Thursday, April 17, 2014

67th Festival de Cannes announces full official film selections

The Festival de Cannes announced the full lineup for its 67th annual edition of the festival this morning. Included in the Competition films will be three works by Canadian directors.

David Cronenberg will be presenting the world premiere of Maps To The Stars, starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson. Atom Egoyan returns with The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson. Quebec’s Xavier Dolan enters the Competition section for the first time with Mommy, starring Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément.

Yet again, there are no women filmmakers amongst the official competition selections. This is too bad, since Jane Campion has been selected to preside the Jury for this year. She is the only female director to have won the Palme d’or, for The Piano in 1993, and had previously won a Short Film Palme d’or back in 1986 for Peel.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Festival de Cannes announces short film selections

While the Official Selection of feature films for the 67th Festival de Cannes will be revealed on Thursday 17th April, the list of Short Films is unveiled in advance.

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided by Abbas KIAROSTAMI, will nominate the prize-winners for the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Billboard Music Awards – nominations

With help from pop R&B singer Jason Derulo live this morning on “Good Morning America,” dick clark productions and Billboard, the ultimate authority in music and home of the iconic Billboard charts defining success in music, today announced the finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, honoring the year’s most successful artists in 40 categories. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET, with performances from music’s biggest stars. The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein and Barry Adelman are Producers.

Derulo appeared in the 8:00 AM ET hour of “Good Morning America” today, to announce his participation as a performer in this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Derulo also announced five of the 40 finalist categories, including: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top R&B Artist, and Top Country Artist.

Finalists Imagine Dragons and Lorde lead with twelve categories each. Imagine Dragons is vying for its first Billboard Music Award this year. The quartet burned up the charts in 2013 with its album "Night Visions" (which is also a finalist for Top Rock Album) and its many hit singles. Among those is the smash hit "Radioactive," which broke the record for the most weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lorde broke through in 2013 as well with her inescapable No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single "Royals" and debut album "Pure Heroine." The two musical acts go head-to-head in nine categories, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Streaming Song (Audio), and Top Rock Song.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Film review at ReelWorld Film Festival: Millions

Writer/Director: Andrew C
Producer: Christian Peterson
Cast: Hubert Tran, Andrew “Pyro” Chung, Ben Brillantes, Jasmine Chen, Stephan Kim, Lee "Lethal" Pham, Tanya Mok, Eric Regimbald, Ins Choi
Indie drama
1 hour, 34 minutes

Review by Allan Tong

This year's Asian-Canadian films at ReelWorld, a festival showcasing racial diversity on screen, includes three Toronto filmmakers: Johnny Vong whose short, The Marvelous Girl, premiered at Cannes, Austin Wong's short Gaysian, which challenges queer stereotypes, and Andrew C's feature Millions.

Millions actually collects episodes from its web series of the same name.  The movie and the series is an ensemble piece about a bunch of 20somethings in modern T.O. trying to strike it rich before they hit 30.  Brandon (Hubert Tran), who is frustrated working a dead-end 9-to-5 call centre job, is the movie's/show's anchor.  He still lives with his folks who are stuck in the Old Country, still eating rice for breakfast while resisting Western gadgets like the internet.

4th Annual Canadian Cinema Editors Awards – nominations

The Canadian Cinema Editors (C.C.E.) announced today their nominations for the 4th Annual Canadian Cinema Editors Awards, which were selected by a panel of fellow editors, directors and other skilled industry professionals.

The Canadian Cinema Editors (C.C.E.) is a non-profit organization with the goal of bettering the art and science of picture editing in all media. Through a better understanding of each other, and teaching others in our industry we hope to advance the profile of professional film editors. Our aim is to spark passion in us all and bring recognition to those who create the last draft of the script by weaving a mosaic of picture and sound in the cutting rooms across Canada.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Call for submissions: 12th Annual Regent Park Film Festival

The 12th Annual Regent Park Film Festival – Call For Submissions is Now Open!

Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free-of-charge, multi-cultural, film festival dedicated to showcasing the best local and international film and video works. The stories we celebrate resonate with the inner city, community-driven, trans-national, transient context of Regent Park, as well as with other similar communities all over the world.

Regent Park is the oldest and largest public housing project in Canada. It is home to a diverse group of communities, prominently new immigrants and Indigenous peoples. Regent Park is currently undergoing a long-term revitalization, where mixed income housing is being introduced into the community.

The stories celebrated resonate with the inner city, community-driven, trans-national, transient context of Regent Park, as well as with other communities in Toronto, across Canada and all over the world. We encourage local, national and international participation.

Call for submissions: imagineNATIVE 2014

Be part of imagineNATIVE’s 15th Anniversary Year!

Be a part of 15 ground-breaking years showcasing the rise of the Indigenous media arts movement! It’s time to submit your film, video, radio and new media works for the 15th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. This year’s Festival runs from October 22-26, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

imagineNATIVE is an international Festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from Canada and around the globe. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. Last year, imagineNATIVE presented 127 works, and had 70+ artists and 15,558 people in attendance at the Festival.

Canadian documentaries out in force at MIPDoc 2014

Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) are pleased to announce Canada’s presence at MIPDoc 2014, the world’s leading international documentary market, taking place April 5 and 6 in Cannes, France. The productions Inside the Mind of Leonardo, Secouristes de l’extrême, Arctic Defenders, Avatar Secrets, Burgundy Jazz and Who Killed Gandhi? will be screened at this forum devoted exclusively to documentary content. In addition, the documentary series Apocalypse: World War One and the production Fort McMoneywill also be presented at conference sessions.

“Telefilm takes great pride in its documentary industry, which is recognized worldwide for films that impact society,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “Canada’s presence at MIPDoc is very important, because this must-do event allows producers to network, promote their projects, find strong subjects and locate financing sources.”

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Call for submissions: Festival du nouveau cinéma 2014

Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma has announced a call for submissions for its 43rd edition of the festival. They are looking for films, interactive works and performances.

The Festival du nouveau cinéma is committed to the exploration and development of new practices in cinema and new media. It is a premiere showcase for original and brand-new works, particularly in the fields of independent cinema and digital creation.

Only works produced after January 1st, 2013 and not previously shown in Montréal, Québec are eligible. All selected entries must be in their original language and subtitled in French (preferably) or in English.

Monday, March 31, 2014

University of Toronto Film Festival 2014, March 31

The University of Toronto Film Festival hosts its 13th annual edition of the student short film showcase tonight. Screenings will take place at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, in the downtown campus of the University of Toronto.

All screenings are free and open to the public.

Loop installations will be ongoing in the North Dining Room, South Dining Room and Board room. Screenings in the Music Room begin at 6pm, with a reception to take place at 7pm. Screening of the main portion will begin at 8pm (includes an intermission) followed by an awards presentation at 10:30pm.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

43rd Annual Juno Awards – winners

The Juno Awards were held this week in Winnipeg, culminating with the televised gala at MTS Centre. The show was co-hosted by Serena Ryder, Classified, and Johnny Reid. Performers included Brett Kissel, Classified, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, Matt Mays, OneRepublic, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, The Sheepdogs and Walk Off The Earth. Robin Thicke withdrew from his controversial scheduled performance due to ongoing issues with his vocal cords.

The big winner of the night was the sister duo Tegan and Sara, taking three awards. They won Single of the year ("Closer"), Group of the Year and Pop Album of the Year (Heartthrob).

Montreal's Arcade Fire were on tour and weren't able to attend, but they "performed" (pre-taped recording) a world-premiere for the show. They also picked up a pair of awards, winning Album of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year for Reflektor.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Call for submissions: TIFF Talent Lab

The Toronto International Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2014 edition of Talent Lab.

Founded in 2004, Talent Lab is an intensive multiple-day artistic development programme that provides emerging talent with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the world's best film artists. The 2014 Talent Lab runs from Wednesday, September 3, to Saturday, September 6.

Using the Festival's outstanding relationships with acclaimed filmmakers, Talent Lab leads participants in group discussions on a range of topics focused on the artistic side of filmmaking, sharpening the skills and confidence of a new generation of filmmakers.

Call for submissions: 2014 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!

TIFF Industry presents Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! for the 15th consecutive year at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival!

Six participant teams have six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of over 250 industry professionals. The winners, selected by a jury of international industry experts, are awarded $15,000 from Telefilm Canada to develop the project further.


Call for submissions: MIBFF's Youth & Diversity program

For the 10th anniversary of the Montreal International Black Film Festival being held from September 23 to 28, 2014, the Fabienne Colas Foundation is launching a call for applications for its brand new program "Youth and Diversity".

This program offers professional mentorship in the audiovisual production of a short film to 10 young and promising filmmakers from the Black Communities. They will be guided through the many steps in audiovisual production (screenwriting, directing, editing, post-production, etc.), and will create a documentary short (maximum 5 minutes). This process will be carried out under the professional tutelage of an industry professional with professional equipment. Their final work will be screened at a special event of the 10th Montreal International Black Film Festival.

Monday, March 24, 2014

TIFF selects Seoul, South Korea for 2014 City To City programme


HONG KONG — Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, today announced that the 2014 City to City programme will focus on Seoul, South Korea.

“Seoul is one of the most exciting cities on the planet, and you can feel that energy in its films,” said Bailey. “South Korea's capital continues to produce consistently strong cinema, from art house to commercial. Seoul’s best auteurs win major festival awards, while its genre masters are sought after in Hollywood and its actors have won fans all across Asia. This year we want to introduce our audience to Seoul’s next generation. We are lucky to be based in Toronto, home to one of the most ardent audiences for Korean cinema.”