LAFF, TIFF, Canada Cool in NYC, and a Student Contest

Mexico is in the spotlight at the 13th annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, The Vancouver Province’s Stuart Derdeyn reports. The country’s film output is back at the level of its “golden age” in the 1950’s, says Festival director Christian Sida-Valenzuela — about 120 films per year. LAFF runs at various venues in Vancouver from September 3rd through 13th.

(Via CNW) The Gatsby Student CM Awards, once open only to Asian students, are expanding to Canada as of today (also the U.S., the U.K., and Mongolia). The contest invites student filmmakers to create a commercial featuring Gatsby men’s grooming products from the Japanese Mandom Corporation. Details on the award site.

Canada Cool, the traveling festival of Canadian comedy films from Telefilm Canada, hits Greenwich Village on the 18th of this month, The Village Voice reports, and goes on till the 24th. New York filmgoers can enter to win prizes like a $200 Tim Hortons gift card . . . Films include Being Canadian, Relative Happiness, and Bang Bang Baby.

TIFF seems to be a stop on the road to Best Picture at the Oscars, says Chris Knight, looking at the phenomenon in The National Post.


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