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Canuck directors say small is good

Three Canadian filmmakers say there are real advantages to be gained by keeping productions small, and not wasting time and energy chasing large sums from reluctant bureaucrats and private backers.

At a panel discussion at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Toronto’s Atom Egoyan said Montreal director Xavier Dolan and Halifax’s Noah Pink represent a new trend in Canadian filmmaking, one free of constant financial pressures.

Neither Dolan, 21, nor Pink, 27, would have been at Cannes this year if they’d funded their films through conventional means. Dolan’s Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) and Pink’s ZedCrew were both made for peanuts. Yet they’ve found screens and applause at Cannes.

“When a film can be made with $600,000, there’s no reason to wait for six years or two or even one to get the money,” Dolan said. That was his budget for Les amours imaginaires, about double what it cost to make his acclaimed debut J’ai tue ma mere (I Killed My Mother), which won three awards in Cannes last year.

Pink’s extended short ZedCrew, about hip-hoppers in Zambia trying to make it to North America, was shot using a single rented camera on an initial stake of just $1,500.

Egoyan, 49, who is at Cannes to help judge two shorts programs, said Canadians should be proud of a tradition of auteur films.

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber is one of several Canadians nominated this year for a Black Entertainment Television Award.

The 16-year-old singer from Stratford, Ont., who is white, is up for best new artist of the past year in the awards established to celebrate the hottest entertainment stars, with a focus on minorities.

Toronto R&B singer Melanie Fiona nabbed four nominations for the 10th annual awards bash, while fellow Toronto native Drake took three nominations plus another for his Young Money group.

Fiona’s nominations include best female R&B artist, best new artist and video of the year (“It Kills Me”).

Drake is up for best male hip-hop artist and has two nominations for best collaboration (for “Successful” and “Forever”). He’ll also perform during the show.

Somalia-born, Toronto-raised hip-hop artist K’Naan is up for best international act.

Jay-Z has the overall lead with five nominations heading into the show, which will be hosted by Queen Latifah on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Source: The Toronto Star

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Canuck directors say small is good

Three Canadian filmmakers say there are real advantages to be gained by keeping productions small, and not wasting time and energy chasing large sums from reluctant bureaucrats and private backers.

At a panel discussion at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Toronto’s Atom Egoyan said Montreal director Xavier Dolan and Halifax’s Noah Pink represent a new trend in Canadian filmmaking, one free of constant financial pressures.

Neither Dolan, 21, nor Pink, 27, would have been at Cannes this year if they’d funded their films through conventional means. Dolan’s Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) and Pink’s ZedCrew were both made for peanuts. Yet they’ve found screens and applause at Cannes.

“When a film can be made with $600,000, there’s no reason to wait for six years or two or even one to get the money,” Dolan said. That was his budget for Les amours imaginaires, about double what it cost to make his acclaimed debut J’ai tue ma mere (I Killed My Mother), which won three awards in Cannes last year.

Pink’s extended short ZedCrew, about hip-hoppers in Zambia trying to make it to North America, was shot using a single rented camera on an initial stake of just $1,500.

Egoyan, 49, who is at Cannes to help judge two shorts programs, said Canadians should be proud of a tradition of auteur films.

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber is one of several Canadians nominated this year for a Black Entertainment Television Award.

The 16-year-old singer from Stratford, Ont., who is white, is up for best new artist of the past year in the awards established to celebrate the hottest entertainment stars, with a focus on minorities.

Toronto R&B singer Melanie Fiona nabbed four nominations for the 10th annual awards bash, while fellow Toronto native Drake took three nominations plus another for his Young Money group.

Fiona’s nominations include best female R&B artist, best new artist and video of the year (“It Kills Me”).

Drake is up for best male hip-hop artist and has two nominations for best collaboration (for “Successful” and “Forever”). He’ll also perform during the show.

Somalia-born, Toronto-raised hip-hop artist K’Naan is up for best international act.

Jay-Z has the overall lead with five nominations heading into the show, which will be hosted by Queen Latifah on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Source: The Toronto Star

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Front Page, Industry News

Canuck directors say small is good

Three Canadian filmmakers say there are real advantages to be gained by keeping productions small, and not wasting time and energy chasing large sums from reluctant bureaucrats and private backers.

At a panel discussion at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Toronto’s Atom Egoyan said Montreal director Xavier Dolan and Halifax’s Noah Pink represent a new trend in Canadian filmmaking, one free of constant financial pressures.

Neither Dolan, 21, nor Pink, 27, would have been at Cannes this year if they’d funded their films through conventional means. Dolan’s Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) and Pink’s ZedCrew were both made for peanuts. Yet they’ve found screens and applause at Cannes.

“When a film can be made with $600,000, there’s no reason to wait for six years or two or even one to get the money,” Dolan said. That was his budget for Les amours imaginaires, about double what it cost to make his acclaimed debut J’ai tue ma mere (I Killed My Mother), which won three awards in Cannes last year.

Pink’s extended short ZedCrew, about hip-hoppers in Zambia trying to make it to North America, was shot using a single rented camera on an initial stake of just $1,500.

Egoyan, 49, who is at Cannes to help judge two shorts programs, said Canadians should be proud of a tradition of auteur films.

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber is one of several Canadians nominated this year for a Black Entertainment Television Award.

The 16-year-old singer from Stratford, Ont., who is white, is up for best new artist of the past year in the awards established to celebrate the hottest entertainment stars, with a focus on minorities.

Toronto R&B singer Melanie Fiona nabbed four nominations for the 10th annual awards bash, while fellow Toronto native Drake took three nominations plus another for his Young Money group.

Fiona’s nominations include best female R&B artist, best new artist and video of the year (“It Kills Me”).

Drake is up for best male hip-hop artist and has two nominations for best collaboration (for “Successful” and “Forever”). He’ll also perform during the show.

Somalia-born, Toronto-raised hip-hop artist K’Naan is up for best international act.

Jay-Z has the overall lead with five nominations heading into the show, which will be hosted by Queen Latifah on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Source: The Toronto Star

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