Indie List 2020

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Vertical Entertainment takes Spinster out

The distributor has acquired director Andrea Dorfman’s latest for the U.S. and U.K.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Feb. 28 to March 5, 2020

The Invisible Man appears at #1, followed by Sonic The Hedgehog at #2 and The Call of the Wild at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Feb. 28 to March 5, 2020

Mafia Inc claims the top spot, followed by Albert Shin and James Schultz’s Disappearance at Clifton Hill at #2 and Il pleuvait des oiseaux at #3.

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ACTRA T.O. unveils best-practices doc for on-set nudity, intimacy

The document covers situations ranging from auditions and contracting to closed-set protocols and restricted access in post-production.

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Arrow, Handel and Rezolution hunt for Cleopatra

Commissioned by CBC and Channel 5, Searching for Cleopatra documents archaeologist Kathleen Martinez’s recent exploration of the Egyptian ruler.

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Photo gallery: Canada hits Berlinale 2020

Canada had a big presence at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, starting with My Salinger Year‘s opening night gala and ending with a number of jury prizes.

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Canada House events scratched following SXSW cancellation

The business and event space highlighting Canadian creativity across film, music and tech was set to attract approximately 5,000 visitors each day, according to Telefilm.

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Manitoba’s cost-of production tax credit upped to 38%

The province is aiming to lure more post-production, VFX and animation work following another record-setting year in which production volume hit $269.4 million.

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In brief: Queer Your Stories Film Competition winner revealed

Plus: BritBox hits a million subscribers in North America and Fund MELS, the $1-million production fund for Quebec film, returns for a second year.

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JANN, Coroner, Schitt’s Creek top WGC Award’s drama, comedy noms

Jennica Harper, Jann Arden and Dan Levy are among this year’s crop of nominees for the awards, which will be handed out at a gala ceremony on April 27.

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Craig David Wallace embraces Daughters

Co-written with Ian Malone (Big Top Academy, The Next Step), the thriller is executive produced by Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Feb. 25 to March 2, 2020

The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Clone Wars score the top two spots, while Altered Carbon lands at #6.

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Amazon revives The Kids in the Hall

The reboot of the classic comedy series is Amazon’s first original Canadian commission.

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Spin Master can’t crack the code for Hatchimals

Once the toy and entertainment company’s golden egg, the brand contributed to a 3% decline in revenue for fiscal 2019.