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Quickening director hopes debut feature expedites bigger opportunities

Pakistani-Canadian Haya Waseem’s debut feature, world premiering at TIFF ’21, portrays an immigrant family’s Canadian dream – as she too aspires to break cultural confines and take on larger projects.

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ACTRA Toronto council names new executive director

Alistair Hepburn will succeed veteran Sue Milling after the pair helped develop pandemic protocols that put the screen industry back to work.

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What animated Voss’ interest in Thunderbird?

CEO Jennifer Twiner McCarron explains how the company drew interest from a U.S. hedge fund, and what it plans to do with the investment within its factual, animation and consumer products divisions.

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Learn to Swim director on hitting the right notes for jazz romance

TIFF ’21: Thyrone Tommy shares notes on his debut feature film’s musical path from the director’s program at the Canadian Film Centre, all the way to its world premiere.

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levelFILM inks multi-year deal with New York distributor

The deal will see levelFILM handle the Canadian releases of Greenwich Entertainment’s slate, beginning with The Capote Tapes.

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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.