Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 TIFF announces first films - Galas and Special Presentations


TORONTO — Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®.

Of the 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes 37 world premieres from directors including Noah Baumbach, Susanne Bier, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, David Dobkin, Philippe Falardeau, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ning Hao, François Ozon, Christian Petzold, Lone Scherfig and Chris Rock.
“Toronto can anticipate another remarkable lineup of films,” said Handling. “Cinema’s collective and transformative experience lives at the heart of our Festival — a sentiment that inspires the global dialogue rippling throughout the selections revealed today.”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 Polaris Music Prize announces short list

The 10 albums on the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List were revealed at The Carlu‘s Round Room in Toronto earlier today.

Montreal actor, producer and writer Jay Baruchel will host the 2014 Polaris Gala being held September 22 at The Carlu in Toronto. Baruchel, who once played the role of obsessed Led Zeppelin fan Vic Munoz in Almost Famous, also helped unveil the 10 albums on the 2014 Short List earlier today in Toronto.

The actor is known for his roles in This Is The End, Goon, as well as the How To Train Your Dragon series, The Trotsky, Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder. His current projects include the FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman and an adaptation of the book Baseballismo written by Dave Bidini.

2014 TIFF presents 25th anniversary screening of Michael Moore's Roger & Me


Moore to Participate in Keynote Conversation at Festival's Doc Conference

Twenty-five years after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Michael Moore’s first feature, the 1989 documentary Roger & Me, returns for a special anniversary screening with the filmmaker in attendance.

Roger & Me documents the efforts of General Motors as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town. In his quest to discover why GM would want to do such a thing, Michael Moore – a Flint native – attempts to meet the chairman, Roger Smith, and persuade him to come and visit Flint to see the destruction first-hand.

Michael Moore, Douglas Trumbull, Peter Loehr to headline 2014 TIFF Industry events


TIFF announced today the initial lineup of speakers joining this year’s TIFF Industry events as part of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®. The Industry Conference is headlined by cinema technology pioneer and visionary Douglas Trumbull; the opening keynote speaker for Asian Film Summit is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr; and Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Michael Moore participates in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.

"We are excited to announce the participation of these visionary filmmakers in our industry programming,” said Justin Cutler, Director, Industry Office. “Our programmes will connect 180 top-calibre speakers with an extensive industry audience of filmmakers from over 80 countries, making this year's programming a true global film summit. We aim to attract the best and brightest industry professionals to inspire, motivate and transform the way our attendees think about the art and business of content creation."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ComedyPRO announces winners of the 2014 Just For Laughs Awards

Emmy® and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, comedian and writer, Andy Samberg, is this year’s Just For Laughs Comedy Person of the Year. He joins a prestigious list of former recipients that includes Amy Poehler (2013), Chelsea Handler (2012) and Louis CK (2011). Mr. Samberg and six fellow recipients will receive their awards at a live show on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5 pm, Grand Salon Opera, Hyatt Regency Montreal. A limited number of tickets to the Just For Laughs Awards Show are now on sale at www.hahaha.com.

Star of the break-out comedy TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Andy Samberg was a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005 - 2012), where he co-created the popular SNL Digital Shorts as a member of The Lonely Island alongside Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Film appearances have included Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That’s My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Hotel Transylvania.

RIDM free outdoor summer screenings – lineup announced

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to announce it free outdoor screenings for the summer of 2014. Working with several organizations and festivals, the RIDM will have a presence in several Montreal parks and other sites.

Throughout the summer, the RIDM will present a diverse line-up of documentaries, for free, in unconventional locations. It’s a great way to enjoy the warm season while watching the world’s best documentaries.

All screenings will start at nightfall. Here is the program:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMPAS Invites 271 to Academy Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014 Directors Guild of Canada Awards nominees announced

The DGC is delighted to announce the 2014 DGC Awards nominees. Selected from over 250 submissions, the nominees in 19 categories represent a cross section of the industry's outstanding talent working in the screen-based industry.

The Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Arisa Cox with special guests soon to be announced, the 13th edition of the DGC Awards promises to be a big one. The evening will feature a special Nominees' reception prior to the Gala.

"I am proud of the nominees and what their collective body of work brings to this country's industry as well as to the Guild as a whole," stated Tim Southam, National President, DGC. "It is a privilege for the Guild to have an opportunity to celebrate such outstanding talent every year through the DGC Awards, and this year looks more exciting than ever."

2014 Polaris Music Prize announces long list

The Polaris Music Prize has announced the long list for the 2014 award. The 40 Long List albums were unveiled at the National Music Centre in Calgary in association with the Sled Island Music Festival.

In total 189 titles made the first ballots of the 190 member jury. Twenty-three of the 40 Long List titles are first-time Polaris Music Prize nominees. Of those, three have been in previously nominated groups.

“The city has been so welcome and after what happened last year we felt it was important to reveal this year’s list in one of the most musical places in Canada. We’d like to congratulate all of the inspiring artists who made the list and the people with the easiest/toughest job in the world of narrowing that 189 worthy records to just 40 – our jury,” said Jordan.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal announces free outdoor programming

A 35th anniversary for the Festival: everyone is invited to the party!
Free outdoor program of the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Thirty-five years—already! Well, for an occasion like this, it’ll be Party Time every day from June 26 to July 6 during the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan! The 2014 free outdoor program offers concerts for every taste, in every possible genre related to or descended from jazz, from new discoveries to major names to festive events.

The Festival is a genuine engine for the social, economic, cultural and tourism development of Montreal, inviting the entire world to plunge into its oasis in the heart of the du Quartier des Spectacles, the perfect place to surrender to a musical celebration in complete security on a people-friendly site packed with free music and activities, with all of your worries left at home! With that magic formula, it’s no wonder that our event annually draws 2 million entries!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) unveils full program for inaugural year

The inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is only a few weeks away! The hugely anticipated event from Toronto International Film Festival co-founder, Bill Marshall, runs June 19 through 22, 2014.

Highlighting the world-class epicurean wonders of Niagara, NIFF will take full advantage of its unique location with two special programs. Film Feast is a gourmet wine tour meets short film festival mash-up where fine wines and hors d’oeuvres are enjoyed with a short film from Canada’s Not Short on Talent program. Filmalicious is a sublime dinner and a movie experience, where guests will enjoy a luscious three-course-meal, accompanied by a top selection of wines, and finished off with a stellar feature film, at one of the Region’s top wineries.

At the same time, NIFF aims to shine a cinematic spotlight not only on Niagara’s extraordinary beauty, but also on the remarkable talent that comes from this part of Canada. In Niagara Rises, a special program showcasing home-grown Niagara filmmakers, St. Catharines' own Mike Enns kicks it off with the world premiere of Restrung, NIFF's opening night film.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

3rd annual C2MTL presents Montreal: City of Cinema / Montréal : Ville de cinéma



Montreal, May 29, 2014 — As part of the third annual C2MTL event,Telefilm Canada is today organizing an activity, entitled Montreal: City of Cinema / Montréal : Ville de cinéma.

Organized jointly by C2MTL, Telefilm Canada and its partners Montréal International, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, ICI Radio-Canada, the City of Montréal, the Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du Québec (BCTQ)—la Grappe Audiovisuelle ActionMTL and Annexe Communications, Montreal: City of Cinema / Montréal : Ville de cinéma aims to promote Canadian filmmakers through an interactive meeting focused on exchange, innovation and creativity.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

67th Festival de Cannes awards – winners

Complete list of winners for the 67th Cannes Film Festival

Winter Sleep, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Wonders, by Alice Rohrwacher

Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight) awards – winners

The Cannes festival sidebar Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight) presented their awards on Friday, although they are technically non-competitive.

The feature directorial debut of French director Thomas Cailley Les Combattants (Love at First Fight) swept all three of the main awards, the first time that this has ever happened. It took the top prize Art Cinema Award, as well as the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques' SACD Prize and the Europa Cinéma Label Prize.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

2014 Semaine de la Critique awards – winners

The 53rd Semaine de la Critique has announced the winners for their awards. Leading the way with three wins including the Grand Prize is Племя (The Tribe) by Мирослав Слабошпицький (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy). It is his first film and is told entirely in sign language without dialogue or subtitles. It also won the Visionary Award and the grant from the Gan Foundation for Distibution.

The 53rd Semaine de la Critique concludes tomorrow.