Vancouver Weekly Wrapup: 3/30/17

Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah

♦ Vancouver’s pioneering Queer Film Festival has hired two well-recognized arts community luminaries as its artistic directors. Out on Screen, the organization behind the annual event, hired back acclaimed author Amber Dawn — who held the role until 2012 — alongside playwright Anoushka Ratnarajah, who started in their new roles Wednesday… READ MORE

♦ Metro Vancouver stage and screen actor Gemma Martini sets to open Martini Film Studios, an eight-stage 150k square foot film studio, in Langley on April 4th. While concerns have arisen over Hollywood stealing back runaway productions from Metro Vancouver with their boosted tax credits, a new film and TV studio is slated to open in the Lower Mainland next week to add to Hollywood North’s growing number of studio spaces… READ MORE

♦ The finalists for the 43rd annual Alberta Film and Television Awards have been announced, and Calgary’s Seven/24 Films is leading the pack, having produced 17 finalists.The production company is the force behind series like Wynonna Earp and Heartland, which has now been running for more than a decade… READ MORE

♦ Calgary’s mayor is panning an Alberta provincial budget that on Thursday cut funding to the Alberta Media Fund used to entice film and television projects to shoot here. “I’m very disappointed, and this is one that requires more analysis, but it looks like the province has rejected our request to increase the Alberta Media Fund,” Nenshi told reporters Thursday… READ MORE

♦ Reboot of beloved animated series, ReBoot, puts Victoria in the spotlight. The capital region is playing a starring role in a reboot of a popular 1990s animated series, its producers confirmed Tuesday. Filming has taken place since mid-February under a cloak of secrecy on initial sequences for ReBoot: The Guardian Code, a 20-episode hybrid of computer-generated animation and live action being shot here. Locations include private homes, the Roundhouse and Oak Bay High School, doubling as Alan Turing High, and a custom-built studio in Central Saanich… READ MORE




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