Funny Boy by cowriter-director Deepa Mehta will represent Canada in the race for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, taking place on April 25, 2021. “Eleven outstanding films were submitted this year, and we are confident that Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy will appeal to Academy members just as her powerful film Water did in 2007, when it was…

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Canada’s virtual festival presence is making a real impact! We scooped up prizes at CANNESERIES and the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards. CANNESERIES At CANNESERIES, Canadian series Claire and the elderly (Claire et les vieux) won the Best Short Form Télécâble Sat Hebdo Award! The series by Charles Grenier (produced by UGO Media) is about a…

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Canadian Brandon Cronenberg is winning international awards with his new horror-meets-science-fiction film Possessor. Hot on the heels of its Sundance premiere, Possessor Uncut just won two top prizes at the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia: Best Feature Film and Best Director! Back in 2012, Sitges named Cronenberg (the son of filmmaker David Cronenberg) Best New…

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The 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up September 19, 2020, and we’re thrilled to tell you about the awards earned by awesome Canadian talent. While TIFF 2020’s digital-and-physical format was different this year, our filmmakers made waves just the same with a diverse array of impactful stories and projects that captivated…

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Canada’s making waves in the Official Selection of the 73rd Cannes Film Festival, which was recently announced! Cannes isn’t taking place in its usual format this year, the festival explained in a statement, written by festival director Thierry Frémaux, but still announced its Official Selection comprising of 56 titles as a way to accompany the…

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Canadian talent made major waves at the 26th edition of Slamdance Film Festival, which went down in Park City, Utah from January 24 to 30, 2020. Canada took home five awards, from both jury and audience (including two honorable mentions.) Slamdance takes place alongside Sundance — same time, same city — and is known for new talent and edgier programming, which…

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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, an honour that comes with a $100,000 prize. Let’s spotlight this drama co-directed and co-written by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. Looking back on the film’s journey, after premiering at the 2019 Berlinale, it’s earned the Grand Prix Focus Quebec/Canada at…

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At the 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival, (which took place in January), Canada shone bright in 14 films — including Canadian music docs, acclaimed coproductions, Canada’s Oscar choice, an award winner and an honourable mention!  Our eighth annual Talent Fund fundraiser added to our presence Palm Springs. After a premiere screening of Sanja Zivkovic’s Easy Land (also screening at the fest) guests celebrated emerging Canadian…

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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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2019 – Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn’s The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open This Indigenous feature drama is a Canada-Norway coproduction that made big waves on the festival circuit, earning the Grand Prix Focus Quebec/Canada at the Festival du nouveau cinéma. It also earned an honourable mention for Best Canadian Feature Film at…

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A debut feature from a Quebec director has won big at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), one of Asia’s leading film fests, which took place October 3 to 12, 2019. That’s right, Mélanie Charbonneau’s first feature, Fabuleuses (Fabulous) competed in BIFF’s Flash Forward section, where it also made its international premiere. Out of…

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We’ve got an exciting scoop for you! Did you know that an innovative Canadian kids series just took home a MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence award in the Kids Programming category? The Bravest Knight, an animated show featuring a LGBTQ main character, has won this incredible honour at MIPCOM 2019, which just wrapped up October 17….

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Following its success at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, where Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone had its world premiere and snagged the coveted Best Canadian Feature Film prize, Deraspe’s fifth feature is making waves.  As Telefilm recently announced, Antigone has been chosen as Canada’s official contender for the Best International Feature Film category of the 92nd…

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At the 72nd Festival de Cannes, which took place from May 14 to 25, 2019, Canada’s  homegrown talent dazzled audiences, took home prizes, and represented Canada right — check out these winning films with Canadian connections! As summer sets in, let’s kick off the season with a celebratory look at our Canadian Cannes victors of…

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As we gear up for the 72nd Festival de Cannes coming up May 14 to 25, 2019, let’s take a look at Canada’s cinematic contenders, from features to shorts, coproductions, and more. In official competition and making its world premiere is Xavier Dolan’s Matthias et Maxime. The Montreal filmmaker also acts in the movie, about…

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Canada made big waves at this year’s Berlinale (February 7 to 17, 2019), with awards, screenings, premieres, and more. Here’s your recap of the festival’s highlights, complete with video reports featuring the filmmakers themselves. And the award goes to… Canadians are flying home with awards tucked in their suitcases this year, with two Crystal Bears…

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