selected'
  • TIFF adds 13 world premieres to Discovery, Vision and Vanguard

    14-Aug-2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival added a further 13 world premieres to an already impressive line-up, as it completed the slates for the Discovery, Visions and Vanguard programmes. Among the seven Discovery world premieres announced are Brian Goodman's What Doesn't Kill You, starring Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo as Bostonian hardmen trying to keep one step ahead of the law, Tatia Rosenthal's Israel-Australia coproduction
  • Torresblanco to present film keynote speech at Strategic Partners

    14-Aug-2008

    Frida Torresblanco, the New York-based producing partner of Alfonso Cuaron's Esperanto Films, will present the opening keynote speech at Halifax's Strategic Partners International Co-Production Market (Sept 12-14).Torresblanco's credits include Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Neils Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon and Sebastian Cordero's Cronicas. ...
  • Martin-Smith's Stone Of Destiny to close Toronto

    13-Aug-2008

    Charles Martin Smith's Stone Of Destiny will be the closing night Gala at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF announced the title as well as an additional 20 Special Presentations, including 12 world premieres from major filmmakers.
  • Eastern Promises, Fugitive Pieces lead DGC awards nominations

    12-Aug-2008

    David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces led the pack as the Directors Guild of Canada announced the nominees for its 2008 awards. Both films had nods for Best Director, Best Picture Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design and Outstanding Team Achievement, an award presented to all DGC members working in guild categories on a project. Other recipients of multiple nominations included Denys Arcand's
  • TIFF announces Asian and Spanish-language titles

    6-Aug-2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added a raft of Spanish-language and Asian titles to its September line-up, including the world premiere of South Korean filmmaker So Yong Kim's Treeless Mountain, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2006 debut In Between Days. Inspired by events in her own life, the new film follows two young sisters forced to spend their summer with their alcoholic aunt. It screens in ...
  • Montreal unveils competition titles, full line-up

    6-Aug-2008

    The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full line-up, including 20 films in its official competition alongside festival opener Christophe Barratier's period drama Paris 36 announced yesterday. In all, MWFF festival president Serge Losique and vice-president Danielle Cauchard unwrapped 234 feature films, 105 of which are world or international premieres.Competition entries include two films from Quebec, Stephan Gehami's ...
  • Barratier's Paris 36 to open Montreal World Film Festival

    5-Aug-2008

    Christophe Barratier's Paris 36 will make its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 21. Written by Barratier from an original idea by Frank Thomas, Jean-Michel Derenne and Reinhardt Wagner, the film stars Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder, Bernard-Pierre Donadieu and Maxence Perrin. Set in pre-war Paris, the story follows three unemployed music hall performers who decide to ...
  • Cannes opener Blindness to open Atlantic Film Festival

    1-Aug-2008

    Fernando Meirelles' Cannes competitor Blindness will open the 28th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax on September 11. Based on the novel by Jose Saramago and starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga, the Canada-Brazil-Japan coproduction was adapted for the screen by Don McKellar, who is also featured in the film. The film is distributed in Canada by Alliance Films.Brazil is one ...
  • Asselin's Sentimental Capitalism to open FNC in Montreal

    29-Jul-2008

    Olivier Asselin's A Sentimental Capitalism (Un Capitalisme Sentimental) will make its world premiere as the opening film of the 37th annual Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal. Starring Lucille Fluet, Paul Ahmarani and Sylvie Moreau, the period drama lays bear the saga of a young woman at the centre of a sinister wager between three businessmen. Asselin's previous works include
  • TIFF unveils 20 world premiere documentaries

    29-Jul-2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced 25 world premieres in its line-up of documentaries screening across various programmes. Among the debuts screening in the Real To Reel programme are An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim's It Might Get Loud, a celebration of the electric guitar featuring three virtuosos, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge and Jack White of The White Stripes; Robert Kenner's
  • JCVD to kick off Midnight Madness at Toronto

    23-Jul-2008

    Jean-Claude Van Damme's comeback contender JCVD will make its international premiere as the opening night film of the Midnight Madness programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Muscles from Brussels plays a down-and-out version of himself suddenly thrust into one of his own action films. The late-night cult sidebar features three world premieres, including JT Petty's The Burrowers ...
  • Canada's Cineplex plans massive 3D expansion

    22-Jul-2008

    Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment has signed a long-term agreement to install a minimum of 175 3D systems from LA-based technology company RealD.Cineplex currently has 41 such systems in operation; however, the expansion is contingent on Cineplex's entering a digital deployment agreement with Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP), the technology acquisition joint venture set-up by US cinema circuits Regal, AMC, and Cinemark. Earlier this month, Cinemark ...
  • Focus: Countdown To Toronto

    11-Jul-2008

    Last week Cameron Bailey was in London. This week he is in Paris. Or maybe it is Brussels. Two months out from his September debut, the new co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is in screening mode.
  • Alliance Films reverses Globe and Mail screening ban

    4-Jul-2008

    Distributor Alliance Films has reversed its decision to ban critics from the Globe and Mail newspaper at its preview screenings.
  • Canada's Alliance Atlantis bans Globe and Mail critics

    3-Jul-2008

    Canadian distributor Alliance Atlantis has banned critics from the Globe and Mail newspaper from its advance previews.
  • Toronto books best of Cannes in first programme announcement

    26-Jun-2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival announced its first tranche of titles, including Cannes competitors such as Atom Egoyan's Adoration, Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale, Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah and Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class. All four will be North American premieres screening as Special ...
  • Canadian government to amend tax credit legislation

    18-Jun-2008

    Amendments proposed by the Canadian Senate will restore the financial security of production tax credits, two senators announced today. Under the proposed changes, the Canadian government will not have the power to deny tax credits based on vague guidelines.The non-elected upper chamber has heard from over 50 witnesses in examining the legislation over several weeks. The omnibus tax bill, C-10, threatened to withhold production tax credits should a production be found contrary ...
  • IMAX signs giant screen deal in Dubai

    18-Jun-2008

    IMAX Corp. and Dubai-based property developer Meydan LLC have signed an agreement for a giant-screen system to be installed at Nad Al Sheba horse race track, the home of the Dubai World Cup. The installation is expected to be completed by year-end 2009. IMAX says it will be its twelfth screen in the Middle East operational by 2010. 'IMAX is one of the most prestigious and globally recognized cinema brands, and we are confident that our new IMAX theatre will help ...
  • Passchendaele to open Toronto Film Festival on Sept 4

    17-Jun-2008

    Paul Gross' WWI epic Passchendaele will open the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. Written, directed and produced by Gross, who also takes the lead role, the film is coproduced by Niv Fichman, Frank Siracusa and Francis Damberge. The film also features Caroline Dhavernas, Gil Bellows and Joe Dinicol.Set during the height of WWI, the film focuses on a wounded Canadian sergeant (Gross) who returns ...
  • Sans Arme to open Festival du Film de Tremblant in Canada

    4-Jun-2008

    French filmmaker Jean-Paul Rouve's Sans Arme, Ni Haine, Ni Violence will make its North American premiere in competition at the third Festival du Film de Tremblant. The film, in which Rouve portrays the mastermind of France's most sensational bank robbery, opened in France in April through Warner Bros. Rouve present the film at the festival, which is held in the Quebec ski resort of Mont Tremblant north of Montreal.The other ...
  • X Verleih takes German-language rights to Egoyan's Adoration

    28-May-2008

    Germany distribution company X Verleih has picked up all German-language rights to Atom Egoyan's Cannes competitor Adoration. Written, produced and directed by Egoyan, the film won the Ecumenical Prize at the festival. It stars Arsinee Khanjian, ...
  • Film Farm to produce new works from Egoyan and De Palma

    16-May-2008

    Toronto-based production outfit The Film Farm is set to produce Atom Egoyan's untitled next picture, an original screenplay, and two films from Brian de Palma. Headed by producing partners Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss, Film Farm produced Egoyan's Cannes competition entry Adoration as well as de Palma's 2007 Venice title Redacted and Sarah Polley's Oscar-nominated Away ...
  • Madagascar sequel set for IMAX release

    12-May-2008

    DreamWorks Animation SKG will release Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa on IMAX day and date with its worldwide conventional release November 7, 2008. It will be the fifth DreamWorks Animation title to be released in large-format between June 2008, when Kung Fu Panda is released, and May 2010. The film will be released on the new IMAX digital projection systems, which are expected to be rolled out in ...
  • Maximum takes Quinzaine title Boogie for the world

    12-May-2008

    Maximum Films International (MFI) has picked up world sales rights on Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean's Quinzaine selection Boogie. The story of a man vacationing with his wife and child who has a crisis of lost youth when he encounters old friends at the same resort, the film stars Dragos Bucur, star of all of Muntean's films including The Paper Will Be Blue.Making its Cannes debut ...
  • Seville International takes international rights on Pool's Mommy

    9-May-2008

    Montreal-based sales outfit Seville International has acquired international rights to Lea Pool's Mommy Is At The Hairdresser's (Maman Est Chez Le Coiffeur). The film, which has garnered strong critical reaction following its May 2 opening in Quebec, stars Laurent Lucas (With A Friend Like Harry), Celine Bonnier (Monica La Mitraille), Gabriel Arcand (
  • Sarin's Shine Of Rainbows rolls with Quinn and Nielsen

    9-May-2008

    Principal photography has begun on location in Ireland for Vic Sarin's Canada-Ireland coproduction A Shine Of Rainbows, starring Connie Nielsen and Aidan Quinn. Based on the novel by Lillian Beckwith, the magical family drama tells the story of a lonely orphan (newcomer John Bell) whose life is transformed by an enchantress (Nielsen) and her husband (Quinn) on a remote island. The film is produced by Tina Pehme and Kim Roberts of Canada's Sepia Films and James Flynn ...
  • Red-Carpet Reality: the prospects for theatrical docs

    2-May-2008

    It is a big year for documentaries at Cannes. Three are in official selection: Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired, which premiered at Sundance and is screening at the Croisette out of competition, Israeli director Ari Folman's animated film Waltz With Bashir in the Competition, and James Toback's film about boxer Mike Tyson, Tyson, which is in Un Certain Regard.
  • Canadian finance minister wades into C-10 fray

    1-May-2008

    Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty has entered the ongoing film tax credit fray, saying the proposed tax law should not be amended and suggesting the issue will be a confidence vote of the Conservative minority government he represents.The minister's comments followed an appearance before the Senate banking committee studying the proposed amendments to Bill C-10. As currently written, Bill C-10 would give the minister of Canadian Heritage the right to withhold ...
  • Phathanavirangoon appointed TIFF South-East Asian programmer

    1-May-2008

    Former Fortissimo Films executive Raymond Phathanavirangoon has been appointed South-East Asian programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival. His selection remit includes Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. His co-programmer, TIFF veteran Giovanna Fulvi, will continue to programme titles from mainland China, Japan and South Korea. Fluent in many languages including English, Cantonese, Mandarin ...
  • UK documentary The English Surgeon wins top prize at Hot Docs

    28-Apr-2008

    UK filmmaker Geoffrey Smith's The English Surgeon won the Best International Feature Documentary Award as the 15th annual Hot Docs festival wrapped in Toronto this weekend. Produced by Smith and Rachel Wexler, the film follows renowned British brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he operates on life-threatening brain tumours in the Ukraine. The Special Jury Prize for international documentary feature went to Israeli filmmaker Tamar ...
  • Delphis does aggressive business on Arthy's Fighter

    23-Apr-2008

    Montreal sales house Delphis Films has wrapped a number of international deals on Natasha Arthy's Fighter. The film, which premiered in the Berlinale 14+ competition and will screen at Tribeca, has sold to more than a dozen countries, including Momentum for the UK, Europacorp for France, Hopscotch for Australia, VCL for Germany, and R Film in Turkey. Delphis reports strong interest from the US and Japan.Described as 'the ...
  • Canadian Film Centre, NFB launched theatrical doc programme

    22-Apr-2008

    The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will launch Canada's first programme to develop theatrical documentaries. Announced today at Toronto's Hot Docs festival, the CFC NFB Feature Documentary Program will begin in January 2009 with the goal of developing feature documentaries for international cinema audiences.The six-month programme will select between four and six established Canadian directors who have a theatrical documentary ...
  • Hays and Mullen join TIFF Canadian programming team

    22-Apr-2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added two new faces to its Canadian programming team. Montreal-based academic and film journalist Matthew Hays joins Jesse Wente and Steve Gravestock on the feature film selection committee.Programming veteran Kathleen Mullen will handle the Short Cuts Canada selection for TIFF 2008 along with programmers Alex Rogalski and Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, who will be going on maternity leave and acting as a consultant this year.
  • Bornedal's The Substitute wins audience award at Sprockets

    21-Apr-2008

    Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal's The Substitute won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 11th Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children. The story follows a group of school children who suspect their substitute teacher may be an alien. Best animated film honours went to US filmmaker Devin Bell's Crank Balls.Three awards were decided upon by children's ...
  • Miramax ends Alliance alliance in Canada

    17-Apr-2008

    Miramax Films has ended its 14-year Canadian distribution relationship with Toronto-based Alliance Films. On April 11, the US distributor released Smart People in Canada through its status as a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios. It marks the end of a second long-term relationship for Alliance, following the February decision by Time-Warner to downsize New Line Cinema and bring its international releasing into the Warner Bros. International ...
  • Canadian producers seek Criminal Code reference in tax amendment

    10-Apr-2008

    Canada's film production representatives are calling for the federal government to amend controversial tax legislation by making reference to the nation's Criminal Code. In a presentation to the Canadian Senate today, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and the Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) said the Criminal Code has been - and should continue to be - the litmus test by which producers guide the content of ...
  • Canwest commits $4m to new documentary support programme

    9-Apr-2008

    Canwest Global Communications has committed $4m to a new documentary support programme, the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds. The new programme, which consists of a $3m completion fund and a $1m development fund, will be managed and dispersed through the Toronto-based Hot Docs International Documentary Festival over the next seven years. The fund is designed to help one-off documentaries through critical stages. The completion fund will provide financial support ...
  • Telefilm Canada backs 10 English-language features

    7-Apr-2008

    Telefilm Canada has announced investments in ten English-language features, including new projects from Deepa Mehta and Denis Villeneuve, two low-budget pictures and a feature documentary.Mehta's cultural and political comedy What's Cooking deals with the bewilderment and confusion that results when a first-generation Canadian accepts a diplomatic post in the Indian homeland of her parents. Written by Mehta and her brother Dilip Mehta ...
  • Canadian conservative tax law boosts provocative drama

    4-Apr-2008

    A furore in the Canadian film business could be the catalyst for a rare local English-language hit.
  • Minister will consult Canadian film industry on tax credit guidelines

    3-Apr-2008

    Canada's Heritage Minister has agreed to consult with the nation's film and television production community in drafting new tax credit guidelines. The move comes in wake of producers' complaints that proposed amendments to Canada's tax law could threaten their access to production tax credits should a production be deemed 'contrary to public policy'. The lack of precision in what constitutes 'public policy' is at the heart of the matter.Speaking yesterday to the ...
  • John Smith's $6m Love And Savagery rolls in Ireland

    2-Apr-2008

    John N. Smith's Canada-Ireland coproduction Love And Savagery begins shooting today in County Clare, Ireland. The $6.3m (C$6.5m) production reunites Smith, screenwriter Des Walsh and director of photography Pierre Latarte, the creative team behind the acclaimed 1992 production The Boys Of St. Vincent.Set in 1968, Love And Savagery follows a young Newfoundland ...
  • IMAX signs three separate deals in Russia

    1-Apr-2008

    IMAX Corp. has signed three separate deals with Russian firms to install large-format digital projection systems in three cities: Sochi, Nizinhy Novogorod and in Siberia's Novosibirsk. All three cinemas, the first of their kind in the nation, are expected to be installed between 2009 and 2011.
  • E1 acquires THINKFilm's Canadian assets

    27-Mar-2008

    Entertainment One (E1) and THINKFilm have signed a three-year all-rights output deal that will see E1 distributing THINKFilm's motion pictures in Canada through 2010. E1 has also acquired Canadian rights to THINKFilm's 235-title library for the remainder of the term that THINKFilm holds license to the properties. The content will be distributed in Canada by E1 subsidiary Seville Pictures.The deal will increase Seville's theatrical distribution slate past 50 titles ...
  • Montreal to throw spotlight on Bavarian Cinema for 32nd event

    26-Mar-2008

    The Montreal World Film Festival will spotlight filmmaking from Bavaria at its upcoming 32nd edition. Festival president Serge Losique told Screendaily it was too early to announce any titles. A major delegation of Bavaria-based producers and filmmakers along with representatives of regional funding agency FFF Bayern will attend the event, headed by the German state's media minister Eberhard Sinner. The festival runs from August 21 to September 1, 2008.FFF Bayern ...
  • IMAX, Northstar Media pact on 21-title library sales package

    25-Mar-2008

    IMAX Corp. and US television sales outfit Northstar Media have signed a multi-media distribution agreement that will see Northstar handling worldwide rights on a 21-title package of HD IMAX titles for television, VOD, mobile, and broadband. Compiled under the moniker, the IMAX XXI Film Package, the library slate features such films as Walking On The Moon 3D, Space Station, Into The Deep, T-Rex: Back To The Cretaceous and reaches back ...
  • US exhibitor Regal adds 30 IMAX digital screens

    25-Mar-2008

    Regal Entertainment Group and IMAX Corp. have signed a joint venture agreement that will see an addition 30 digital projection systems to the Regal Cinemas circuit.The deal, which covers 20 major US markets, greatly expands a previously announced joint venture of eight screens and will raise Regal's IMAX screen count to 52 by 2010.Under the terms of the agreement the companies will share the risk and reward of the new cinemas, the first of which are expected to ...
  • Yari Film Group drops Alliance for E1 as Canadian output partner

    20-Mar-2008

    Bob Yari's Yari Film Group has dropped Alliance Films as its Canadian partner in favour of fast-rising Canadian entertainment group Entertainment One (E1).
  • Gunnarson's Air India 182 has world premiere at Hot Docs

    18-Mar-2008

    Sturla Gunnarson's Air India 182 will be one of several Canadian feature documentaries to make its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 17-27. The 15th edition unveiled its complete line-up at a press conference in Toronto this morning. Also announced were the 35 projects up for presentation at the allied Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF), April 23-24.Air ...
  • Kimberly Peirce on Stop Loss

    14-Mar-2008

    Kimberly Peirce was in New York on the day of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and recalls vividly her emotional devastation at the sight of the towers' collapse.
  • Vancouver's Anagram scores output deal with Maple Pictures

    11-Mar-2008

    Vancouver-based production house Anagram Pictures and Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures have established a multi-year, multi-picture output deal as part of Telefilm Canada's Slate Development Pilot Programme. The first two pictures in the slate are ecological thriller The Thaw and sci-fi thriller Falling Awake. Anagram made a critical if not a commercial splash with the zombie spoof
  • Seville and Maximum to join forces in Canada

    10-Mar-2008

    Montreal-based Seville Pictures and Toronto-based Maximum Films Distribution are launching a joint venture to distribute their films theatrically in Canada. The move comes seven months after the launch of both the new-look Seville, acquired by fast-rising multinational entertainment company Entertainment One (E1) in August, and Maximum, launched the same month by Canadian producer Robert Lantos' Serendipity Point Films. The joint venture will be managed by Seville co-president ...
  • North America - Hatched In Canada With French DNA

    7-Mar-2008

    Vincenzo Natali laughs ruefully at the notion that he is 'big in France'. As with seemingly every other notable English-Canadian film-maker, his work is more successful critically and commercially in France than in his own country.
  • Wachowskis' Speed Racer set for simultaneous IMAX release

    4-Mar-2008

    Warner Bros has announced that the Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer will be released on IMAX screens simultaneous with its conventional release May 9, 2008.Produced by Joel Silver, written and directed by The Matrix filmmakers and based on the anime series by Tatsuo Yoshida, the film stars Emile Hirsch as the eponymous free-wheeling race driver. Warner will be the exclusive distributor of the film ...
  • Away From Her sweeps the board at Canada's Genie Awards

    4-Mar-2008

    Debut filmmaker Sarah Polley wore out her boots at the 2008 Genie Awards Monday night. The director and screenwriter of Away From Her and her collaborators made their way to the podium seven times in the evening, picking up every major award including Best Picture for producers Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss and Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and the Claude Jutra Award for Best Debut for Polley. Julie Christie was ...
  • Canadian filmmakers denounce proposed law as censorship

    3-Mar-2008

    Canada's film and television community is up in arms amidst the revelation of proposed federal legislation that could potentially retract a production's tax-credit eligibility after the fact. Under changes to Bill C-10 introduced by the minority Conservative government, the Income Tax Act would deny a production company its tax credit unless the Minister of Canadian Heritage was 'satisfied that public financial support of the production would not be contrary to public policy.' ...
  • Telefilm Canada greenlights new films from Villeneuve, Scott

    1-Mar-2008

    New films from Denis Villeneuve, Sylvain Guy and Ken Scott have been approved through Telefilm Canada's French-language arm. In all seven pictures received a total of $7.13m (C$7m) out of 31 applications. Villeneuve, who has not made a feature since 2000's Maelstrom, returns to the screen with Incendies, his adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad's play. The story concerns a brother and sister who learn, ...
  • Exhibition - Cinema advertising in the digital age - Point of sale

    29-Feb-2008

    The cinema advertising business is getting ready for prime time. A television term in reference to cinema' It may not seem apt but the market is heading in that direction. The roll-out of digital projection worldwide could create a single global living room, and with it opportunities for brands to target an international cohort.
  • Exhibition - Putting the multi into multiplex

    29-Feb-2008

    Last month, in the Welsh town of Holyhead, the only cinema closed its doors after 80 years. People were still going to the movies but - thanks to the recent introduction of a UK smoking ban - not enough people were going to the cinema's bingo nights to keep the overall business solvent.
  • VOD Canada - Commercial concerns

    24-Feb-2008

    In Canada, the future of the format is ad-supported VoD. Denis Seguin looks at how this could work.
  • Canadian Film Centre receive C$1m donation from Cineplex

    15-Feb-2008

    Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment is providing the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) with a five-year C$1m donation as well as a C$100,000 endowment towards an annual scholarship to aid one film resident. In return, the CFC Film program will be named the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program. The scholarship will be similarly branded.
  • UGC buys Canadian Berlin selection Tout Est Parfait

    14-Feb-2008

    UGC has picked up Canadian Panorama selection Tout Est Parfait for France, Benelux and Switzerland from Anick Poirier of Montreal-based sales outfit Seville International.The feature debut of Quebecois documentary and commercials director Yves-Christian Fournier, the film is the story of a young man (Maxime Dumontier) bereft by the suicide pact of four friends and by his own struggle against seeking a similar fate. The film is produced by Nicole Robert of Montreal-based ...
  • Braude, Muskala named co-directors of Sprockets at TIFFG

    12-Feb-2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) has appointed Allen Braude and Elizabeth Muskala as co-directors of learning. The appointments follow recent changes at TIFFG anticipating the opening of the Bell Lightbox, the new film centre under construction in Toronto. In December, then TIFF co-director Noah Cowan stepped into the newly created position of artistic director of Lightbox while programmer Cameron Bailey assumed the TIFF co-director position alongside TIFFG ...
  • Former Cinemavault executive Alvarez launches Forward Motion

    6-Feb-2008

    Former Cinemavault Releasing executive Paco Alvarez has launched a new world sales outfit, Forward Motion Entertainment, and will unveil two new projects, Six Reasons Why and The Cold Flame, at Berlin's European Film Market. Picked up for North America by ThinkFilm, Six Reasons Why is the debut feature of The Campagna Brothers and is described as a Sergio ...
  • New Toronto-based Arrow takes on Jolliet's Harvest

    6-Feb-2008

    Newly-launched Toronto sales outfit Arrow Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Nicolas Jolliet's docu-drama Harvest following its screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Arrow is repping both film and soundtrack rights at the EFM.Described as the musical journey of a ganja planter, the film follows a marijuana farmer named Jaweve on his journey out of the mountains of Caribbean St. Lucia into a greater world of spiritual ...
  • Eastern Promises, Shake Hands lead Canadian Genie nominations

    29-Jan-2008

    David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands With The Devil are leading the nomination pack with 12 apiece as the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the nominees for the 28th annual awards. Among the other titles nominated for best motion picture, Sarah Polley's Away From Her follows with seven nominations, Stephane ...
  • British Columbia boosts foreign production service tax credits to 25%

    28-Jan-2008

    The province of British Columbia has boosted its production service tax credits, matching a recent rise in credits in Ontario and Quebec. The tax credit for foreign-financed productions will rise from 18 per cent of labour costs to 25 per cent, while the credit for local and qualifying coproductions, Film Incentive BC, will rise from 30 per cent to 35 per cent. The new terms apply retroactively to all projects that were in production after December 31, 2007 and will run until ...
  • Canada's NFB names Witten to top English language post

    25-Jan-2008

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has appointed Cindy Witten to the post of director general of NFB English Program. Witten was previously vice president of content at the Canadian specialty channel History Television. Before that she was vice president of original production at History as well as BBC Canada and National Geographic Channel Canada, all of which were recently acquired by CanWest in its takeover of the broadcast assets of Alliance Atlantis Communications. ...
  • Gilliam's Dr Parnassus put on hold following Ledger's death

    25-Jan-2008

    The death of Heath Ledger has brought a halt to production on Terry Gilliam's $30m The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus.
  • In focus - Video-on-demand - Big films on a moving screen

    25-Jan-2008

    It is called the halo effect. Last year when Apple unveiled its iPhone, the technology and business press fell to its knees in supplication. If Apple does it, it has to be good. Last week, the company announced a deal with all the Hollywood studios that will, from February, see movies offered for rental over the iTunes download service and available for viewing on television through its Apple TV set-top boxes or on portable video devices in North America. There was initial excitement ...
  • United States - Animal attraction

    25-Jan-2008

    It's day six on the set of Green Porno and star Isabella Rossellini is having sex with a snail. Which is OK, because she is a snail too. After all, this whole bizarre set-up was her idea.
  • Karynn Austin leaves TVA for Equinoxe Films

    23-Jan-2008

    Canadian distribution veteran Karynn Austin has left TVA Films to join Equinoxe Films as director of distribution and marketing. Based in the company's Toronto office, she will oversee all aspects of marketing Equinoxe's theatrical and home entertainment releases in English Canada. Austin has 20 years experience in the business including stints in production, distribution and marketing of theatrical and home entertainment at C/FP Distribution, Malofilm and most recently at TVA.
  • Bell Canada to launch new film download store

    23-Jan-2008

    Canadian telecom and internet service provider Bell Canada will launch a movie download service in April or May, ScreenDaily.com has learned.
  • IMAX signs to build two cinemas in Philippines

    23-Jan-2008

    IMAX Corp. and SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall operator in the Philippines, have signed a deal that will see two IMAX digital projection systems installed at shopping malls in the cities of Manila and Cebu. Both cinemas are expected to open by late 2009. SM already operates an IMAX cinema in Manila - installed in 2006 - that is the highest grossing screen in the country. Patrons pay as much as a 100 per cent premium for certain shows. In a statement, IMAX co-chairmen ...
  • Away From Her

    22-Jan-2008

    Dir: Sarah Polley. Canada. 110 mins
  • Bogeydom picks up snowboard documentary Let It Ride

    22-Jan-2008

    Toronto-based Bogeydom Licensing has picked up international sales rights on Let It Ride, a documentary about pioneering snowboarder and counter-culture icon Craig Kelly. The film won the audience award at the recently wrapped Alpinist Film Festival in the US ski resort of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Kelly was the most recognised person in the fast-growing snow sport. He and six others were killed in a massive avalanche in British Columbia ...
  • Lakeshore pacts with Maximum for Canadian distribution

    18-Jan-2008

    Maximum Films Distribution has signed a sub-distribution deal with Lakeshore Entertainment that will see the Toronto-based distributor release Lakeshore product across Canada. The all-rights deal was negotiated by Mark Musselman for Maximum and by David Dinerstein and Eric Reid for Lakeshore. Maximum has sub-distribution deals with Cinetic Media, IFC, Magnolia Pictures/HDNet Films and Fortissimo Films.Lakeshore titles included in the deal include upcoming Sundance ...
  • Zeitgeist buys US rights to Sundance doc Up The Yangstze

    18-Jan-2008

    US distributor Zeitgeist Films has acquired Yung Chang's feature debut documentary Up The Yangstze in advance of its US premiere at Sundance. The film, which had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2007, travels up the famed Chinese river to explore the end of a way of life as the nation prepares for the massive Three Gorges Dam. The film was produced by Mila Aung-Thwin, John Christou and Germaine Ying ...
  • Stephanie Azam joins Telefilm's marketing and distribution team

    16-Jan-2008

    Former Zeitgeist Films director of theatrical marketing Stephanie Azam has joined Telefilm Canada as marketing and distribution specialist for English-language feature film. Based principally in Toronto, Azam will work with Telefilm executive director Wayne Clarkson to ensure that the films in which the agency invests receive a higher standard of theatrical release. Reporting directly to agency COO Elizabeth Friesen, Azam will oversee investments from the English-language marketing ...
  • Hot Docs honouring Leacock, Baichwall, Fraser

    15-Jan-2008

    The Hot Docs documentary film festival will honour three notables of the form at its upcoming 15th edition: UK filmmaker Richard Leacock, Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and the BBC's Nick Fraser, long-time commissioning editor of the UK broadcaster's Storyville documentary strand.Leacock, who will be presented with the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award, shot his first documentary at age 14 and is noted for his cinematography ...
  • Former CinemaVault executive Arroyave launches new sales outfit

    14-Jan-2008

    Former Cinemavault Releasing executive Steve Arroyave has launched a new world sales outfit, Arrow Entertainment. Based in Toronto, Arrow will make its debut at the European Film Market with writer-director Stewart Raffil's Mysterious, a supernatural thriller starring James Brolin, Antonio Sabato and Annalynne McCord and produced by Diane Kirman of Kenilworth Films.Arrow will also handle sales on Kirman's next production ...
  • Alliance Films loses one owner, expects a new one

    14-Jan-2008

    Alliance Films has lost one co-owner but a new one is expected to be announced shortly. According to a report in the Globe and Mail newspaper, Toronto-based private equity firm EdgeStone Capital Partners has sold its 49 per cent stake in the Canadian distribution company, formerly Motion Picture Distribution (MPD). Alliance Films came into being following the $2.3bn purchase and break-up of Alliance Atlantis Communications by CanWest Communications and US investment ...
  • Canada's Entertainment One to acquire RCV in Benelux

    9-Jan-2008

    Toronto-based Entertainment One (E1) has agreed to acquire venerable Netherlands-based distributor RCV Entertainment. Having amassed a library of around 1,900 titles since its foundation in 1979, the Benelux stalwart is the latest target of a fast-paced acquisition spree launched by fledgling E1, which only started trading in March of last year. Lead by E1 CEO Darren Throop and E1 Filmed Entertainment president Patrice Theroux, the company can now rightfully describe ...
  • Delphis picks up international on X Filme's Max Minsky And Me

    8-Jan-2008

    Montreal-based Delphis Films has picked up international rights to Anna Justice's feature debut Max Minsky And Me, a production of X Films Creative Pool. Delphis plans to screen the film at EFM in Berlin in February. The child-oriented comedy opened in Germany in September 2007 and won the Lion Prize at Amsterdam's Cinekid festival. Berlin-based X Filme produced such international hits as Run Lola Run and Goodbye Lenin.Adapted ...
  • Telefilm backs 13 features including films by Mehta, McGowan

    21-Dec-2007

    New films from Deepa Mehta and Michael McGowan are among 13 English-language features backed by Telefilm Canada in its latest funding round, the Canadian investment agency announced today. Several projects have already started production, including Vincenzo Natali's Splice, starring Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley, which received $2.5m (C$2.5m) in Telefilm financing.
  • Noah Cowanmoves sidewaystoTIFF's Bell Lightbox

    20-Dec-2007

    Toronto International Film Festival co-director Noah Cowan is giving up his position to assume responsibility for year-round programming at the Toronto International Film Festival Group's (TIFFG) new headquarters, Bell Lightbox, with the title of artistic director. Cowan, who joined TIFFG CEO Piers Handling as co-director four years ago, will be replaced as co-director by long-time festival programmer Cameron Bailey. The changes are effective January 1, 2008
  • Maximum takes international rights to Rossellini's Green Porno shorts

    19-Dec-2007

    Maximum International has picked up international rights on Isabella Rossellini's short film series Green Porno. Commissioned by The Sundance Channel, the eight mobile-oriented short films feature the actress re-enacting the mating ritual of various insects and other creatures.
  • No Country For Old Men gets top votes from Toronto Critics

    19-Dec-2007

    No Country For Old Men was named Best Picture and directors and screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen took Best Direction and Best Screenwriting honours as the Toronto Film Critics Association announced its 2007 selection Wednesday.
  • Toronto film critic John Harkness dies at 53

    19-Dec-2007

    Toronto-based film critic John Harkness died at his home on Tuesday. A one-time Canadian correspondent for Screen International and the lead film writer for Toronto weekly NOW Magazine since its 1981 inception, Harkness was a constant figure at Cannes and widely-respected by Toronto cinephiles -- and feared by Canadian filmmakers.
  • Entertainment One, Image expand Canadian distribution pact

    18-Dec-2007

    Image Entertainment and Entertainment One have renewed and expanded their Canadian distribution agreement. The deal, which now runs through 2012, covers Image product in theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital as well as giving EOne subsidiary Seville Canadian rights to Image's 3000-title film and TV library. Seville will handle theatrical, television and digital rights while EOne's Paradox Entertainment will handle home video distribution.Theatrical ...
  • Canadian province Ontario to boost production tax credit to 25%

    14-Dec-2007

    The province of Ontario is proposing to increase the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit, available to foreign-financed productions shooting in the province, from 18 per cent to 25 per cent. The province also says it will increase its locally-oriented Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, for which official Canadian coproductions are eligible, from 30 per cent to 35 per cent. The new rates on the labour-based tax credits will be effective from December 31, 2007 to January ...
  • United States - Quarterlife change

    14-Dec-2007

    I don't watch TV, I make TV," says Marshall Herskovitz. "I don't do what other people do. I do what I do and I do it the same way, whether it's film or TV or the internet."
  • Arcand, Cronenberg, Maddin among TIFF's Canada Top Ten selection

    12-Dec-2007

    Denys Arcand's Days Of Darkness, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg were among the finalists as the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) announced its 2007 Canada's Top Ten lists of the country's best feature and short films. The presentations were made in Toronto at an event hosted by actors Wendy Crewson and Luke Kirby.
  • AMC to install 100 IMAX digital projection systems in 33 major US cities

    7-Dec-2007

    Giant-screen pioneer IMAX Corp. and US exhibitor AMC Entertainment have signed a joint-venture agreement to install 100 IMAX digital projection systems at AMC locations in 33 major US markets. The agreement promises to double IMAX's installed base by 2010. The US Nasdaq exchange responded to the news by boosting IMAX's share price by nearly 35% before opening this morning.The rollout of the first 50 systems will begin in July 2008, followed by 25 in 2009 and a further ...
  • In-flight movies - Eyes In The Skies

    7-Dec-2007

    Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner: along one aisle of September's World Airline Entertainment Association (Waea) convention in Toronto, the majors were looking to sell their movies to the world's most captive audience.
  • Wirthensohn takes over from Filippelli at TIFF's sales/industry office

    30-Nov-2007

    Giulia Filippelli is stepping down as head of the Toronto International Film Festival's Sales and Industry Office after a three years. Replacing her is Stefan Wirthensohn, who has worked closely with Filippelli through her tenure on the strategy and administration of the office. The changes take effect January 1, 2008.Now based in London, Filippelli will continue to work with the office as a consultant. Wirthensohn, Filippelli and TIFF co-director Noah Cowan will attend next ...
  • Creative Soundtracking

    27-Nov-2007

    The downturn in the fortunes of film soundtracks is not mirrored in the TV industry.
  • David Cronenberg to write his debut novel for Penguin Canada

    27-Nov-2007

    Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has signed a deal with Penguin Canada to write his debut novel, the publishing house announced today. The deal was negotiated by Nicole Winstanley, executive editor at Penguin Group Canada, and UK literary agent Andrew Wylie of the Wylie Agency. Wylie is handling world rights on publishing in other territories.Penguin is mum on the subject matter of the as-yet-untitled novel. A company spokesperson would only say the story is partially ...
  • Piche begins principal photography on Nothing Really Matters

    26-Nov-2007

    Jean-Marc Piche has begun principal photography on his entirely self-financed film Nothing Really Matters, a black comedy starring Yannick Bisson, Pascale Bussieres, Kenneth Welsh and Canadian musician Gord Downie, lead singer and composer of The Tragically Hip. Written by Piche and Catlin Stothers, the film shoots in Toronto through December 12 followed by a sequence to be shot in Paris in January. Some second unit material has already ...
  • Soundtracks - What's the Score

    23-Nov-2007

    Doug Frank remembers The Bodyguard with fondness. Not the movie, the soundtrack. Powered by an ascendant Whitney Houston, the 1992 release sold 17 million copies in the US market and the same number around the world.
  • Montreal's Delphis picks up sales rights to Christmas Story

    21-Nov-2007

    Montreal-based sales company Deplhis Films has picked up world rights on Juha Wuolijoki's recent Finnish hit Christmas Story. The film opened in Finland November 16 through Sandrew Metronome with nearly 22,000 admissions on 60 prints to knock Ratatouille from the top position at the local box office. Delphis will introduce the film at the EFM in Berlin next February.Delphis vice-president ...
  • Hansel's Sounds Of Sand takes top prize at Amazonas

    19-Nov-2007

    Marion Hansel's Belgium-France coproduction Sounds Of Sand won the grand prize at the fourth annual Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil. The jury, headed by film-maker John Boorman, split its second prize between Micha Wald's Belgium-France-Canada coproduction Horse Thieves and Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly.
  • Sounds Of Sand takes top prize at Amazonas Film Festival

    18-Nov-2007

    Marion Hansel's Belgium-France coproduction Sounds Of Sand won the Grand Prize at the fourth annual Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil. The jury, headed by filmmaker John Boorman, split its second prize between Micha Wald's Belgium-France-Canada coproduction Horse Thieves and Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly. The Audience Prize winner was Brazilian title ...
  • Access rolls with boxing biopic Phantom Punch

    8-Nov-2007

    Production has begun on actor-director Robert Townsend's Phantom Punch, a biopic of controversial US boxer Sonny Liston, a one-time heavy-weight champion whose fame is based more on whom he lost to than his winning bouts. In 1965, Liston was knocked down by Cassius Clay, the future Muhammed Ali, by the infamous 'phantom punch'. Townsend's other feature credits include The Five Heartbeats (1991) ...
  • Spottiswoode's Devil crosses C$1m at Canadian box office

    6-Nov-2007

    Powered by strong audiences in Quebec, Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands With The Devil has passed the C$1m ($1.07m) at the Canadian box office, according to distributor Seville Pictures. Starring Roy Dupuis as the Canadian general rendered powerless to prevent the Rwandan genocide, the C$15m production opened on September 28 on nearly 100 screens, of which 47 showed the French-dubbed version. Dupuis, star of top-grossing French-language ...
  • Cry Of The Owl starts in Toronto with Considine, Stiles

    4-Nov-2007

    Principal photography has begun in Toronto on Jamie Thraves' Cry Of The Owl with Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles and Caroline Dhavernas in the lead roles. Adapted by Thraves from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, the Canada-Germany co-production follows the tortured path of a voyeur who become entangled with the object of his desire - an entanglement that turns deadly.The film is produced by Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Julia ...
  • Brazil - Amazon green

    2-Nov-2007

    Lionel Chouchan has launched many film festivals in his native France, including the Deauville Festival of American Cinema, the Festival International du Film Fantastique d'Avoriaz (now based in Gerardmer) and the Festival du Film Policier de Cognac. But for the director of Paris-based communications agency Le Public Systeme none of those ventures matches his latest undertaking for exoticism.
  • Spiderwick Chronicles set for simultaneous IMAX release

    1-Nov-2007

    Paramount Pictures will release The Spiderwick Chronicles simultaneously in IMAX and conventional cinemas, the companies announced today. The fantasy adventure will be released in the US and Canada on February 15, 2008. The agreement is the fourth between Paramount and IMAX in the past five months. Paramount releases an IMAX version of Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf on November 16.'The grand ...
  • Hot Docs in April 2008 to spotlight Iran and Mexico

    1-Nov-2007

    Contemporary documentary cinema from Iran will be the focus of National Spotlight programme of the 15th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, it was announced yesterday. Mexico has been selected for the festival's other national-themed sidebar, the Made In programme. The festival runs from April 17 to 27, 2008. 'Having visited both Mexico and Iran this fall, it's clear they have thriving documentary scenes with a plentitude of work from both established ...
  • Whistler unveils competition line-up including Continental and Amal

    1-Nov-2007

    Stephane Lafleur's Continental: A Film Without Guns and Richie Mehta's Amal are among the six titles competing at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival. Continental premiered at Venice and won the Best First Canadian Feature Film prize at Toronto. Amal debuted at Toronto.
  • Earth to open Brazil's Amazonas Film Festival

    25-Oct-2007

    Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield's Earth will open the fourth annual Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil. The announcement came as the festival unveiled its feature and documentary film competitions as well as its symposium for the 2007 edition which runs Nov 9-15.
  • IMAX moves into Morocca with Al Amine Casablanca deal

    23-Oct-2007

    IMAX Corp. has signed a deal with Moroccan retail developer Al Amine Investissement to install a giant-screen cinema in a new retail facility in Casablanca, the first in the country. Set to open in early 2009, the cinema will be the anchor attraction at the new Morocco Mall, expected to be the country's largest shopping centre. In a statement, Emad Eldin Abdalla, director general of Nesk Investment, which is also a co-owner of Al Amine Investissement, pointed out that the presence ...
  • British Columbia extends 30% tax credit through 2013

    23-Oct-2007

    British Columbia has extended until 2013 its 30% labour-based tax credit for film and television production shooting in the province.The move, announced by BC premier Gordon Campbell on Friday, comes as the Canadian dollar pushes past US$1.02.The other industry tax credits in the province, a 12.5% regional credit for productions shooting outside of Vancouver and its environs, and a 15% credit for area-based computer animation and digital effects are also extended.
  • Band's Visit takes top prize at Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema

    21-Oct-2007

    Eran Kolirin's popular Israel-France co-production The Band's Visit won the Louve d'Or at 36th Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema.The jury, composed of Paul Ahmarani, Celine Bonnier et Jean-Francois Lamarche, presented a special mention to Australian title Boxing Day by Kriv Stenders. That film's lead, Richard Green, took the Acting Award.
  • IMAX brings forward digital projection system into mid-2008

    17-Oct-2007

    IMAX Corp. has moved up the launch date of its digital projection system to the second quarter of 2008. IMAX originally expected to have the system ready by the end of next year or in 2009. Digital projection is particularly important for IMAX and those who distribute and exhibit IMAX films because of the expense of the 15/70mm prints. Each print costs in the region of $25,000; IMAX 3D films require two prints. The savings are expected to increase volume and programming flexibility.
  • Estomago

    7-Oct-2007

    Dir. Marcos Jorge. Brazil-Italy. 2007. 111 min.A melange of food, sex and power not seen since Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover, Marcos Jorge's feature film debut is a sleeper mystery. Fashioned less as a 'whodunnit'' than a 'what-he-done'', like a delicious meal in a foreign clime, ...
  • Telefilm renews $2m theatrical documentary fund

    5-Oct-2007

    Telefilm Canada has announced the renewal of the Theatrical Documentary Pilot Program. Designed to assist the production and post-production of feature-length documentaries intended for Canadian theatrical release, the $1.875m initiative is co-financed by the National Film Board of Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds, a foundation underwritten by Canada's largest cable operator.
  • IMAX, Regal sign digital projection deal for five new IMAX systems

    3-Oct-2007

    IMAX Corp. and US exhibitor Regal Cinemas have signed the first North American order for the giant screen company's new digital projection technology. The joint-venture agreement will see five IMAX systems added to the Regal chain in the US, boosting Regal's IMAX circuit to 21 screens by the spring of 2009.
  • Heavy Metal in Baghdad

    28-Sep-2007

    Dir. Eddy Moretti, Suroosh Alvi. Canada/US. 2007. 84 min.Its title promises little but this big-hearted documentary delivers much. Beginning as a misguided if not utterly foolhardy travelogue - risking one's life in the world's most dangerous city to track down an amateur music group - it segues into a potent exploration of the meaning and fragility of intellectual freedom and the value of music as a safety valve for youthful rebellion. The anti-fan of metal ...
  • United States - The English track

    28-Sep-2007

    Louis Belanger is sitting in a tent deep in the Quebec wilderness, 700km north-east of Montreal. The location is doubling for Canada's Northwest Territory, 2,000km to the northwest. "This is the closest we could get to the real thing while making the logistics possible," he says. Twenty-one days into principal photography, the writer-director of The Timekeeper is looking as tired and gaunt as the railway chain-gang he is filming.
  • Intimate Enemies (L'ennemi intime)

    26-Sep-2007

    Dir: Florent Siri. France . 2007. 108 min.A gritty and realistic depiction of a French platoon during the final stages of Algeria 's war of independence, Intimate Enemies is an assured and well-crafted drama that is sure to cause a stir in its native France . Featuring strong lead performances from the handsome Benoit Magimel and the rugged Albert Dupontel, it pulls no punches ...
  • Amal wins top prize at Sudbury's Cinefest in Canada

    25-Sep-2007

    Richie Mehta's debut feature Amal won the NFB Carolyn Fouriezos Memorial Award for Best Canadian First Feature as the 2007 Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival wrapped on Sunday. The film, which world premiered at Toronto in the Canada First! program, is written by Mehta and his brother Shaun and produced by David Miller and Steven N. Bray of Toronto-based Poor Man's Productions. Shot on location in New Delhi, the ...
  • Alliance signs Canadian output deal with Overture

    25-Sep-2007

    Alliance Films and Overture Films have signed an all-rights multi-year output deal for Canada. The deal was announced by Overture's CEO Chris McGurk and Alliance's executive chairman Victor Loewy.The deal, which runs through 2010, will add an additional eight to 12 titles annually to Alliance's releeasing slate, beginning with Callie Khouri's Mad Money on January 25, 2008. Overture recently acquired all North American rights to Tom McCarthy's ...
  • Normal

    24-Sep-2007

    Dir. Carl Bessai. Canada . 2007. 100 min.With Normal , Canadian filmmaker Carl Bessai delivers his most accomplished film yet. An intense psychological portrait of lives shattered by a sudden death, it does everything well. Although it explores familiar terrain - comparisons with the daisy-chain of Paul Haggis' Crash are unavoidable - Bessai and co-screenwriter Travis McDonald have focused on fewer personalities ...
  • Virgo's Poor Boy's Game wins major prizes at Atlantic Film Festival

    21-Sep-2007

    Clement Virgo's boxing drama Poor Boy's Game won two major prizes as the 27th Atlantic Film Festival wrapped yesterday. The Halifax-set picture was presented with the Best Atlantic Feature prize while Virgo and co-screenwriter Chaz Thorne won the Michael Weir Award for Best Original Screenplay. Thorne too was a double-winner. He bested Virgo in the Best Director category with his directorial debut, Just ...
  • Atopia picks up Gauder's The District! for North America

    21-Sep-2007

    Montreal-based Atopia Distribution has acquired North America rights to Aron Gauder's animated musical The District! (Nyocker!). The Hungarian film made its North American premiere at Toronto in 2006 and went on to win 13 prizes across a swath of international film festivals.
  • Erik Nietzsche - The Early Years (Erik Nietzsche - De Unge Ar)

    20-Sep-2007

    Dir.Jacob Thuesen. Denmark . 2007. 91 min.Lars von Trier's revenge on the Danish film industry is a very funny inside joke. A not-so-fond evisceration of film school, filmmakers, actors (more precisely oversexed Danish actresses), technicians, guilds and unions, the picaresque film follows its eponymous hero through a circus of cinema-related escapades.While knowledge of the von Trier oeuvre and the Danish film industry is preferred ...
  • China's Wanda Cinema Line Corp books 10 IMAX cinemas

    20-Sep-2007

    IMAX Corp. and China's Wanda Cinema Line Corp. have signed an agreement that will see ten IMAX cinemas installed in the People's Republic of China, including seven IMAX digital cinema systems. The deal is the largest-ever multiple-cinema deal in Asia.All ten cinemas are expected to be installed by 2010, with two installations scheduled for December of this year in the cities of Changsha and Changchun. Other identified cities include Beijing, Chongqing and Wuxi. In all, 39 IMAX ...
  • Arcand's Days Of Darkness named Canada's Oscar submission

    20-Sep-2007

    Denys Arcand's Days Of Darkness has been selected as Canada's submission for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. It is the fourth time an Arcand film has been selected. The latest, 2004's The Barbarian Invasions, won the Oscar. The previous films were 1989's Jesus Of Montreal and 1986's The ...
  • Closing The Ring

    18-Sep-2007

    Dir. Richard Attenborough. UK-Canada. 2007. 119 min.
  • Maddin's Winnipeg sells to IFC, Soda, Maximum

    16-Sep-2007

    Fresh from its victory for Best Canadian Feature at TIFF, Guy Maddin's idiosyncratic documentary My Winnipeg has been sold to IFC Entertainment in US, Soda Pictures in the UK and Maximum Films Distribution in Canada. The deals were announced by My Winnipeg producer (and DoP) Jody Shapiro from the podium at the TIFF awards brunch on Saturday. The Maximum deal was something of a no-brainer ...
  • Eastern Promises, My Winnipeg win top prizes as TIFF winds down

    16-Sep-2007

    Guy Maddin's personal documentary My Winnipeg won the C$30,000 Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature and David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises won the C$15,000 Cadillac People's Choice Award as the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival wrapped on Saturday. Runners up for the audience prize, first and second respectively, were Jason Reitman's Juno ...
  • Haitian Film Festival postponed to 2008

    14-Sep-2007

    Film Festival Jakmel has postponed its annual event for a year, according to festival founder David Belle. Based in the southern resort town of Jakmel in Haiti, the festival last year injected over $1m in economic activity in the region. However, planning for the fourth iteration was plagued by funding and infrastructure difficulties. The 2006 event had a budget of $400,000. Belle said he hopes to double that sum by seeking donors to underwrite year-round film programming and ...
  • Canada - Blindness In sight

    14-Sep-2007

    Fernando Meirelles sits in an office at a prison in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. "I was so afraid," he says. The director of the critically-beloved City Of God and the widely-respected The Constant Gardener is recalling the nausea of pre-production on his new film Blindness.
  • Equinoxe buys Canadian rights to Nic Balthazar's Ben X

    13-Sep-2007

    Montreal-based distributor Equinoxe Films has picked up Canadian distribution rights on Nic Balthazar's directorial debut Ben X. The film, which shared the top prize at the Montreal World Film Festival as well as winning the audience and ecumenical prizes, is being sold internationally by French sales outfit Films Distribution.Inspired by real events, the story follows a 17-year-old autistic boy who gets his revenge on the ...
  • Continental: A Film Without Guns (Continental: Un Film Sans Fusil)

    12-Sep-2007

    Dir: Stephane Lafleur Canada 2007. 103 min.From the bold statement of the title to the closing scene that completes a crooked circle, Stephane LaFleur's feature debut is a mordantly funny tour of human despair. You don't need firearms to kill the human spirit, loneliness and a boring job will do the trick nicely.The film owes much to the dead-pan, dead-end world charted by Aki Kaursimaki: a desolate and featureless suburban existence where dullness ...
  • China Clipper to fly with China's Hengdian, Canada's Long Tale

    11-Sep-2007

    Vancouver-based Long Tale Entertainment has signed with Chinese production colossus Hengdian Studios for the $30m Canada-China co-production China Clipper.Long Tale's Harry Sutherland put the package together with US MoviePlus, the LA-arm of worldwide film finance entity set up by Stuart Little producer Steve Waterman and Chris Brough, founder of Vancouver's Mainframe Entertainment.Sutherland ...
  • DHX corrals Chris Noonan's Zebras

    11-Sep-2007

    Chris Noonan, director of Miss Potter and Babe, is preparing to shoot his next film, the $16m (A$20m) Australia-South Africa co-production Zebras.The original screenplay by David Williamson (The Year Of Living Dangerously, Phar Lap) is based on an Apartheid-era true story of Paul Krieje, an Afrikaaner who coached a Soweto football team composed of both black and white players. Developed ...
  • Seema Biswas set for Deepa Mehta's Stella

    11-Sep-2007

    Bandit Queen star Seema Biswas has signed for a lead role in Deepa Mehta's Stella, a $4m comedy set to shoot in New Delhi immediately following production of the recently announced Heaven On Earth.In a departure from form, Mehta will co-direct with her brother Dilip Mehta, production on many of her films. The story follows the
  • Cinemaginaire launches Meunier's Le Grand Depart

    10-Sep-2007

    Montreal-based Cinemaginaire is set to begin production on Claude Meunier's directorial debut Le Grand Depart.Meunier, one of Quebec's most revered comic talents and the writer behind the province's most successful television series La Petite Vie, also wrote the screenplay for the romantic comedy.Cinemaginaire's Denise Robert and Daniel Louis are producing. Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm will distribute in Canada.Budgeted ...
  • New distributor KinoSmith pumps up with Bodybuilder

    10-Sep-2007

    Canada's distribution business has grown by one, as Toronto-based marketing and distribution veteran Robin Smith launches his KinoSmith Independent Films.Freshly greenlit through Telefilm Canada's low-budget independent distribution program, KinoSmith will release Brian Friedman's Hot Docs audience prize winner The Bodybuilder And I. Produced by January Films and the National Film Board, the film goes on release November 2 in Toronto, ...
  • Canadian doc makers nervous as Burns exits Documentary Channel

    9-Sep-2007

    Canada's documentary filmmaking community is up in arms as one of the nation's top commissioning editors, The Documentary Channel's programming director Michael Burns, has been let go.Driving the controversy is the role of national broadcaster CBC in the firing. The CBC purchased majority control of The Documentary Channel having given assurances that the status quo would hold at the specialty broadcaster.The National Film Board of Canada and the Documentary Association ...
  • Clement Virgo plans The Collectors with Conquering Lion

    9-Sep-2007

    Poor Boy's Game director Clement Virgo is setting up his next project, the $9m thriller The Collectors, as a Canada-UK co-production.The screenplay is written by Annmarie Morais, who wrote the Paramount Vantage pickup How She Move. Virgo and producing partner Damon d'Oliveira of Toronto-based Conquering Lion Pictures will be taking the project ...
  • Joshua Jackson to star in McGowan's One Week

    9-Sep-2007

    Principal photography beings Monday on Michael McGowan's One Week starring Joshua Jackson and Liane Balaban.The film is produced by Nicholas de Pencier, Jane Tattersall and Michael McGowan under the Mulmur Feed Company banner with Richard Hanet and Jackson serving as executive producers.Mongrel Media will distribute in Canada.The story follows the motorcycle odyssey of a young man on an idiosyncratic quest for the meaning of life.Backers ...
  • Preity Zinta to star in Deepa Mehta's Heaven On Earth

    8-Sep-2007

    Bollywood starlet Preity Zinta is set to star in Deepa Mehta's new film Heaven On Earth.Written and to be directed by Mehta and produced by long-time producing partner David Hamilton, the $3m feature goes to camera on November 5 in Toronto followed by filming in India. Mongrel Media will be releasing the film in Canada. Zinta, whose Bollywood credits include Jaan-E-Mann and
  • Anagram heats up global warming project The Thaw

    8-Sep-2007

    Vancouver-based Anagram Pictures, production company behind zombie comedy Fido, is setting up global warming horror picture The Thaw for production in spring 2008.Mark Lewis (Ill Fated) is attached to direct the screenplay he cowrote with Michael Lewis. Anagram's Mary Anne Waterhouse and Trent Carlson will produce with Rob Neilson. Maple Pictures is on ...
  • Equinoxe joins Future Films and Arcadia on Purple America

    7-Sep-2007

    Jorge Torregrossa's Purple America is now going ahead with a Canadian co-producer, Equinoxe Productions. The $6.3m (Euros 4.5m) production was developed by Spain's Arcadia Films with the help of El Deseo and London-based Future Films. Future's Stephen Margolis has led the financial arrangements. The project is set to go ahead with Josh Lucas and Charlotte Rampling in the leads. Future Films' Kwesi Dickson and Arcadia's Ibon Cormenzana ...
  • Montreal's Park Ex readies Jacob Tierney's The Trotsky

    7-Sep-2007

    Montreal-based Park Ex Entertainment, producer of Canadian smash Bon Cop, Bad Cop, is readying Jacob Tierney's follow-up to Twist.Written and to be directed by Tierney, The Trotsky dives into the mind of a 17-year-old high schooler who believes himself to be the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky. Twist producer Victoria ...
  • Canada's Triptych readies High Life with Garry Yates

    6-Sep-2007

    Toronto-based Triptych Media, co-producers of TIFF Closing Night title Emotional Arithmetic, is readying its next feature, High Life, with director Garry Yates (Seven Times Lucky).Triptych's Robin Cass is setting the project up as an Ontario-Manitoba coproduction with plans to begin principal photography later this autumn. Based on the darkly ...
  • Cirrus dives into Surfing In Newfoundland

    6-Sep-2007

    Fresh from its latest Quebec smash Nitro, Montreal-based Cirrus Communications is setting up its next film, Surfing In Newfoundland.Quebecois filmmaker Eric Tessier (Sur Le Seuil) will make his English-language debut, directing the screenplay by Newfoundland writer Andrew Youngblood based on his own experiences surfing the frigid north Atlantic waters. ...
  • Maximum, Seville strike co-distribution deal with Magnolia and HDNet

    5-Sep-2007

    Canadian distribution startup Maximum Films and Entertainment One'srecently acquired Seville Entertainment have signed a multi-pictureco-distribution deal with Magnolia Pictures and HDNet films. The slate pick-up, which covers all of Canada in all media, includes Michael Radford's period heist picture Flawless, starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore; Brian De Palma's Iraq war drama Redacted, which ...
  • Durs A Cuire heads Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema

    5-Sep-2007

    Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema will open with the world premiere of Guillaume Sylvestre's debut documentary feature Durs A Cuire. Described as a unique, uncompromising and intimate, the film travels behind the scenes at two of Canada's top restaurants to engage with the chefs who made them, Normand Laprise of Toque! and Martin Picard's Au Pied de Cochon. The film travels from Hong Kong through Spain, France and Portugal and throughout ...
  • Atopia snaps up Quebec features

    5-Sep-2007

    Montreal-based Atopia Distribution has picked up four new Quebec-based titles, including Marc-Andre Forcier's Nemesis, Denis Cote's Elle Veut Le Chaos and Who Is K.K. Downey', the debut feature of actor Darren Curtis. Nemesis, Forcier's 12th feature, will feature Remy Girard, Roy Dupuis and Celine Bonnier in a family ...
  • Nic Balthazar's Ben X conquers Montreal

    4-Sep-2007

    Nic Balthazar's Belgium-Netherlands coproduction Ben X was the toast of Montreal as the debut film-maker took the audience award, the Ecumenical Prize and shared top competition honours with Claude Miller's A Secret as the 31st Montreal World Film Festival wrapped on Monday night. The story of a young autistic man's struggle to find his place in the world, Ben ...
  • Ben X, Un Secret share top competition honours at Montreal

    4-Sep-2007

    Nic Balthazar's Belgium-Netherlands coproduction Ben X was the toast of Montreal as the debut filmmaker took the audience award, the Ecumenical Prize and shared top competition honours with Claude Miller's A Secret as the 31st Montreal World Film Festival wrapped on Monday night. The story of a young autistic man's struggle to find his place in the world, Ben ...
  • Ben X

    31-Aug-2007

    Dir: Nic Balthazar, Belgium - Netherlands, 2007, 90 mins.A galvanizing portrait of autism and its profound impact on both the autistic person and their families and community, Ben X boldly melds virtual reality with live-action verite style and docudrama to create what may be a new film grammar. Inspired by actual events - the suicide of a mildly autistic Belgian student who was virtually harassed to death - first-time director ...
  • Lantos unveils new Canadian distribution, international sales outfit

    28-Aug-2007

    Canadian producer Robert Lantos has officially unveiled his new international and domestic film distribution enterpriese, Maximum Films International and Maximum Film Distribution. As previously tipped on Screendaily, former Celluloid Dreams managing director Charlotte Mickie will head the former while veteran Canadian industry executive Tony Cianciotta will head the latter. Both were key executives for Lantos during his years at Alliance Communications. In making ...
  • Montreal festival's Cauchard lambasts Telefilm's Clarkson

    26-Aug-2007

    The Montreal World Film Festival opened with a bang on Thursday with the festival's second-in-command calling for the government of Canada to intervene on behalf of the beleagured event.In her welcoming address, festival vice-president Danielle Cauchard called on Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper to give Telefilm Canada executive director Wayne Clarkson a 'kick in the ass.' The audience applauded enthusiastically.In September 2004, the MWFF was stripped of ...
  • Schoettle moves sideways from Sprockets to TIFF

    24-Aug-2007

    Jane Schoettle, the founding director of Sprockets International Film Festival for Children, is stepping down from her position after 10 years to expand her programming activities at the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFFG will soon post an international talent search for Schoettle's replacement. A candidate is expected to be announced in October or November.TIFFG director and CEO Piers Handling and TIFF co-director Noah Cowan lavished praise on Schoettle, ...
  • Transformers to hit IMAX screens eight weeks after release

    22-Aug-2007

    Michael Bay's summer hit Transformers is to be distributed in IMAX cinemas, according to the giant-screen company and DreamWorks/Paramount. Having already grossed more than $300m domestically and $350m internationally since its release, the film will be digitally remastered for release on more than 80 IMAX screens worldwide September 21. Asked why the IMAX version is following eight weeks after its conventional release, IMAX Filmed Entertainment ...
  • Toronto announces full festival line-up

    22-Aug-2007

    World premieres from Lord Richard Attenborough, Renny Harlin, Gillian Armstrong, Alain Comeau, Wayne Wang and Michael Moore are among the highlights as the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its complete line-up in advance of its September 6 opening.
  • Gross starts shooting $20m WWI epic Passchendaele

    21-Aug-2007

    Actor-director-screenwriter Paul Gross has begun shooting his WWI drama Passchendaele in Calgary, Alberta. Produced by Niv Fichman of Rhombus Media, Frank Siracusa of Whizbang Films and Francis Damberger of the Damberger Film and Cattle Company, the $20m, 45-day production will follow the exploits of Canadian soldiers leading up to one of the principal battles of the conflict - fought over nearly four months in 1917, it cost each side ...
  • Canada's Entertainment One buys Seville Entertainment

    20-Aug-2007

    Entertainment One, the newest player on the Canadian film distribution scene, is acquiring Montreal-based distributor Seville Pictures, the company announced today. The move is the first Canadian foray in an ambitious global releasing strategy of Entertainment One Film Entertainment president Patrice Theroux, who launched the division last month. Speaking to Screendaily, Theroux said Seville fits his shopping list precisely: an established, well-managed distribution ...
  • Montreal World Film Festival - Second life

    17-Aug-2007

    Serge Losique is on the phone and he is laughing. The president of the Montreal World Film Festival (Mwff) is not unlike the captain of a storm-tossed ship now entering safe harbour. The distributors who refused to give him films are now providing top titles (see sidebar). The agencies that refused to finance him are now giving him money. And all that is left of the New Montreal FilmFest - the rival that threatened to usurp him - is an $850,000 crater of debt.
  • Imax at 40: the bigger picture

    13-Aug-2007

    IMAX started out as a niche in the exhibition business. Forty years on, the company has created its own distribution window. Now it just needs more screens. Denis Seguin reports.
  • Canada - A catalogue of innovation

    10-Aug-2007

    An Oscar, two prizes at Cannes, two top feature awards at the Hot Docs documentary film festival in Toronto, the GSM Award for original mobile content and a nomination for an International Interactive Emmy Award: Tom Perlmutter reels off the successes of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the agency he has just been appointed to lead.
  • Louis Belanger starts shooting The Timekeeper

    8-Aug-2007

    Quebecois filmmaker Louis Belanger has commenced principal photography on his first English-language feature, The Timekeeper, for Real Chabot of the Coop Video de Montreal. Adapted by Belanger and Lorraine Dufour from the novel by Trevor Ferguson, the film stars Roy Dupuis, Craig Olejnik, Julian Richings, Gary Farmer, Wayne Robson, Gaston Lepage and Stephen McHattie. Dufour is also the editor and executive producer.Set in ...
  • Montreal boasts 53 world premieres in competition sections

    8-Aug-2007

    The Montreal World Film Festival today announced the films in Official Competition, First Films Competition and World Greats (Out of Competition) for the 31st event.Of 230 features, 53 are world premieres, 56 are international premieres (premieres outside the country of origin), 59 are North American premieres, and 42 are Canadian premieres.Among the world premieres in Official Competition are Mark Brokaw's Spinning Into Butter, ...
  • de Heer, Makhmalbaf films among TIFF Visions world premieres

    7-Aug-2007

    New films from Rolf de Heer and Hana Makhmalbaf will make their world premieres as part of the Visions programme at the Toronto International Film Festival, the festival announced today. The 13 titles join the seven titles already announced, including Roy Andersson's You, The Living and Ulrich Seidl's Import Export, in competing for the Artistic Innovation Award. Last year's winner Ozer Kiziltan's ...
  • Montreal to fete Andres Vicente Gomez, Sophie Marceau

    3-Aug-2007

    Spanish producer Andres Vicente Gomez and French actress and filmmaker Sophie Marceau will both be the subject of tributes at 31st Montreal World Film Festival. The festival also announced today the ten titles of its Midnight Slam! cult film programme, including world premieres of Jeb Weintrob's Scar, Laurent Courau's Predators and Brett Sullivan's The Chair. ...
  • Canada - Ten years in the making

    3-Aug-2007

    On September 14, Jan Miller's baby turns 10. Strategic Partners (SP), the co-production market she founded in 1998 will begin a new decade.
  • Toronto to host world premiere of Taymor's Universe

    2-Aug-2007

    Julie Taymor's pop music odyssey Across The Universe will have its world premiere as a gala presentation at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced today. Also announced as a gala is Woody Allen's Venice world premiere title Cassandra's Dream.The musical pays homage to 30 'generation-defining' pop songs including several Beatles hits such as 'Hey Jude', 'I Am the Walrus' ...
  • Theroux heads new multi-territory distribution outfit in Toronto

    2-Aug-2007

    Patrice Theroux, former president of Motion Picture Distribution (MPD), is launching a new Toronto-based distribution outfit, it was announced today. Theroux will lead the filmed entertainment division of Entertainment One, Canada's largest home entertainment wholesaler. Theroux's mandate is to expand Entertainment One's already aggressive move into distribution across several media. On July 5, the company completed its acquisition of UK-based distributor Contender Entertainment ...
  • Miller's Secret to close Montreal World Film Festival

    1-Aug-2007

    Claude Miller's Un Secret will have its world premiere as the Closing Night film of Official Competition at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival on September 3, the festival announced today. The director and leading actress Cecile de France will be in attendance.Adapted from the awarded-winning novel by French novelist Philippe Grimbert and produced by Yves Marmion for UGC, the film - Miller's thirteenth feature - features de France, ...
  • Van Sant's Paranoid Park and Bernal's Deficit added to TIFF line-up

    31-Jul-2007

    Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park and Gael Garcia Bernal's Deficit will have their North American premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. The two films, both screening in the Vanguard programme, were announced today along with the balance of the Real to Reel documentary programme and additional Midnight Madness titles - including Italian horror master Dario Argento's The Mother Of Tears, starring daughter Asia, and Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western ...
  • Stones doc Shine A Light to get simultaneous IMAX release

    30-Jul-2007

    Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light will be distributed simultaneously on IMAX and conventional cinemas on September 21, it was announced today. The film, produced by the Rolling Stones, Shangri-La Entertainment and Concert Productions International and to be distributed by Paramount in North America, chronicles a series of performances from the rock legends' 'A Bigger Bang' tour. Fortissimo has international ...
  • Toronto confirms Special Presentations from Venice

    27-Jul-2007

    The Toronto International Film Festival today augmented its September line-up with a number of Special Presentations, many of them world premiering at Venice. Among the titles are Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan picture I'm Not There and Paul Haggis' In The Valley Of Elah.
  • IMAX to install cinema in Nanjing multiplex

    25-Jul-2007

    IMAX Corp and Nanjing Deji Plaza Co, based in the Chinese city of Nanjing, have signed an agreement that will see an IMAX cinema installed in the new Deji Plaza Mall shopping complex. The cinema, which will be capable of playing both IMAX 2D and 3D pictures, will be part of what will be the largest multiplex in Jiangsu province. There are currently 12 IMAX cinemas in operation in China with a further 13 set to open by 2010.'China's IMAX network is expanding in both ...
  • Spottiswoode Rwanda drama to open Atlantic Film Festival

    25-Jul-2007

    Roger Spottiswoode's Rwanda genocide drama Shake Hands With The Devil will open the 27th Atlantic Film Festival on September 13. Based on the memoir by Canadian Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire, leader of the UN force that was unable to prevent the 1994 atrocity, the film stars Roy Dupuis in the lead and costars Deborah Kara Unger, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Tom McCamus. The film is world premiering at Toronto.Filmed in Rwanda ...
  • Meirelles' Blindness sees start of shoot in Toronto

    25-Jul-2007

    Fernando Meirelles has begun principal photography on Blindness, a $25m multi-territory co-production adapted from the novel by Jose Saramago by Don McKellar. The film stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Alice Braga, Yusuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura, Maury Chaykin and Gael Garcia Bernal. McKellar is also a featured player. The story takes place in a city ravaged by an epidemic of instant 'white blindness' and charts the disintegration ...
  • Romero's Diary Of The Dead heads TIFF Midnight Madness

    23-Jul-2007

    George Romero's Diary Of The Dead was one of the titles announced in the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness sidebar today. The festival also announced titles in its child-oriented Sprockets Family Zone programme and the experimental strand Wavelengths. Diary follows a group of student filmmakers whose amateur horror production turns into a real-life blood orgy. Written and directed ...
  • Telefilm backs seven low-budget features

    19-Jul-2007

    Telefilm Canada will support the production of seven feature films, including new projects from Marc-Andre Forcier (Une Histoire Inventee, The Countess Of Baton Rouge) and filmmaker and actress Micheline Lanctot (Sonatine). The projects, six in French and one in English, will receive up to $191,000 (C$200,000) through the federal film agency's Low Budget ...
  • Toronto shoots for Cronenberg premiere, closes with Emotional Arithmetic

    17-Jul-2007

    Paulo Barzman's Emotional Arithmetic will be the Closing Night Gala at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, sources told Screen Daily. David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (pictured) will also have its world premiere at the event.Emotional Arithmetic, a $5.8m production, features Susan Sarandon, Gabriel ...
  • Potter shatters numerous IMAX records

    16-Jul-2007

    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix: An IMAX 3D Experience broke several giant-format records this past week, including largest worldwide gross ($9.4m), largest domestic 5-day total ($7.3m), largest domestic per screen average ($80,500) and largest single day ($1.9m). It was also the widest-ever opening for IMAX, with 91 screeens in North America and 35 in the rest of the world. Another 17 international IMAX screens will be added ...
  • Egoyan readies Adoration with Lantos

    16-Jul-2007

    Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan is set to shoot his next project Adoration in September with Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point Pictures as executive producer. The film will be produced by Egoyan's long-time assistant Simone Urdl and her partner Jennifer Weiss of Toronto-based Film Farm, producers of Sarah Polley's Away From Her. Sales will be through Lantos' fledgling (and as yet unnamed) ...
  • Four North American fantasy festivals form alliance

    11-Jul-2007

    Fantasy film festivals in Montreal, Austin and San Francisco have joined forces to create the North American Fantastic Festival Alliance (NAFFA). Montreal's FanTasia, Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and Dead Channels: the San Francisco Festival of Fantastic Film will henceforth be a network to support the exhibition and distribution of fantasy films. Fantasy is an umbrella term which includes science fiction, horror, exploitation, experimental and cult films.
  • Toronto adds eight titles including Gilroy's Michael Clayton

    10-Jul-2007

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added eight titles to its line-up of Gala and Special Presentations for the September event. TIFF has declined to claim premiere status on the titles, although Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell And The Butterfly competed in Cannes.The new Gala titles are:Michael Clayton, the debut of screenwriter Tony Gilroy (The ...
  • Toronto adds debuts from David Auburn and Helen Hunt

    5-Jul-2007

    Two high-profile directorial debuts are among five films added to the Toronto International Film Festival's September Special Presentations line-up.
  • Comweb becomes equity partner in Toronto's FILMPORT studio

    5-Jul-2007

    Toronto-based Comweb Corporation has joined as an equity partner in a new company that will control Toronto's FILMPORT studio project. The new entity, Filmport Inc, will also own Toronto Film Studios (TFS) and other FILMPORT properties. Principal shareholders will be Comweb, merchant bank The Rose Corporation and a company owned by TFS president Ken Ferguson.
  • Paramount/Warner epic Beowulf to get IMAX treatment

    29-Jun-2007

    Robert Zemeckis' animated epic Beowulf is set to get the IMAX treatment. Backed by Paramount, Warner Bros. and Shangri-La Entertainment, the film will be digitally converted to the giant-screen 3D format and distributed through IMAX cinemas internationally within three weeks of the November 16, 2007 conventional release. Paramount will distribute in the US and Canada. Warner has the picture for international. Featuring the voices of ...
  • Montreal World Film Festival to honour Jon Voight

    27-Jun-2007

    The Montreal World Film Festival will mount a tribute to veteran actor Jon Voight and present the world premiere of his latest film, Christopher Cain's September Dawn. The film, the story of a massacre in 19th century Utah, also features Tamara Hope, Trent Ford, Lolita Davidovitch and Terence Stamp. Director Cain, co-star Hope, producer Scotth Duthie and executive producer Patrick Imeson will also attend the festival.A Best ...
  • TIFF announces 32 titles for September

    26-Jun-2007

    The Toronto International Film Festival today announced more than 30 films destined for this September's event, including Bela Tarr's Cannes title The Man From London, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra, Jacques Rivette's Ne Touchez Pas La Hache and Volker Schlondorff's Ulzhan. The announcement also includes several titles confirmed last week, including the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men and Hou Hsiao-hsien's
  • EdgeStone Capital Partners acquires 49% of Canada's MPD

    26-Jun-2007

    Canada's distribution landscape shifted again today as Canadian private equity firm EdgeStone Capital Partners announced plans to acquire the 49 per cent share of Motion Picture Distribution LP owned by Movie Distribution Income Fund. The other 51 per cent will be controlled by Goldman Sachs, part of the US investment bank's over-arching deal with CanWest Global to acquire MPD's parent company, Alliance Atlantis Communications. Fund unit holders will receive C$10 per unit.
  • TIFF to hold pre-festival press screenings in New York, LA

    25-Jun-2007

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be press screening select titles in New York City and Los Angeles in advance of the September event, according to TIFF director of communications Andrea Grau. The pre-screenings are part of TIFF co-director Noah Cowan's effort to boost the profile of films that might get lost in the shuffle once TIFF is underway. Cowan will select between seven and 10 films, all most likely world premieres.The festival is keen ...
  • TIFF to hold pre-festival press screenings in New York, LA

    25-Jun-2007

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be press screening select titles in New York City and Los Angeles in advance of the September event, according to TIFF director of communications Andrea Grau. The pre-screenings are part of TIFF co-director Noah Cowan's effort to boost the profile of films that might get lost in the shuffle once TIFF is underway. Cowan will select between seven and 10 films, all most likely world premieres.The festival is keen ...
  • Toronto to gets its Golden Age

    23-Jun-2007

    Shekhar Kapur's The Golden Age will make its world premiere at September's Toronto International Film Festival, according to news reports in Toronto. Other films confirmed are Francois Girard's Silk, starring Kiera Knightley and Michael Pitt and backed by Picture House and New Line International, and Cannes titles No Country For Old Men from the Coen Brothers ...
  • Charlotte Mickie leaving Dreamachine to reunite with Robert Lantos

    19-Jun-2007

    Canadian producer Robert Lantos is stepping back into the distribution business, according to industry sources in Toronto. While it's unclear whether the new operation will be part of Lantos' production company Serendipity Point Films, it is certain that veteran sales executive Charlotte Mickie has left her post as a director at Dreamachine to run international sales at the start-up. Tony Cianciotta, the veteran Canadian distribution and exhibition executive, is ...
  • Hjerdt takes audience prize at Toronto 's Worldwide Short Film Festival

    19-Jun-2007

    Swedish filmmaker Jorgen Hjerdt won the $5000 Telus Audience Choice Award as the 13th Canadian Film Centre Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF) wrapped on Sunday. In all 10 awards and over $116,000 (C$125,000) in cash and prizes were presented.
  • Telefilm Canada greenlights six French-language projects

    18-Jun-2007

    Telefilm Canada has greenlit six French-language feature film projects, including France-Canada coproduction Instinct De Mort, directed by Jean-Francois Richet and starring Vincent Cassel, Gerard Depardieu and Roy Dupuis; and Belgium-France-Canada coproduction Un Ange A La Mer. Instinct De Mort (Mesrine) partners French producer Thomas Langmann of Paris ...
  • MPD sale met by low-ball offers, says owner Fund

    18-Jun-2007

    The proposed sale of Canadian film distributor Motion Picture Distribution LP (MPD) is mired by low-ball offers, according to Movie Distribution Income Fund, the publicly-traded entity which owns 49 per cent of MPD's limited partnership.Alliance Atlantis (AAC) owns the controlling 51 per cent. AAC is in the process of being sold to media company CanWest and US bank Goldman Sachs for US$2.3bn. While CanWest plans to take control of AAC's broadcast assets, Goldman ...
  • Billy The Kid

    17-Jun-2007

    Dir. Jennifer Venditti. US. 2007. 85mins.Billy The Kid ventures into a small, contained community to focus on a single life and thereby turns the camera on the world. The Grand Prize winner at SXSW in Austin, where it premiered in March, and an audience favourite at Hot Docs in Toronto, the film is gaining traction for its insight into a little understood disability known as Asperger's Syndrome, part of the autism spectrum. Still, this ...
  • Joost adds short film channel Movieola to line-up

    12-Jun-2007

    Internet television service Joost has added Canadian short film channel Movieola to its content mix.
  • Radio-Canada to pump $11m into features

    6-Jun-2007

    Radio-Canada, the French-language arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has announced it will invest $11.3m (C$12m) in French-language feature film production through 2010. It will mark the third multi-year cycle of production financing via Radio-Canada's 'cinema d'ici' initiative begun in 1999.
  • Radio Canada invests $11m in French-language features

    6-Jun-2007

    Radio-Canada, the French-language arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has announced it will invest $11.3m (C$12m) in French-language feature film production through 2010. It will mark the third multi-year cycle of production financing via Radio-Canada's 'cinema d'ici' initiative begun in 1999.Francine Allaire, director of dramatic programming for the public broadcaster, told Screendaily that the financing will be directed into development and production, ...
  • Spider-Man 3 snags $20m worldwide on IMAX

    5-Jun-2007

    Spider-Man 3: The IMAX Experience has grossed more than $20m worldwide since its May 3 premiere, according to Sony Picture Entertainment and IMAX. It is the fastest-grossing digitally-remastered giant-screen release of a conventional film, earning its take in 31 days. Not surprisingly, the film marked the widest release in IMAX's history: 84 screens in North America and a further 34 internationally. The film's overall worldwide ...
  • Canadian author sues Universal over Knocked Up

    5-Jun-2007

    A Canadian writer is suing Universal Studios, alleging that its hit film, Knocked Up, borrows from her work. The film, writer-director Judd Apatow's follow-up to The 40 Year Old Virgin, follows the post-coital relationship of a young professional and the slacker who impregnates her during a drunken encounter.
  • DVD: specialty forces

    1-Jun-2007

    The specialty DVD market has thrived in recent years. But with the market under pressure Denis Seguin looks at how niche distributors are making their product stand out.
  • High-end DVD distributors

    1-Jun-2007

    Denis Seguin looks at a selection of company players in the high-end DVD sector. Click on bolded compnay name for more information.
  • Rozema rolls on HBO/Picturehouse's Kit Kittredge

    31-May-2007

    Patricia Rozema has commenced principal photography on Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery for HBO Films and Picturehouse. The long-awaited return to features for Toronto-based Rozema features Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin in the title role. The screenplay is by Ann Peacock, who wrote The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. ...
  • Canada promises piracy clampdown to visiting Schwarzenegger

    31-May-2007

    He didn't come seeking it, but The Terminator's presence in Canada's capital triggered the promise of a new Canadian anti-camcorder bill. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Canada on a trade mission, promoting everything from his state's fruit and vegetables to wine, high technology and climate-change awareness, but it was his visit to Ottawa that elicited the statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper that his government ...
  • Warner's Dark Knight shooting sequences in IMAX

    30-May-2007

    Director Christopher Nolan is shooting four sequences from the forthcoming Batman franchise picture The Dark Knight using IMAX cameras, according to the giant-screen company.
  • Canadian legal expert disputes Warner piracy claims

    10-May-2007

    A Canadian legal expert disputes recent claims by Warner Bros. that singles out Canada as the primary source of camcorder piracy. On Monday in Los Angeles, the studio issued a press release alleging that 70 per cent of its films distributed in Canada had been pirated through in-cinema camcording. Referring to a 'growing tide of pirated feature film releases' coming from Canada, Warner said it was suspending promotional screenings in the nation in response to 'a ...
  • Digital Rights - Territory report - Was this the opening salvo'

    4-May-2007

    Earlier this year Canada's performers' union, the Alliance of Canadian Television, Cinema and Radio Artists (Actra), held its first-ever strike. The six-week stoppage may come to be seen as one of the initial skirmishes in the North America digital rights war.
  • Montreal World Film Festival to premiere Dansereau's Brunante

    2-May-2007

    The Montreal World Film Festival will screen the world premiere of Fernand Dansereau's Brunante, the festival announced today. The film reunites the director and his favoured actresss Monique Mercure in a sequel 40 years after their original 1966 film Ce N'est Pas Le Temps De Romans. As well, the MWFF will pay homage to the career of Dansereau, considered a pioneer of film and television in Quebec. ...
  • Losers And Winners the top winner at 14th Hot Docs

    28-Apr-2007

    German filmmakers Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken's Losers And Winners won the Best International Feature Documentary as the 14th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival wrapped this weekend. The film looks at the impact of globalisation as a German smelting plant is disassembled to be rebuilt in China. The International Special Jury Prize went to Michael Skolnik's Without The King ...
  • Gaumont backs Natali's genetic horror Splice

    20-Apr-2007

    Vincenzo Natali has begun casting on horror movie Splice, a Canada-France co-production set in the mutable world of genetic engineering. A production of Toronto-based Copperheart Entertainment and France's Gaumont, the film is wrtten by Natali, produced by Copperheart's Steven Hoban and executive produced by Gaumont's Franck Chorot. Guillermo del Toro, Don Murphy and Susan Montford's Angry Bulls shingle is on board as an executive producing ...
  • IMAX version of Order Of The Phoenix will have 3D finale

    20-Apr-2007

    The IMAX version of Warner Bros' Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix will feature a 3D finale, according to the giant-screen company. The two most recent installments of the franchise - Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire - were released in the digitally-remastered IMAX format;
  • Archive value: keeping mobile

    20-Apr-2007

    Movie distribution on the mobile phone presents different challenges, not all of them an issue of size per se. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's (SPHE) giant electronics parent, Sony Corp, is a pioneer in producing mobile phone memory chips with pre-recorded feature-length motion pictures. Potential releases include Casino Royale as well as older features like The Natural.
  • Gold in the vaults

    20-Apr-2007

    With the growth of digital delivery, film archives are a potential goldmine for US studios and other rights-holders. Denis Seguin looks at the promise of digital, while Screen correspondents (see links, right) explore the distribution opportunities for major public rights-holders...In 1955, RKO Pictures licensed the television rights to its 740-film library for $15.2m. For the first time, television viewers saw the likes of Citizen Kane and ...
  • Studio archives: to have and to hold

    20-Apr-2007

    The DVD did more than create a new means of exploiting old product. It created an industry devoted to transferring analogue celluloid motion pictures into the digital domain, of converting image and sound into data.
  • Pinewood makes new plans for studio facility in Toronto

    15-Apr-2007

    Two years after a failed bid to build a film studio in Toronto, UK-based Pinewood Studios Group and Toronto development company Castlepoint Group are teaming on another production studio project in the city.According to a report in the Toronto Star newspaper, the proposal calls for five studios with a combined area of 100,000 square feet to be built in lands not far from the city's downtown core with a target opening date toward the end of 2008. Neither Pinewood nor Castlepoint ...
  • Canada's ACTRA members ratify production agreement

    15-Apr-2007

    Members of Canadian performers guild ACTRA voted on Friday overwhelmingly in favour of the new independent production agreement negotiated between ACTRA and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and the Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec. The CFTPA also represented the interests of US production companies shooting in Canada, including the major studios. The vote follows ACTRA's first-ever strike, a six-week ...
  • Telefilm Canada invests in 14 feature projects

    6-Apr-2007

    Telefilm Canada has announced investments in 14 English-language features including new feature documentaries from Deepa Mehta and Kevin McMahon.Mehta is co-directing Forgotten Women with brother Dilip Mehta, a renowned photographer, on this expose of the destitution, exploitation, and virtual slavery of millions of Hindu widows living in India today. David Hamilton and Noemi Weis produce for Hamilton-Mehta Productions.McMahon, ...
  • Moss, Zegers, Rennie star in Bessai's Normal

    5-Apr-2007

    Canadian writer-director Carl Bessai has begun prinicpal photography on his latest picture Normal with Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Zegers and Callum Keith Rennie in the lead roles. Travis McDonald conceived the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Bessai, who will also shoot the film. Produced by Bessai's Raven West films and Andrew Boutilier of Submission Films, the film will be sold internationally through London-based Bankside Films. ...
  • Alliance Atlantis sale hits legal roadblock after trust seeks consent

    5-Apr-2007

    CanWest Global's $1.95bn (C$2.3bn) purchase of Alliance Atlantis Communications hit a roadblock this morning. Unit holders of Movie Distribution Holding Trust filed court documents seeking a role in charting the destiny of Motion Picture Distribution (MPD), the releasing arm of AAC. MPD is an income fund: the trust controls 49% of MPD while Alliance controls the other 51%.
  • Canada: inward production

    30-Mar-2007

    Toronto's main advantages as a film production location are that it is Canada's largest city, it is the capital of its most populous province and next door to the US. Producers can shoot Toronto for New York, Chicago or Boston and tap into federal tax credits, Ontario tax credits and the largest English-speaking talent base in the country.
  • Toronto's Hot Docs unveils lineup with 26 world premieres

    21-Mar-2007

    The Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival has unveilled the line-up for its 14th edition with 129 films from 30 countries and more than 1,700 industry delegates from around the world. Among the 26 world premieres screening are Oscar-winner John Zaritsky's The Suicide Tourists, an exploration of a Swiss organization that legally assists suicide for anyone, regardless of nationality and UK filmmaker Oliver Hodge's
  • Capri taps Mongrel for Canadian co-release pact

    15-Mar-2007

    Toronto-based distributors Mongrel Media and Capri Releasing have entered into a national co-distribution agreement that will see Mongrel handling Capri's theatrical releases going forward as well as DVD. The deal follows the departure earlier this year of Capri Releasing vice-president Robin Smith.Mongrel president Hussain Amarshi told Screen International that the deal was not contractual but an agreement in principal. Capri, he said, would continue to acquire ...
  • Lantos faces lawsuit over In Praise Of Older Women

    6-Mar-2007

    Canadian producer Robert Lantos is facing a lawsuit over potential profit-sharing from his 1978 production In Praise Of Older Women. The suit has been brought by the author of the book on which the film was based, Stephen Vizinczey. According to a report in the Toronto Star newspaper, Vizinczey sold the rights to his 1965 novel to Lantos' original production company RSL Productions for C$42,500. The contract, written by Vizinczey, stipulated ...
  • Equinoxe saves Everything's Gone Green from THINKFilm limbo

    5-Mar-2007

    Montreal-based Equinoxe Films has picked up Canadian distribution rights to Paul Fox's Everything's Gone Green, one of the Canadian titles left in limbo by the sale of its previously contracted Canadian distributor THINKFilm. THINKFilm was acquired in October by LA-based entrepreneur David Bergstein, effectively ending the company's status as a Canadian distributor under the terms of federal and provincial tax credits used to finance ...
  • Marvel's new Hulk movie set for Toronto shoot in summer

    27-Feb-2007

    Marvel Studios has confirmed it will shoot The Incredible Hulk in Toronto this summer. The $100m+ comic book adaptation is the second feature of the newly-refinanced studio folllowing Iron Man. The announcement came as welcome news for the city following last week's tentative settlement of a strike by Canadian performers. Hulk will be directed by Louis ...
  • Telefilm backs new films from Falardeau, Poole, Picard

    22-Feb-2007

    Fresh from his triumphant Best Picture prize for Congorama at Quebec's Jutras earlier this week, Quebecois auteur Philippe Falardeau has been greenlit by Telefilm Canada for his next production, C'est Pas Moi Je Le Jure. It was one of ten films in the latest round of French-language project funding by the Canadian film investment agency, including much-anticipated projects from Lea Pool and actor-turned-director ...
  • Canadian actors' strike ends this time for real

    21-Feb-2007

    After a false start earlier this week, the six-week Canadian actors' strike seems to have been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. Last Friday, the Alliance of Cinema, Television and Radio Actors (ACTRA), the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and the Association des producteurs de film et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) announced they had reached a tenative deal for a new independent production agreement (IPA).But later that day, ...
  • Seville clocks up Berlin deals on Poor Boy's Game

    20-Feb-2007

    Seville International has closed multiple sales on Clement Virgo's Berlin Panorama entry Poor Boy's Game starring Danny Glover, Rossif Sutherland and Laura Regan. Tot Media bought the film for Spain, CCV for Scandinavia, All Interactive Distribution for Australia, Epelpol for Poland, Video Filmes for Brazil, Teleview International for the Middle East, Paradiso forBenelux, AQS for the Czech Republic, J-Bics for Thailand, Empire Video for ...
  • Dart, Rogalski join TIFF short film selection team

    20-Feb-2007

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has added two programmers to its Short Cuts Canada short film selection team. Artist and programmer Jay Dart and filmmaker and curator Alex Rogalski will join programmer Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo. Dart is producer and creative director of RESFEST Digital Film Festival and production designer for the Toronto weekly Now Magazine. He has extensive contacts within the Canadian online and animation communities. Rogalski has ...
  • US producers block Canadian strike resolution

    20-Feb-2007

    A resolution to the Canadian performers strike hit a road block this weekend when representatives of US producers refused to ratify an agreement struck by ACTRA and Canadian producers on Friday. Negotiators for both ACTRA and Canadian Film and Television Producers Association (CFTPA) and the Association des producteurs de film et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) had been optismistic of reaching a compromise on Friday afternoon. But an ensuing discussion between legal ...
  • Congorama is the big winner at Quebec's Jutra Awards

    20-Feb-2007

    Philippe Falardeau's Congorama was the big winner at Quebec's 9th annual Jutra Awards on Sunday night. The Canada-Belgium co-production, which premiered in the Cannes Directors Fortnight in 2006, won five prizes out of six nominations, beating out Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Un Dimanche A Kigali, both of which had 12 nominations.It was a triumphant evening for Falardeau ...
  • ACTRA and Canadian producers reach tentative deal

    19-Feb-2007

    The Canadian performers strike is close to resolution. ACTRA and representatives of Canadian and US producers reached a tentative deal Friday. Both sides cautioned that the deal is subject to ratification but observers suggest this latest round of negotiation will stick.ACTRA went on strike on January 8, the first time in the union's 64-year history. The principal issue was new media rights. Performers were concerned they would be bypassed in the revenue streams of the future ...
  • The Rocket wins nine Genies, but Bon Cop is best picture

    14-Feb-2007

    Charles Biname's The Rocket, a bio-pic of a French Canadian hockey legend won nine Genie Awards for its 13 nominations but failed to grab the crown. Bon Cop, Bad Cop, the bilingual buddy cop film that conquered the national box office, was dubbed Best Picture at the 27th Genie Awards in Toronto last night. Quebecois cinema dominated the evening, with several English-language nominees shut out ...
  • Mendes buys Winslet passion project Mabel Stark

    12-Feb-2007

    Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions has optioned the film rights to The Final Confession of Mabel Stark, a novel which has long been a passion project of his wife Kate Winslet.The book, by Canadian author Robert Hough, is set in the the world of a tiger trainer during the 1920s heyday of the Ringling Brothers Circus. The option was previously held by another London-based production company, Tailor-Made Films, with the working ...
  • ACTRA strike at impasse despite mediation

    9-Feb-2007

    Canadian performers remain on strike as ACTRA and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) failed to reach a compromise despite two days of talks with a government-appointed mediator. Today, each side blamed the other for the deadlock.
  • Bon Cop Canada 's top-grossing film for 2006

    9-Feb-2007

    Berlin market title and bilingual buddy cop movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop was named the recipient of the 2007 Golden Reel Award, a token prize presented annually at the Genie Awards to the top-grossing Canadian film from the previous year.
  • IMAX signs two cinema deals in China

    7-Feb-2007

    IMAX Corp and the China Science and Technology Museum have signed an agreement that will see two IMAX cinemas installed at a new museum in Beijing by early 2009. One cinema will feature IMAX wraparound Dome technology and the other its 3D technology. The new facility will be part of the capital's Olympic Park; Bejing is the host city of the 2008 Summer Olympiad.
  • Cineplex expands live opera screenings to 34 cinemas

    2-Feb-2007

    Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment is increasing the number of screens devoted to video presentations of the Metropolitan Opera live from New York 's Lincoln Centre. The high-definition transmissions will be delivered via satellite to 34 cinemas across Canada, up from 28.
  • New TIFF headquarters to break ground in Spring

    1-Feb-2007

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) expects to break ground in the spring on its much-anticipated Festival Centre, according to TIFFG. The site consists of TIFFG's Festival Centre, a five-storey podium building housing the Group's operations, a gallery, five cinemas, educational suites and a film reference library, and Festival Tower, a 37-story residential condominium.The measure of the anticipation was apparent in today's announcement that a ...
  • HotDocs welcome German, Italian, Brazilian delegations

    1-Feb-2007

    Hots Doc Canadian Documentary Film Festival has announced it will play host to official delegations from Germany, Italy and Brazil at its 14th annual event, April 19-29. Each of the three nations will be represented by 20 to 30 established producers and broadcasters working in the format. The key events are the inaugural International Coproduction Day, set for April 23, followed by the Toronto Documentary Forum, April 25-26.The German delegation is organised ...
  • Lapointe and Kwan share Claude Jutra Award

    31-Jan-2007

    First-time filmmakers Julia Kwan (Eve And The Fire Horse) and Stephane Lapointe (La Vie Secrete Des Gens Heureux /The Secret Life of Happy People) were announced as the recipients of the 2007 Claude Jutra Award. It will be the first time the prize, presented annually during the Genie Awards for outstanding debut director, has been shared between two persons. ...
  • Hot Docs inaugurates Tracey tribute prize

    31-Jan-2007

    The Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival will present a new prize in memory of the late Canadian documentary filmmaker Lindalee Tracey. Endowed by Tracey's colleagues, friends and family, the prize will be awarded annually to an emerging Canadian filmmaker who exemplifies Tracey's approach to the documentary form: 'with passion, humour, a strong sense of social justice and a personal point of view.'The award-winning director, writer and narrator of 14 documentary ...
  • France to be focus of Halifax co-production market

    31-Jan-2007

    The Strategic Partners international coproduction market in Canada will focus on France at its 10th anniversary event this September. The market takes place during Halifax's Atlantic Film Festival. According to Strategic Partners director Jan Miller, exit surveys from the 2006 edition showed 'Canadian interest in working with France is no longer limited to just Quebec.'The UK and France are Canada's top coproduction partners. France's feature coproduction volume ...
  • Court lets ACTRA's strike strategy stand

    31-Jan-2007

    Canadian performers representative ACTRA won a preliminary battle in its labour dispute with Canadian and US producers when the Superior Court of Ontario today dismissed an injunction application from the Canadian Film & Television Production Association (CFTPA). The CFTPA was asking the court to deem illegal the letters of continuation producers had signed individually with ACTRA in order to keep productions shooting despite ACTRA's January 8 strike action. In ...
  • Bogeydom acquires Kitamura's LoveDeath for EFM launch

    30-Jan-2007

    Toronto-based Bogeydom Licensing has acquired world rights to Japanese cult director Ryuhei Kitamura's LoveDeath, a production of Tokyo-based companies Napalm Films and Suplex Inc. The film, which premieres at Berlin's European Film Market, follows two lovers whose passion for each other incites the wrath of everyone around them, from the police, assassins and the yakuza. Best-known for his films
  • Bon Cop, Kigali lead Jutra Award nominations in Quebec

    23-Jan-2007

    Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Un Dimanche A Kigali (A Sunday In Kigali) each received 12 nominations as Quebec's Jutra Awards announced the contenders for the 2007 edition. Philippe Falardeau's Congorama followed with six nominations, including Best Picture, while Stephane Lapointe's La Vie Secrete Des Gens Heureux (also a Best Picture nominee) ...
  • Actors' strike: sign of the times

    19-Jan-2007

    When Canada's performers went on strike last week, the issues included the usual grievances of workers versus management: pay, benefits and working conditions. But the sticking point was a multi-billion dollar question that could haunt the global audiovisual industry for years to come: how to share the revenue from the platforms of the future'
  • Canada's Atopia picks up North America on Gutierrez

    17-Jan-2007

    Montreal-based distributor Atopia has picked up North American distribution rights for Heidi Specogna's 2006 Sundance world documentary competitor The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez, the story of the first US soldier killed in the invasion of Iraq. The Germany-Switzerland coproduction follows in the footsteps of one-time Guatemalan street urchin Gutierrez who became a so-called Green Card soldier: an immigrant who enlists in the ...
  • US producers issue dire warning to Canadian actors' union

    15-Jan-2007

    US producers representative, the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producuers (AMPTP), says the Canadian performers strike will wreak havoc on the industry north of the border. In a release issued late Friday, the AMPTP said the situation could 'potentially have a devastating and long term impact on production in all of Canada with the exception of British Columbia.' The AMPTP represents US-based producers and is the industry's official collective bargaining representative. ...
  • Canadian films to tour India with TIFFG's Film Circuit

    12-Jan-2007

    Four Canadian films will be screened in Mumbai, India and Kathmandu, Nepal as part of the international touring programme of the Toronto International Film Festival Group's Film Circuit. The films are: Sarah Polley's Away From Her, Aubrey Nealon's A Simple Curve, Bernard Emond's La Neuvaine and Michael McGowan's Saint Ralph. ...
  • CanWest, Goldman buy Alliance Atlantis for $1.95 bn

    11-Jan-2007

    CanWest Global Communications and New York-based investment bank Goldman Sachs completed their takeover of Alliance Atlantis Communications ( AAC ) yesterday. The final price for the Canadian broadcaster and film distributor was pegged at $1.95 bn (C$2.3 bn). The acquisition cements CanWest's position as the nation's largest media company. The prime asset, in CanWest's strategic vision, is 13 specialty channels worth an estimated $1.3 bn.
  • CanWest in 'exclusive' negotiation for Alliance Atlantis purchase

    10-Jan-2007

    Canadian media conglomerate CanWest Global Communications and New York-based investment bank Goldman Sachs are in exclusive negotiation toward a possible purchase of Alliance Atlantis Communications ( AAC ), AAC confirmed this morning. According to a report in today's Globe and Mail newspaper, a deal, estimated at $1.8 bn (C$2.1 bn), is imminent.
  • The Rocket, Bon Cop lead Canada's Genie nominations

    9-Jan-2007

    Hockey drama The Rocket landed 13 nominations for Canada's Genie Awards, including picture, director Charles Biname, lead actor Roy Dupuis, screenwriter Ken Scott and a host of technical and craft categories. Announced today, the nominations tilted heavily to Quebec production with police comedy Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Canada's top-grossing film in 2006 - second in the nomination count with ten and Rwanda-set ...
  • Canadian producers call ACTRA strike 'illegal'

    8-Jan-2007

    The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) says that today's strike action by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) is illegal. ACTRA set a deadline for 12 am January 8 and, while negotiations continued past that deadline, at a press conference this morning, ACTRA chief negotiator Steven Waddell confirmed his members are technically on strike but continuing to work for current productions where producers have signed individual ...
  • Canadian actors on strike but not picketing

    8-Jan-2007

    Canadian film and television performers are in an official strike position this morning as last-ditch talks failed between the performers guild, the Alliance of Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and producers represented by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and the Association de producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ). However, ACTRA cancelled planned pickets set for this morning in Toronto because all productions in the city have ...
  • Canadian performers set strike deadline

    3-Jan-2007

    Canadian performers guild ACTRA has set a strike deadline of 12:01am on Jan 8 if ongoing 'last-ditch' talks break down.In a statement, ACTRA national executive director and chief negotiator Stephen Waddell said: 'ACTRA wants to avoid a strike. We're going to try hard this week to negotiate a new agreement. But the producers' associations must not underestimate our determination ...
  • Toronto critics bow to The Queen

    20-Dec-2006

    Toronto's filmcritics showed their former colonial colours this year by heaping awards on TheQueen. The Englishfavourite won Best Picture, Peter Morgan won for Best Screenplay, Helen Mirrenfor Best Female Performance and Michael Sheen for Best Supporting MalePerformance (as British prime minister Tony Blair) while Stephen Frears tiedfor Best Director alongside Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for L'Enfant.L'Enfant was alsoselected as the Best Foreign-Language Film.
  • Alliance Atlantis put up for sale by controlling shareholder

    20-Dec-2006

    Alliance AtlantisCommunications (AAC) is for sale. The Canadian entertainment company announcedlast night that its controlling shareholder, Southhill Strategy, has been"exploring strategic alternatives". Southhill is owned by AAC executivechairman Michael MacMillan and former AAC executive Seaton McLean, two of thefounders of the original company, Atlantis Communications. The move comes twomonths after AAC announced its intention to seek a buyer for its releasing arm,Motion Picture ...
  • Happy Feet crosses $10m on IMAX screens

    20-Dec-2006

    Warner Bros' animated featureHappy Feet has passed the $10mmark on IMAX screens. The film opened November 17 on 79 IMAX screens in NorthAmerica and will eventually expand to a further 28 IMAX screensinternationally. Total worldwide gross in both conventional and large-format isapproaching $200m. 'We arevery pleased with the film's strong performance in both conventional and IMAXtheatres,' said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution ...
  • Away From Her, Rasmussen in TIFFG's annual Canada's Top Ten list

    14-Dec-2006

    Sarah Polley's directorial debutAway From Her and Zacharias Kunukand Norman Cohn's The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen were among the titles listed in the TorontoInternational Film Festival Group's Canada's Top Ten.
  • Telefilm Canada to help export of Quebecois productions

    5-Dec-2006

    Telefilm Canada hasannounced plans to support international sales efforts of the French-languageproductions in which it invests.
  • Rasmusssen team launch northern Canada distribution initiative

    22-Nov-2006

    The Canadian production teambehind Atanarjuat: The Fast Runnerand The Journals Of Knud Rasmussenhave launched a feature film distribution initiative to service 200 remoteaboriginal communities across northern Canada.
  • Canadian film and TV performers move closer towards strike

    17-Nov-2006

    Canada's film and televisionperformers edged closer to a strike position as their representative ACTRAannounced it will begin mailing strike ballots to members.
  • Seville International picks up international on Quebecois smash Bon Cop

    26-Oct-2006

    Montreal-based SevilleInternational has picked up international sales rights on recording-breakingCanadian comedy Bon Cop, Bad Cop inadvance of the AFM.
  • Canadian performers seek mediation in contract talks

    25-Oct-2006

    Canadian film and TVperformers guild ACTRA today applied for labour mediation following two days ofnegotiation toward a new independent production agreement with Canadianproducers.
  • Telefilm Canada overhauls film funding regime

    23-Oct-2006

    Canada's principal public sector film funder, TelefilmCanada, has announced a much-anticipated overhaul of its methods of investment- and re-investment - in the nation's indigenous production and distributionindustry.
  • Alliance Atlantis puts MPD on the block

    20-Oct-2006

    Alliance Atlantis Communications has hung a for sale sign onits majority-owned releasing arm, Motion Picture Distribution (MPD).
  • Cronenberg dominates Directors Guild Of Canada awards

    16-Oct-2006

    David Cronenberg's AHistory Of Violence was the bigwinner at the 2006 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, winning the prize for allbut one of the feature film categories for which it was eligible, includingOutstanding Achievement in Direction, Team Achievement, Sound Editing andPicture Editing.
  • Bon Cop passes Porky's as biggest ever Canadian hit

    11-Oct-2006

    Hit comedy Bon Cop BadCop has become the highest-grossingCanadian film of all time, toppling the 1982 release Porky's from the top spot.
  • Alliance Atlantis MPD renews with New Line, retains Loewy

    29-Sep-2006

    Alliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Distribution announced ithas reached an agreement with New Line Cinema to continue its Canadian outputdeal through December 31, 2008.
  • Bunny Chow

    29-Sep-2006

  • Ghosts Of Cite Soleil

    29-Sep-2006

  • Ghosts Of Cite Soleil

    29-Sep-2006

  • Equinoxe, Milagro in Montreal sign on for Saura's Secrets

    28-Sep-2006

    Montreal-based productioncompanies Equinoxe Films and Milagro Films have signed on as coproducers ofCarlos Saura Medrano's upcoming psychological thriller Secrets alongside Madrid-based Zebra Producciones, theproduction outfit of Antonio Saura. Saura, who wrote the screenplay, and SauraMedrano are sons of veteran Spanish auteur Carlos Saura.
  • Hot Docs expands 2007 festival to 11 days, adding 25 screening slots

    27-Sep-2006

  • Landscapes, Congorama win top prizes at Atlantic Film Festival

    23-Sep-2006

    Jennifer Baichwal's ManufacturedLandscapes, a feature documentaryabout environmental landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky, won the prize forBest Canadian Documentary as the 26th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF)wrapped in Halifax this Friday. The film won the Best Canadian Feature prize atToronto earlier in the month.
  • Amazing Grace

    22-Sep-2006

  • Mehta's Water gets Canada's vote for Oscar

    21-Sep-2006

    Deepa Mehta's Water has been selected as Canada's entry for the foreign-languageOscar at the 79th Academy Awards.
  • Seraphim Falls

    21-Sep-2006

  • Smythe-Bishop appointed senior vp, publicity & promotions, at MPD

    20-Sep-2006

    SusanSmythe-Bishop has been appointed senior vice president, publicity and promotionat Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution (MPD).
  • Death Of A President

    19-Sep-2006

    Dir. Gabriel Range. UK. 2006. 93mins.
  • DOAP, Bella, Reprise top TIFF prizes

    16-Sep-2006

    UK filmmakerGabriel Range's Death Of A President won the FIPRESCI prize while Joachim Trier's Reprise(Norway) won the Diesel Discovery Award as the 31st TorontoInternational Film Festival wrapped here on Saturday. The prizes went to arange of films, many of them debut features.
  • Loewy to return to MPD, focusing on New Line product, says report

    15-Sep-2006

    The dispute between filmdistributor Motion Picture Distribution and its former chairman Victor Loewyhas been resolved, according to a newspaper report in Canada.
  • Sarandon, Byrne, Plummer get Emotional

    13-Sep-2006

    Susan Sarandon, GabrielByrne, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow and Roy Dupuis have signed on asleads in Emotional Arithmeticfrom Montreal-based BBR Productions and Toronto's Triptych Media. Budgeted near$5.8m, the long-gestating project begins production in Quebec's Easterntownships in October.
  • Bachchan to join Abraham in Mehta's next Exclusion

    12-Sep-2006

    Indian megastar AmitabhBachchan is expected to take the lead role in Deepa Mehta's Exclusion, a$15m historical drama about an ill-fated voyage of emigre Sikhs who soughtrefuge but where rebuffed by Canadian authorities in the early part of the 20thcentury.
  • Cirrus jumpstarts racer drama Nitro

    11-Sep-2006

    CirrusCommunications, the Montreal-based production company behind last year's smash C.R.A.Z.Y., has begun production on its nextfilm, the $6.4m action romance Nitro.Directedby hot Quebec TV director Alain Desrochers from a screenplay by BenoitGuichard, the film takes its lead from the ...
  • IMAX, Cinearte sign for IMAX cinema in Sao Paolo multiplex

    11-Sep-2006

    IMAX Corp and Brazilian exhibitor Circuito Cinearte have signed anagreement that will see an IMAX cinema as part of a 10-screen mulitplex in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2007. The deal is IMAX'ssecond in Brazil. In all there will be 29 IMAX theatres in Latin America by2008. The new cinema will be capable of showing Hollywood blockbusters as wellas IMAX original ...
  • Chechik to direct Pornographer's Poem for House Of Films, Fondry

    10-Sep-2006

    Jeremiah Chechik, directorof Benny And Joon, TheAvengers and Diabolique, hassigned on to direct The Pornographer's Poem through Bill House's House Of Films and Daniel Ironsof Fondry Films, co-producer of Sarah Polley's TIFF Gala Away From Her.
  • Vancouver's Anagram readies three pictures from three founders

    10-Sep-2006

    Vancouver-based productioncompany Anagram Pictures, whose Fido went over to rapturous public response here, is readying a three-pictureslate for production in 2007. As with previous Anagram projects, the company'sthree founders, Trent Carlson, Blake Corbett, and Andrew Currie, are eachdirecting projects while working in support roles on the others.
  • Weinstein Co extends output deal with MPD in Canada till 2010

    10-Sep-2006

    The Weinstein Company hasextended its output deal with MPD, a notch in the favour of the Canadiandistributor as it tussles with its former chairman Victory Loewy and former CEOPatrice Theroux. Given that the agreement had another three years to run - thetermination date was December 31, 2009 Ð the extension by one year - toDecember 31, 2010 - is a very public gestur from Harvey and Bob Weinstein forMPD's new managing director Jim Sherry.
  • Newton & Leo comes Perfect Circle

    9-Sep-2006

    Vancouver-based Perfect Circle Productions has completedfinancing on Jesse Rosensweet's $5m stop-action animated feature Newton AndLeo. Rosensweet's The Stone Follywon the Jury Prize for best animated shortat Cannes in 2002.
  • William Hurt joins cast of $13m mystery Lighthouse

    9-Sep-2006

  • Brand producers line up quartet

    8-Sep-2006

    Seattle-basedThe Film Company (TFC), producers of Guy Maddin's Brand Upon The Brain!, has linedup four feature projects to further its artist-driven slate.Firstup is The Part I Love The Best from Seattle artist Megan Murphy, set to shootin October. Next, Bosnian filmmakerVesna Ljubic ...
  • Construction finally begins on Toronto Film Studio

    7-Sep-2006

    Construction has begun onToronto Film Studio's long-delayed mega-studio project. The first phase, to becompleted by 2008, includes a 45,000 square-foot,clear-span "mega-stage" TFS claims will be world's largest purpose-builtsoundstage, as well as six other sound stages.
  • Metropolitan Opera to transmit live performances to US, Europe theatres

    6-Sep-2006

    New York's MetropolitanOpera has announced plans to transmit high-defintion live performances of itsproductions to cinemas in North America and Europe.
  • Walk from Japan, Love from Brazil share Montreal prize

    6-Sep-2006

    Nagai Sanpo (A Long Walk) by Eiji Okuda of Japan and O Maior AmorDo Mundo (The Greatest Love Of All) from Brazil's Carlos Diegues shared the top prize GrandPrix of the Americas at 30th Montreal World Film Festival which wrappedover the weekend.
  • Burstyn takes the lead in Skogland's Stone Angel

    30-Aug-2006

    Writer-director KariSkogland has begun principal photography on her feature The Stone Angel with Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn in the lead.
  • Montreal's FNC gets shot in the arm from Langlois

    30-Aug-2006

    Montreal's Festival duNouveau Cinema has signed a ten-year partnership with software magnate DanielLanglois that will cement the festival's place within Langlois' Ex-Centrismedia centre in the city's downtown.
  • Theatrical revenues surge in Canada in 2005

    29-Aug-2006

    Canada's distribution business saw a strong surge in2004/2005 with revenue from theatrical releasing increasing by 16.6 per cent to$401m (C$446.3m).
  • Celluloid picks up Maddin's Toronto premiere Brand

    24-Aug-2006

    Celluloid Dreams hasacquired international sales rights to Guy Maddin's upcoming Toronto title BrandUpon The Brain! The film will besold through Celluloid Nightmares, the company's genre label.
  • TIFF Group sets ground-breaking for new centre in 2007

    24-Aug-2006

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival Group says it will break ground on its proposed headquarters inthe first quarter of 2007 towards an opening in the second quarter of 2009.
  • MPD begins legal proceedings against Loewy et al

    23-Aug-2006

    Antagonism between Canadiandistribution company Motion Picture Distribution (MPD) and a trio of formerexecutives escalated today, as MPD announced plans to seek legal redressagainst the executives while their lawyer vowed to "see the truth out in court".
  • Minghella, Scott, Apted, Nair all premiere at TIFF

    22-Aug-2006

    New films from AnthonyMinghella, Ridley Scott, Michael Apted, Patrice Leconte, Mira Nair will maketheir world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
  • MPD battle heats up, as statement slams Theroux, Laberge

    18-Aug-2006

    The two senior executives who left Canadian distributioncompany Motion Picture Distribution (MPD) in July were "terminated for cause",according to a company release issued today.
  • Ousted MPD execs fight back through lawyer's statement

    18-Aug-2006

    Ousted MPD executives Patrice Theroux and Paul Labergelashed back at their former employer, responding through their lawyer to anannouncement earlier today from MPD that the duo were "terminated with cause".
  • Knud Rasmussen to open Atlantic Film Festival in Canada

    17-Aug-2006

    The Journals Of KnudRasmussen, Zacharia Kunuk andNorman Cohn's follow up to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, will open the 26th Atlantic FilmFestival in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Noyce, Macdonald titles get world premieres at TIFF

    17-Aug-2006

    Philip Noyce's US-SouthAfrica co-production Catch A Fireand Kevin Macdonald's Uganda-set The Last King Of Scotland are among six world premieres the TorontoInternational Film Festival has added to its line-up as it announced moreselections from the cinema of Africa and the African diaspora.
  • White Planet, Ghobadi Mozart film added to TIFF world premiere roster

    16-Aug-2006

    Arctic documentary TheWhite Planet and films commissioned for the 250thanniversary of the birth of Mozart have been added to the line-up of the 31stToronto International Film Festival.
  • Toronto premieres hit another crescendo

    10-Aug-2006

    The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled anotherraft of world and international and North American premieres, with new filmsfrom Christopher Guest, Marc Forster, Roger Michell and Darren Aronofsky.
  • Montreal World Film Fest unveils complete line-up

    9-Aug-2006

    The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) has unveiled thecomplete line-up for its 30th edition, including 13 world premieresand six international premieres in its key World Competition programme.
  • Bon Cop Bad Cop makes Alliance Atlantis' day

    8-Aug-2006

    Quebecois action comedy Bon CopBad Cop became the first Quebec-made filmto break into the North American box office Top 20, all of it garnered withinthe province's exhibition circuits in Eastern Canada.
  • Toronto festival 'ratchets up acquisition frenzy'

    8-Aug-2006

    Seeking to stoke up even more potential acquisitionactivity this September, the Toronto International Film Festival has announced15 world premieres and five international premieres it has identified asbuyer-friendly - that is, with major rights available -- including newfilms from Werner Herzog, Margarethe von Trotta, Hal Hartley, Tarsem Singh,Alek Keshishian, Scott Caan, Shane Meadows and Brad Siberling.
  • IMAX to instal two cinemas in Ukraine

    7-Aug-2006

    IMAX Corp andKiev-based production company Kinokompaniya 'Triumph' have announced plans tobuild two IMAX cinemas in Ukraine.The first complex is set to open in Kiev in early 2007 and the second to followin an unconfirmed major city in early 2008. The two cinemas will bring to ninethe number of IMAX facilities operating in the Commonwealth of IndependentStates."We ...
  • Alliance Atlantis shores up MDP with Sherry promotion

    6-Aug-2006

    Alliance Atlantis' distribution arm Motion PictureDistribution (MPD) has promoted Jim Sherry to the position of executivemanaging director; Sherry was previously president of Canadian theatricaldistribution.
  • Six more world premieres in TIFF's Discovery

    4-Aug-2006

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added 13 titles toits Discovery line-up, bringing the total to 20, including eight world premieres.
  • Hot Docs to spotlight Central, Eastern Europe

    3-Aug-2006

    Central and Eastern European documentary cinema will beshowcased at the 2007 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival aspart of the festival's National Spotlight programme.
  • Montreal's FNC bags new Trier comedy

    2-Aug-2006

    Lars von Trier's The Boss Of It All will makes it North American premiere at Montreal'sFestival du Nouveau Cinema, which runs from October 18 to 28.
  • Toronto launches 'envelope-pushing' Vanguard sidebar

    2-Aug-2006

    The Toronto International Film Festival is launching a newprogramme, Vanguard, with four world premieres to back up the sidebar'sambition to showcase films that are "stylistically bold, structurally playfuland appeal to adventurous, risk-taking audiences."
  • Dixie Chicks doc gets Toronto gala berth

    27-Jul-2006

    Dixie Chicks - Shut UpAnd Sing, by filmmakers BarbaraKopple and Cecilia Peck, will screen as a Gala presentation at the upcomingToronto International Film Festival (TIFF).It was one of 23 documentaries unveiled today, 13 of them world premieres,including Kurt Cobain About A Sonby A J Schnack, featuring unreleased audio interview with the late father ofgrunge, and The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair from Gunner Palace filmmakers Petra ...
  • Montreal secures Yamato international premiere

    27-Jul-2006

    Japanese second worldwar naval epic Yamato: The Last Battle will receive its international premiere at the Montreal World FilmFestival (MWFF).Directed by Junya Sato, produced by Haruki Kadokawa for the Toei Studio, andstarring Takashi Sorimachi and Shido Nakamura, the film recounts the lastmission of the pride of the Japanese fleet during the closing months ...
  • Congorama to open 35th Montreal festival

    25-Jul-2006

  • Borat to premiere in Toronto's Midnight Madness

    25-Jul-2006

  • Loewy, Theroux out at Alliance Atlantis' MDP

    20-Jul-2006

    Victor Loewy, the long-time head of Alliance AtlantisCommunication's distribution business, has resigned from his position ofchairman and director of Motion Picture Distribution LP (MPD). Also exiting thecompany is Patrice Theroux, another long-serving senior distribution executive,who leaves his post as president and CEO.
  • Toronto makes song-and-dance about Bollywood

    20-Jul-2006

    TheToronto International Film Festival will present world premieres from fourIndian filmmakers along with a Gala presentation of Karan Johar's New York City-set Bollywood-Hollywood romancer NeverSay Goodbye whose superstar cast thatincludes both Amitabh Bachchan and Shak Rukh Khan.
  • Canadian production companies see 11% revenue jump

    18-Jul-2006

    Canada's film and televisionproduction community reported $2.55bn (C$2.9bn) in revenues in 2004, accordingto data released by Statistics Canada. It's an 11% increase since the lastnational snapshot of the sector in 2001.
  • Polley, Maddin premieres crown TIFF's Canadian line-up

    18-Jul-2006

    World premieres of SarahPolley's feature debut Away From Her andGuy Maddin's Brand Upon The Brain!will be among the Canadian offerings at this year's Toronto International FilmFestival.
  • Kathy Bates joins jury of Montreal World Film Festival

    12-Jul-2006

    Oscar-winning US actressKathy Bates will serve on the jury of the 30th Montreal World Film Festival.The veteran star of stage and screen is best known for her roles in Titanic, where she played "the unsinkable Molly Brown", and Misery(1990), as the tormentor of JamesCaan's author in the adaptation of the Stephen King thriller, a role whichearned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was twice nominated forsupporting-role Oscars for Primary Colors (1998) and ...
  • National Film Board Of Canada hires Din, Van Beusekom

    12-Jul-2006

    The National Film Board ofCanada has appointed Ravida Din as executive producer of the Quebec Centre andMichelle van Beusekom as assistant director general of English Programming.
  • Telefilm Canada funds four films through Quebec office

    12-Jul-2006

    Telefilm Canada's Quebecoffice has agreed to fund four projects, including Capitalisme Sentimental, the first feature of writer-director Olivier Asselinsince 1997's The Seat Of The Soul.
  • Toronto announces Spanish films in festival including Labyrinth

    12-Jul-2006

    Guillermo Del Toro's Pan'sLabyrinth will have its NorthAmerican premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. TheCannes competition title was among seven Spanish-language features announcedTuesday for screening during the September event.
  • Brownsey named executive director of British Columbia Film

    11-Jul-2006

    British Columbia Film hasappointed Richard Brownsey as its new executive director, effective September1.
  • Lapointe's Secret Life to close Montreal World Film Festival

    7-Jul-2006

    Quebec director StephaneLapointe's La Vie Secrete Des Gens Heureux (The Secret Life Of Happy People) will have its world premiere at the Closing Night presentation of theMontreal World Film Festival.
  • TIFF will play host to King's Men, Beethoven

    6-Jul-2006

    New films from StevenZallian, Bob Balaban and Agnieska Holland are among the first titles to beannounced as world premieres at this year's Toronto International Film Festival
  • Toronto names 25 North American premieres

    27-Jun-2006

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced 25 NorthAmerican premieres for its 31st outing this September, a line-updescribed as the best picks fromthe 2005-2006 international festival calendar. The selection includes Cannes highlights such as Ken Loach's Palmed'Or winner The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Grand Prize winner Bruno Dumont's Flandres, Alejandro Gonzalez ...
  • Toronto names 25 North American premieres

    27-Jun-2006

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has announced 25 North American premieres for its 31stouting this September, a line-up described as the best picks from the 2005-2006 internationalfestival calendar.
  • Telefilm Canada faces Inuit distributor controversy

    21-Jun-2006

    Telefilm Canada is underfire from a Canadian aboriginal distribution company seeking assistance inscreening The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen for aboriginal audiences in remote communities. Isuma Distribution Inc.(IDI), the releasing arm of Rasmussen filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk's and Norman Cohn's Igloolik IsumaProductions, has requested nearly $500,000 (C$550,000) to fund a travelingdigital projection unit that would tour Canada's far north and present the filmto audiences ...
  • Fifth Potter will have IMAX release, may contain 3-D sections

    21-Jun-2006

    Harry Potter And TheOrder Of The Phoenix, the fifthinstallment of the Warner Bros. franchise, will be released simultaneously inconventional and IMAX cinemas next summer.
  • Ganz to receive tribute at Montreal World Film Festival

    20-Jun-2006

    The Montreal World FilmFestival will pay tribute to veteran German actor Bruno Ganz. The star of suchfilms as Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall and Silvio Soldini's Bread And Tulips will be on hand to celebrate the MWFF's 30thanniversary. The festival will present the North American premiere of his latest film, Fredi M. Murer's Vitus,a Panorama Special title at Berlinearlier this year.
  • Arcand's Dark Age gets Telefilm Canada funding

    18-Jun-2006

    New productions fromQuebecois auteurs Denys Arcand and Bernard Emond are among seven new featurefilms greenlit by Telefilm Canada's Quebec office - five in French, two in English.
  • Glover heads the cast of Virgo's latest Poor Boy's Game

    15-Jun-2006

    Clement Virgo has startedprincipal photography in Halifax on his fourth feature, Poor Boy's Game, starring Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland andfeaturing Flex Alexander and Laura Regan.
  • Canada's fledgling Delphis unveils multiple Cannes sales

    8-Jun-2006

    Delphis Films has sold fourterritories on Andrei Kravchuk's foreign-language Oscar submissionTheItalian, one of a clutch of titlesthe Montreal-based sales company has sold out of Cannes.
  • Kigali crosses C$1m at Quebec box office for Equinoxe

    7-Jun-2006

    Eight weeks into itsrelease, Robert Favreau's Rwandan genocide drama A Sunday In Kigali (Un Dimanche A Kigali) is the first Quebecois film of 2006 to pass theC$1m ($900,000) benchmark at the local box office.
  • Rezo strikes 12 Cannes pre-sales on Canada's Belle Bete

    7-Jun-2006

    Paris-based sales companyRezo Films has announced Cannes pre-sales on 12 territories for Quebecois titleLa Belle Bete, Karim Hussain'sadaptation of the Marie-Claire Blais novel.
  • Pike, Dillane cast in Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces

    29-Mar-2006

    UKactors Rosamund Pike and Stephen Dillane will take key roles in Canadianfilmmaker Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, the long-gestating project to be produced by Robert Lantos'Serendipity Point Films with Athens-based Cinegram SA.
  • Railroad All Stars to open Hot Docs in Toronto

    29-Mar-2006

    Chema Rodriguez's TheRailroad All Stars will open the13th Hot Docs Toronto International Documentary Film Festival on April 28.
  • Montreal's FNC unveils new programmers, prizes

    27-Mar-2006

    Montreal's Festival du NouveauCinema (FNC) has drafted three new programmers, including New York-based producerMadeleine Molyneaux and Japanese film scout Hiromi Aihara, and will introducethree new prizes at its 35th anniversary edition, October 18 to 28,2006. The festival also announced that it hopesto increase the profile of short films by including 20 titles in its competitivesection.Molyneaux, a producer whose creditsinclude ...
  • Telefilm Canada closes Paris office

    22-Mar-2006

  • C.R.A.Z.Y. takes 13 prizes out of 13 nominations at Quebec's Jutra Awards

    20-Mar-2006

    Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y. literally swept the 2006 Jutra Awards, thecelebration of cinema in Quebec, to continue its domination of Canada's cinemaprizes. One week after winning ten prizes at Canada's Genie Awards, includingBest Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor, the Quebecois filmwon in each of the thirteen categories for which it was nominated, includingall the above categories as well as prizes for Best Supporting Actor (for whichthe film had two actors ...
  • Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y. sweeps the board at the Genies

    14-Mar-2006

    Itmay not have landed a foreign-language Oscar nomination but Quebecois title C.R.A.Z.Y.has more than compensated at home. TheFrench-language ...
  • Anderson, Fraser, Levy, Goulet inducted into Canada's Walk Of Fame

    9-Mar-2006

    Four Canada-born screenstars, Pamela Anderson, Brendan Fraser, Eugene Levy and Robert Goulet are amongthe 2006 inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame, a celebration of Canadiancontributions to the world of music, arts and entertainment.
  • Arctic saga to break the ice at Toronto festival

    9-Mar-2006

    The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen, Zacharias Kunuk's and Norman Cohn's follow-up to 2001 Camerad'Or-winning sensation Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, will have its world premiere at the TorontoInternational Film Festival, as its opening night gala on September 7.
  • Familia wins Claude Jutra Award, C.R.A.Z.Y. gets Golden Reel in Canada

    9-Mar-2006

    LouiseArchambault's Famillahas been named the winner of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television'sannual Claude Jutra Award for first-time filmmakers.
  • Prosperous IMAX goes back on the block

    9-Mar-2006

    IMAX Corporation, thepioneer of large-format filmmaking and exhibition, has announced it isexploring "strategic alternatives" that include a possible sale or merger. Thecompany has retained Allen & Company and UBS Investment Bank as itsfinancial advisors in the strategy. The announcement coincides with the company's2005 financial results.
  • Polar Express IMAX version crosses $60m worldwide gross

    2-Mar-2006

    Warner Bros' Christmas titleThe Polar Express has crossedanother milestone in its IMAX format release, entitled The Polar Express: An Imax 3D Experience.It is now the most successful digitally-remastered IMAX film to date.
  • Telefilm Canada greenlights seven French-language films

    2-Mar-2006

    Telefilm Canada has approvedproduction financing on seven French-language feature films through the CanadaFeature Film Fund (CFFF).
  • Seville picks up nine titles for Canada from Berlin

    1-Mar-2006

    Montreal-based SevillePictures has picked up nine pictures out of the Berlin Film Festival fordistribution in Canada.
  • Lassie to open Sprockets in Toronto in April

    28-Feb-2006

    Lassie Come Home will make its North Americanpremiere as the opening night film at the ninth annual Sprockets TorontoInternational Film Festival for Children on April 21.
  • Lassie to open Sprockets Toronto in April

    28-Feb-2006

    Lassie Come Home will make its North Americanpremiere as the opening night film at the ninth annual Sprockets TorontoInternational Film Festival for Children on April 21. Released in the UKin December 2005 under the title Lassie, the Charles Sturridge-directed update of theclassic canine hero stars Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage.Sturridge adapted Eric Knight's original 1938 story. The ...
  • Canadians look south for new deals

    21-Feb-2006

    Late last year, when a Canadian federalelection was called for January 23, there was a ripple of fear in the Canadianfilm industry and the culture sector as a whole. After 12 years in power, thescandal-marked Liberal government was doomed.
  • Upstart Montreal Festival collapses after just one year

    11-Feb-2006

    The Festival International de Film de Montreal (FIFM) hasthrown in the towel.
  • Alpha Dog

    8-Feb-2006

    Dir/scr: Nick Cassavetes. US. 2006. 122min.
  • Steel City

    8-Feb-2006

    Dir/scr. Brian Jun. US 2006. 95 min.
  • The Darwin Awards

    8-Feb-2006

    Dir/scr. Finn Taylor. US. 2006. 93 min.
  • Glastonbury

    7-Feb-2006

    Dir. Julien Temple. UK. 2005. 135 min.
  • Fifth TIFF tour to set sail for UK, Eire

    2-Feb-2006

    The TorontoInternational Film Festival Group's Film Circuit will present seven Canadiantitles during a tour of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic ofIreland from Feb 19-May 5.The fifth annual event, entitled Canadian Cinema Showcase: North Of Hollywood,features recent Canadian productions including Thom Fitzgerald's 3 Needles, ...
  • Mehta's Water makes a splash at Canadian box office

    2-Feb-2006

    DeepaMehta's Waterhas crossed the C$2m ($1.75m)threshold at the Canadian box office.Released on Nov 4, 2005, the film has played in more than 115 theatres andcontinues its run on 12 screens.Featuring Bollywood stars Lisa Ray and John Abraham and shot in Hindi, theperiod film was recently nominated for nine Genie Awards, including best filmfor producer ...
  • Quinceanera, God Grew Tired Of Us win Sundance

    29-Jan-2006

    In an unprecedented double coup, Quinceanera, a tender-hearted drama set amongst a Latino community of Los Angeles that is being encroached upon by yuppies, walked home with both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
  • Toronto Film Festival appoints three new Canadian programmers

    28-Jan-2006

    TheToronto International Film Festival has appointed three new Canadianprogrammers. Marguerite Pigott, a film and television consultant and formerdevelopment and production executive at Odeon Films, and Jesse Wente, a filmcritic and producer for CBC Radio, will join Canadian feature selectors StaceyDonen, ...
  • V For Vendetta to get simultaneous IMAX version release

    28-Jan-2006

    WarnerBros will release an IMAX version of action-adventure V For Vendetta simultaneous with the March 17 domestic release ofthe conventional version of the film.
  • Art School Confidential

    27-Jan-2006

  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated

    27-Jan-2006

  • C.R.A.Z.Y. leads pack with 12 Genie Award nominations

    26-Jan-2006

    Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y. picked up 12 nominations and Deepa Mehta's Water earned nine Canada's Genie Awards. Both films werenominated for Best Motion Picture and Best Achievement in Direction.
  • Alliance Atlantis sign Weinstein Company films till 2009

    24-Jan-2006

    The Weinstein Company and AllianceAtlantis Motion Picture Distribution (MPD) LP have signed an exclusive 80picture, multi-year distribution agreement anticipated to run through 2009.
  • Lucky Number Slevin

    24-Jan-2006

  • The Illusionist

    23-Jan-2006

  • Christie steps in for Redgrave in Polley's directorial debut

    19-Jan-2006

    Julie Christie has replacedVanessa Redgrave in the lead role of Sarah Polley's debut feature Away FromHer.
  • Herzog to get Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award

    18-Jan-2006

    German filmmaker WernerHerzog will be presented with the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award on May5 during the 2006 festival in Toronto.
  • Alliance Atlantis' MPD restructures senior management and board

    14-Jan-2006

    AllianceAtlantis' releasing arm Motion Picture Distribution has restructured the seniormanagement and board, with Victor Loewy, current CEO assuming the title ofchairman and Patrice Theroux moving from president and COO to president andCEO. The position of COO has been phased out. The changes are effective Feb 1,2006.
  • Canadian luminaries call for quotas to be returned to local television

    12-Jan-2006

    ProminentCanadian actors and other representatives of the Canadian performers guildACTRA are calling on their fellow citizens to demand action on the culturalfront as the nation heads into a federal election on January 23. Wendy Crewson,Fiona Reid, RH Thompson were among the speakers at a press conference today.
  • Quebec critics name Violence best international film of 2005

    12-Jan-2006

    Quebec's film criticsassociation, L'Association quebecoise des critiques de cinema (AQCC), has named David Cronenberg's A History OfViolence as the best international filmof 2005.
  • Goblet Of Fire breaks IMAX box office record

    10-Jan-2006

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: The IMAX Experience has grossed more than $16mworldwide on 89 screens, breaking the previous $15.9m giant-format record for adigitally-remastered (DMR) 2D release set by Batman Begins: The IMAX Experience last year.The titles are two of three IMAX releases that grossed more than $200m onconventional release in North America. The third was Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. All three were released through Warner ...
  • IMAX signs cinema deal in China

    4-Jan-2006

    IMAX Corp and Chinese property developer Sailun Real EstateDevelopment Co have signed an agreement that will see the installation of a newIMAX MPX theatre system in a retail and leisure centre in Kunming, YunnanProvince, China.
  • Alliance Atlantis, New Line renew output deal

    22-Dec-2005

    Alliance Atlantis' Motion PictureDistribution and New Line Cinema have agreed to renew their distributionagreement through Dec 31, 2008.The deal commenced in 1989 and covers all media in Canada.The parties did not disclose financial terms at time of going to press.
  • Depp, Winslet to narrate IMAX Deep Sea 3D

    22-Dec-2005

    Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet will jointly narrate and DannyElfman will score the IMAX and Warner Bros. giant-screen documentary DeepSea 3D.Set for release in IMAX cinemas on Mar 3, 2006, the film marks the secondoriginal giant-screen documentary for Warner Bros following the successfulrelease of NASCAR 3D, whichgrossed nearly $23m worldwide and was the second highest grossing documentaryreleased in North America in 2004.In a statement Warner Bros' domestic ...
  • Toronto critics hail Cronenberg's History

    21-Dec-2005

    David Cronenberg's AHistory Of Violence won three prizesincluding Best Picture as the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) unveiledits picks for 2005.
  • New Montreal FilmFest suffers digital conference blow

    20-Dec-2005

    The Festival International de Films de Montreal (FIFM) isabout to be the city's shortest-lived film festival.The unlucky event took another step toward oblivion yesterday with theannouncement that Digimart, its allied digital distribution conference, isabandoning the FIFM for a berth alongside the city's third festival, Festivaldu Nouveau Cinema (FNC), in October 2006.The FIFM (known in English as the New Montreal FilmFest) was launched inSeptember with Moritz De Hadeln ...
  • IMAX to install three systems in Latin America

    19-Dec-2005

  • C.R.A.Z.Y., Cronenberg among Canada's Top Ten

    14-Dec-2005

    Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y.and David Cronenberg's A HistoryOf Violence were among the titleslisted in the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG)'s annualCanada's Top Ten.
  • THINKFilm buys into The Best Restaurant

    8-Dec-2005

    THINKFilm has picked upNorth American rights on The Best Restaurant In The World. Ever to be produced by Vancouver-based Irreverent Media.
  • Doc Exiles wins best new Canadian feature prize at Whistler

    5-Dec-2005

    Ilan Sargosti's Exiles InLotus Land won the C$10,000 BorsosAward for Best New Canadian Feature as the 5th annual Whistler FilmFestival closed on Sunday.
  • Exiles takes top prize at Whistler Film Festival

    5-Dec-2005

  • Water crosses the million mark in Canada

    25-Nov-2005

    Only 21 days into its release, Deepa Mehta's Water has grossed C$1m ($850,000) at the Canadian box office, an impressive sum based on a release that encompasses only 33 screens.
  • Potter release breaks IMAX records

    23-Nov-2005

    The box office phenomenonthat is Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire has been felt within the giant-screen realm.
  • Pool signs to direct Mort for Equinoxe

    18-Nov-2005

    Montreal-based EquinoxeProductions has signed Lea Pool to direct and co-adapt a film of GilCourtemanche's second novel Une Belle Mort, published this autumn in Quebec. Author Courtemanche will co-write thescreenplay.
  • Water reaches watershed level at box office

    16-Nov-2005

    Deepa Mehta's Water passed the C$500,000 ($419,000) mark this pastweekend, achieving the milestone in 10 days on 41 screens for a screen averageof approximately $7000.
  • Frappier's Max sells Saint-Martyr to four

    9-Nov-2005

    Roger Frappier's Max Filmshas completed sales on four territories at the AFM for Robin Aubert's featuredebut St. Martyrs Of The Damned (Saint-Martyr-Des-Damnes).
  • Seville picks up second Metal pic

    7-Nov-2005

    Montreal-based sales anddistribution outfit Seville International has picked up worldwide rights for GlobalMetal, the follow-up to hot Torontodocumentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey.
  • Saskatchewan boosts tax credit to 45%

    4-Nov-2005

    The Canadian province ofSaskatchewan has announced it will boost its labour-based production tax creditto 45% from 35% of total eligible costs for film and television productionsshooting in the region.
  • Canada's Cianciotta leaves Capri Releasing

    3-Nov-2005

    Tony Cianciotta has leftToronto-based Capri Releasing, the 18-month old distribution company of whichhe was founding president. A spokesperson confirmed Cianciotta resigned threeweeks ago but the company has issued no announcement. His name has been removedfrom the company website while Robin Smith, who was operations manager, is nowlisted as general manager. Capri Releasing is the distribution arm of GabriellaMartinelli's Capri Films. Neither Cianciotta nor Martinelli were available ...
  • The Myth (Sen Hua)

    3-Nov-2005

  • IMAX, Epic to build three giant screen theatres in Israel

    2-Nov-2005

  • Toronto says $44m in sales achieved at 2005 film festival

    1-Nov-2005

    The Toronto International Film Festival says an estimated $44m(C$52m) changed hands as a result of buying and selling at this year's event,including $24.5m in North American deals and $19.5m in international deals fromterritories such as the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, and Spain. The record sum, based on estimates from a survey of accreditedbuyers and sellers attending this year's event, eclipses the previous estimatedhigh of $18.7m (C$22.2m) ...
  • The War Within

    31-Oct-2005

  • IMAX to launch first cinema in Brazil

    21-Oct-2005

    IMAX Corp and Brazilianretail developer Tacla Shopping have signed an agreement to build the South American nation's first IMAX cinema.The new cinema will be part of a 10-cinema multiplex to be installed in the proposed Palladium Shopping Centre in Curitiba, which is anticipated to be the largest shopping mall in southern Brazil.As with most new IMAX facilities, the cinema will be designed to handle both traditional 2D and 3D IMAX content as well as MPX pictures, which ...
  • Sean Farnel leaves TIFF for Hot Docs

    20-Oct-2005

    Sean Farnel, documentaryprogrammer at the Toronto International Film Festival, has been appointed tothe newly-created post of director of programming at Hot Docs, the CanadianInternational Documentary Festival. As well as leading the programming team, Farnelwill be charged with refining the event's slate of professional developmentindustry programming.
  • IMAX system to be installed in ZAO multiplex in Ufa, Russia

    12-Oct-2005

    IMAX Corp. and Ufa,Russia-based exhibitor ZAO Kompaniya Perspektiva have signed an agreement toinstall an IMAX MPX theatre system in ZAO's flagship multimplex.
  • Losique calls for inquiry into New FilmFest 'mess'

    29-Sep-2005

    Responding to the debaclethat was the inaugural Festival International de Film de Montreal, itslong-established rival, the Montreal World Film Festival, is calling for anindependent inquiry into the decision to fund the fledgling event, whichreceived C$2m in government support, most of it from Telefilm Canada and itsQuebec equivalent SODEC.
  • Hot Docs to spotlight Japanese docs at 2006 event

    26-Sep-2005

    Hot Docs, Canada's majordocumentary film festival, will spotlight contemporary Japanese documentaryfilmmaking as part of its "Made in..." programme at the festival's 2006 edition."Made in ...", which was on hiatus at this year's event, has previously explorednon-fiction production in Taiwan (2003) and South Africa (2004).
  • New Montreal FilmFest apologises for poor audience turnout

    26-Sep-2005

    Quebec actor Luc Picard'sdirectorial debut L'Audition tookthe top competition prize, the Gold Iris of Montreal, as the inaugural FestivalInternational de Film de Montreal (FIFM) stumbled to a conclusion on Sundaynight. The awards announcementwas accompanied by a 1,000 word apologia from festival ...
  • Montreal FilmFest has Pride for closing night

    21-Sep-2005

    The Closing Night film atthe Festival International de Film de Montreal has been changed but the newfilm still stars Keira Knightley. The fledgling event suffered a major PRset-back this weekend when New Line pulled Tony Scott`s Domino, starring Knightley as the wild child of film actorLaurence Harvey, out of the Closing slot, citing a lack of talent to representthe film at the festival.
  • The Proposition

    21-Sep-2005

    Dir. John Hillcoat.Aus-UK. 2005. 104mins.
  • Water

    21-Sep-2005

    Dir/scr.Deepa Mehta. Can. 2005. 114mins.
  • Canada gives Oscar nod to C.R.A.Z.Y.

    20-Sep-2005

    Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y. has been selected as Canada's submission for the foreignlanguage film Oscar category.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

    20-Sep-2005

    Dirs: Nick Park, Steve Box.UK. 2005. 85mins.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

    20-Sep-2005

  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

    20-Sep-2005

  • Toronto's mega-studio won't be so mega

    16-Sep-2005

    It will be bigbut not as big is was supposed to be: the size and cost of the much-anticipatedToronto mega-studio has been scaled back.
  • Cronenberg Maps future with Wagner, Fields

    14-Sep-2005

    David Cronenberg is plottinga film of Bruce Wagner's original screenplay Maps To TheStars, to be produced by Robert Lantos and his Serendipity Point Films.
  • Capote

    14-Sep-2005

  • FIFM to dole out bounty of prizes

    14-Sep-2005

  • Soda takes C.R.A.Z.Y. for UK

    14-Sep-2005

  • Canada's Frieberg gets ready to Throw

    13-Sep-2005

    Canadian producer CameliaFrieberg is set to become a triple threat, co-writing and directing her firstfeature film, A Stone's Throw.
  • Mehta plots Exclusion as Water follow-up

    12-Sep-2005

    Still riding the strong reaction to her Toronto festivalopener Water, hot Canadian director Deepa Mehta is already preparing hernext project, Exclusion, with Water star John Abraham in thelead. Mehta is looking to shoot in Calcutta and Vancouver next summer.The screenplay, written by Mehta, concerns the little-known Komagata Maruincident of 1914, when 376 Indian dissidents traveling on a chartered Japaneseship sought to emigrate to Canada-- a nation of supposedly ...
  • Sweeney's American Venus set for November shoot

    12-Sep-2005

    Vancouver-basedBrightlight Pictures is set for a November shoot on writer-director BruceSweeney's American Venus. The$3.8m production will be produced by Brightlight co-presidents Shawn Williamsonand Steve Hegyes.
  • Alliance Atlantis renews Focus output deal until 2008

    8-Sep-2005

    Canada'sAlliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Distribution and Focus Features have extendedtheir output agreement to December 31, 2008.
  • Egoyan's Truth loses MPAA appeal against NC-17 rating

    8-Sep-2005

    Atom Egoyan's Where TheTruth Lies has lost its appeal tothe Motion Picture Association of America to overturn its restrictive NC-17rating.
  • Lelouch heads up jury of New Montreal FilmFest

    8-Sep-2005

    French auteurClaude Lelouch will head the international jury of inaugural Golden Iriscompetition at the Festival International de Film de Montreal. Lelouch's newdramatic comedy Le Courage D'Aimer will make its international premiere at the event, which launchesits first edition from September 18 to 25.
  • Scott's Domino will close Montreal's new film festival

    7-Sep-2005

    The world premiere of TonyScott's Domino starring KeiraKnightley will close the inaugural Festival International de Film de Montrealon September 25.
  • Boe's Allegro sells fast for Celluloid Dreams

    6-Sep-2005

    Celluloid Dreams has lockedmultiple sales on Christopher Boe's Venice Directors Fortnight screener Allegro.
  • Kujipers' Off Screen takes top jury prize at Montreal

    6-Sep-2005

    Montreal filmmaker ClaudeGagnon did not win the top prize but his film Kamataki walkedaway with five major awards as the Montreal World Film Festival wrapped up its29th edition on Monday.
  • De Palma, Gilliam sign up for Talent Lab at Toronto

    3-Sep-2005

    Brian De Palma, TerryGilliam and Atom Egoyan are just three of the film artists who have signed forthe Toronto International Film Festival's Talent Lab, a four-day artisticdevelopment programme for emerging Canadian filmmakers held during the event. 22participants from across Canada were selected.
  • Celluloid seals international on Barney, Caravaca films

    1-Sep-2005

    Celluloid Dreams has signedto handle international theatrical sales on Drawing Restraint 9, from Cremaster Cycle director Matthew Barney and all international rightson Eric Caravaca's Le Passager.
  • Celluloid Dreams closes deals on Toronto opener

    25-Aug-2005

    Celluloid Dreams has pickedup international sales rights on Deepa Mehta's Water which is the opening night film at the TorontoInternational Film Festival on Sept 8.
  • De Hadeln's Montreal FilmFest announces inaugural competition

    25-Aug-2005

    Sevenworld premieres will be on offer at the first Festival International de Filmsdu Montreal, the upstart event at the centre of Montreal's film festival wars.TheFIFM - which is calling itself the New Montreal ...
  • Toronto lineup completed with Frears, Ritchie

    24-Aug-2005

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has added four major world premieres to its line-up: StephenFrears' Mrs. Henderson Presents,starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins; Guy Ritchie's Revolver, starring Jason Statham and Ray Liotta; JackieChan-starrer The Myth, directedby Stanley Tong all to be presented as Galas -- and Martin Scorsese's documentary No DirectionHome: Bob Dylan, which will befeatured in the Masters programme. TIFF announced a ...
  • Montreal's Nouveau fest adds Vinterberg, Quebecois shocker

    19-Aug-2005

  • Toronto adds 11 foreign-language world premieres

    18-Aug-2005

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added 11 worldpremieres to its September line up, including The Duelist from Korea's Lee Myung-se, Iberia from Spanish auteur Carlos Saura and a Galapresentation of German filmmaker Hermine Huntgeburth's White Masai.
  • Toronto set for Rossellini celebration, Aardman's Were-Rabbit

    16-Aug-2005

  • Imax signs eighth US cinema deal of 2005

    11-Aug-2005

  • Toronto names documentary world premieres

    11-Aug-2005

    The Toronto International Film Festival hasadded thirteen documentary world premieres to its line-up, including SydneyPollack's Sketches Of Frank Gehry.Alex Hinton's Pick Up The Mic, a lookat gay rappers, and Lian Lunson's profile of Canadian troubadour Leonard Cohen,Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man,featuring performances by Cohen, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and U2.
  • Montreal unveils full competition line-up

    10-Aug-2005

    Iranian filmmaker MohsenMakhmalbaf's Sex And Philosophy andveteran Canadian director Claude Gagnon's Kamatakiare among 22 titles selected for the 29th Montreal World Film Festival's Competition.
  • Toronto line-up confirms Oscar launchpad status

    9-Aug-2005

    Confirming its position as the launch padfor Oscar season, the Toronto International Film Festival has added nine worldpremieres to its line-up, many from or starring Academy Award-winningfilmmakers and actors.
  • Canada's Capri picks up six including U-Carmen

    5-Aug-2005

    Toronto-based CapriReleasing has picked up all Canadian rights on several titles, including GoldenBear winner U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha,from South Africa, John Hillcoat's Australia-UK coproduction The Proposition, starring Ray Winston and Guy Pearce, GabrieleSalvatores' Italian box office hit Quo Vadis Baby', and Sundance title Pretty Persuasion, starring Evan Rachel Wood.
  • Losique's Montreal festival uninvites Karla

    4-Aug-2005

    Under pressure from itssponsors, the Montreal World Film Festival has decided not to present acontroversial film about Canada's infamous serial killing couple Karla Homolkaand Paul Bernardo.
  • New Gunarsson, Fitzgerald films among the Canadian premieres at Toronto

    3-Aug-2005

    Sturla Gunnarrson's epic Beowulf& Grendel starring Gerard Butlerand Sarah Polley and Thom Fitzgerald's Three Needles starring Chloe Sevigny, Lucy Liu, Stockard Channingand Sandra Oh will have their world premieres as Special Presentations at the30th Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Prominent Canadian film-makers ready string of projects

    20-Jul-2005

    Prominent Canadianfilm-makers were the key recipients of the production funds doled out byTelefilm Canada through its Canadian Feature Film Fund earlier in July.
  • IMAX reaches deal for two more screens in India

    7-Jul-2005

    Large-format cinema leaderIMAX and Chennai, India-based exhibitor Sathyam Cinemas have signed anagreement that increases to four the number of IMAX cinema systems destined forthe circuit.
  • Leading Canadian directors get Telefilm funding

    6-Jul-2005

    Montreal-base SevillePictures has the greenlight on a biographical drama about Canadian generalRomeo Dallaire, the commander at the helm of the bedeviled UN peace-keepingmission during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
  • Canada's cinema admissions drop after ten years on the increase

    30-Jun-2005

    Canadian cinema attendancedropped 4.6% in 2003-2004, the first reduction in ten-year upward trend, accordingto an industry survey released by Statistics Canada.
  • Mehta's long-in-the-making Water to open Toronto

    29-Jun-2005

    Deepa Mehta's long-sufferingdrama Water has been selected asthe opening night gala at the 30th Toronto International FilmFestival. It was one of eleven world premieres announced at TIFF's openingpress conference Tuesday.
  • Toronto festival unveils Cannes, Berlinale bounty

    21-Jun-2005

    Films from the Dardennes brothers, Lars von Trier, MichaelHaneke, Alexander Sokurov and Hou Hsiao Hsien were among sixteen North Americanpremieres unveiled today by the Toronto International Film Festival, as thecontinent's leading festival launched the first salvo in its annual PRoffensive.
  • Nouveau Montreal festival nabs four Cannes films

    20-Jun-2005

    The Dardenne brothers' Palmed'Or winner L'Enfant, Lars vonTrier's Manderlay, AlainCavalier's Le Filmeur and UneNuit (Yek Shab), the directorial debut of Iranian actress NikiKarimi, have all been confirmed as official screenings at Montreal's Festivaldu Nouveau Cinema (FNC), Oct 13 to 23.
  • Canadian theatrical documentaries get funding boost

    15-Jun-2005

    The National Film Board ofCanada and local broadcaster The Documentary Channel have partnered to boostproduction of theatrical documentaries, the former increasing by $323,000(C$400,000) its annual production allocation and the latter increasing byC$400,000 its feature documentary licensing fees.
  • Yaffe awarded CEO stripes at Canada's Alliance Atlantis

    2-Jun-2005

    Alliance Atlantis Communications is changing its managementstructure, with chairman and CEO Michael MacMillan assuming the title ofexecutive chairman while Phyllis Yaffe, currently chief operating officer, willassume the CEO title.
  • Alliance Atlantis names Lazzarato as new CFO

    25-May-2005

    Alliance Atlantis Communicationshas appointed David Lazzarato as executive vice president and chief financialofficer, replacing W. Judson Martin, who, as previously announced, is leavingAlliance Atlantis for health reasons. Lazzarato will be in office fromMay 30.'David'sextensive experience will be invaluable to us as we ...
  • Von Trier's Manderlay stirs up Cannes controversy

    16-May-2005

    If Lars Von Trier's Manderlay doesn't elicit claims of anti-Americanism, hiscomments at today's Cannes press conference for the film certainly will.
  • Max Films plots English-language Seducing Dr Lewis

    15-May-2005

  • Hooligans

    12-May-2005

  • Toronto's January Films signs Dragojevic to direct After

    11-May-2005

    Start-up Toronto production company January Films has signedSerbian director Srdjan Dragojevic (Pretty Village, Pretty Flame) to direct After, a post- World War II dark comedy abouta trio of concentration camp survivors suddenly set loose in war-ravaged Germany.
  • The Great New Wonderful

    11-May-2005

    Dir. Danny Leiner. US. 2005.89mins
  • Alliance Atlantis CFO steps down

    6-May-2005

    W. Judson Martin, the long-serving CFO of Alliance AtlantisCommunications, will be leaving the company for health reasons.
  • Losique ups ante with NFB sponsorship

    6-May-2005

    The Montreal World Film Festivalhas upped the ante in the local festival wars by adding another noted filmprofessional to its jury and seemingly securing the continued support of the NationalFilm Board of Canada.
  • IMAX signs deal for five systems with US exhibitor AMC

    5-May-2005

    US-based exhibitor AMC andIMAX Corp. have signed an agreement to install five large-format theatresystems in major markets before the end of 2005.
  • The Ax (Le Couperet)

    5-May-2005

  • House Of Wax

    4-May-2005

  • House Of Wax

    4-May-2005

  • Levinson, Golchan team to acquire Peau remake rights

    3-May-2005

    Barry Levinson and FredericGolchan have acquired the English-language remake rights to Daniel Roby's LaPeau Blanche (White Skin), the winner of the first Canadian feature prize atthe 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Goblet Of Fire set for simultaneous Imax release

    3-May-2005

  • International filmmakers triumph at Tribeca

    3-May-2005

    International filmmakers and co-productionsdominated the prizes as the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival wrapped onSaturday night.
  • ... as rival Montreal Festival of New Cinema loses chief

    29-Apr-2005

    Claude Chamberlain, thefounder and director of Montreal's Festival of New Cinema (FNC), has resignedabruptly.
  • Losique defends Montreal turf with powerhouse jury...

    29-Apr-2005

    Chinese auteur Chen Kaigeand Russian director Pavel Lounguine have agreed to participate on the jury ofthe 2005 Montreal World Film Festival, the festival announced yesterday.
  • Montecito Pictures set to roll with Trailer Park Boys

    29-Apr-2005

    Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures isset to commence principal photography this summer on Trailer Park Boys- The Movie, a feature adaptation of theCanadian cult television series about the antics of three 'hosers'- Ricky, Julian and Bubbles - in a Maritime backwater.
  • NFB adds cash to Cannes short film Palme d'Or

    29-Apr-2005

  • Canadian government pledges $20m to Toronto festival centre

    27-Apr-2005

    The Canadian government haspledged to invest up to $20m (C$25m) in the Toronto International Film FestivalGroup's proposed Festival Centre.
  • Canada's Equinoxe begins production on Rwandan genocide pic

    26-Apr-2005

    Montreal-based EquinoxeProductions begins principal photography May 27 on A Sunday In Kigali, a romantic drama set against the backdrop of theRwandan genocide. Directed by Robert Favreau and produced by Lyse Lafontaineand Michael Mosca, the $5.6m (C$7m) film shoots in Kigali and in surroundinglocations for 37 days. Equinoxe Films will handle foreign sales and distributein Canada.
  • TIFFG launches year-round support programme for Canadian film-makers

    25-Apr-2005

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival Group has launched a year-round industry-oriented supportprogramme for Canadian filmmakers and their films.
  • Halifax, Montreal bury the hatchet over schedule clash

    25-Apr-2005

    Film festivals in Montrealand Halifax have buried the hatchet over a scheduling conflict.
  • Canada's Equinoxe scores Laroche, Poulin

    19-Apr-2005

    Montreal-based productionand distribution company Equinoxe Films has lured two local industry veterans to its executivesuite. Michele Laroche, who headed marketing and communications at Christal Films,has joined the company as director of theatrical distribution whileMarie-Claude Poulin, for three years a vice-president at TVA Films, will assistEquinoxe chief Michael Mosca in the areas of acquisitions and development oftheatrical projects in Quebec.
  • Saint Ralph wins film nod at Canadian Screenwriting Awards

    19-Apr-2005

    Writer-director MichaelMcGowan's Saint Ralph won thefeature film prize at the ninth annual Canadian Screenwriting Awards. The award was presented Monday night in Toronto. Thebittersweet coming-of-age story recently won the Grand Arc Award at the FestivalParis Ile-de-France.
  • Atlantic Film Festival reacts with fury to Montreal move

    13-Apr-2005

    Canada's Atlantic FilmFestival (AFF) has reacted with fury to news that the newly-minted FestivalInternational de Films de Montreal (FIFM) has shifted its launch dates to Sept18-25, overlapping the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based event's run of Sept 15-24.
  • Polley, McKellar call for Canadian content quotas in theatres

    7-Apr-2005

    Canadian filmmakers SarahPolley and Don McKellar are calling on the federal government to take strongmeasures to improve the fortunes of local television and film, includingintroducing local content rules in cinemas.
  • Toronto's Temple Street hire Quarrington to adapt book Galveston

    7-Apr-2005

    Canadian novelist andscreenwriter Paul Quarrington will pen the screen adaptation of his book, Galveston, for Toronto-based Temple Street Entertainment.Temple Street's Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier will produce, with TempleStreet Productions' Patrick Whitley acting as executive producer.
  • National Amusements seals deal for first IMAX screen in Argentina

    6-Apr-2005

    Imax Corp. and US exhibitorNational Amusement have signed a deal that will see the first IMAX screeninstalled in Argentina. The new facility will be part of an existing multiplex,the Showcenter Norte in Buenos Aires and is expected to open in October 2005;it will be capable of playing standard and 3D IMAX pictures as well asdigitally re-mastered Hollywood titles. The proposal is subject to Argentinegovernment approvals.
  • THINKFilm picks up Canadian rights to Coupland's Green

    6-Apr-2005

    THINKFilm has picked upCanadian rights on Everything's Gone Green, the screenwriting debut of Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland to bedirected by Paul Fox for Toronto-based Radke Films and Vancouver-based TrueWest Films.
  • MPD takes Fast Runner follow-up for Canada

    1-Apr-2005

    Alliance Atlantis' MotionPicture Distribution has acquired Canadian rights to The Journals Of KnudRasmussen, Zacharias Kunuk andNorman Kohn's follow-up to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.
  • Heysel stadium doc gets its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto

    31-Mar-2005

    Lode Desmet's Heysel'85 - Requiem For A Cup Final willclose the 12th annual Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival inToronto. The Belgian production, which chronicles the Heysel Stadium disasterof 1985, is among 100 films screening at the festival, billed as the largestevent of its kind in North America.
  • Animated Triplets wins top prize at Canada's Genie Awards

    22-Mar-2005

    French animated feature TheTriplets Of Belleville won the BestMotion Picture Genie at the 25th annual Genie Awards in Toronto lastnight.
  • The Liberace Of Baghdad

    22-Mar-2005

  • Triplets wins Canada's Genie for top film

    22-Mar-2005

    As anticipated Quebecois picturesdominated the 25th Annual Genie Awards in Toronto [20],particularly Memoires Affectives (LookingFor Alexander) which won prizes forDirection for Francis Leclerc, Best Actor for Roy Dupuis and Best Original Screenplayfor Leclerc and Marcel Beaulieu. The picture won four prizes at Quebec's JutraAwards last month.
  • Roby wins Claude-Jutra Award for White Skin

    15-Mar-2005

    Quebecois filmmaker DanielRoby has been awarded the Claude-Jutra Award for the direction of his firstfeature film, La peau blanche (White Skin).
  • Alliance Atlantis MPD unveils 2004 revenue hike

    10-Mar-2005

    Alliance Atlantis' incometrust Motion Picture Distribution has recorded a 27% increase in its revenuefor 2004.
  • IMAX to install screens in Guatemala, Costa Rica

    9-Mar-2005

    IMAX Corporation has signedagreements to install giant-screen cinema systems in Guatemala City, Guatemalaand San Jose, Costa Rica, the first IMAX facilities in both countries.
  • Toronto's new headquarters gets $20m cash injection

    7-Mar-2005

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival Group's proposed Festival Centre headquarters received a majorboost Friday when the Government of Ontario announced it would donate $20m(C$25m) to the cause.
  • Foreign films spent $267m in Ontario last year, says OMDC

    3-Mar-2005

    Foreign-producedfeature films spent $267m (C$331m) in Ontario in 2004, a nearly 140% increaseover the previous year's $112m, according to numbers released Wednesday by theOntario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), the provincial agency thatadministers tax credits and local services.
  • IMAX gets Batman Begins at the same time as 35mm

    2-Mar-2005

    IMAX Corporation and WarnerBros have announced that Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins will be simultaneously released to IMAX andconventional 35mm cinemas on June 17, 2005.
  • Game 6

    2-Mar-2005

  • Duguay revs up Villeneuve racing biopic

    25-Feb-2005

    Gabriella Martinelli'sToronto-based Capri Films will produce a bio-pic of legendary Formula 1 racerGilles Villeneuve.
  • Memoires Affectives shares Jutra riches with Cinemascope

    22-Feb-2005

    MemoiresAffectives won four awards, including best picture,and Ma Vie En Cinemascope won five asQuebecois filmmaking celebrated its own at the Prix Jutra in Montreal on Sundaynight.
  • Errol Morris to be feted at 2005 Hot Docs

    15-Feb-2005

  • Errol Morris to be feted at 2005 Hot Docs

    14-Feb-2005

    Acclaimed US documentary filmmakerErrol Morris will be the guest of honour at the 2005 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Along with a retrospective of his work, the director of such films as Gates Of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line and the AcademyAward-winning Fog Of War will be presented with the event's annual Outstanding Achievement Award and participatein an on-stage interview.In a statement the retrospective's curator Marc Glassman said ...
  • MPD tips Laberge for corporate development role

    10-Feb-2005

    Alliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Distribution (MPD) hasappointed Paul Laberge to the newly created position of executive vicepresident of corporate development and general counsel for MPD as well asgeneral counsel and corporate secretary of Movie Distribution Income Fund.MPD and the Fund incorporate the income trust created when Alliance Atlantisspun off its distribution arm in 2003, a transaction on which Laberge played aninstrumental role as corporate development officer ...
  • War of words erupts after De Hadeln's Montreal move

    10-Feb-2005

    With the ink barely dry on his contract,Moritz De Hadeln, the new director of programming of the newly-launchedFestival Internationale du Films de Montreal (FIFM), has already come underfire from rival festival supremo Serge Losique's Montreal World Film Festival(MWFF).
  • De Hadeln takes helm at new Montreal festival

    9-Feb-2005

    Moritz De Hadeln, the veteran festivaldirector of Berlin and Venice, has accepted the top job at the new filmfestival in Montreal, Festival Internationale du Films de Montreal (FIFM).
  • Famous Players target of 'family values' boycott

    9-Feb-2005

    Canada's largest exhibitor Famous Players has found itselfthe target of a boycott campaign over objections to a pre-show advertisement insupport of marriage rights for same-sex couples.The Canada Family Action Coalition (CFAC), which opposes same-sex marriage, iscalling for a national boycott of Famous for having "subjected patrons to apro-gay 'marriage' ad," according to its website.The 10-second advertisement is a still slide that states "'I do' is the samewhether ...
  • Quebec films lead Genie nominations

    9-Feb-2005

    Films from Quebec held sway as Canada's Genie Awardsannounced its 2005 nominees, however the big news was the absence of GoldenGlobe winner and Oscar nominee Annette Bening in the best actress categorydespite a best picture nod for the Robert Lantos-produced Being Julia.Also shut out of major prize contention was Don McKellar's Childstar, which was passed over for best picture and bestdirector and had to make do with two nominations best supporting actress forJennifer ...
  • Rize

    9-Feb-2005

  • Brick

    7-Feb-2005

  • ...as Clarkson calls for increased per-province funding

    4-Feb-2005

    Wayne Clarkson,the newly appointed executive director of Telefilm Canada, has called forincreased provincial funding for development and production of domesticfilmmaking instead of relying so heavily on US-financed production to supportthe nation's production infrastructure.
  • IMAX teams with Pathe for screen in Amsterdam - just in time for Cinema Expo

    3-Feb-2005

    IMAX Corp. and PatheNetherlands have signed an agreement to install an IMAX MPX theatre system inthe nation's largest multiplex, Amsterdam's Pathe Arena.
  • Canadian production levels dip in 2004

    3-Feb-2005

    The Canadian production industry saw amodest decline in volume in 2003/2004 - down 2.1% from $4.05bn (C$5.03bn) in2002-2003 to $3.96bn (C$4.92bn) - but the bad news was concentrated in thedomestic sector.
  • Why We Fight

    2-Feb-2005

  • Hustle & Flow

    28-Jan-2005

  • The Aristocrats

    25-Jan-2005

    Dir. PaulProvenza. US. 2004. 90mins.A documentary exploring the art and history of the world's filthiest joke, The Aristocrats is a no-frills primer onthe craft of comedy. Co-executive producers Paul Provenza and Penn Jilette (thespeaking half of the magic-comedy duo Penn & Teller) have tapped the brainstrust of professional US comedy as well as some big British names, gatheringtogether over a three-year period one hundred stand-up ...
  • British Columbia increases labour-based tax credits for foreign film shoots

    24-Jan-2005

    Thegovernment of Canadian province British Columbia has increased its film andtelevision production labour-based tax credits to match recent increases inrival production centres in Ontario and Quebec. Announcedon ...
  • Dear Wendy

    24-Jan-2005

    Dir. Thomas Vinterberg.Denmark/Germany/France/UK. 101 min.
  • Bailey named international programmer at TIFF

    19-Jan-2005

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival (TIFF) has appointed Cameron Bailey as one of its internationalprogrammers. He returns to the festival after an absence of eight years.
  • Rosenberg leaves Serendipity Point to produce on her own

    19-Jan-2005

    Julia Rosenberg (pictured), head ofproduction and development at Serendipity Point Films, is setting up her ownproduction outfit, January Films.
  • Holt named to English-language post at Telefilm Canada

    12-Jan-2005

    Telefilm Canada hasappointed senior executive Ralph Holt to the position of national head ofEnglish-language feature film. Holt, a 17-year veteran of the agency, most ofthat serving as director for the Atlantic Region. Holt will relocate toToronto, effective immediately.
  • Christal to release controversial Canadian serial killer film

    11-Jan-2005

    Karla, the US-produced true-life account of Canadianserial killer Karla Homolka, has secured a theatrical release in Canada viaMontreal-based Christal Films. The company plans open the film on 100 screensnationwide on January 20.
  • Cinepolis fast-tracks Mexican IMAX expansion

    10-Jan-2005

  • Boll announces $107m production fund for new video game movies

    7-Jan-2005

    Frankfurt-based BOLL KG hasraised $107m with its production investment fund to finance feature films basedon video games, according to CEO and director Uwe Boll. The new money will bedirected toward the coproduction partnership Boll established withVancouver-based service production specialist Brightlight Pictures.
  • IMAX signs with Lark for six systems in China

    6-Jan-2005

    IMAX Corporation and China'sLark International Multimedia have signed an agreement that will see six ImaxMPX theatre systems installed in multiplexes over the next four years.
  • Quebec boosts tax credit for foreign shoots

    5-Jan-2005

    The Quebec provincial government will boostits labour-based film production tax credit from 11% to 20%, following asimilar move in Ontario before Christmas.
  • Polar Express maintains 3D heat in North America

    4-Jan-2005

  • 2004: Barbarian leads the way for Canada

    24-Dec-2004

    2004 was the year of living on the edge, as the Canadiandollar's value soared against the US currency. And thegovernment-mandated push for box-office results only served to highlight thedisparity between the popularity of French-language films in Quebec versus lackof interest in non-English-language fare in the rest of Canada.
  • The Ritchie Boys

    23-Dec-2004

    Dir/scr. Christian Bauer.Ger-Can. 2004. 90mins.The Ritchie Boys is the documentary ideal: at once a broad canvas andan intense personal journey, as rich in historical detail as it is in humanistresonance. The film profiles the experiences of several emigre German Jews whofled their nation during Hitler's 1930s rise to power and made their way to theUS, only to return to their country in the service of the US Army as keymembers of its psychological operations unit. ...
  • Ontario boosts production tax credits

    22-Dec-2004

    Ontario-based producers andservice providers received an early Christmas gift as the province increasedthe labour-based production tax credits for foreign and domestic productions.
  • Montreal set for three film festivals in 2006

    20-Dec-2004

    The Montreal World Film Festival officially has competition. Federal film subsidy agency Telefilm Canada and its provincial counterpart SODEC announced the winning bid to organize a new event in the city.
  • Toronto critics vote for Sideways

    16-Dec-2004

    AlexanderPayne's Sideways addedToronto to its growing quiver of awards season kudos. The Toronto Film CriticsAssociation named Payne's bittersweet comedy Best Picture of 2004 andperformers Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen Best Actor and Best SupportingActress.
  • Revolution/Rhombus co-production wins Telefilm Canada funds

    15-Dec-2004

    Marc Evans' Snowcake, a coproduction between Canada's Rhombus Media andthe UK's Revolution Films, is one of four films approved for funding over C$1min the latest subsidy round of Telefilm Canada. Other tittles include newfeatures from Clement Virgo (Lie With Me, Rude) and Vic Sarin (Cold Comfort). The total potential financial commitment is worthUS$8.3m.
  • TIFFG names ten best Canadian films of the year

    15-Dec-2004

    The Toronto International FilmFestival Group has unveiled its annual listing of the best in Canadian cinema.Titles making the fourth annual list include acclaimed short title Ryan, by Chris Landreth, Michael Dowse's TIFF prize winner It's All GonePete Tong, Daniel Roby's Peau Blanche, which won the first film prize at TIFF and PeterRaymont's Rwanda genocide documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: TheJourney Of Romeo Dallaire, whichcompetes in the inaugural ...
  • Giant screen bonanza for Polar Express

    2-Dec-2004

    ThePolar Express: An Imax 3D Experience, thelarge-format version of the Warner Bros/Castle Rock animated feature, hasbroken several records in its North American giant-screen outing.Itslatest three-day weekend gross was an estimated $2.75m, 30% more than itsopening weekend, breaking its own record. Playing on 61 screens, the filmscored ...
  • Wayne Clarkson gets top job at Telefilm Canada

    26-Nov-2004

    S Wayne Clarkson has beenappointed executive director of Telefilm Canada, the nation's leading source ofpublic subsidy for the film and television industry.
  • Imax strikes deal for new Russian cinema in the city of Perm

    15-Nov-2004

    Imax Corp. hassigned an agreement to install one of its giant-screen cinemas in the Russiancity of Perm. The cinema will be part of a new multiplex.under construction forlocal exhibitor Panorama Cinemas in the one million-person city located some 1,300kilometres east of Moscow.
  • Canadian service companies lock C$ at 78 US cents

    12-Nov-2004

    Spurred by the rising valueof the Canadian dollar against the US dollar, two major Canadian productionservices companies are offering US producers pricing in US dollars locked atthe rate of 78 US cents.
  • Jiminy Glick In Lalawood

    11-Nov-2004

    Dir. Vadim Jean. Canada-US. 2004. 90 mins.To the immense credit of star and creator MartinShort, Jiminy Glick In Lalawood almostworks. To the discredit of Short the writer, the film falls short of thecomedian's vision because of a script that is unwilling to push the boundariesthe character does. Like most outgrowths of small screen concepts the result isa ...
  • Storm clouds ahead for Canada's production sector

    2-Nov-2004

    The "perfect storm" metaphor has beenflying around Canada's service production industry of late. There's nothinglike a handful of negative coincidences to put the fear into people.
  • Telefilm extends Montreal film festival deadline

    1-Nov-2004

    Telefilm Canada and itsQuebec counterpart SODEC have granted a one-month extension to the four partieswho submitted proposals for a new film festival in Montreal.
  • IMAX lands in Pakistan

    26-Oct-2004

    Imax Corp. and the Pakistaniprovince of Punjab have signed a deal that will see the first-ever Imax cinemain the country. The new facility, which will be capable of presenting 3D filmsas well, will be located in Lahore as the anchor tenant of a leisure centre thePunjab Government is developing. The actual screen will be one of Imax'sbiggest, 71 feet high by 95 feet across.
  • THINKFilm, MGM sign Canadian home video pact

    19-Oct-2004

    MGM Home Entertainment Group has agreed todistribute eight THINKFilm theatrical titles in Canada. The home-video and DVDdistribution pact kicks off this December with rockumentary Festival Express, a two-disc specialedition featuring unreleased concert footage not contained in the theatricalrelease. The deal includes three other documentaries: Jonathan Demme's The Agronomist, Mongolia-Germany sleeperThe ...
  • Cinematheque Ontario's Quandt wins prize from Japan Foundation

    7-Oct-2004

    James Quandt, the seniorprogrammer of Cinematheque Ontario, has been awarded the Special Prize for Artsand Culture from The Japan Foundation.
  • Head In The Clouds

    6-Oct-2004

    Dir/scr: John Duigan.Canada-UK. 2004. 132mins.Head In The Clouds aims to be asweeping romantic epic but it falls short, the victim of a fatal lack of energyand a scale that cannot live up to the film's ambitions. Set in Europe as itbuckles under Fascism, it's the story of an untenable love affair between afrivolous playgirl and an impoverished idealist.
  • Going Upriver: The Long War Of John Kerry

    5-Oct-2004

    Dir. George T. Butler.US. 2004. 130mins.The 2004 US presidential election is widely considered oneof the most divisive in memory, mostly the result of polarity between those whosupport the US-led invasion of Iraq and those who consider it an error equivalentto that nation's adventure in Vietnam a generation ago.
  • Arcand's awards run continues with Directors Guild of Canada accolade

    4-Oct-2004

    Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions continued its winning ways, earning Arcandthe Directors Guild of Canada Outstanding Achievement in Direction - FeatureFilm prize and earning the film the Outstanding Team Achievement prize.
  • Innocent Voices (Voces Inocentes)

    4-Oct-2004

  • Mainframe to produce CGI animated feature with Tony Hawk

    29-Sep-2004

    Vancouver-based MainframeEntertainment has entered into an agreement with celebrity skateboarder TonyHawk to produce a CGI animated feature.
  • Amberwood to make movie of animated TV series Zeroman

    28-Sep-2004

    Ottawa-based animation houseAmberwood Entertaintainment is in pre-production on an animated movie builtaround its Zeroman TV series. Theproject was commissioned by Canadian animation station TELETOON.
  • Tibetan documentary wins audience prize at Atlantic Film Fest

    28-Sep-2004

    What Remains of Us, a documentary dealing with resistance in modernTibet, won the The Movie Network People's Choice Award at the 24th AtlanticFilm Festival in Halifax, Canada on Saturday. Directed by Francois Prevost andHugo Latulippe, the film follows an exiled Tibetan, Kalsang Dolma, as shereturns to the occupied nation with a smuggled video message from their exiledspiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The film premiered at Toronto's Hot Docs filmfestival and screened at Cannes ...
  • THINKFilm takes domestic to Wexler documentary

    23-Sep-2004

    Toronto and New York-basedTHINKFilm has acquired all North American theatrical and home video rights toMark Wexler's Venice and Toronto title Tell Them Who You Are, a biographical portrait of the filmmaker's father,renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler.
  • Losique launches Montreal counterattack

    21-Sep-2004

    Serge Losique, the embattledpresident of the Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF), has fired back at hisnemeses at Telefilm Canada and its Quebec counterpart SODEC.
  • Mexican exhibitor signs three-screen deal with IMAX

    21-Sep-2004

    Mexico City-based Cinepolisand IMAX have signed a multi-year agreement that will see three giant-screencinemas in the country.
  • Lions Gate takes Canadian rights to Toronto hit Phil The Alien

    20-Sep-2004

    Lions Gate Entertainment hastake Canadian rights in all media to Phil The Alien, the debut of writer-director-actor Rob Stefaniuk.The story of an intergalactic nomad who falls to earth in Northern Ontario, thefilm screened in the Canada First! feature film competition at Toronto.
  • Telefilm Canada backs new features from August, Kunuk

    20-Sep-2004

    Telefilm Canada has announcedit will back two features, Bille August's Explosion, a Canada-Denmark-UK coproduction, and TheJournals of Knud Rasmussen, aCanada-Denmark coproduction co-directed by Zacharias Kunuk,director of 2002 Camera d'Or winner Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.
  • Rwanda is Toronto audience favourite, Pete Tong Canadian winner

    20-Sep-2004

    Terry George's HotelRwanda won the AGF Peoples' ChoiceAward at the Toronto International Film Festival, as the 29thedition wrapped here on Sunday.
  • Undertow

    20-Sep-2004

  • David Gordon Green to write lesbian project for Pollack

    14-Sep-2004

    Fast-risingUS indie filmmaker David Gordon Green has signed on to script ShockproofSydney Skate for Fox 2000.SydneyPollack ...
  • Imax in Deep partnership with Warners

    14-Sep-2004

  • Radar Pictures buys stake in C.O.R.E.

    13-Sep-2004

    Ted Field's Radar Pictureshas acquired a minority stake in Toronto-based visual effects group C.O.R.E. ina move to boost his production company into the forefront of computer-generatedfeature animation. C.O.R.E, which is currently creating an animated film for amajor studio under tight security, is considered one of North America's leadersin visual effects. Its work appears in such films as Fox's Dr. Dolittle and Universal's TheNutty Professor as well as the Radar-produced ...
  • Kay Armatage to leave Toronto festival after 24 years

    13-Sep-2004

    Kay Armatage,the veteran Toronto International Film Festival programmer, is leaving theorganization after 24 years. "This is my last year," Armatage told ScreenInternational. Of her departure, she said, "This wasn't my choice." She saidshe learned at the beginning of this summer that her seasonal contract wouldnot be renewed. "At the time, it was a surprise. Now I feel fine about it."
  • Seville joins Haut Et Court in Cantet's South

    13-Sep-2004

    Montreal-based SevillePictures has signed on as Canadian copoducer of Laurent Cantet's long-delayed HeadingSouth (Vers Le Sud), joining France's Haut et Court. Work on theproject, announced at Cannes 2003, has been held up by political upheaval in its key location of Haiti.International sales agent Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams told ScreenInternational the film is aiming to shoot in January 2005.
  • Tierney's latest set up as Greece/Canada co-pro by Victorious

    13-Sep-2004

    Toronto-based VictoriousFilms is readying Jacob Tierney's Return Baggage aka The Lonely Planet, the Canadian actor's follow-up to his featuredirectorial debut Twist, whichscreened at last year's Venice Film Festival. Victorious president VictoriaHirst will co-produce the Canada-Greece coproduction with Fenia Cossavitsa (TheCat's Meow, Signs And Wonders). Thedrama is set to star Nick Stahl (Terminator 3, Carnivale), Aaron Ashmore (Prom Queen,Skulls ...
  • Glut of premieres in Noah's Ark

    9-Sep-2004

  • Syrian Bride wins top honours at Montreal Film Festival

    7-Sep-2004

    Eran Riklis' The SyrianBride (Hacala Hasurit) took top honours as the 28th MontrealWorld Film Festival wrapped up on September 6. As well as the Grand Prix of theAmericas, the Israel-France-Germany coproduction won the Audience Award, theFIPRESCI prize and the Ecumenical Prize.
  • THINKFilm acquires acclaimed Brothels doc

    7-Sep-2004

    Adding to its list of recentpick-ups, Toronto-based THINKFilm has acquired all North American rights to BornInto Brothels directed by RossKauffman and Zana Briski.
  • Celluloid Dreams goes on The Take

    3-Sep-2004

    Paris-based Celluloid Dreamshas picked up international sales rights on the feature documentary The Take, written and narrated by Canadian journalist NaomiKlein, author of the best-selling corporate critique "No Logo", and directed bypartner Avi Lewis.
  • Celluloid Dreams on The Take at Toronto

    3-Sep-2004

    Paris-based Celluloid Dreamshas picked up international sales rights on the feature documentary The Take, written and narrated by Canadian journalist NaomiKlein, author of the best-selling corporate critique "No Logo", and directed bypartner Avi Lewis.
  • Festival programmer gets death threat for Casuistry doc

    2-Sep-2004

    A programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival was therecipient of a death threat on Tuesday. The anonymous caller was protesting thefestival's inclusion of a feature documentary, Casuistry:The Art Of KillingA Cat, a film aboutthree Toronto visual art students who in 2001 killed ...
  • Toronto programmer gets death threat for Casuistry doc

    2-Sep-2004

    A programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival was therecipient of a death threat on Tuesday. The anonymous caller was protesting thefestival's inclusion of a feature documentary, Casuistry:The Art Of KillingA Cat, a film aboutthree Toronto visual art students who in 2001 killed ...
  • Creep, Dead Birds lead Midnight line-up

    1-Sep-2004

    The worldpremiere of Christopher Smith's UK-German subway thriller Creep is one of the highlights of 10 titlesset to screen in the 17th Midnight Madness programme at the TorontoInternational Film Festival.
  • Creep, Dead Birds lead Toronto Midnight lineup

    1-Sep-2004

    The worldpremiere of Christopher Smith's UK-German subway thriller Creep is one of the highlights of 10 titlesset to screen in the 17th Midnight Madness programme at the TorontoInternational Film Festival.
  • ThinkFilm takes Nixon for North America

    31-Aug-2004

    Torontoand New York-based THINKFilm has acquired North American rights to NielsMueller's debut The Assassination Of Richard Nixon and will release thepicture in New York and Los Angeles on Dec 29.
  • Toronto announces complete line-up

    24-Aug-2004

    Films from KevinSpacey, Mike Barker, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Jean Paul Salome and CarloMazzacurati will make their world premiere at the 29th TorontoInternational Film Festival. TIFF took the wraps off its complete line-up at apublic press conference today. Of the 253 feature-length films announced, 100are world premieres, 26 are international premieres and 81 are North Americanpremieres.
  • THINKFilm draws new equity investment

    23-Aug-2004

  • Toronto unveils Visions, Discovery, Wavelengths titles

    18-Aug-2004

    New films from DavidGordon Green and Michael Winterbottom are among the latest wave of worldpremieres announced by the Toronto International Film Festival as it unveiledthe complete line-ups in the Visions, Discovery and Wavelengths programmes.
  • Montreal unveils competition line-up

    10-Aug-2004

    The Montreal WorldFilm Festival has unveiled its 2004 competition line-up, including the worldpremieres of Paul McGuigan's MGM/Lakeshore Entertainment-backed Wicker Park and new films from Chile'sRaoul Ruiz, Greece's Nikos Panayotopoulos and Australia's Craig Monahan.
  • Toronto revamps Canadian presence

    4-Aug-2004

    Don McKellar's second feature Childstar will make its world premiere at the TorontoInternational Film Festival as the event announced its local programming andunveiled its inaugural Canadian competition line-up, Canada First!
  • Montreal to present host of film premieres

    3-Aug-2004

  • Montreal first titles include premiere of Black documentary

    30-Jul-2004

    The MontrealWorld Film Festival will present the world premieres of German filmmakerAndreas Struck's Sugar Orange, Australian director Chris Kennedy's comedy A Man's Gotta Do, and Canadian documentarian DebbieMelnyk's Citizen Black,a film about newspaper baron Conrad Black. The feature-length documentaryfeatures interviews with Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle andBlack's wife, journalist Barbara Amiel.
  • Docs on Kerry, gay marriage, Rwanda premiere at Toronto

    28-Jul-2004

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival will present 11 world premieres, including new works from GeorgeButler, Peter Raymont and Don Boyd, as TIFF announced the bulk of its Real ToReel documentary programme.
  • Montreal under fire from Telefilm Canada, SODEC

    28-Jul-2004

    Serge Losique, the mercurialand controversial director of the Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF), hasreceived an ultimatum. He and the organization he has lead for 28 years mustsubmit to the scrutiny and standards of Telefilm Canada and its Quebec counterpart,SODEC, or lose the C$1m of the agencies' joint subsidy to a competing festivalproposal in Canada's second largest city.
  • Zidi, Schatzberg, Robert among Montreal Film Festival jurors

    23-Jul-2004

    French filmmakerClaude Zidi will head the eight-person international jury at the 28thMontreal World Film Festival, August 26 to September 6. The director of suchfilms as Les Ripoux, LesSous-doues and their sequels as well as AsterixEt Obelix, Zidi hasworked with the pantheon of France's onscreen talent, including GerardDepardieu, Philippe Noiret, Daniel Auteuil, Thierry Lhermitte, ChristopherLambert, Josiane Balasko and Stephane Audran. He began his career as acinematographer ...
  • Telefilm Canada chief resigns for executive vp role at CBC

    22-Jul-2004

    In a surprise move, RichardStursberg, the executive director of Telefilm Canada, has resigned after onlytwo-and-a-half years to accept a position at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
  • Toronto snaps up Shark Tale

    21-Jul-2004

    DreamWorks' computer-animated comedy Shark Tale will make its North Americanpremiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, an announcement whichmakes it a virtual lock for a world premiere slot at Venice.
  • Telefilm Canada to back ten low budget projects

    19-Jul-2004

    TelefilmCanada has announced it will back ten projects, six in English and four inFrench, as part of its $1.3m (C$1.7m) Low Budget Independent Feature FilmAssistance Program (LIFAP). All the films are budgeted under $570,000(C$750,000).
  • Montreal gives a new look to film market

    16-Jul-2004

    The MontrealInternational Film Market is putting a new spin on trade shows.
  • Les Choristes selected to close Montreal Film Festival

    15-Jul-2004

  • NORTH AMERICA 14 July

    14-Jul-2004

    Canada'sembrace of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 offers more ammunition to USRepublicans who fear that their northern neighbour may one day join the US.Thefilm has earned $8.6m (C$11.5m) in 17 days at the Canadian box office, a sumequivalent to 14% of the North American gross in that period according to JimSherry, ...
  • Toronto unveils first festival titles

    13-Jul-2004

    New films from Taylor Hackford, JohnSayles, Dylan Kidd will make their world premieres at the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival (Sept 9-18). The festival unveiled a number of titles across thespectrum of its selection, including two world premieres from South Africa, thefocus of this year's national spotlight programme
  • Isabelle Adjani to get special tribute at Montreal

    9-Jul-2004

    French actress IsabelleAdjani will be the guest of honour and focus of a five-film retrospective atthe 2004 Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF). MWFF will present her with itsSpecial Grand Prix des Ameriques at a tribute evening on Friday 27 August. Thefestival runs from August 26 to September 6.
  • Being Julia to open 29th Toronto International Film Festival

    29-Jun-2004

    Istvan Szabo's period comedy Being Julia, starring Annette Bening andJeremy Irons, will open the 29th Toronto International Film Festivalon Sept. 9.
  • Six Quebec films get Telefilm Canada backing

    29-Jun-2004

    Telefilm Canada hasannounced it will be backing six Quebec-based feature projects in the comingyear under the Canada Feature Film Fund. The projects, four French-language,one in English and one in Mandarin, include two international coproductions andan adaptation of an acclaimed novel by Quebecois journalist and author Gil Courtemanche.
  • Virgo's Lie is hot but Egoyan's Love is cooler

    23-Jun-2004

    Summer is always the busiest season forfilm production. In Canada, where the summer is as short as it is hot, thatmakes it busier than most. In terms of heat, the hottest production by far isClement Virgo's new film, Lie With Me,which started shooting in Toronto on June 16.
  • Toronto Film Studios wins giant new Toronto studio bid

    18-Jun-2004

    After years of fits andstarts, Toronto is finally going to get the giant production facility itsindustry has been calling for. The Toronto Economic Development Corporation hassaid the Toronto Film Studios (TFS) is the winning applicant to develop andbuild the facility.
  • Egoyan heads to 1970s Los Angeles in Somebody Loves You

    17-Jun-2004

    Canadian auteur Atom Egoyanis preparing his tenth feature, entitled Somebody Loves You, with long-time collaborator Robert Lantos ofSerendipity Point Films producing.
  • THINKFilm gets in on Virgo's sex act

    17-Jun-2004

    THINKFilm has taken worldrights on Lie With Me, the thirdfeature from Toronto filmmaker Clement Virgo.
  • Toronto launches Talent Lab for local film-makers

    17-Jun-2004

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has expanded its professional development offerings with TalentLab Toronto, a series of creative and technical workshops aimed at emerginglocal filmmakers.
  • THINKFilm buys wine documentary Mondovino

    8-Jun-2004

    THINKFilm has acquired NorthAmerican rights to Jonathan Nossiter's Cannes competition entry Mondovino, a documentary about the conflict between artisansand commerce in the contemporary wine-making world.
  • Cavedweller

    26-May-2004

    Dir. Lisa Cholodenko. US.2004. 120mins.
  • Ontario enhances production tax credit

    21-May-2004

    The government of Ontario has made life a littleeasier for film and television producers as it handed down its 2004 budget.Although its production tax credit (OFTTC) remains unchanged at 20% of eligiblelabour costs, those costs will not be reduced by the amount of equityinvestment from Canadian government film agencies. This intra-governmentalclaw-back has long been an irritant to local producers.
  • Toronto megastudio bid down to final two

    20-May-2004

    The bid to builda megastudio in Toronto has narrowed to two finalists: a local film studioplayer and a famous outsider.On the home frontis Toronto Film Studios, which operates the city's largest facility. The othercontender is Pinewood-Shepperton Studios, the UK-based operators of England'stwo most famous soundstages.According to theToronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO), which controls the land andissued ...
  • Canadian film and video industry hits record

    18-May-2004

    Canada's film and video industry saw a record-high $2.36bn(C$3.3bn) in revenues domestically and internationally in 2002-2003, up 8% fromthe year previous.
  • Thunderbirds

    13-May-2004

  • Green Hat tops Tribeca

    11-May-2004

    Chinese filmmaker LiuFen Dou won prizes for Best Narrative Feature for The Green Hat and BestNew Narrative Filmmaker as the 3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festivalwrapped on Sunday in a star-studded soiree. UK actor Ian Hart was the recipientof the prize for Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film for his role in the UKfilm Blind Flight. Best Actresshonours went to Fernanda Montenegro for Brazilian feature The Other Side Of The Street.
  • Warners' Polar Express set for 3D release

    10-May-2004

    Warner Bros says it will release RobertZemeckis' The Polar Express inconventional cinemas and Imax 3D format day-and-date on Nov. 19 in NorthAmerica and in some international territories. It's the first majorHollywood release in the 3D format.
  • Death In Gaza takes Hot Docs Audience Award

    5-May-2004

    Death In Gaza, the documentary about life in Palestine whose director, James Miller,was killed during its making, won the 2004 Audience Award at the 11thHot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Miller was in Gaza inMay 2003 documenting the lives of Palestinian children when he shot and killedby the Israeli army.Second ...
  • Ontario film censor loses power to cut

    4-May-2004

    An Ontario judge has ruled that the province's film reviewboard does not have the right to require cuts to films submitted forclassification prior to distribution.
  • Barbarian Invasions sweeps Genies

    3-May-2004

    Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions swept Canada's Genie Awards, winning six major prizes, including best picture and two prizes for Arcand himself, best direction and best original screenplay.
  • Alliance Atlantis restructures operations

    26-Apr-2004

  • CanWest extinguishes Fireworks

    19-Apr-2004

    Nearly a year after the departure offounder and CEO Jay Firestone, Fireworks Entertainment is to be shuttered byparent company CanWest Global Communications.
  • Alliance Atlantis gets Canadian rights to Super Size Me

    6-Apr-2004

    Alliance Atlantis's OdeonFilms has acquired Canadian rights to Morgan Spurlock's Sundance-prize winning SuperSize Me. The deal was negotiated bySpurlock and Odeon president Bryan Gliserman between Sundance and Austin'sSouth-By-Southwest Festival (SXSW).
  • Telefilm Canada strikes deal with CAA to boost Canadian films

    6-Apr-2004

    Telefilm Canada has hired anagent. Canada's public sector film financier has entered an agreement with CreativeArtists Agency (CAA) that could see Hollywood's largest talent agency packagingprojects for production in Canada.
  • Telefilm Canada greenlights four from Quebec

    31-Mar-2004

    Canadian public sector filminvestor Telefilm Canada has given the greenlight to four projects from Quebec,including films from Bernard Emond, whose 20h 16 Rue Darling screened in the Critics Week at Cannes 2003, and JeanBeaudin, who is currently wrapping the Canada-France historical epic NewFrance.
  • Cianciotta returns to distribution at Canada's Capri

    31-Mar-2004

    Gabriella Martinelli's CapriFilms has appointed exhibition and distribution veteran Tony Cianciotta aspresident of its new distribution division, Capri Releasing.
  • Ritchie Boys gets world premiere at Hot Docs

    31-Mar-2004

    Christian Bauer'sCanada-Germany coproduction The Ritchie Boys, the story of German Jews who formed an eliteintelligence unit for the US Army during WWII, will make its world premiere atthe 11th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
  • Seducing Dr Lewis leads Canada's Genie nods

    17-Mar-2004

    Jean-Francois Pouliot's Seducing Dr. Lewis grabbed 11 nominations while Denys Arcand's Academy Award winner The Barbarian Invasions earned nine nominations and Robert Lepage's The Far Side Of The Moon earned four nominations for the 2004 Genie Awards.
  • Imax puts 3-D movie to DVD for the first time through Warner

    18-Feb-2004

    Warner Home Video willrelease the Imax 3D film Space Station on DVD, the first-everImax 3D title to be released in the video domain. The DVD, which will bedistributed in both 2D and 3D capabilities, will go into the domestic market inthe fourth quarter of 2004.
  • Equinoxe launches production venture

    11-Feb-2004

    Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to star in Three Bad Men, an $11m Canada-UK co-production backed by Myriad Pictures, Anthony Minghella's and Sydney Pollock's Mirage Enterprises, David Barron and Paul Weiland's UK production outfit Contagious Films and newly-launched Canadian venture Equinoxe Productions.
  • Meistrich's Film Movement moves into Canada

    11-Feb-2004

    Larry Meistrich's first-runDVD distribution outfit Film Movement is expanding into the Canadian market,offering its monthly subscription-based service to film buffs north of theborder. Launched in May 2002 by the former Shooting Gallery executive, the NewYork-based company has created a niche for art house and specialty titles thatmight otherwise be passed over by distributors, acquiring rights to films andsending its members an exclusive DVD title each month - a disk they get tokeep.
  • Canadian film industry needs a shot in the arm

    9-Feb-2004

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  • Canadian production 'under siege', says report

    30-Jan-2004

    Competition from off-shore shooting destinations trying to lure US projects is causing concern amongst Canadian producers, according to the annual report issued by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.
  • Love In Thoughts

    30-Jan-2004

  • Open Water

    26-Jan-2004

  • Sundance jury passes over audience favourites

    26-Jan-2004

    If the Sundance FilmFestival has drifted to the mainstream from the margins, no one has told thejuries of the 2004 event. In the keystone Dramatic Competition, the juryawarded its prizes to films that generated little buzz through the course ofthe festival while ignoring the films that caused the greater stir. Absent fromthe podium were the filmmakers whose work scored critical attention anddistribution deals during the festival, directors such as Zach Braff of GardenState, Greg ...
  • Max acquires international rights to Lepage's Moon

    23-Jan-2004

    Montreal-based Max Films hasacquired international rights to Robert Lepage's Far Side Of The Moon (La Face cachee de la lune) from Alliance Atlantis. The film, based onwriter-director-star Lepage's stage piece, will have its international premierein Berlin's Panorama section. Shot on HD, it will screen in 35mm and HD, thefirst time the festival has presented films in both formats. US rights arestill available.
  • The Woodsman

    23-Jan-2004

  • November

    20-Jan-2004

  • Garden State

    19-Jan-2004

  • Seducing Dr Lewis (La Grande Seduction)

    9-Jan-2004

  • The Corporation

    8-Jan-2004

  • Equinoxe makes Passion play

    23-Dec-2003

    Montreal-based Equinoxe Films has picked up Canadian rightsin all media to Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ.
  • Third Harry Potter to get simultaneous IMAX release next summer

    19-Dec-2003

    Harry Potter is heading tothe really big screen. The third installment of Warner Bros' franchise,Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, will be released on Imax screens simultaneous with the conventional theatricalrelease in June 2004.
  • Toronto critics opt for Lost In Translation

    18-Dec-2003

    Sofia Coppola's Lost InTranslation won three prizes as theToronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) announced its awards for 2003. Thedramatic comedy won best picture, best male performance for Bill Murray, andbest screenplay for Coppola, who shared the prize in that category withCanadian auteur Denys Arcand for The Barbarian Invasions.
  • Canada names its ten best films of the year

    17-Dec-2003

    Films by Guy Maddin, DenysArcand and Robert Lepage as well as a Spanish-Canadian coproduction wereamongst the films judged as the ten best Canadian films of 2003 yesterday.
  • Mickie among latest Alliance Atlantis casualties

    17-Dec-2003

    Veteran sales executiveCharlotte Mickie and Salter Street Films, the Halifax-based production companybehind Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine are the latest victims in Alliance Atlantis'cost-cutting measures.
  • Canadian distribution sector posts record revenues in 2001/2

    16-Dec-2003

    Big jumps in pay-TV and homevideo drove Canadian film distributors and video wholesales to a record $2.28bn(C$3bn) in revenues in 2001-2002 according to data released Monday by StatisticsCanada.
  • Montreal film fest to fete Adjani

    11-Dec-2003

    Next year's Montreal World Film Festival will pay tribute to French actress Isabelle Adjani. Making the announcement, MWFF president Serge Losique deemed Ms. Adjani 'an extraordinary artist, an actress who is equally at home in transforming herself into her films' profound and exceptional characters or playing seemingly light roles with an expert touch.'
  • Alliance Atlantis makes sweeping cuts in production

    11-Dec-2003

    Toronto-based entertainmentcompany Alliance Atlantis plans massive cuts to its production arm, cutting upto 60 positions nearly half the division's workforce - and axing the twomost senior production executives, EntertainmentGroup CEO Peter Sussman and Seaton McLean, the group's president for productionand one of the founders of the original company, Atlantis Communications.
  • Cowan's in at Toronto, to run festival alone by 2007

    11-Dec-2003

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has appointed Noah Cowan to the new position of co-director. Theappointment, which was widely anticipated, will see Cowan sharing programmingduties with Piers Handling during a three-year transition period before takingover the festival's reins.
  • Adjani to receive special tribute at Montreal Film Festival 2004

    10-Dec-2003

    Next year'sMontreal World Film Festival will pay tribute to French actress IsabelleAdjani. Making the announcement, MWFF president Serge Losique deemed Ms. Adjani"an extraordinary artist, an actress who is equally at home in transformingherself into her films' profound and exceptional characters or playingseemingly light roles with an expert touch."
  • McKellar cranks up Childstar

    24-Nov-2003

    Principal photography is underway in Toronto for Don McKellar's second film, Childstar through Toronto-based Rhombus Media.
  • Toronto's Handling steps aside from programming duties

    19-Nov-2003

    Piers Handling, thelong-time director of the Toronto International Film Festival, is steppingaside from his main programming duties to concentrate on his other job title,that of CEO of the umbrella Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG).Meanwhile, the organization is entertaining a dozen applications for the job ofco-director of the festival proper; the successful applicant will hit theground running, with a start day of January 1, 2004.
  • Shoreline swims with Bay Of Love

    18-Nov-2003

    LA-based Shoreline Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to the Canadian feature, The Bay Of Love And Sorrows.
  • Canada to increase labour-based tax credit for local production

    17-Nov-2003

    The Canadian government ismoving to increase the labour-based tax credit available to local film andtelevision producers, a long awaited balancing move following the February 2003increase to the tax credit available to off-shore producers.
  • Canada boosts tax credits for local producers

    17-Nov-2003

    The Canadian government is planning to increase the labour-based tax credit available to local film and television producers.
  • Mambo Italiano becomes 2nd best Canadian performer

    7-Nov-2003

    Canadian comedy Mambo Italiano has moved into second place among all-time Canadian box office performers, having earned $3.8m (C$5.1m) on release through Equinoxe Films.
  • MGM, Cogeco Cable sign Canadian VOD deal

    4-Nov-2003

    MGM Home Entertainment andCarleton, Ontario-based Cogeco Cable have signed a video-on-demand supplyagreement that will see MGM library titles carried by Canada's fourth-largestcable provider.
  • Animation veteran Hirsh buys Cinar in $144m deal

    31-Oct-2003

    Canadian animation veteranMichael Hirsh is buying Cinar, the troubled Montreal-based animation house. TheUS$144m sale puts Hirsh, co-founder and former CEO of Toronto-based Nelvana Limited,back in the centre of the Canadian animation scene he helped establish.
  • Cinecitta mulls expansion into East Europe, Africa

    27-Oct-2003

    Italy's Cinecitta studio is working on plans to expand its activities into Eastern Europe and North Africa.
  • Arcand's Decline is born again

    8-Oct-2003

    In the wake of its highlysuccessful sequel, The Barbarian Invasions, the original 1986 film The Decline Of The AmericanEmpire has suddenly been given a new leaseon life in the marketplace. Both films were directed by Quebec auteur DenysArcand.
  • NORTH AMERICA

    8-Oct-2003

    Alliance Atlantis' much-hyped local Canadian release Foolproof did not live up to the box office expectations generated by its title.
  • Cronenberg takes Canadian Directors Guild prize

    7-Oct-2003

    David Cronenberg won the best direction prize for Spider at the Directors Guild of Canada awards in Toronto on Saturday.
  • Rhinoceros Eyes

    6-Oct-2003

  • Chinese film wins Vancouver festival prize

    3-Oct-2003

    Chinese filmmaker Diao Yinan has won the Vancouver International Film Festival's Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema for his film Uniform, a story of contemporary China's lost generation of young people who search for an identity amidst a society beset by industrial decay and urban despair.
  • Loews embarks on money raising plan

    3-Oct-2003

    Exhibitor Loews Cineplex is planning to raise capital through an income trust, the latest entertainment company seeking to leverage the revenue stream of its business operations without diluting ownership of the company proper.
  • Canadian producers prepare for European Immersion

    25-Sep-2003

    A wide range of Canadian and international producers are set to participate in Immersion Europe: 2003, the ninth annual Canada-Europe feature film financing forum to be held in Paris November 17-20.
  • SPC strikes licensing deals with Canadian distributors

    24-Sep-2003

    Montreal-based Seville Pictures has taken all Canadian rights to Wolfgang Becker's international hit Good Bye, Lenin! and has acquired all French Canadian rights to Pedro Almodovar's upcoming Bad Education, currently in post-production.
  • The Green Butchers

    19-Sep-2003

  • Barbarian Invasions gets Canada's Oscar vote

    18-Sep-2003

    Denys Arcand's TheBarbarian Invasions will beCanada's submission to Best Foreign Language Film category of the AcademyAwards.
  • Scorsese's The Blues gets Montreal world premiere

    18-Sep-2003

  • Loewy lines up UK trip to recruit Momentum chief

    17-Sep-2003

    Victory Loewy, CEO of Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution Group, is planning a return to the UK to recruit a new senior executive for Momentum Pictures, the company's wholly-owned UK distribution company.
  • Invasions, Zatoichi take top TIFF prizes

    15-Sep-2003

    Denys Arcand's TheBarbarian Invasions won theToronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film and Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi won the AGF People's Choice Award as the 28thToronto International Film Festival wrapped after ten trouble-free days.
  • Invasions, Zatoichi take top Toronto prizes

    15-Sep-2003

    Denys Arcand's TheBarbarian Invasions won theToronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film and Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi won the AGF People's Choice Award as the 28thToronto International Film Festival wrapped after ten trouble-free days.
  • Saddest Music, Rosenstrasse find US homes

    11-Sep-2003

    US distributors picked uptwo more international titles at the Toronto International Film Festival. IFCFilms has picked up all US rights on Canadian Guy Maddin's raucous comedy TheSaddest Music In The World,following the film's North American premiere at the event. Samuel Goldwyn Filmshas taken US rights on Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse, a true story of the Aryan wives of Jewish husbandswho stood up against the Nazi regime.
  • Toronto: Saddest Music, Rosenstrasse find US homes

    11-Sep-2003

    US distributors picked uptwo more international titles at the Toronto International Film Festival. IFCFilms has picked up all US rights on Canadian Guy Maddin's raucous comedy TheSaddest Music In The World,following the film's North American premiere at the event. Samuel Goldwyn Filmshas taken US rights on Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse, a true story of the Aryan wives of Jewish husbandswho stood up against the Nazi regime.
  • Gun-shy (Schussangst)

    5-Sep-2003

  • The Saddest Music In The World

    5-Sep-2003

  • Alliance Atlantis takes on international rights to Moon

    4-Sep-2003

    Alliance Atlantis hasacquired international rights to writer-director Robert Lepage's Far Side ofthe Moon.
  • Alliance takes international rights to festival-bound Moon

    4-Sep-2003

    Alliance Atlantis hasacquired international rights to writer-director Robert Lepage's Far Side ofthe Moon.
  • Alliance Atlantis spins off distribution businesses

    3-Sep-2003

    Toronto-based Alliance Atlantis Communications has announced itsintention to spin-off its Canadian and UK distribution businesses into a so-calledincome fund.
  • Altman confirms he will be Toronto Maverick

    3-Sep-2003

    Robert Altman has confirmedhis participation in the Maverick programme, part of the events taking place atthe Toronto International Film Festival's Rogers Industry Centre (RIC).
  • Altman confirms he will be Toronto Maverick

    3-Sep-2003

    Robert Altman has confirmedhis participation in the Maverick programme, part of the events taking place atthe Toronto International Film Festival's Rogers Industry Centre (RIC).
  • The Medallion

    26-Aug-2003

  • Cantona travels to Montreal for Overeater fixture

    22-Aug-2003

    French footballer-turned-actor Eric Cantona will accompany the international premiere of his first starring role, The Overeater (L'Outremangeur) at the Montreal World Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 7).
  • UK strong, Brown Bunny redux at TIFF

    19-Aug-2003

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has unveiled its complete line-up, which includes a raft of worldpremieres from film-makers as diverse as Richard Linklater, Jacques Rivette andMike Hodges in addition to those already announced from Robert Altman, JaneCampion and Carl Franklin.
  • UK strong, Brown Bunny Redux at Toronto

    19-Aug-2003

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has unveiled its complete line-up, which includes a raft of worldpremieres from film-makers as diverse as Richard Linklater, Jacques Rivette andMike Hodges in addition to those already announced from Robert Altman, JaneCampion and Carl Franklin.
  • Montreal unveils full competition line-up

    12-Aug-2003

    New films from African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo and Japan's Yoshimitsu Morita (Copycat Killer) are among 15 titles unveiled by the 27th Montreal World Film Festival (Aug. 27-Sept. 7), which has announced the balance of its Official Competition line-up.
  • S.W.A.T.

    8-Aug-2003

  • Gigli

    1-Aug-2003

  • Montreal secures Elephant for North America premiere

    1-Aug-2003

    Gus Van Sant's Palme d'or winner Elephant will have its North American premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival.
  • Campion's Cut to premiere at Toronto

    31-Jul-2003

    Jane Campion's In The Cut will makes its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival along with North American premieres of Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 and Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men. The latter two films are premiering at Venice. Toronto will present all three films at Gala screenings.
  • Toronto mega-studio plans are back on track

    31-Jul-2003

    Toronto's on-again, off-again bid to build astate-of-the-art purpose-built studio on its disused port area is back on track.
  • Erland Josephson gets tribute programme at Montreal

    30-Jul-2003

  • Hamori teams with Brightlight for five films

    30-Jul-2003

    AndrasHamori's LA-based H2O Motion Pictures is teaming with Vancouver-basedBrightlight Pictures in a $50m, five-picture international coproduction slateto be filmed over the next three years.
  • European films line up for Toronto premieres

    29-Jul-2003

    Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hafstrom's Evil will make its world premiere at the 28th Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life

    28-Jul-2003

  • Imax beefs up China presence

    23-Jul-2003

    Imax Corp. has increased to ten the number of giant-screen cinemas set to open in China by the year 2005, signing a deal with Shanghai United Cinema for two Imax MPX theatre systems.
  • Toronto puts Canadian film-makers into Perspective

    23-Jul-2003

    Canadian filmmakers Gary Burns, Deepa Mehta and Guy Maddin have been awarded prominent positions in the line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival, as the event announced its Perspective Canada programme.
  • AOL TW sells DVD business for $1.05bn

    21-Jul-2003

    Toronto-based Cinram International will pay $1.05bn to acquire the DVD and CD manufacturing and distribution businesses of AOL Time Warner in the US and Europe.
  • Artisan renews with Alliance Atlantis in Canada till 2007

    17-Jul-2003

    Alliance Atlantis andArtisan Entertainment have agreed to renew their all-rights Canadiansub-distribution agreement through March 31, 2007. Upcoming on the Artisanslate are Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, a re-imagination of the 1987 hit and The Punisher, based on the Marvel comic, starring John Travoltaand Thomas Jane.
  • Canada's Cineplex moves booking role to Los Angeles

    4-Jul-2003

    Canadian distribution and exhibition veteran Tony Cianciotta is leaving Cineplex Odeon Canada (COC), where he held the position senior vp of film, the top booking job at Canada's second-largest exhibitor.
  • Ontario groups show united front to attract Hollywood productions

    27-Jun-2003

    A coalition of Ontario-basedfilm and television industry interest groups has formed a united front to lobbythe federal government and market the province as a production destination toHollywood.
  • Imax reveals screen plans for Disneyland Paris

    24-Jun-2003

    Imax Corp and French exhibitor EuroPalaces have signed an agreement to open an Imax 3D cinema at Disneyland Resort Paris, the 47th Imax cinema in Europe.
  • UK's Momentum provides revenue boost for Alliance Atlantis

    24-Jun-2003

    UK-based Momentum Pictures has boosted its contribution to the bottom line of parent company Alliance Atlantis.
  • Barbarian Invasions to open Toronto

    24-Jun-2003

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has announced some of its major titles at this year's eventwhich runs Sept 4-14. Denys Arcand's Les Invasions Barbares (The Barbarian Invasions) which was in competition at Cannes will open thefestival, continuing the tradition of a Canadian film being the opening nightgala presentation.
  • Idle, Assayas are cool for Katz's Prospero outfit

    12-Jun-2003

  • Idle, Assayas are cool for Katz's Prospero outfit

    12-Jun-2003

    Soft-money specialist Martin Katz is leaving Grosvenor Parkto found a new Toronto-based production entity, Prospero Pictures.
  • Italian Job original rides shotgun with remake on DVD

    12-Jun-2003

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE)will release the DVD version of the original 1969 production of The ItalianJob simultaneously with the October releaseof its hit Hollywood remake in the format.
  • Admissions flatten in Canada at start of new millennium

    5-Jun-2003

    After a growthspurt in the late 1990s, film attendance in Canada has flattened in 2000-2001,according to a survey from Statistics Canada.
  • Imax results beat quarterly expectations

    6-May-2003

    Imax Corp. posted improved quarterly results, yieldingearnings of $34m, up from $31.3m in the prior year quarter and exceedinganalyst estimates.
  • Talk To Her crosses C$1m milestone in French Canada

    6-May-2003

    Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her has surpassed C$1m ($708,000) in its 19th weekat the Quebec box office, making it one of the top grossing foreign languagefilms of all time in Canada's predominantly French-language province.
  • SARS causes Shall We Dance shift from Toronto

    29-Apr-2003

    The SARS scare in Torontohas claimed its first feature film victim. Miramax Films' Shall We Dance, starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, set toshoot June 23 in Toronto, will relocate physical production to Winnipeg,Manitoba.
  • Gods And Generals

    27-Feb-2003

  • What Alice Found

    7-Feb-2003

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