From East to West: Film, Government, and More

For a complete list of winners at Cannes, see the ET Canada blog. The Toronto Star’s Peter Howell looks at the winners in depth, though the main news is in the subhead: “Canada’s Denis Villeneuve goes home empty-handed.”

Though TVO has terminated its agreement for a documentary about Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Premier’s press secretary, Zita Astravas, says, “[W]e would like to see the film go to air.” Read more about the cancellation at The National Post.

The Premier herself says, ““I still hope it will go ahead,” according to The Toronto Sun’s Antonella Artuso, and says she had nothing to do with the project being cancelled. Also in the Sun, Christina Blizzard has some insights into what may have gone wrong. No response as of yet from White Pine Pictures, the production company, or Roxana Spicer, who resigned as director of the doc.

The Vancouver Sun, over the weekend, ran this piece on the TV and film industry there, now worth “an estimated record of $2 billion for the year ending March 31, 2015.” A few years ago when it didn’t look so bright, the industry appealed for more tax credits and: “The provincial government listened but did nothing and now the industry has never been busier.” Go figure.

And speaking of Vancouver, the Taiwanese Film Festival (TWFF) will take place June 19th through at Vancity Theatre, Ubyssey’s Vicky Huang reports. This year’s theme is Beyond Taiwan.

Western cities both north and south of the Line are in the spotlight today here as we look at the Eddies in Calgary and the Austin Film Festival.

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