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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Sept. 24 to 30, 2021

Sebastien Pilote’s Maria Chapdelaine hits No. 1 with a six-figure box office debut while Bruce LaBruce’s Saint-Narcisse lands at No. 4.

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Drunken Birds to represent Canada for 2022 Oscars

UPDATED: The film, which recently had its world bow at TIFF, will be submitted for Best International Feature Film for the 94th Academy Awards.

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Production wraps in B.C. on The Beehive

The sophomore feature from Metis filmmaker Alexander Lasheras has secured deals with CBC, APTN and Hollywood Suite.

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Multi-award winning producer named university chancellor

Lakehead names the first person of colour, Vision TV founder Rita Shelton Deverell, to lead the institution starting in 2022.

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Lionsgate boards Robbie Amell-led Float

Now in production, the film will be directed by Toronto’s Sherren Lee, with Kim’s Convenience star Andrea Bang to co-star with Amell.

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Vancouver appoints new acting film commissioner

Former location manager Geoff Teoli ‘knows the city inside out’ and is tasked with facilitating investment at the third-largest production centre in North America.

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Sphere Media adds feature film, fiction producer to team

Veteran film producer Marie-Claude Poulin – who has a long track record of working with both emerging and established talents – joins the Montreal-based producer and distributor.

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In brief: NFT film auction raises more than $93,000

Plus: The NFB unveils a new interactive installation in Dubai, the ROM hosts a special world premiere for a film honouring Alanis Obomsawin, and more.

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CMF names first recipients for Pilot Program

The Pilot Program for Racialized Communities was one of seven programs that unveiled funding, totaling $49.3 million across 112 projects.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Sept. 20 to 26, 2021

Ted Lasso tops both the digital originals and overall demand list.

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EXCLUSIVE: Canadian Academy adds new board member

Cineplex’s Thomas Santram is elevated to vice chair, Scott Henderson takes on secretary role, and Bell Media VP Justin Stockman is added to the board of directors.

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Returning Home offers pathway to reconciliation

The first documentary produced by Canadian Geographic kicked off its festival run this month in Calgary, heading to Vancouver next.

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Sinking Ship inks raft of pre-MIPCOM distribution deals

The kids prodco and multi-Emmy award winner unveiled sales to over 70 international and Canadian buyers as it plans to attend MIPCOM and MIPCOM Junior virtually next month.

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APTN clears Indigenous aviation docuseries for takeoff

Filming has begun on Northern Air Rescue, which follows female First Nation medevac pilots across the province of Manitoba and will land in APTN’s fall 2022 schedule.

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Deals: eOne, NFB, Radio-Canada

Entertainment One marks its first Spanish-language acquisition, the NFB acquires Reel Injun ahead of museum exhibit debut, and more.