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Randy Lennox elected chair of Banff World Media Festival

The Bell Media president takes over from outgoing chair John Morayniss, who ends his three-year term.

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Great Great Great heads to the U.S.

The dramedy from director Adam Garnet Jones will receive a theatrical and VOD release through a deal with New York-based distributor Ammo Content.

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Experimentation leading to new opps for creators: CMF Trends

The funder’s latest report explores the ways content producers can capitalize on new opportunities like interactive audio and location-based entertainment.

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Canadian projects nab world-premiere screenings at SXSW

Ricky Tollman’s Run This Town, Brent Hodge’s Who Let The Dogs Out and Kari Skogland-directed series NOS4A2 are among those headed to the Texas festival.

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In Brief: The Grizzlies wins over audiences at Palm Springs film fest

Plus: CBC preps a pair of playful docs and the team behind the live comedy show Rapp Battlez lands U.S. representation.

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Raven Banner picks up Danishka Esterhazy’s Level 16

The genre-focused distributor will release the thriller day-and-date with its U.S. theatrical debut.

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New drone regulations could have major impact on domestic filming

Transport Canada’s new regulations for drone operators, to be implemented this summer, are causing concern in the industry.

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Deanna Wong named executive director of Reel Asian Film Fest

This is Wong’s second term as exec director, after she previously held the role from 2005 to 2008.

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Tantoo Cardinal among ACTRA Toronto 2019 nominees

Other nominees in the Outstanding Performance – Female category include Amybeth McNulty and Katie Douglas, while CBC swept the ensemble category.

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Manitoba makes its tax credit permanent, removes sunset clause

Film commissioner Carole Vivier said the renewal gives long-term stability to the local sector as production volume in the province continues to surge.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Dec. 31, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019

The Big Bang Theory lands at #1, while Royal Canadian Air Farce and Heartland break the top 30.

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Photo Gallery: 2019 TFCA gala

This year’s ceremony saw Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, Tantoo Cardinal and Molly McGlynn being honoured for their work.

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CBC’s doc channel commissions 9/11 doc from Saloon Media

The project, written and directed by Elizabeth St. Philip, tracks the lives of the children present when George W. Bush learned of the 9/11 attacks.

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eOne to receive first-ever industry leadership award at 2019 CSAs

Travelers creator Brad Wright will receive the Maraget Collier award, while four more recipients will be honoured with the Board of Directors’ Tribute.