By the Numbers, First Monday in May

Avengers: Age of Ultron set a presale record for Cineplex, made $187.7 million its first weekend, and became the second biggest U.S. opening of all time — but it couldn’t top the first Avengers, CTV reports. (Oh, and our guy didn’t like it.)

Hot Docs finished up on Saturday with awards at at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel. Northernstars has all the details on the winners.

The South Western International Film Festival (SWIFF) will debut in Sarnia the first weekend of this November. As The Lambton Shield says, “Much as we love this town, it has not (yet at least) been twinned with Cannes . . .”, but that’s the whole point. SWIFF’s executive director Ravi Srinivasan (you may remember him, and SWIFF, from this NCFD story) wants to “establish Sarnia-Lambton as a cultural hub for Southwestern Ontario.” See more about the fest here.

Via CNW, the CRTC has released stats on Canadian local television stations for 2014 (that’s broadcast year 2014, which ended in August). Some quick figures: “Investments by private local television stations in Canadian-made programs increased by 2.3%, from $605.4 million in 2013 to $619.3 million in 2014 . . . local television stations paid $138.6 million to Canadian independent producers.” Ad revenues are in a decline,  unfortunately.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival has four more selections, and this week they all focus on children. In The Vow, Éclat du jour (Daybreak), Hop the Twig, and Survival Guide, kids cope with everything from the death of a houseplant to a quest for a “mystical drop of sun.” NSI rolls out new films every week for the next eight.


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