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    Thirty Two Short Films gets reprise release in Canada


    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 ...

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    Arcand, Leconte receive France-Canada cultural accolades


    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 ...

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    Passchendaele passes $1m mark in Canada after a week


    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 ...

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    IMAX expands theatre deal with Ukraine's Triumph


    IMAX Corp. and Kyiv-based media company Triumph have added a third cinema to its giant-screen roll-out in the Ukraine. Triumph's exhibition arm, Kinokompaniya Triumf, will now have theatres in Kiev, Odessa and Kharkov. The Kiev site was installed last month, while the Odessa site is expected to be operational by ...

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    Elizabeth Radshaw named director of Toronto Documentary Forum


    The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has named Elizabeth Radshaw as the new director of its allied market, the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF). Founding TDF director Michaelle McLean stepped down in June after nine years to become director of the Canwest-Hot Docs Completion Fund.Radshaw was most recently head of ...

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    Canada's Telefilm anoints Gross, Martinelli, Vince for slate development


    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.Financed under the Canadian Feature Film Fund (CFFF), the slate development pilot program was established last year to match Canadian producers with Canadian ...

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    Tulpan takes top prize at Montreal's FNC


    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.Meanwhile the festival's jury, composed of Charlotte Laurier, Robert Levesque and Michel Savoy, was impressed with ...

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    UK's Odeon Cinemas buys two digital cinemas from IMAX


    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 ...

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    Rossellini gets greenlight for Green Porno Part 2


    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 ...

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    Canadian government reverses course on tax credit legislation


    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 ...

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    Cinetic Rights Management plans online premiere for Yeast


    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 ...

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    IMAX signs cinema pact with Austria's Cineplexx Kinobetriebe


    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, ...

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    Miramax signs Canadian output deal with Maple


    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.A new partnership was imminent once Miramax ended its 14-year relationship with Alliance Films and its antecedents in April of this year. Former Alliance executive Jim ...

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    National Federation of the Blind condemns Meireilles' Blindness


    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 ...

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    Passchendaele to screen for Canadian troops in Afghanistan


    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 ...

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    Entertainment One plans North American stock exchange listing


    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.E1 CEO Darren Throop ...

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    Canada's Entertainment One lands $150m credit facility


    Canadian media conglomerate Entertainment One (E1) has signed a four-year $150m credit facility led by US private bank JP Morgan.The new rotating line of credit will replace the company's existing debt facilities and provide capital for further expansion. Morgan leads a syndicate including Bank of America, Barclays and Toronto Dominion ...

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    Necessities Of Life named as Canada's foreign Oscar submission


    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 ...

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    Jim Sherry moves in at Maple Pictures as co-president


    Jim Sherry, the former managing director of Alliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Distribution (AAC MDP), is joining Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures as co-president.Sherry will share the presidency with current co-president Laurie May while colleague Brad Pelman will become COO. Pelman will also head up Maple Films, a new branded distribution label. ...

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    John Boorman to be feted at Montreal's FNC


    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 ...