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    IMAX reorganises management structure


    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.In a release, IMAX said chairman Wechsler will focus on corporate strategy, governance and business development while CEO Gelfond will handle day-to-day responsibilities.The ...

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    Entertainment One backtracks on DHX acquisition


    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 ...

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    3 Seasons wins Canadian competition at Whistler


    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 ...

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    Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons wins at Whistler Film Festival


    Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons won the $12,000 Borsos Competition for best new Canadian feature at the 8th annual Whistler Film Festival. Before Tomorrow 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 ...

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    C.R.A.Z.Y. lead Marc-Andre Grondin stars in 5150 Elm's Way


    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 ...

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    Telefilm Canada, Rogers back five theatrical documentaries


    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 ...

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    Toronto critics launch C$10,000 Canadian film prize


    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 ...

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    Canada's Sook-Yin Lee starts shoot of Year Of The Carnivore


    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 Trish Dolman is producer with Kryssta Mills ...

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    Paul Gross in the saddle for William Phillips' Gunless


    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 ...

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    Lea Pool begins shooting Une Belle Mort in Luxembourg


    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 ...

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    Kalatozishvili's Wild Field takes top prize at Marrakech


    Mikhail Kalatozishvili's Wild Field won the top prize, l'Etoile d'Or, at the 8th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. The Shaft , from China's Zhang Chi, earned the Jury Prize.Melissa Leo, the star of Courtney Hunt's Sundance grand jury prize winner Frozen River, took the Best Actress prize: and ...

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    Capri gears up for Stefaniuk's vampire comedy Suck


    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 ...

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    Sarah Polley to direct feature documentary The Stories We Tell


    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 ...

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    Cameron's Avatar set for day-date IMAX release in December 2009


    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 ...

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    Maximum takes on international sales for Michod's Animal Kingdom


    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 ...

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    Transmission shifts into Nadda's Cairo Time from Maximum


    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 ...

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    Donald Sutherland to preside over Whistler jury


    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 ...

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    Telefilm Canada launches production funding for French outside Quebec


    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 ...

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    Berry and Skarsgard go before camera on Frankie and Alice


    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 ...

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    Delphis takes international rights on Dutch family hit Letter For The King


    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, ...