The breadth of Canada’s cinematic talent can be seen and felt at festivals and markets worldwide — our films are hits on the international circuit! Our content routinely scoops up major awards, rave reviews, and business opportunities galore. Latest Canadian films selected in festivals around the world (October and November 2020): Anne at 13,000 ft…

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Peek behind the scenes into the process and creation of three of Canada’s successful Indigenous drama series in this exciting panel held at C21 Media’s Content London! Indigenous Content that Speaks to the World  is a lively discussion sponsored by Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, and Canadian Media Producers Association. Moderated by Adam Garnet Jones…

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As we wrap up 2020, here’s your recap of some of the year’s most successful Canadian films and coproductions, at the box office and festival circuit!   Coproductions Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor From New York Times critic’s pick to distribution deals in the U.S. (Neon), U.K. (Signature Entertainment), and Canada (Elevation Pictures), this Canada-U.K. coproduction about…

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International attention? We’ve got it. Global distribution and streaming success? You bet. Prestigious awards and festival presence? Check and check. Hot off the presses of Telefilm Canada’s new annual report for 2019-2020, here are nine Canadian films that are bringing our industry’s awesome creativity to the world! Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone With sales in the U.S.,…

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1 – Guillaume de Fontenay’s Sympathy for the Devil (Sympathie pour le diable) Set in 1992 Sarajevo wartime, this France-Canada coproduction is the first feature from this Montreal filmmaker. The drama cleaned up at France’s St-Jean-De-Luz International Film Festival, winning Grand Prix, Audience Prize, Young Jury Prize, and Best Actor Award (for Niels Schneider playing…

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Canadian coproductions are contenders for major prizes at the 33rd European Film Awards, slated to take place virtually from December 8 to 12, 2020! (The awards ceremony will be streamed from Berlin, December 12.) 1. European Actor: Viggo Mortensen in Falling Falling, the Canada-UK coproduction directed and penned by Viggo Mortensen continues to conquer the international…

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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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