Rencontre (Review)

Rencontre is a simple, bittersweet haiku about unexpected encounters and their equally unexpected brevity, directed by Toronto-based director Brennan Martin. The short film won the awards for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Film at the TAPFest, a film festival for GTA (Greater Toronto Area) productions founded by the actors’ collective The Actors Place. A […]

Beyond National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day 2016 (June 21st) saw announcements of several initiatives that will work to give more of a voice, through film and other media, to the First Nations of this country. CBC Docs (via CNW) has issued a call for emerging Indigenous storytellers to submit pitches for multi-platform short documentary content representing their personal […]

The Recently Chosen

The Road Behind, just named a finalist in Telefilm’s Micro-Budget Production Program for 2016-2017, is directed by Kelton Stepanowich (the Alberta-based team also includes Derek Vermillion [writer)], Eric Janvier [producer]). When we talked to him about his earlier film, Gods Acre,  he said, “I think I’ll know we have made a great film when people […]

STUDIO Selectees, Casting Directors Call for Diversity, and Erasing Eden

Congratulations to the 12 writer-directors selected for this year’s STUDIO, TIFF’s year-round professional development industry program. These “emerging and mid-career professionals“ will get the chance to learn from their peers and distinguished figures in the industry. For a full list of participants, see the TIFF site. The Casting Directors Society of Canada (CDC) says the […]