Oscars, Festivals — and Tough Times in NS

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With the Oscar nominations coming out this morning, CBC’s Peter Knegt gives an overview of the 12 Canadian nominees in 10 categories. He points out that half the Best Picture nominees this year (Brooklyn, Revenant, Room, and Spotlight) were shot at least partly in Canada. And that’s not all . . .

Two Alberta film festivals are now officially Oscar-quality (and Oscar-qualifying) events, as their hometown media proudly report. The Calgary International Film Festival (see Eric Volmers in The Calgary Herald) and the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) (according to The Edmonton Examiner’s Ramin Ostad) have made the cut this year.

Smaller, but still going strong, the Wakefield International Film Festival (WIFF) presents its seventh edition this year, The Ottawa Citizen reports. Opening the weekend of February 6th, this documentary festival will screen films on different issues from around the world.

Not so good news from Nova Scotia: Arcadia Entertainment president John Wesley Chisholm tells CBC News’ Carolyn Ray his company has no new projects lined up for when the current ones are completed. The province’s new tax credit system “doesn’t work” he says bluntly.

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