Film

MY PARANORMAL NIGHTMARE

Deals: Kew Media, Bell Media, Blue Ant Media

Kew Media Distribution secures sales for titles like Our House Media’s My Paranormal Nightmare, Love Nature expands its reach in Russia, and more.

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Alberta film, TV tax credit increased to 30% for locally-owned projects

The tax credit was announced in the province’s 2019 budget to replace the Screen-Based Production Grant, and initially placed a 22% cap on financing production costs.

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Murmur nabs Slamdance’s narrative feature grand prize

Steve Markle’s Shoot to Marry also won the festival’s Best of Breakouts Audience Award.

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BTLR panelists talk CMF-Telefilm merger, regulating streamers

Janet Yale and Monique Simard also discussed data-gathering from OTTs, as they fleshed out details of the expansive 97-recommendation report at Prime Time.

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Liberals aim to table updated Broadcasting Act by June

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says the government will act quickly to table the legislation as Netflix, Telefilm and others react to the BTLR report.

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In brief: Helga Stephenson, Divya Shahani to co-chair POV

Plus: Hot Docs has launched a new short pitch competition with Al Jazeera and two Canadian docs receive a grant from Sundance Institute.

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Behind the deal: A71 on D Films acquisition, future growth plans

Company execs discuss the strategy behind the deal, and how A71 is scaling up in order to address a lack of market accessibility for domestic filmmakers.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Jan. 17 to 23, 2020

Director Louise Archambault’s Merci pour tout and Il pleuvait des oiseaux land at #1 and #3, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Jan. 17 to 23, 2020

Bad Boys for Life takes the lead, followed by 1917 at #2 and Dolittle at #3.

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Vortex Words + Pictures gets into the holiday spirit early

The Ontario-based film prodco is in production on Inn for Christmas, produced by Bill Marks and Christopher Giroux and directed by Jesse Ikeman.

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Canadian copro My Salinger Year to open Berlinale

The film is written and directed by past Crystal Bear winner Philippe Falardeau and stars Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley.

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Dan Levy joins the cast of rom-com Happiest Season

Entertainment One is handling Canadian and U.K. distribution for the film, which is the first project Levy has been attached to since production wrapped on Schitt’s Creek.