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    Telefilm appoints de la Varende as business development chief


    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.

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    Pinewood vying to take over Toronto's FilmPort studio


    Pinewood Studios Group is attempting another move into Toronto’s studio business following two earlier bids, one in 2007 and one in 2005.

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    Toronto Documentary Forum unveils 25 project pitches


    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.

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    Passchendaele wins Best Picture at Canada's Genie Awards


    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 ...

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    Chloe shoot wraps after Neeson's return


    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.Neeson had to leave the shoot temporarily after Richardson died in New York City March 18 after hitting her head in a fall at a Quebec ...

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    Canadian Telefilm to set new standards for film investment


    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. The new measures will incorporate 'Best Practices' into its Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF) decisions that concentrate on identifying target audiences and developing ...

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    Joe Dante on the set of The Hole


    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 ...

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    E1 Entertainment ships 1m DVD units of Twilight


    E1 Entertainment has shipped 1m DVD units of the vampire love story Twilight for its March 21 release. According to the company, the film is setting records for fastest sell-through at most major retailers. Twilight fans have taken part in late-night parties at locations across Canada, queuing to be among ...

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    Hot Docs unveils 36 world premieres


    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 ...

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    Egoyan's Chloe will continue to shoot around Neeson's schedule


    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 ...

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    Jennifer Baichwal's Act Of God to open Hot Docs


    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 Festival, as well as a Genie Award for Best Documentary. The ...

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    Sprockets to host North American premiere of Letter For The King


    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 ...

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    Guy Maddin to shoot short for NFB's 70th anniversary


    The National Film Board of Canada has commissioned idiosyncratic auteur Guy Maddin to create a short film to commemorate the NFB's 70th anniversary.The project, Night Mayor, goes before camera on March 9 on location in the filmmaker's hometown of Winnipeg, the city memorialized in Maddin's critical hit My Winnipeg. Maddin ...

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    Telefilm backs seven feature projects from Quebec


    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 ...

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    E1 strikes film and TV content deal with iTunes in Canada, US, UK


    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 ...

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    TIFFG names Karen Black director, Canadian initiatives


    The Toronto International Film Festival Group has named Karen Black as director, Canadian initiatives, for the organisation. Black has served as acting director for the past year, following Cam Haynes' departure in 2008.Her remit includes TIFFG's Film Circuit, Canada's Top Ten and the Student Film Showcase. She will also be ...

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    Necessities Of Life leads Genie Awards nominations


    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 Canada's submission for the foreign-language Oscar. The two Quebecois titles were followed closely ...

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    The Necessities Of Life leads Genie nominations


    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 Canada's submission for the foreign-language Oscar.The two Quebecois titles were followed closely ...

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    E1 Entertainment rethinks market listing


    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 ...

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    Perfect Circle signs Kearsley to animated debut


    Perfect Circle has signed a two picture deal with Seth Kearsley, that includes Heaven Sent based on the graphic novel series by Ben Dunn. The title is one of five animated features Perfect Circle is lining up. The company's stop-motion feature Edison And Leo, which premiered at Toronto, is being ...