Surprise at Banff and Other Winners’ Stories

In a surprise move at Banff World Media Festival, not one but two CineCoup winners were announced — after the five finalist teams went through a live pitch to a panel of industry insiders. The Calgary Herald’s Eric Volmers reports the winners are Edmonton’s High School Brawl and Toronto’s Hellmington.

The award-winning drama series Blackstone “explores the real-life issues facing Canada’s Aboriginal community” Broadcaster reports, and will make its debut on CBC  on June 15th. It’ll also be downloadable on iTunes on the 16thl. The show has already run for four years on APTN.

The Grand River Film Festival is accepting entries for its eighth annual MCAP SHORT Shorts Competition, The Waterloo Region Record announces.  They’ll take regional and Canada-wide submissions from pros and amateurs — just make it under 15 minutes.

The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) has announced this year’s “hugely-talented bevy of VIP guests” in a media release via WireService.ca. We’ve mentioned that James Kent, director of Testament of Youth, will be there; others include Bel Powley, star of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and the multi-talented Jacqueline Kim, who stars in and co-wrote the film Advantageous.

We’re a little late with this list of winners of the Leo Awards, but then again the awards aren’t over yet, stretching as they do over two weekends. Congratulations to all.


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