Nov 22, 2014

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Whistler Film Festival announces Signature Series honourees and juries

Over 350 filmmakers including actors, producers, writers, directors, industry executives and musicians, are part of the 14th annual Whistler Film Festival + Summit (December 3-7), including an impressive lineup of star-studded guests and honourees, a 100% plus increase in guests from the previous year. WFF continues to strengthen its programming partnerships and bring audiences unique films and events through its Signature Series, which recognizes distinguished artists of our time and honours them with an award and/or an intimate on-stage interview, some complemented by a feature presentation of their most recent film.

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Entertainment One targets doubling its size over next five years

Canadian producer and distributor Entertainment One said Tuesday that it plans to double the size of its business over the next five years and boost its production presence in key markets, including the U.S., U.K. and Australia.‎ A representative explained that with “the size of business” the company meant the value investors ascribe to the company rather than revenue or any other reported financial metric. “In the seven years since Entertainment One joined the London Stock Exchange, the management team has consistently delivered on-strategy, building one of the world’s largest and most prolific independent film and television businesses,” said CEO Darren Throop. “With our four strategic pillars of film, television, family and digital and our focused strategy…we believe that we can double the size of Entertainment One in the next five years.”‎

Film industry groups advise theatres to ban smart watches, glasses

A pair of influential U.S. film industry organizations on Wednesday put out word that movie theaters should ban smart watches or eyewear that could be used to record movies. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners updated a film-theft prevention policy to recommend zero-tolerance when it comes to movie goers wearing “intelligent” devices with video-recording capabilities. Best practices guidelines, which theater operators are free to embrace or ignore, were modified to say that “wearable devices” as well as smartphones must be “turned off and put away at show time.”

Small screen hits the big time with Canadian International Television Festival’s second year

In the inaugural year of the Canadian International Television Festival, David Heath embarked on what seemed an improbable mission.

He wanted television viewers to get off the couch and head to the theatre to watch TV on the big screen. Moreover, he wanted them to watch only Canadian-made shows.

“It really bugged me that we had over [...]

TIFF Lightbox Celebrates Stanley Kubrick

IFF held its annual charity fundraiser BOOMBOX and this year they were celebrating the Canadian premiere of the highly anticipated Stanley Kubrick Exhibition. The exhibit highlights the life and work of the legendary American film auteur. The all-out blast of film, art, cocktails and culture, featured a silent auction and Kubrick-themed interactive art installations and music. Redesigned for Toronto audiences, Stanley Kubrick is TIFF’s largest exhibition to date.

Canadian TIFF Films funded by OMDC

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