Liza Sardi

Liza Sardi

Liza Sardi is editor-in-chief at Playback and content director for the Banff World Media Festival. An award-winning journalist, she has worked at the National Post, Globe and Mail, London Free Press, Sun Media and multiple other publications across the country from Tuktoyaktuk to Toronto. She helped launch Post Media’s daily tablet newsmagazine and was behind a major glossy relaunch of 24 Hours. As content director, she oversees the development of content for the iconic BANFF festival now in its 42nd year.

Posts by Liza Sardi
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Announcing the Playback Film Summit

Accelerating Canadian film from script to screen is the goal of the two-day conference aimed at bolstering the independent feature film industry.

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CMF contributions spark production despite pandemic: annual report

The 2020/21 report outlines the contributions made towards equity and inclusion initiatives and declines in viewership of CMF-funded Canadian programs except in Quebec.

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TIFF ’21: Filmmaker Lab, Talent Accelerator and Rising Stars picks

Two Learn to Swim actors chosen as Rising Stars while Sing Me a Lullaby ‘s Tiffany Hsiung and Finding Sally ‘s Tamara Dawit among 10 Canadian filmmakers chosen for the annual Filmmaker Lab.

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New $400,000 fund aimed at inexperienced Black creators

In collaboration with the Black Screen office, Telus STORYHIVE is offering $20K plus mentoring and distribution to 20 Black creators – and no experience is needed to apply.

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Canadian feature Wars wins prize at Karlovy Vary

Eleonore Loiselle’s turn in Nicolas Roy’s first feature film sees her honoured at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

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Factual prodco and distributor Off the Fence moves into Canada

Led by Imelda Wiebers, the company is seeking opportunities across science and ancient history, as well as Canadian wildlife co-production.

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Wow! Unlimited’s Frederator Studios options Black history-themed plays

The Emmy-winning studio is developing an animated series spotlighting underrepresented trailblazers with humour for family audiences.

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Oscar-winning VFX house expanding Canadian operations, talent pool

A new Toronto-area studio will employ up to 200, while up to 300 additional staff will be spread across Montreal and Vancouver, including 100 at a new feature animation division on the West Coast.

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Sony TV acquires Darrin Rose’s short film for series development

The award-winning Oshawa-born TV writer crafted his crime short One Last Last Heist as proof of his directing ability but sped away with a new opportunity.

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Go Button Media’s Second World War doc finds home

Hollywood Suite will run the world broadcast premiere of the feature documentary that shares a veteran’s final farewell to fallen friends.

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Trailblazer of the Year 2020: Jesse Wente

The influence of the executive director of the Indigenous Screen Office has never been greater since stepping into a new role as the chair of the Canada Council of the Arts this summer for a five-year term.

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Playback Summer 2020: How we reopen

The summer 2020 issue breaks down how Canada’s screen-based industry coped with shutdowns and found innovative solutions to restart production in a pandemic.