5 Canada Film Stories for First Weds in DST

(Formerly Daily Rushes — I always felt a little weird about that name. — Ed.)

  • This year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will feature something new, courtesy of Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent): the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch. Six filmmaking teams will get a chance to pitch their short documentary project to the audience and judges for a chance to win $30,000, $25,000, or $20,000 in funding. Read more from Broadcast Magazine, here.
  • Do Not Track is a digital documentary series co-produced by the National Film Board, which raises the questions: How much is being recorded about us via the Internet, and how’s that information being used? The seven-part series will be part of Storyscapes, an annual transmedia showcase at the Tribeca Film Festival. Read about it at Northernstars, here.
  • Another Canadian documentary taking on questionable business practises opens this week — The Price We Pay, by director Harold Crooks, which warns that multinational corporations’ use of tax havens is a threat to democracy. More in the Globe and Mail, here.
  • Be The Change, a short film by Northern Alberta Basketball, shows how the sport can make a difference in kids’ lives. The Edmonton Examiner reports here.
  • “Boost your TV CV,” says the National Screen Institute, inviting applications for its NSI Totally Television course. This 10-month learning process gives up to six writer/producer teams the opportunity to develop their television projects with the best showrunners/story editors in the country. Deadline is May 6th — read the details and apply at the NSI site, here.

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