Kelly Townsend

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Falling to premiere on Sundance closing night

The Canada/U.K. copro, directed by Viggo Mortensen and produced by Scythia Films, joins Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor and four other Canadian productions making their world premiere.

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Shore, Trebek among Canadian Academy’s 2020 honourees

Schitt’s Creek co-creator Dan Levy, activist David Suzuki, writer Nathalie Younglai and actor Tina Keeper also join the list of Canadians to be honoured on Canadian Screen Week.

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Canadian-produced film marks English debut for Iranian director

Isthmus, now in production in Toronto, is produced by newly launched Canadian shingle Blue Footlights and U.S. prodco Tall Brit Productions.

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PNP rounds out its Toronto office

Former Sony Pictures exec Marisa Friesen has joined the company as director of theatrical and digital sales, while PNP announces two new acquisitions from TIFF.

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Anne with an E to end with season three

Creator Moira Walley-Beckett announced the cancellation on Monday morning, which CBC and Netflix confirmed in a joint statement.

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Deals: Babe Nation, We’ll Be Over Here, Highball.TV, Bell Media

Three Canadian features land new U.S. and worldwide distribution deals while Bell Media kicks off an extended partnership with the CFL for its sports channels.

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Reem Morsi makes feature debut with Hysteria

Hysteria, which wraps production this week, is one of the films selected from Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program in 2018.

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Netflix launches a new Vikings epic with Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart

The spinoff will not be a Canadian coproduction, but Toronto’s Take 5 Productions will be attached to handle post-production.

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Jann Arden gets candid with new CTV special

The JANN star and co-creator will be featured in Jann Arden One Night Only, airing on CTV on Dec. 4 before heading to Crave.

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The Twentieth Century wins main prize at Los Cabos

Matthew Rankin’s feature-length debut took the Competencia Los Cabos Award at the Mexican film festival, which had a number of Canadian films in contention.

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Game Theory Films embraces the niche in its distribution strategy

The boutique distributor has announced its latest film acquisitions, including first-ever foreign titles, as it experiments with hyper-focused promotion strategies to reach new markets.

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MacLeod pledges stability for Ontario tax credits

The Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries wrapped up a four-day visit to L.A. to meet with film and TV execs to promote Ontario’s creative sector.