Industry News: Toronto 5/31/17


♦ Inside Out, Toronto’s celebrated annual LGBT film festival, comes to a close this weekend… and the awards ceremony will soon follow! This year saw a total of 19 international films submitted, leading to the introduction of some new perspectives in film along with a brand new awards category. Who will receive this year’s Bill Sherwood Award, presented annually to outstanding first-time directors?  READ MORE

♦ If you’re curious about what went on at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference this spring, be sure to tune in to this podcast full of insightful interviews with major players in Canada’s film and television industry, conducted by film writer Sierra Nutkevich. READ MORE

♦ Toronto filmmaker Fern Levitt’s exposé-style documentary, Sled Dogs, has sparked plenty of controversy — including a Q&A at TIFF Bell Lightbox in May that got so heated, security were called. But the eye-opening film has also contributed hugely toward a victory for the animal rights community, as one major corporate sponsor withdraws support for the Iditarod Race and others face the hot seat as petitions start rolling in. READ MORE

♦ Northern Ontario is feeling the warmth of Hollywood’s embrace as dozens of film and TV projects set up camp in communities like Parry Sound, North Bay and Nipissing — helping boost local economies, create new college programs and, indirectly, resolve youth-retention woes. READ MORE

RJ Mitte

♦ Actor, producer and model RJ Mitte (of Breaking Bad fame) will serve as a special guest speaker at this year’s Ability and Beyond Dinner for March of Dimes Canada. Mitte, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age three, is a SAG-appointed spokesperson for actors with disabilities and is a notable advocate of research and development for the disorder, support for children with disabilities and anti-bullying initiatives. READ MORE

♦ This fall, The National Film Board of Canada will launch a new literary program called Firefly Books, to bring a selection of their classic animated films, documentaries and more from our screens to our bookshelves. First up: Two Oscar-nominated films to be adapted and published as children’s books!  READ MORE


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