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Immersion Room: Virtual production at your fingertips

Toronto’s new virtual production studio seeks to remove barriers to artistic vision at a cost that smaller productions can afford.

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TIFF adds more Canadian titles, including Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

Other newly announced homegrown features include an NFB doc on Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Marie Clements’ feature Bones of Crows.

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Hot Sheet: Three Canadian series hit national TV chart

The Amazing Race Canada continues to dominate, while Departure and Race Against the Tide make the top 30.

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CMF allocates $10.7M via Pilot Program for Racialized Communities

Hungry Eyes Media’s feature 40 Acres and season four of Diggstown are among the 19 projects to receive production support.

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micro_scope acquires rights to Alain Farah novel

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Philippe Falardeau is set to direct and write the screenplay in collaboration with Farah.

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Lantos epic Rise of the Raven underway in Hungary

Serendipity Point Pictures has secured an additional coproducer as production begins for the 10-episode historical series, expected to be one of Central Europe’s largest TV projects.

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Telefilm supports 64 small fests via COVID recovery fund

The festivals will receive a total of $725,000 through the Promotion Program, with support for larger film festivals to be announced in early 2023.

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Metafilms feature doc launches production in Japan

Mama no himitsu marks the feature directorial debut of Canadian filmmaker Laurence Lévesque.

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Director April Mullen boards CTV’s Spencer Sisters

Mullen will helm the first two episodes of the procedural series as production begins in Winnipeg.

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TIFF Tribute Awards to return as gala fundraiser

The annual awards ceremony was retooled for broadcast on CTV in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Roblox to stream Spin Master’s Bakugan: Battle Planet

All 100 episodes of the anime series’ first season will be available to stream on the gaming platform, expanding on last year’s single-ep drop.

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Deals: Ashgrove, eOne, Spin Master, ICI Tou.TV

Ashgrove sells remaining international distribution rights to Cardinal XD, eOne renews exclusive deal with Creature Films, plus more.

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In brief: Blink49 Studios expands L.A.-based scripted team

Plus: RBC unveils a new award for emerging Indigenous filmmakers, and Alanis Obomsawin will world premiere a new film at the International First Peoples Festival.

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Hot Sheet: Better Call Saul demand rises

Netflix’s Stranger Things continues to lead overall Canadian demand in its summer streak.

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Four participants selected for 2022 Level Up Program

The partnership program between Access Reelworld, Citytv, Shaftesbury, and Pope Productions will give two writers and two directors experience on Hudson & Rex.

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CMPA brings Indiescreen Awards to Whistler

The association has also doubled the cash prizes for both the Established Producer and Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer awards.