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In brief: Female Eye honours Jennings, NFB’s new VR project

Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings (pictured) will receive the Female Eye Maverick award, Whistler announces its Feature Project lab participants, plus more news of the week.


In Brief: WIFTV honours Joli-Coeur, Comedy Net greenlights more JFL

NFB chair Claude Joli-Coeur (pictured) to receive an award from WIFTV, Toast Studio partners with Bell Media, plus more news of the week.


Discoverability Summit: More Qs than As on day one

From academics to industry executives, the CRTC opened its exploration into Canadian content with a top-level discussion of modern issues.

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Rob McLaughlin returns to the NFB

McLaughlin (pictured) will replace Loc Dao as head of the NFB’s Vancouver digital studio.

Way to Go

NFB, Secret Location win 2016 Webby Awards

The National Film Board of Canada won six awards, while Toronto’s Secret Location picked up two. (NFB’s Way to Go pictured.)

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Feature film pioneer Michael Spencer passes away

Spencer (pictured) was the first executive director of the Canadian Film Development Corporation, which later became Telefilm Canada.

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Book of Negroes, Do Not Track among Peabody finalists

Winning programs will be announced starting April 19.


NFB pledges 50% of production funds to films directed by women

The initiative is being rolled out over the next three years.

If I was God

In brief: New SVOD services; new Emmy categories

Adult Swim and NFB launch new SVOD services, Emmy Awards expand short-form categories and more news from the week. (NFB short film If I Was God… pictured.)

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Metis filmmaker Gil Cardinal passes away

A previous winner of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Film and Television, Cardinal’s directing credits include CBC’s North of 60 and Big Bear.


CRTC, NFB’s French-market discoverability event

The two organizations are co-hosting the second round of the pre-discoverability summit focusing on the French-language content market.


NFB inks deal to boost QC English-language arts

The deal with the English Language Arts Network and Quebec English-language Production Council is the first of its kind for a federal cultural agency in Quebec, the NFB says.