CSA Round 1, Canada Stands In, Good Year for Ontario

Barry Hertz of the Globe and Mail reports that Sports and News gets honoured and awarded in Canadian Screen Awards. Fifty honours were handed out last night, in categories such as documentaries, lifestyle, and reality TV shows. Hosted in Toronto by Sean Cullen, awards and top honours went to programs such as Still Standing, Songs of Freedom, Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War, and many more. The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Televison will spend tonight honouring more subjects such as drama, youth, and comedy.

Film inspired by Washington’s  Whidbey Island is being shot in Canada, states Ron Newberry of Whidbey Times. Growing up in South Whidbey, Joseph Itaya always wanted to bring a film about his island onto the big screen. When his plans got rearranged and he ended up shooting his film Lost & Found in Sault St. Marie instead, he wasn’t sure how the results would turn out. Despite some struggles, the movie actually got successfully made and has been released as of two weeks ago. Taking place on a fictional island in the San Juans, the film stars Justin Kelly and Benjamin Stockham who play two brothers spending a vacation with that one rather awkward uncle that every family seems to have. They find out about a strange secret that tells them an interesting story about their grandfather.

(via CBC.ca) Ontario has had their best year in the film industry last year. Thanks to productions all throughout last year in Toronto, the industry managed to let $1.5 billion in cash flow straight into the economy, providing over 32,000 jobs last year. A lot of this income came from domestic productions and foreign spending. Minister Michael Coteau reports that because of these rates, Ontario continues to be the #1 spot for productions in the film industry.

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