In brief: Dance Revolution, ‘Baroness’ on Rose d’Or shortlist

Plus, three projects share over $136,000 in funding from the CMF and BAI.
Dance Revolution

Meet the Canadians set for the 2019 Rose d’Or Awards

Competition format Dance Revolution (known as Révolution in Quebec, pictured), the sketch-comedy Baroness von Sketch Show and teen drama series Jenny are among this year’s Rose d’Or nominees. Now in its 58th year, the event celebrates international excellence across categories like studio entertainment, factual entertainment, comedy drama and sitcom, and more. For the first time in its history, this year’s ceremony will be held in London, U.K.

Dance Revolution, from Quebecor Content and Fair-Play, is up for best studio entertainment show. It will compete against The Last Leg (U.K.), Holey Moley (U.S.), Michael Macintyre’s Big Show (U.K.), Songland (U.S.) and Let’s Keep It Between Us (France). Meanwhile, Frantic Films’ Baroness von Sketch Show is in the best comedy category and Productions Avenida’s Jenny is in best children and comedy.

The 2019 Rose d’Or Awards will be hosted by Sir Lenny Henry on Dec. 1.

Canada-Ireland projects walk away with over $136K 

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) have invested over $136,000 towards three projects from Canadian and Irish producers through the Canada-Ireland Codevelopment Incentive for Audio-Visual Projects.

Selected projects include Craic House from Vancouver’s Cedar Island Films and Ireland’s O’Sullivan Productions, a six-part, half-hour comedy series on the trials of surviving one’s twenties; #IBelieveHer from Canada’s Plausible Communications and Ireland’s Pembridge Film Productions, which reconstructs testimonies from the ‘Irish Rugby Rape Trial’; and Where the Wild Geese Go from Canada’s Stitch Media Ontario and Ireland’s El Zorrero Films, a multi-platform project that sees Irish and Canadian school children explore the natural world.

Craic House walked away with $25,000 from the CMF and $20,500 from BAI, while #IBelieveHer picked up $14,700 from the CMF and $29,000 from BAI. Finally, Where the Wild Geese Go received $25,000 from the CMF and $21,700 from BAI.

WIDC names 2019 Toronto Career Advancement Module directors

Jessica Petelle (V-Wars), Lora Campbell (#Interns), ZhiMin Hu (Sophie’s Letter) and Ashlea Wessel (Daughter of Babel) have been tapped to take part in WIDC’s 2019 Toronto Career Advancement Module at this year’s Female Eye Film Festival, which kicks off today.

Each of the four directors will develop an original feature film project. Petelle is set to develop drama Age of Dysphoria, while Campbell works on comedy Let’s Do This. Hu will tackle mother-daughter fantasy-drama Under the Red Umbrella and Wessel will explore the dark side of social media with Perpetua.

Meditation Park and Double Happiness filmmaker Mina Shum will serve as their mentor for this edition, which receives funding from Telefilm Canada. The module is presented in collaboration with the Female Eye Film Festival, which runs until Nov. 10 in Toronto.