Weekly roundup: Festival news, nominations and TV premieres

Among other news this week, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell (pictured) got into New York's New Directors/New Films Festival, GLAAD handed nominations to Degrassi and The L.A. Complex and Hot Docs launches a new Doc Ignite campaign.

Here’s a roundup of news to come Playback‘s way in the last week.


Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell this week accomplished yet another notable feat.

Her much acclaimed and award-winning feature documentary has been included in the 2013 lineup for the New Directors/New Films Festival staged in New York jointly by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It is only one of seven films in the festival (and the only one from a Canadian), which  which runs Mar. 20 to 31.

Among other recent wins, the film earlier this month took home the Toronto Film Critics Association’s $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

Great Digital Film Festival

Cineplex Entertainment has announced the lineup for its fourth-annual Great Digital Film Festival, which plays at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres Feb. 1 to 7. Titles in the festival, which is focused on bringing Hollywood classics and fan favourites back to theatres, include: The Matrix, Jaws, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, An American Werewolf in London, The Fifth Element, Gremlins, Battle Royale, Oldboy, Goodfellas, Casino, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction and the Indiana Jones franchise.

Come Date With Me

Come Date With Me (10 x 60′), a Proper Television production in association with W Network that is based on an ITV Studios (U.K.) format, will premiere on W on Saturday Feb. 9 before locking into a regular Wednesday slot starting Feb. 20. The celebrity-dating format see four eligible Canadian suitors try to out-dine, out-shine and out-date each other for the heart of one hot singleton. Craig McKinnon of The Bachelorette fame and Wilder Weir from Oh So Cosmo are on the lineup.

The show is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.


Crankytown, a Canadian-organized interactive site about periods that features videos, stories and poems from artists such as Feist, Emma Thompson, Jessica Pare (pictured) and Karine Vanasse, has expanded to include Crankyfest – an online contest for videos about periods. The project was created by Canadian actors Liane Balaban and Vanessa Matsui, and costume designer Jenna Wright, in partnered with Toronto digital company iThentic. The contest launched Thursday and has a submission deadline of Mar. 1.


GLAAD nominations

U.S. rights group GLAAD has handed a set of nominations for its annual media awards to Epitome Pictures, for its programs Degrassi and The L.A. Complex (pictured).

The nominations, for positive portrayals of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual  community, were the fifth for Degrassi and the first for the now ended The L.A. Complex. The awards will be handed out during different events in New York Los Angeles and San Francisco throughout the spring.

Doc Ignite

Hot Docs’ newest Doc Ignite crowd-funding campaign, in support of the project entitled The Secret Trial 5, a documentary about the human impact of Canada’s “War on Terror” and its
controversial use of security certificates, started earlier this week. It’s produced and directed by Amar Wala, and produced by Noah Bingham. The filmmakers are aiming to raise $15,000 in production funds over 35 days through the campaign. Doc Ignite is supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Telefilm Canada, the City of Toronto, and the Toronto Community Foundation.

St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

The 24th Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival has opened for submissions, with an early-bird entry deadline of Mar. 18. The festival is open to a wide range of submissions from films directed, written or produced by women, as well as so-called co-gender productions. The festival takes place Oct. 22 to 26.

Still name change

Michael McGowan’s feature drama film Still (pictured) has been renamed Still Mine.

The announcement was made earlier this week, ahead of the Canada Screen Award nominations, in which the film–as Still Mine–secured a set of nominations. The film will open April 26 in Canada (distributed by Mongrel Media) and the U.S. (by Goldwyn).