Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 Festival de Cannes announces Official Selection

The Press Conference for the 68th Festival de Cannes, at which the 2015 Official Selection was announced, was held on Thursday 16th April at 11:00 am in Paris.

On Monday morning, the festival announced their opening film to be La Tête Haute (Standing Tall) by Emmanuelle Bercot. However, they strangely erred in claiming that she was to be the first female director to open the Festival de Cannes in history. Many observers pointed out that Diane Kurys opened the Festival de Cannes in 1987 with Un homme amoureux (A Man in Love). The festival later issued a necessary correction to their initial statement.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Short Films Selection at the 68th Festival de Cannes

The announcement of the 2015 Official Selection will begin with the short films In Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection, in the run-up to the press conference for the 68th Festival de Cannes, to be held on Thursday 16th April.

Following their deliberations, the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided by Abderrahmane Sissako, will decide on the best films both from the Short Films Competition and the Cinéfondation.


This year, the selection committee received 4,550 short films – 1,000 more than in 2014 – from over 100 countries.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Call for submissions: 2015 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

Air Canada today announced submissions are open for the ninth annual Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. Emerging Canadian filmmakers are invited to showcase their artistic talent, out-of-the-box thinking and compelling vision in this year's festival that includes a star studded jury, a cash prize and a chance to travel to the Berlin International Film Festival to have their film screened at the European Film Market.

The winner of Best Short Film will receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor Cineplex Entertainment. Other awards include Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, Achievement in Documentary and the third annual People's Choice Award. Achievement Award supporters include, the Directors' Guild of Canada, William F. White International Inc., the National Film Board of Canada and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.

Festival Accès Asie, May 1 – 24


Festival Accès Asie, running from May 1st to 24th, is proud to announce its 20th Anniversary edition! Khosro Berahmandi, General Manager and Artistic Director of the Festival, has prepared an incredible program featuring a wide range of artistic disciplines that will definitely please Asian culture lovers. Festival Accès Asie welcomes actress, Alice Tran (Lance et compte, 30 vies), as its spokesperson for our 20th anniversary celebration.

Included in this edition are 16 artistic events, many of which have been exclusively created for the Festival. To show its appreciation to Accès Asie artist members for their ongoing commitment to the development of the Festival over the years, five artists from the Festival’s Board were invited to create works for this year’s edition. We are very pleased to include these works in our 20th Anniversary program.

The Festival kicks off with our famous Opening Cocktail at which we will reveal the 20th Anniversary Edition program. The first week will feature Kaleidoscope, an exhibition by Kiran Ambwani and Florence So, presenting 20 artists who have appeared in the Festival over the past 20 years. The Festival also invites the public to take part in an open forum Discussion on Asian Heritage in Quebec featuring an exciting panel of Festival artists.

Monday, April 13, 2015

23rd Annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival; April 30 – May 10

Anarchists and superheroes, mother-daughter relationships, The Twilight Zone, Canadian archival gems, Robert Redford’s first big role…. All this and much more will be unleashed at the 2015 Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF), running April 30 to May 10, at various venues across the city.

Showcasing 110 films from 18 countries, two International Premieres, four North American Premieres, and 46 Canadian Premieres, this year’s TJFF is a film festival lover’s dream.

TJFF 2015’s exceptional selection of features range from powerful, critically acclaimed dramas, to light-hearted comedies, and dark psychological thrillers. Among them: The Kindergarten Teacher, a complex morality tale on a teacher’s obsession with her student’s extraordinary talent (selected as part of Critics Week series at Cannes); Dough, an endearing comedy starring Jonathan Pryce, set in London’s East End; Bulgaria’s 2015 Oscar® submission Bulgarian Rhapsody, a coming-of-age love story set during the Second World War; You Must Be Joking, a 20-something New Yorker’s quest to find meaning beyond her paralegal job; Atlit, a comical, dramatic and touching story on the bond of sisterhood; and Let’s Go!, the new film from acclaimed director Michael Verhoeven (The Nasty Girl).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Le MIAFF: Montreal International Animation Film Festival, April 16-19

Featuring 4 days of animation feature films, shorts workshops, panel discussions and interactive performances, The Montréal International Animation Film Festival, in association with and Animation World Network is all set to ANIMAZE and entertain Montreal!

At 7pm on Thursday 16th April, the festival will kick off with an exhilarating and groundbreaking live interactive music performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute produced by the German Interactive Media Foundation with music performed live by Montreal sound-artist Philippe Lambert.

Opening night continues with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of X-rated classic Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle voiced by the pre-Saturday Night Live voices of John Belushi and Bill Murray, alongside Johnny Weissmuller JR, son of the original star of the Tarzan movies. This is the English language version of the original Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle, the French/Belgian animated film directed by cartoonist Picha and Boris Szulzinger.

2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards – nominees announced


Canadian Music Week is proud to announce the nominees for the 2015 SiriusXM Indies - 15th Annual Independent Music Awards. ALVVAYS, Caribou, Mac DeMarco and Death From Above 1979 are among the nominated artists being honoured across 26 categories on Saturday May 9th, 2015 at the Grand Ballroom in the Sheraton Centre (123 Queen St. West, Toronto). Full list of nominees is below.

Celebrating another year of top independent talent - both Canadian and International - the award show will feature special performances from nominated artists, including The Glorious Sons, Alvvays, Broncho, and Miracles. Multi-platinum selling rock act Billy Talent will be headlining the SiriusXM Indies with an exclusive concert performance.

Friday, April 3, 2015

28th Images Festival, April 9-18, 2015

The 28th Images Festival is right around the corner, with 10 days of groundbreaking film screenings, live performances and media-based installations taking place throughout Toronto April 9 - 18, 2015. The Images Festival showcases the innovative edge of international contemporary media art through its ON SCREEN, OFF SCREEN and LIVE IMAGES programming.

The Images Festival continues to embrace new modes of creativity for a radical and unforgettable extravaganza of contemporary moving image culture. More than ever, Images engages audiences through our expanded public programming with more talks, tours, guest writers on our iFBLOG, as well as web-based projects and online screenings on our video player iFPOD. Find out more at

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Call for Submissions: Toronto Urban Film Festival 2015

Submit your silent, one-minute film before June 1st and avoid the $20 entry fee.
Final deadline: June 30, 2015.

Take part in the North America’s largest commuter film festival. The 9th annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns to subway screens across Toronto from September 12 to 20, 2015.

TUFF accepts all genres of silent, 60-second film, video, and animation of interest to an urban audience. Films screen at 5-minute intervals on 300 digital platform screens across the Toronto subway system and non-stop at a special "Film Zone" station downtown. The audience includes over one million commuters who take the Toronto subway daily.

Now in its second year, “TUFF Local Stories” will appear on digital screens in over 40 shopping centres across Canada. “TUFF Local Stories” will feature film/video/animation by Canadians that explore, critique, or show their love for their own hometowns.

Monday, March 30, 2015

18th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards – nominees announced

Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce nominations for the 18th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards! Kiesza, MAGIC! and Hedley, are among those honoured. This year’s award show will take place on Friday, May 8th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Sponsored by Bell Media, the Canadian Radio Music Awards celebrate first-time charted artists and honour individuals or groups with some of the most played songs on Canadian radio.

This year’s show will feature performances by MAGIC!, Kiesza, Dear Rouge, Andee, Virginia to Vegas and Jess Moskaluke. Full list of nominees below.

The Canadian Radio Music Awards offer an opportunity to honour national and international artists who have gained significant traction on the radio over the past year. Radio has long served as a significant platform for artists to break through and gain mass appeal. This year’s nominees fittingly reflect the power of a songs ability to connect with the public and push artists to the next level.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Prism Prize goes to director Chad VanGaalen

On Sunday, March 29, director Chad VanGaalen was announced as the winner of the 2015 Prism Prize for Timber Timbre's Beat The Drum Slowly music video at the Prism Prize Top Ten Screening and Awards Presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario. Chad VanGaalen, who was also nominated for his own song Monster, was on hand to accept the Prism Prize trophy and $5,000 award.

The Prism Prize Audience Award was presented to director Natalie Rae Robison for Kandle's Not Up To Me, based on thousands of online votes collected in collaboration with Noisey Canada.

Also honoured during the event was director Jared Raab, who was in attendance to accept the Arthur Lipsett Award, established to recognize an innovative and unique approach to music video art. The Prism Prize Special Achievement Award, honouring a Canadian music video artist for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage, was presented to animator and cinematographer Christopher Mills.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Full lineup announced for 2015 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

This year, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary at Parc Jean-Drapeau. This morning, they announced their full lineup for this year's festival which will be taking place on the weekend of July 31, August 1 and August 2.

Previously, they had announced headliners including Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, St. Vincent, Alt-J, The Decemberists, Hot Chip, Weezer and Nas. Today, they completed their announcement of over 100 bands that will play on six stages during the three-day festival.

Monday, March 23, 2015

18th Cinéfranco 2015, April 10–19

Featuring films from directors such as Micheline Lanctôt, Kaouther Ben Hania, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Carré, Agnès Jaoui, Brigitte Pogonat, among many others

Cinéfranco 2015, English Canada’s largest celebration of international Francophone cinema finds a new home at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto from Friday, April 10, 2015 to Sunday, April 19, 2015.

In its 18th year, Cinéfranco once again explores the diverse cinemas of the Francophone diaspora, the riches of Francophone cultures and showcases the talents of established as well as rising Francophone filmmakers and artists. With 22 feature films and 7 shorts, including many award-winning and highly acclaimed films from festivals around the world, there is something for all lovers of cinema, from comedy fans to thriller aficionados. Films from Belgium, Canada, France, Tunisia, The United Arab Emirates and Morocco will grace the big screen, including 7 North American Premieres, 9 English Canadian Premieres, 1 Canadian Premiere and 1 Ontario Premiere.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hot Docs announces 2015 lineup – 210 documentaries from 45 countries

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 22nd edition, April 23–May 3, at a press conference this morning at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. From 2,724 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 210 titles from 45 countries in 12 screening programs.

"This year’s Festival takes us around the world, showcasing stories from 45 different countries and the best in Canadian filmmaking,” says Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook. “Through even more live and interactive experiences we have more ways than ever for the audience to be a part of the Festival. Bringing this exceptional work to Toronto is a huge honour and we can’t wait to join the filmmakers in sharing their work with our incredible audience.”

This year’s Scotiabank Big Ideas Series will welcome such notable subjects as: Grammy-nominated comedian Tig Notaro (TIG); charismatic former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Danny Williams, subject of (DANNY); director Alex Winter, WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg and the parents of subject Ross Ulbricht (DEEP WEB); Ex-Fugee Pras Michel (SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT); and Olympic Gold Medal–winning hockey player Charline Labonté, former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean and American college football player Conner Mertens (OUT TO WIN).

Monday, March 16, 2015

Call for submissions: 44th Festival du nouveau cinéma


Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma has announced a call for submissions for their 44th edition of the festival. They are looking for films, interactive works and performances for the next festival which will run from October 7 to 18, 2015 in Montreal.

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. The Festival du nouveau cinéma’s calling card is its rigorous and diverse programming, consistently presenting high-quality and often unseen works selected for their originality and innovation. The FNC has always developed in tandem with evolving practices and trends in cinema, and equipped with high-tech screening and presentation facilities, it has earned an international reputation as a leading-edge festival.