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IFF APRIL 12, 2011

• MEETINGS ON THE BRIDGE CONTINUE Meetings on the Bridge, the sixth of which takes place this year and which aims to create a platform for the cinema industry to meet, continue. Representatives from CNC and Unifrance, producers that target or are in the process of a co-production, and distributors will attend “Meetings on the Bridge Turkey-France Panel: Co-productions and New Media.” The panel is due to start at 10.00 in the French Cultural Center. This panel will be followed by another pa...

John Gill appointed CEO of National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)

The board of the National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of respected executive John Gill as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He will assume the position on April 4, 2011. "John comes to NSI with a wealth of experience and a breadth of industry connections," said Brad Pelman and Raja Khanna, co-chairs of the NSI board of directors. "He brings a fresh perspective to the type of film, TV and digital media productions that can...


Director: Kendrick de Lepper.
An enigmatic homeless man happens upon the vicious beating of a woman, by her boyfriend and his groups of followers. The homeless man intervenes to give everyone a chance for redemption. But not everyone deserves a second chance...

Canadian Front Heading To New York City

  When cold weather descends on New York City, our local meterologists generally lay the blame at the door of our massive neighbor to the north. They refer to a cold air mass as a "Canadian front" and when it is in the forecast, be prepared for your bones to chill. Well, another Canadian front is on the horizon, but this one is much more benign, in fact it is downright welcome. Canadian Front 2011 is the yearly showcase of new Canadian cinema that starts tomorrow at New ...

GreenHeroes Episode 4; The Tree of Life

Director: John Prowse, John Bessai .
GreenHeroes are remarkable people who acted on their idea and heroically “ventured forth” to protect our planet. Through their stories, our goal is to inspire people to take action and green their everyday lives. In this episode we find GreenHeroes at the root of the earth’s problems helping find new ways to tackle deforestation, GMOs, mass food production and even poverty in Africa. We feature three women on their journeys to make a difference. Featuring: Tzeporah Berman, organizer of a series of protests that drew 10,000 supporters at the height of the Clayoquot Sound conflict in British Columbia.To achieve her goals, Tzeporah straddles the line between activism and corporate America. She works with corporations such as Staples and Dell to help them become more ecologically friendly. She also convinced Victoria’s Secret to print their catalogues on recycled paper. Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, the first environmentalist to be recognized with this honour. Wangari initiated the Green Belt movement in Kenya, a program in which groups of women were paid to plant trees, proving advantageous for both the environment and the women. The movement set off the United Nations One Billion Trees Campaign. Each year, the campaign aims to have one billion trees planted worldwide. Laura Reinsborough, a real pioneer for local food usage and a new mother, she founded an organization that does away with rotting fruit. Laura founded Not Far From The Tree, an organization that harvests fruit bearing plants around Toronto. A third of the bounty goes to the volunteers, a third goes to the owner of the tree and a third goes to local shelters, preventing thousands of pounds of fruit from going to waste.

Ottawa International Animation Festival


With another Festival behind us, it's time to start looking towards the future of the OIAF. The Ottawa 2011 International Animation Festival will run from September 21-25 with the 7th annual Television Animation Conference taking place the first two days, September 21-22.   Keep checking our website for updates about the 2011 programming.

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won't want to miss this year's great line up of screenings taking place at ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Empire Theatres Rideau Centre and Arts Court Theatre.

Canada Film Week in Accra, Ghana

Making history by sharing Canadian stories and culture with foreign friends and global citizensThe High Commission of Canada to Ghana in collaboration with the Goethe Institut-Ghana will be making history in November by sharing Canadian stories and culture with foreign friends and global citizens. Canada Film Week in Accra, Ghana will be presenting Canadian short and feature films November 3 – 5, 2010. Some of the best of Canadian film production will be screened for the public at 7:30 p.m. ni...

Recap and facts on Vancouver VIFF fest

The 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run on Friday, October 15. The winners of four juried awards, including new awards for Best Canadian Actress and Best Canadian Actor, and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; two other juried awards were announced previously. This release has been amended to include the two new awards announced by the Canadian Images jury.Statistics for the 2010 VIFF : Attendance: 148,000 Films: 373** 23...

Toronto International Film Festival Awards

The 35th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients at a reception at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel today.AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM The award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Vincent Biron for Les Fleurs de l'âge,which explores a summer day for a regular group of school kids. The jury remarked: “Director Vincent Biron manages to take a moment of an ordinary childhood summer and render unforgettable art from it. This gem of a film captured the j...

Julian Schnabel: A Renaissance Man For Our Times

  Julian Schnabel strides two different worlds like a modern-day colossus. As a painter, sculptor and photographer, he has been in the A list of fine arts culture for more than 30 years. For the past decade, he has added "filmmaker extraordinaire" to his resume, becoming one of the most talked-about and lauded film artists of his generation. Painters making films is not completely new  (Leger, Kandinsky, Dali and other early modernists did make film expressions, but they wer...

Another fest in Toronto : TO indie Film Festival

Toronto, Ontario Canada has a new film festival commencing this September.The Toronto Independent Film Festival (aka TO indie Film Festival) will run from Wednesday Sept 8 to Saturday Sept 18. There will be 22 feature films plus dozen of Short film entries from around the world. The venue is the newly re-discovered Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue at Queen Street West) a 700-seat venue, literally underground, that has been dormant for almost 20 years - and just renovated for busine...

Toronto Film Festival Moves Downtown

  The 2010 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the most important events of the film calendar, is readying for a major move to downtown Toronto from its previous digs in the swanky Yorkville section. The new action is set on Queen Street and King Street West, a vital area of theaters, restaurants, bars and, not coincidentally, the newly opened TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Festival's main hq and the site of the Festival's year-round programs. While this does repre...

Run Granny Run!

Director: Nikolaus von Uthmann.
The most dramatic race since BEN HUR! Sweet Granny is walking to her favorite spot at a lake when she gets overtaken by Mrs Messala. The old ladies maneuver their wheeled walking-aides in a breathtaking, funny but violent snail-pace race. Black humour + whacky comedy underlined by subtle social commentary, as if Monty Pythons had teamed up with Mike Leigh. The film has already been shown at festivals all over the world, and has won the Gold Remi Award of the WorldFest Houston (category: Best Original Comedy Short), and the Audience Award of the Kino Knock Out Festival in Altkirch, France.

The Auction

Director: Gloria U. Y. Kim.
It's Christmas in Toronto, 1978. Eight-year-old Meehee Park longs for two things: to make her mother happy and to get a Cindy doll from Santa. But she soon realizes that Santa isn't real and her parents are struggling to make ends meet. This distresses Meehee to no end, that is until one fateful day when she comes across a neighbourhood auction that will pit her two greatest desires, leaving Meehee to choose between dreams of the past and fitting in with the present.

And it begins...

This is my first of many blog entries that will be coming. A little information about myself. My name is Ryan Graham, I'm 19 living in Ottawa, Ontario. I have finished my first script, 12:01, and currently working on my second. I plan to start filming 12:01 in the summer/fall of 2010, and will be submitting it to as many festivals as possible. If you are an actor/actress looking to get into an idependant film in the Ottawa area, you can reach me through this site. All for now. Have a good on...

Frontline Pctures releases video for band: Deathpoint

Deathpoint's first music video release for the single Gone (And Forever) was released to youtube Feb 12, 2010  The video was produced and Directed by Justin Peeler for Frontline Pictures.  Frontline Pictures is a Canadian Independant Film Production Company, specializing in Horror Film and Heavy Metal Video Production.  Deathpoint is a Heavy Metal band from Hamilton Ontario Canada, they are for fans of: Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Devil Driver, Devine Heresy, Soilwork, Thr...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: PATIENT

Canadian director Dan Clements whose recent submission to ÉCU 2010's Non-European Dramatic Short film category is entitled ”Patient” talks to us about blind dates, false teeth and his motivations as a filmmaker. By Mairi Cunningham Q: First off, the ambiguous and unsettling opening was amazing. First time round, I was fooled into thinking it was going to be a very awkward blind date that was about to be acted out, not a hostage negotiation! T...

NEW Vene for the Toronto Student Film Festival

We are pleased to announce that this years Festival Showcase Screening will be taking place at the REGENT THEATRE in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Theatre D Digital has preserved this structure and it will allow the showcase films to be screened with a 'film" movie house experience. Be sure to plan on attending the Festival which will be taking place Saturday April 24, 2010. Submissions are due March 22, 2010 and it is free to submit. Go to for information. Theatre D Digital broug...

Toronto Student Film Festival

Your Voice, Your Story, Your Impact 

Youth culture is bursting with creativity and energy, and now, more than ever, young people are exploring their world through the lens of a camera. Enrollment in media arts courses continues to grow and the proliferation of multi-media and film expression on the internet has exploded.

The Toronto Student Film Festival was created to celebrate, support and inspire our youth and their artistic expression via short film. Since its inception in 2006, the Toronto Student Film Festival has received hundreds of entries from students around the world --- a true testament to its goal of promoting youth expression through film.The TSFF aims to:

Promote student expression and artistic development of multi-media skills through film-making, on issues and topics of interest to youth and without interference.

Provide a venue for young film-makers to screen their work and interact with industry professionals.

Stimulate student confidence and innovation through official recognition of their artistic achievements.

NSI Online Short Film Festival lineup of 30 canadian shorts

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) announces its newest film lineup for the NSI Online Short Film Festival, with over 30 short films from Canadian filmmakers rolling out on the NSI website over the next few months. The festival now has over 100 Canadian short films playing in its "Now Showing" and "Archives".The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a quality, year-round, 100% Canadian online film festival. New films are added to the NSI website weekly. All NSI website content can be acc...

Canadian Black Film Festival opens tonight

CANADIAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TONIGHT With a double bill from 6.30pm including Delroy Kincaid and Who Are You Wearin'? (Powys Dewhurst) and The Tenant (Lucky Ejim) and M.K.Asante Jr's - The Black Candle   Screenings for this three-day extravaganza will take place at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Ryerson University The National Film Board (NFB) ...

Toronto Fipresci award

2009 FIPRESCI Prize includes Discovery and Special PresentationsFor the 18th consecutive year, the Toronto International Film Festival welcomed the FIPRESCI jury. FIPRESCI is the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (International Federation of Film Critics). The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery is awarded to Laxmikant Shetgoankar for The Man Beyond the Bridge (India). Far from the sensory overload of India's big cities, Shetgoankar explore...

Canadian Black Film Festival ready tolaunch

In less than a week African- Canadian film makers will soon have a brand new home to showcase their works when the first annual Canadian Black Film Festival (CBFF) debuts in Toronto from September 25-27.   This historical event marks the only festival in Canada dedicated to celebrating the many works of African-Canadian or Diaspora Film Makers, which often go unseen in Canadian theatres.  With select films from around the globe and a strong first year focus on Canadian talent, showcasi...

Why Hire a Killer?

Director: Oscar Sanders.
A soon-to-be divorced woman asked a mysterious man with an agenda to help her solve her problem that takes the two of them from Philadelphia to Altlantic City to finally Toronto, Ontario before the truth is finally revealed. A must see!

Canadian Films In The Spotlight at Toronto Fest

The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His newest film CHLOE, starring Julianne Moore and Li...