From Cannes to Waterloo (ON): 4 Canadian Film Stories

The Cannes Film Festival has announced more selections — this time, for the jury, which will include Canada’s own Xavier Dolan and “honourary Torontonian” Guillermo del Toro, reports The Kingston Whig-Standard. Dolan’s film Mommy, of course, won nine CSA’s this year, including Best Motion Picture, but also won the Jury Prize last year at Cannes.  Toronto became a second home to Del Toro when his series The Strain began production there.

Also at Cannes is the Canadian film  Sleeping Giant, the feature-length version of a short we told you about back when it screened as one of the local films at the Northwest Film Fest in Thunder Bay. The short version was also chosen as one of the best shorts by Canada’s Top Ten Festival at TIFF. Watch filmmaker Andrew Cividino tell his story at the Toronto Star.

There’s been lots of coverage of the effects of Nova Scotia’s tax credit cuts on the film industry, but The Chronicle-Herald’s Peter Moreira points out an overlooked potential victim: tech startups in the province. “The areas of expertise developed in the film industry, such as storytelling, digital video production and animation, are essential in the gaming industry, which is making waves in Atlantic Canada.”

And to wind up on a more fun note, another niche film festival opens this week, this one in Waterloo, Ontario: the third annual International Fly Fishing Film Festival , aka IF4.  The Waterloo Region Record has the details of the seven films, which will screen at the Princess Cinemas starting Thursday night.

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