Film

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Sophie Dupuis embarks on Souterrain

The writer/director’s sophomore feature is backed by SODEC, Telefilm and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

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Awards wrap: 1991 wins big at Gala Quebec Cinema

Edge of the Knife also won best picture and best direction at the Leo Awards, while Drag Kids walked away with best Canadian feature at Inside Out.

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Director Jean-Claude Labrecque dies at 80

The Quebecois filmmaker worked with renowned directors such as Michael Brault and Gilles Carle and earned international acclaim for his documentary short 60 Cycles.

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Domestic prodcos stretched thin under talent crunch

As the production volume in Canada continues to surge, Sean Buckley, Daniel Bekerman and Vince Commisso discuss how they’re working around the domestic talent shortage.

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Deals: Farpoint, Max Films, eOne

Farpoint Films’ new factual series lands U.K. distribution, Netflix acquires an upcoming Jane Campion drama and The CW asks for more Burden of Truth.

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Corus sets specialty lineup for 2019/20

W Network’s drama pick ups included Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, with Corus adding around 30 new titles in total across its specialty portfolio.

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In brief: Indian Horse creates $15.3M in economic output

CBC/Radio-Canada partners with the Canada Council for the Arts on a new initiative, plus Corus will integrate Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge into its programming.

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Canadian Cinema Editors unveil 2019 winners

The ninth annual gala saw editor Lara Johnston win best feature film editing for her work on Mouthpiece, while Dean Balser received the Lifetime Achievement prize.

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How increased funding flexibility is creating forward momentum

From Playback magazine: expanded funding triggers are creating new paths to market for producers and creators in a slow-moving broadcast environment.

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Blue Ice Docs lands Canadian rights to three documentaries

Among the slate is Laurie Lynd’s Killing Patient Zero, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs festival.

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Indie List 2019: a tumultuous year in review

From Playback magazine: optimism, challenges (both old and new) and some impressive success stories in a transitory year for Canadian film and TV.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films May 17 to 23, 2019

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum takes the top spot, followed by Avengers: Endgame at #2 and Pokemon Detective Pikachu at #3.