In brief: Tribeca, Hot Docs, spring Canadian TV

Teachable Moment
Two Canadian shorts announced for Tribeca, three copros land at Hot Docs, plus YTV sets return dates for two series. (A Teachable Moment pictured.)

Two Canadian shorts added to Tribeca lineup
Two Canadian short films have been added to the lineup of the 15th edition of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. Writer/director Jason Jeffrey’s A Teachable Moment will get its world bow at the festival in the Learning Curve program, meant to showcase films featuring “poignant or profound life lessons.” Mark Slutsky’s Never Happened, meanwhile, will make its international premiere in the Warped Speed program, the festival’s first shorts program dedicated to sci-fi. The film made its world premiere at TIFF ’15. Earlier this week, Tribeca announced Canadian feature Lavender will screen at the festival in its world premiere. Canadian copros Pistol Shrimps and Ghostheads were also added to the festival’s lineup.

Three Canadian copros lands in Hot Docs Forum
Canadian copros Dolphin Man, Showgirls of Pakistan and Billy are among the 19 projects headed to this year’s Hot Docs Forum, an international documentary market and pitching event. Selected from more than 200 international submissions, the projects will be presented to a round table of leading commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives and delegates during the mornings of May 3 and May 4. Projects come from 16 countries, and are helmed by 11 female directors and 26 female producers. Prodcos attached to Lefteris Charitos’ The Dolphin Man (Greece/ Canada/France) are Anemon Productions, Storyline Entertainment, Les Films du Balibari, while Saad Khan’s Showgirls of Pakistan (Canada/Pakistan) will be produced by Nomad Films Inc. Prodcos attached to Lindsey Dryden’s Billy (Canada/U.K) are Parabola Films and Little by Little Films. The 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival runs from April 28 to May 8 in Toronto. (should this have a – Realscreen writer byline?)

Premiere dates set for pair of YTV series
YTV has set the return dates for season three of Some Assembly Required and season two of Max & Shred. Produced by Thunderbird Films, Some Assembly airs on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m., while Breakthrough Entertainment’s Max & Shred  will air directly afterwards at 7:30 p.m.

Season two of Good Witch to bow in April 
The second season of Hall series Good Witch, a Canadian certified production executive produced by  Whizbang Films’ Frank Siracusa, is set to return to W Network on Thursday, April 21 at 9 p.m. The first season of the series hit a ratings record for W Network in September, when it became the highest-rated series for women aged 25-54 to air on the channel in the past decade. The Good Witch is produced by Good Witch II Productions Inc., in association with Whizbang Films. Exec producers in addition to Siracusa are Orly Adelson, Jonathan Eskenas, Craig Pryce and Sue Tenney. Andrea Raffaghello serves as producer.

Blue Ant’s Love Nature pacts with Smithsonian, Plimsoll on production facility
Blue Ant’s Love Nature brand and Smithsonian Earth have partnered with U.K.- and U.S.-based Plimsoll Productions to launch a production facility in Zambia. The Camp Zambia project will see the three companies produce 50 hours of 4K wildlife and nature programs over the next two years. The content will be produced for Love Nature’s Canadian and international SVOD and linear channels, as well as Smithsonian Network’s U.S. streaming service, Smithsonian Earth. The content will also be available for global licensing via Blue Ant International. This project is part of Love Nature’s ongoing commitment to produce and distribute 200 hours of nature and wildlife content each year.

Correction: In a previous version of this article it was stated that Mark Slutsky’s Never Happened was making its world premiere at Tribeca, when in fact it is making its international premiere.

- with files from Realscreen