Film

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In brief: The NSI’s 2021 IndigiDocs cohort

Plus, Uninterrupted Canada and Par-Lay Content play ball with Fred VanVleet and director Trevor Mack’s film Portraits From a Fire heads to post-production.

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Hollywood Suite acquires 20-plus int’l films from Mongrel Media

The deal, which represents the first multi-picture agreement between the two companies, will be used to launch Hollywood Suite’s new programming block World Cinema Wednesdays.

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Gravitas Ventures raises the bar with The Oak Room

The thriller from Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment is set to be released this April.

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Ballinran Entertainment unveils doc on activist Foon Hay Lum

Canadian theatre director and actor Keira Loughran is attached to write and direct.

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Hot Sheet: Top films for Feb. 12 to 18, 2021

The Croods: A New Age leads, followed by News of the World at #2 and Promising Young Woman at #3.

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Schitt’s earns ensemble at ACTRA Awards for third year in a row

ACTRA Toronto’s ceremony also saw Outstanding Performance – Female go to Tamara Podemski (Coroner), while Jesse LaVercombe (Violation) was honoured with Outstanding Performance – Male.

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In brief: Akilla’s Escape, Queen of the Andes earn prizes at VFF

Plus, the recipients for WIFTV’s From Our Dark Side and BIPOC TV & Film’s Black + Indigenous Drama Writers Intensive.

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Netflix acquires worldwide rights to Ricardo Trogi’s latest

French-language dramedy Le Guide de la famille parfaite will launch globally on Netflix at the same time as its Canadian theatrical release through Les Films Opale.

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Deals: FilmRise, Reel One sign distribution agreement

Beyond Rights also secures sales for Extreme Ice Machines and sells titles to Blue Ant Media, plus more.

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Deals: MK2|Mile End, Media Ranch, Cineflix Rights

MK2|Mile End acquires Sundance title Pleasure, while Media Ranch unveils several format options and Cineflix Rights picks up four new factual series.

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Hot Sheet: Top films for Feb. 5 to 11, 2021

The Croods: A New Age, Promising Young Woman and News of the World continue their hold on the top three.

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Cineplex anticipates growth in 2021 following steep revenue decline

The company’s overall revenue in 2020 fell 74.9%, but CEO Ellis Jacob says the company is “well-positioned” for “inevitable resurgence”.