Kelly Townsend

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PNP mellows out with Canadian Strain

The newly Toronto-based distributor nabbed the Canadian distribution rights to the cannabis comedy, written and directed by Geordie Sabbagh and starring Jess Salgueiro.

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CMF invests $6.5M in 27 diverse, francophone productions

OMNI series Blood and Water is among 18 projects funded through the Diverse Languages Program, with another nine funded through the Francophone Minority Program.

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NFB docs set to world premiere at IDFA

Ariel Nasr’s The Forbidden Reel and Mira Burt-Wintonick’s Wintopia will world bow at the Amsterdam film fest alongside interactive project Far Away from Far Away.

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Cineflix Rights teams with Goldfinch TV for culinary slate

The deals see Cineflix Rights handle global sales for five series produced by Goldfinch TV subsidiary Rock Oyster Media, including Beautiful Baking with Juliet Sear.

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Deals: Cineflix, Zeitgeist Films, eOne

Pure heads to Europe and The Woman Who Loves Giraffes lands U.S. distribution, while eOne extends its theme park business to PJ Masks.

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Game Theory Films acquires To Live to Sing

Johnny Ma’s Mandarin-language drama, which opened Reel Asian this week, will be released in Canada in early 2020.

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Applications open for Edmonton Screen Media Fund

The fund, run by the Edmonton Screen Industries Office, will provide loans and investments to screen media projects and ventures situated in the Edmonton metro region.

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Youngster teams with SickKids in debut collaboration

The Insight Productions-owned digital prodco has created a series of videos with paediatric experts on common issues concerning modern parenting.

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IFC Midnight investigates Disappearance at Clifton Hill

The AMC-owned distributor has picked up the U.S. rights to Albert Shin’s mystery thriller, with a release set for February 2020.

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9 Story Media taps Karen Fowler to lead development

The producer and former CBC Kids exec will head the prodco’s development team in Toronto, aiming to boost its animation and live-action production slate.

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Monika Ille to succeed Jean La Rose as APTN CEO

The organization’s former executive director of programming was promoted to the position following a nationwide search.

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Closure of OFA raises issues for distributors, festivals in Ontario

The industry welcomes an update of the province’s ratings Act, and a potential move to a national system, but faces the short-term struggles of operating without the OFA.