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Toronto adds $800k to screen sector training programs

The new investment will see more than 200 diverse members of the community receive access to screen sector career training.

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Night Raiders to open 22nd annual imagineNATIVE festival

Considered the largest presenter of Indigenous screen content in the world, this year’s imagineNATIVE will screen more than 145 works from 51 Indigenous nations.

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Vampire dark comedy brings new blood to genre

TIFF ’21: Fifteen years after the idea was born, Canadian musician/filmmaker Blaine Thurier’s Kicking Blood was shot in 14 days in Sudbury, ON after New Real took a stake in the project.

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RTR Media expands with trio of hires

The Toronto prodco behind HGTV series Home Town has bolstered its production and development teams.

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WildBrain refreshes Strawberry Shortcake

A new 2D-animated YouTube series, CG specials for streaming, a Roblox game, toys, music, books and events are all on the way for the evergreen brand.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2021

Ted Lasso stays on top of the digital originals chart as The Walking Dead leads overall demand in Canada.

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TIFF selection Scarborough acquired by levelFILM

The film, based on the award-winning novel by Catherine Hernandez, will have its world premiere today in Toronto.

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All3Media Int’l taps former Kew Media exec as SVP, North America

Based in New York, Jennifer Askin will manage sales and lead factual co-production in Canada and the U.S.

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VIFF lineup includes five world premieres for Canadian features

The festival will open with Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain and close with Celine Sciamma’s Petite Maman.

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Eight women directors selected for Academy development program

The fourth edition of The Canadian Academy’s bilingual six-month program kicks off at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF ’21: What to expect from this year’s event – and the road ahead

As the festival opens today with expanded in-person offerings, co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente share their expectations and plans to keep the lights on at the Lightbox.

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MK2 | Mile End expands with former Telefilm, eOne execs

The Montreal distributor has hired Stephanie Azam and Lainie Elton as part of its continued expansion into the English-language market.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs from Aug. 23 to 29, 2021

Private Eyes ends its run on top, with the series finale leading TV ratings for the week.

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WarnerMedia launches initiative for mid-level filmmakers at TIFF

The practical program – which seeks to demystify the festival market – will continue year-round at nine other film festivals across Canada.

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TIFF ’21: Doc programmer Thom Powers on this year’s lineup

How the festival’s documentary programming has addressed diversity and what will make an impact with audiences.