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BANFF ’21: Indigenous creators see growing opportunities in global marketplace

Banff World Media Festival’s International Indigenous Screen Industry Summit brought together creatives and media leaders from across the world to discuss the future of Indigenous storytelling.

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Bill C-10 passed in the House of Commons, moves to Senate

While the bill was passed in the early hours of Tuesday, reports suggest there’s almost no chance it will receive Senate approval before the summer recess.

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Vice Media, TELUS Fund name recipients of inaugural Take Care incubator

Three documentary projects were greenlit for production, including Jessie Posthumus-directed Bad At This.


EMA Films’ Anne-Marie Gelinas reflects on The Winter Lake

The Canada/Ireland minority coproduction hits VOD in Canada today, as Gelinas discusses the copro process and the upcoming theatrical release of Beans.

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Deals: S.N.A.P. Films, Crave, Nelvana, Guru Studio

Minerva Pictures picks up sales rights for The Cuban for the Pre-Cannes Screenings, Crave acquires Blue Ant Studios docuseries Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell, plus the latest kids deals.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for June 11 to 17, 2021

Souterrain remains on the top 10 list at No. 6, led by A Quiet Place Part II and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for June 11 to 17, 2021

Sophie Dupius-directed Souterrain continues to lead, while documentary Ainsi soient-elles debuts at No. 3.

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Coroner racks up more sales in the U.K., Australia

Australia’s Nine Network and Sky in the U.K. are among a number of buyers to acquire seasons one through three of the crime drama.


Hollywood Suite, WIFT Toronto team for Indigenous writers program

Announced on National Indigenous Peoples Day, the program will offer mentorship and training to mid-level First Nations, Inuit and Metis writers.

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‘The old system is not delivering’: production heads talk urgent need for funding reform

BANFF ’21: A re-examination of development funding triggers was once again a hot topic as Canadian producers unpacked where the future of the industry lies.


Mercury Filmworks launches live-action prodco

Nicole St. Pierre and Holly Merritt will lead Sungate Films, which is in development on kids series Arrow Radio.

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‘Don’t despair. We will get it done’: Guilbeault attempts to reassure screen sector on C-10

BANFF ’21: With time running out on the summer parliamentary session, and the potential of a fall election, the bill’s fate remains uncertain.

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Jason Priestley boards adaptation of Jackie Collins’ Hollywood Kids

The Private Eyes star is teaming with Reel World Management on the in-development drama based on Collins’ best-selling novel.

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Stories First options Canada Reads champion Jonny Appleseed

The Vancouver-based production company will adapt Joshua Whitehead’s award-winning Indigiqueer novel into a four-part miniseries.

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The Hardy Boys get the greenlight for season two

The family series produced by Nelvana and Lambur Productions will go to camera later this month, with episodes set to air on YTV and Hulu in 2022.