In brief: TIFF unveils Primetime TV lineup

Plus: Wattpad inks a deal with Malaysia-based SVOD service iflix, Ricardo Trogi's 1991 breaks $2 million at the Quebec box office, and more.

TIFF unveils Primetime TV lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has added five international TV series to its Primetime lineup for 2018, including world premieres for a pair of U.S. series. Facebook Watch drama Sorry For Your Loss, created by Kit Steinkellner and showrun by Lizzy Weiss, and Amazon Studios’ psychological thriller Homecoming, directed by Sam Esmail and starring Julia Roberts, are among the projects set to bow. Also set for its world premiere is Indonesia/Thailand/Singapore series Folklore: A Mother’s Love & Pob, directed by Joko Anwar and Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Elsewhere in the program there are international premieres for Thomas Cailley-directed sci-fi series Ad Vitam (France) and Israeli comedy Stockholm, written by Noa Yedlin and directed by Daniel Syrkin.


Wattpad has inked a deal with Malaysia-based SVOD service iflix that will see the companies coproduce a number of original movies based on Wattpad stories from Indonesia. Under the deal, iflix will mine IP from the more than six million Indonesian stories on Wattpad. Projects produced through the partnership will launch on iflix as the SVOD platform looks to bolster its slate of original titles. iflix has a presence in more than 25 markets in Asia and Africa, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Morocco.

Ricardo Trogi’s 1991 breaks $2 million at the box office

Ricardo Trogi’s 1991 is continuing to bring audiences out to theatres, with the feature film surpassing $2 million at the Quebec box office after 19 days in cinemas. Shot last summer in Montreal, 1991 is the final chapter of Trogi’s autobiographical trilogy, which began with 2009′s 1981 and was followed up by four years later by 1987. The film is distributed by Les Films Séville in Quebec.

Mosaic Entertainment team launch film and TV training program for girls

Camille Beaudoin and Eric Rebalkin, co-founders of Edmonton-based Mosaic Entertainment, have launched a new not-for-profit film and TV training program for teenage girls. GIFT (Girls In Film & Television) will train girls to create their own scripted video content. The new national program will offer weekend workshops and year-round programming and is open to anyone who identifies as a girl between the ages of 13 and 19. GIFT’s first filmmaking workshops will take place in Edmonton from Aug. 26 to 30 and Lethbridge, AB from Sept. 21 to 30. Telus Storyhive is supporting the workshops.

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