Oscar-winning documentary director Michael Moore will be among the filmmakers to take part in industry events at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In town to mark the 25th anniversary of his landmark “Roger & Me,” Moore has been announced as one of the guests at this year’s Doc Conference, to take place Sept. 9 and 10. The “Bowling for Columbine” director will take part in a keynote conversation moderated by TIFF programmer Thom Powers.
A bilateral co-production treaty between India and Canada has come into effect. The pact allows films made using the treaty to be considered as local content in both jurisdictions. The two countries signed the long–awaited treaty in February this year. It has subsequently been ratified and entered into effect on July 1. The Indian government says it hopes that the treaty will encourage more Canadian films to use India as a location. Indian film-makers may now also apply for Canada’s generous subsidy and incentives schemes.
A love of films and their ability to tell stories in powerful ways is what initially drew Jonathan Hayes to filmmaking. While the former Cobourg resident now lives in Toronto where he runs Berkeley Films Ltd., an independent film production company which produces both dramatic and documentary films, he has fond memories of his youth while living behind the Marie Dressler House and attending Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West.
TV Guide Canada, which once vied with Readers Digest as the most widely circulated magazine in the country, has ended for good TV news writing and reporting. Editorial staff at the publication, which went digital-only several years ago, were told Wednesday by current owner Transcontinental that the news side of iconic television listings magazine is being shut down, effective immediately. The move affects about five staff, a person familiar with the matter said.
SIM Group has announced that we have recently finalized an agreement to join forces with Chainsaw, one of Hollywood’s most successful independent post-production facilities. The company, which was founded in 1996 by Bill DeRonde (who was later joined by Mike Polito), is best known for working with renowned productions including The Academy Awards, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.