Apr 20, 2014

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Filmmakers bring surreal, animated road trip across Canada to Calgary Underground Film Festival

Filmmakers Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman met him in Canmore in 2000. Santa Claus or Kriss Kringle or St. Nick or, more specifically, “one of two real St. Nicks” appeared to be in the midst of a nervous breakdown. He claimed to have committed some sort of crime and was on the run. Scriver and [...]

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Stewart Aziz named to lead Clairmont Toronto

When Clairmont presented Stewart Aziz with an opportunity to join the Clairmont team, the parties realized instantly how great a fit this would be. With over 30 years in the Film business, the last 16 culminating as VP Marketing with competitor Panavision Canada, “Stew” was the best possible choice Denny Clairmont could have made.

Stew has [...]

Images Festival brings compelling experimental film and video to Toronto

For close to three decades, Toronto’s Images Festival, which runs till April 19, has worked at the bleeding edge of experimental film and video with a mind to bringing the most compelling of it home to show the rest of us each year. Mainstream it’s not and that’s the point: much of Images’ content each year delves unapologetically into fraught realms, both topical and visual. Work is often political, critical, socially conscious and, more often than not, an unabashed visual challenge to the status quo Someone’s got to do it. We’re lucky that someone is right here in our hometown. Following: a handful of standouts from this year’s selection.

Tablet Television aims to be broadcasters’ go-to weapon against Aereo

Seemingly just in time to save the day, the relatively low-key Tablet Television is poising itself to be the hero that broadcast networks need to deflate the ever-expanding Aereo. The project is a joint venture between Granite Broadcasting and the U.K.-based Motive Television that aims to let people watch locally broadcast television on their mobile devices. Tablet Television is slated for a summertime beta test in the San Francisco market and a tentative autumn roll-out, according to a press release.

MIPTV: Michael Hirsh Unveils Canadian Film and TV Finance Company

Canada and film tax credits have been synonymous since the 1990s, offering a seemingly effortless way for producers to secure cost savings by making movies and TV series in the United States. But the U.S. tax credit swagger goes hand in hand with a web of lawyers, accountants and consultants working behind the scenes to help film and TV producers tap federal and provincial tax credits that aim to attract location shoots. Now Canadian cartoon veteran Michael Hirsh is shaking up the country’s interim, specialized film-lending sector by joining with corporate finance veterans Jacqueline Kelly and John Vandervelde to launch TEAM Finance Group.

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