Filming and Funding, in Canada and the World

Are Canadian critics “reluctant to bash films that have been so graciously supported by our government”? Jesse Brown (journalist and creator of the “Canadaland” podcast) raised the possibility at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema a few nights ago, Zarin Tasnim reports in The Varsity. (Having reviewed several dozen Canadian films here, we tend to think it’s more reluctance to bash films that have been so painstakingly made  in a country with so many challenges for creators.)

Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) has named the participants and projects for its 2015 Development Incubator program, and Broadcaster has the full list.    The projects have titles ranging from The Art of Being Busy to Tennis ’82.

Bell Media tells us (in a dialect that we hope doesn’t offend anyone from Sudbury) that the new comedy Letterkenny is currently shooting on location in, right, Sudbury. It’s based on the Internet series Letterkenny Problems and gets its laughs from the conflicts between the three groups all Letterkenny residents fall into: the Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey Players. This small-town world “may smell like stale cigarettes and beer, but its approach to comedy is a breath of fresh air,” says Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media.

(Via PRWeb) The 8th Annual Film Finance Summit will take place in Santa Monica on June 12th. David Steinberg, veteran entertainment lawyer and partner at Dentons LLP (a Canadian law firm with a global presence) will speak on acquiring funding for a film or TV production including essential elements such as budgets, letters of intent, script, chain of title, option agreements and other key production agreements. He’ll also address international co-productions.


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