On her first day as executive director of Telefilm Canada, the state-owned body that fosters the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry, Christa Dickenson said she was keen to get on with the work of “achieving a balanced and representative funding portfolio that encompasses gender parity and diversity”. Today, nearly two years into her five-year term, Dickenson points to the progress Telefilm is making towards that goal.

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Canada’s bringing our presence and Pavilion online this year at the 44th Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Mifa, taking place from June 15 to 30, 2020. This year’s online market will feature animated content, online meetings, video pitch sessions (including 3 Canadian projects!), networking opportunities, and much more, including our Canada Pavilion. (In partnership…

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As Canada’s audiovisual industry gears up for a summer of online festivals and markets, (including France’s MIFA, Cannes and Sunny Side of the Doc) we wanted to offer some insight on coproducing and distributing with French partners! We spoke with Constance Richard, Trade Commissioner Arts and Cultural Industries, Embassy of Canada in France to get…

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The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the film festival calendar. Cannes had to give up on its June-July dates last week and a plethora of smaller events have cancelled this spring and summer. Here’s an update on the status of five of the biggest remaining festivals on the schedule. It’s fair to say there remains uncertainty around each of them.

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Canadian cultural programming will take centre stage in Germany all year long, including the exciting selection films at the Berlinale (coming up from February 20 to March 1, 2020). Canada has been named the Guest of Honour for the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair (October 14 to 18), in an exciting collaboration between the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada FBM2020 and Global Affairs!  Discover Canada’s presence at the Berlinale and…

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Coproduction and export are in focus as Telefilm Canada releases its annual report for 2018-19. Let’s take a look at some need-to-know highlights!  First, coproduction. Canada is a leader in coproduction. We have audiovisual treaties and agreements in place with close to 60 countries around the world, an important vehicle for Canadian producers to make bigger-budget films,…

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Savour some blood-curdling homegrown horror for Halloween with this spooky selection of genre films hitting the festival circuit this fall, which just might make you spill your maple syrup. Here are eight Canadian genre flicks that are rocking those fests as audiences scream in terror… while enjoying every moment of it!   1- Braden Croft’s…

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Canada’s audiovisual industry is gearing up for the Toronto International Film Festival, which takes over Toronto from September 5 to 15, 2019! From screenings to a special RDV Canada panel series, events, and more, we’ve got a full slate of programming you won’t want to miss, all to help our industry and talent network and…

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An increase in funding for projects with women in key roles — director, producer, and screenwriter — is one of the results of Telefilm Canada’s gender parity initiatives, according to recently released report about the 2018/2019 fiscal year. As explained in a Telefilm press release, 59 percent of Telefilm’s production funding last year went to…

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Based on Frank Herbert’s novel, the female-focused take will be directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Jon Spaihts. The yet-unnamed platform has handed out a straight-to-series order for Dune: The Sisterhood, a female-focused take on Frank Herbert’s beloved novel. Denis Villeneuve, who wrote, produced and directed next year’s new take on Dune, will helm the pilot.

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Julianne Moore told an audience at Cannes she supports imposing quotas to help improve gender representation in the film industry. The actress, speaking at an event alongside directors Xavier Dolan and Werner Herzog, said: “Women are not a special interest group, we make up 52% of the population so in order to restore the balance we will need some measures to change our culture. It takes a long time to turn a big boat around.”

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The French Riviera provides a magnificent backdrop for the Festival de Cannes (in its 72nd edition), where Canada will be representing in full force at the 60th edition of the Marché du Film. Join us at the Canada Pavilion, from May 14 to 23, 2019! Meanwhile, here are all your must-know business facts about Canada’s…

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