In brief: Sinking Ship launches Endlings non-profit campaign

Plus: imagineNATIVE names the finalists of its annual webseries competition with APTN and a Canadian copro will open the Reel Asian film festival.

Sinking Ship partners with conservation non-profit for Endlings

Toronto’s Sinking Ship Entertainment has partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as part of a non-profit education and fundraising campaign attached to its children’s series Endlings. The prodco has pledged $250,000 to support conservation efforts to protect and rehabilitate elephants impacted by human activity, such as illegal poaching. Endlings follows the story of four orphaned kids who find an alien who crash lands near their farm while in search of Earth’s last living elephant. A donation campaign will launch this fall and includes a “play-to-save audience engagement tool” as well as donation matching. Sinking Ship has inked several international deals for Endlings, most recently in Brazil, while the show will broadcast on Hulu in the U.S. and CBC and SRC in Canada.

imagineNATIVE names the finalists for its pitch competition

Darcy Waite and Mary Galloway are among the finalists for the APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition. The annual program helps Indigenous creators produce their digital projects with financing and in-kind support. The finalists include LGBTQ2 series Querencia by Galloway and Jessi Anthony; comedy DJ Burnt Bannock + the Métis Kid by Waite and Cynthia Murdok; horror anthology Tales from the Rez by Trevor Solway and Colin van Loon; and The Indian Day School Series by Roxann and Shian Whitebean. Waite previously won the competition with Madison Thomas for their webseries Colour of Scar Tissue. The winning project will receive a $30,000 licence, $10,000 toward production, provided by APTN and the Bell Fund, and an additional $17,500 worth of in-kind support. The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival will run from Oct. 22 to 27.

To Live to Sing will open Reel Asian

Canadian director Johnny Ma’s copro To Live to Sing has been selected as the opening film for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The film, which premiered at Cannes, follows an opera troupe leader as she vies to keep the group from falling apart. Also screening at the festival is Alfred Sung’s Canada/Hong Kong copro The Last Stitch, Samuel Kiehoon Lee’s Canada/South Korea copro Gyopo, and the National Film Board’s AR installment East of the Rockies, written by Joy Kogawa. The festival, which runs from Nov. 7 to 15, also features a spotlight on Canadian director Yung Chang.

Image courtesy of Sinking Ship Entertainment