Film

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Fifty participants named to second BANFF Spark cohort

Marylou Mintram, Rebecca Gibson and Lauren Grant are among those participating in the accelerator program for women in the media business, with Super Channel signing on as founding industry partner.

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Two Canadian titles named official Cannes 2020 selections

Pascal Plante’s Nadia, Butterfly and Viggo Mortensen’s Falling are among 56 films that will hold the title of Cannes 2020 selection in lieu of a physical festival.

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DOC report highlights ‘heightened vulnerability’ of documentary sector

A new study examines fears about business sustainability, with the sector struggling under the weight of both the production shutdown and ongoing stresses that preceded the pandemic.

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Quebec to allow production to reopen June 8

The provincial government announced a $91.5 million investment toward film and TV production, to be distributed by SODEC, and released its production protocols for COVID-19.

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HGF backs 23 films in third quarter of 2019/20

Conquering Lion Pictures and Shaftesbury’s Undercard and Screen Siren Pictures’ Saving Manno are among the funder’s Story Option stream.

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CMPA proposes ‘industry-wide solution’ to insurance conundrum

The proposal put forth by the producers’ association would see the federal government serve as a backstop for COVID-19 insurance claims.

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On Screen Manitoba releases COVID-19 production protocols

The 12-page guide was created by a committee of seven local prodcos, with input from guilds and unions, and arrives as the province eases restrictions on production.

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Telefilm awards nearly $8M across six French-language features

Lignes de fuite and Beluga Blues are among the projects set to share coin from the funder.

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CSAs ’20: Antigone, The Song of Names score five prizes each

The final ceremony saw Sophie Deraspe’s drama win Best Motion Picture, while The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open and The Twentieth Century also picked up prizes.

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Arcana Studio adds new development, marketing leads

The comic book publisher and animation studio has named Lauren Gillies as head of development while Josh Hamelin will lead its ongoing marketing strategies.

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We Are One schedules raft of Canadian titles

Amreeka, Throat Singing in Kangirsuk, Ivory Burn and seven projects from the NFB are among the lineup.

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Adapting Snowpiercer: giant trains, ‘cli-fi’ and Orphan Black alums

Graeme Manson, Marty Adelstein and the team behind the TNT series told the story of bringing the property to TV as BANFF’s virtual festivities got underway.