Playback Fall 2018

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Distributor profile: Red Arrow Studios International

Shirley Bowers, the company’s VP of sales and acquisitions for North America, discusses boarding Blood Horn with DCTV and opportunities in the Canadian market.

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Playback’s 2018 Hall of Fame: Atom Egoyan

The auteur gained an international reputation for uncompromising, publicly funded films, and continues to build his body of work with more mainstream projects.

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Evolving, adapting, inventing: The CFC at 30

The storied Canadian institution works to balance Norman Jewison’s original vision with a mandate to equip alumni for a globalized, digital media economy.

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How to solve a problem like Canadian film viewership?

Industry players like Telefilm Canada and CBC are coming up with some new ideas to help solve an age-old problem.

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Indie film: Zoe Hopkins on Indigenous-led content

In the final part of our indie filmmaking series, the Kayak to Klemtu filmmaker discusses fostering new voices and the need to deliver Indigenous content to Indigenous audiences.

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Indie film: The industry’s new funding gaps

In part three of our indie filmmaking series, Wildling Pictures and director Robin Aubert discuss the decline in short-film funding and what it means for the next generation of creatives.

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Indie film: Zapruder took on Telefilm. Now what?

In part two of our series on indie filmmaking in Canada, we chat with Matthew Johnson and Matthew Miller about Talent to Watch and reshaping the business from the inside out.

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Indie film: Got it made! Get it seen?

In the first of a four-part series on indie filmmaking in Canada today, Playback talks to Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers about new funding and uncertain distribution.

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The exit interview: TIFF’s Piers Handling

With the Toronto International Film Festival set to kick off its 43rd edition, its outgoing CEO Piers Handling considers his legacy and the festival’s future.

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Redefining niche: Stephanie Ouaknine and Luis De Filippis

With De Filippis’ short For Nonna Anna and Ouaknine’s work on fan-favourite Carmilla, both creatives are crafting LGBTQ+ narratives that play against stereotypes.

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2018 Playback 5 to Watch: Petie Chalifoux

Through projects like River of Silence and her upcoming documentary and narrative projects, the writer/director/producer aims to empower Indigenous women.

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2018 5 to Watch: Winnifred Jong

After more than 20 years as a sought-after script supervisor, this creative is rebranding herself as a director.