News from the North and the Net

The Muskoka Independent Film Festival (MIFF) has extended its deadline for entries to June 26th. This year’s theme is “We A Funny Planet”, according to its page on FilmFreeway (which is also where you can submit your entry). All formats are welcome, everything from full-length features to long format commercials. Experienced, emerging, and students filmmakers are all welcome also.  “As long as there is an element of humour,” MIFF says.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) documentary series Playing with Fire returns on June 4th at 9:00 pm EDT for its season two premiere. A media release via CNW says, “The series follows two initial attack crews from northwestern Ontario throughout the summer including fighting forest fires in NWT’s worst fire season in a generation. ”

Shomi wants everyone to know that as of today, it’s available on Google Chromecast, which, it reminds us in a media release via CNW,  “is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV. Members can simply use their laptop, mobile device, or tablet to cast shomi right onto their big screen.” Some films were just not made to watch on your phone.

Speaking of the ever-more-intertwined-with-film-and-TV Internet, the CRTC announces it’s recruiting up to 6,200 Canadians to help measure the Internet services provided by the participating ISPs. Volunteers will receive a device, called a “Whitebox”, that they will connect to their modem or router. The Whitebox will periodically measure broadband performance, testing a number of parameters associated with the broadband Internet connection, including download and upload speeds. Sign up here.

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