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Canneseries, MipTV’s In Development: A Round-Up

Cannes — MipTV and the inaugural edition of Canneseries hosted a joint In Development section for promising early-stage projects from around the world, looking to team them with producers and distributors as early as possible. The event was held April 10-11, to a packed crowd of often young producers.

“It’s our opportunity to make things happen between financing and creative people at a very early stage,” said Benoit Louvet, a former key executive at TF1 Group who last year joined the Cannes International Series Festival as managing director. “We had a very tough process of selection from 344 projects from all over the world.
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‘The Sources of Evil,’ ‘Whatever, Linda’ Take Top Honors at Canneseries, MipTV In Development

Period dramas were the big winners on the day at Canneseries and Mip TV’s In Development pitching sessions. German 1993-set murder-mystery “The Sources of Evil” and Canadian 1978-based “Whatever, Linda,” were announced as joint winners of the two prizes granted at the event by Federation Entertainment and La Fabrique des Formats.

Pascal Breton’s Federation Ent. (“Marseille”) one of the most energetic of independent Europe-based production-sales houses, will co-develop, co-produce and distribute the two winners, while the French film-tv think-tank La Fabrique des Formats will help with financing.

Twelve projects competed in total, eight classified as in development and
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Whistler Film Fest Lineup Features Record Number of Films Directed by Women

Ingrid Veninger’s “Porcupine Lake” is screening at the fest

This year’s edition of the Whistler Film Festival (Wff) is setting an important record — the 2017 lineup features the highest number of films directed by women in the fest’s history. According to a press release, the fest is “pleased to screen 14 feature films and 16 short films directed by women, which makes up 30 percent of this year’s film programming.”

While far from the ideal 50 percent benchmark, the fest recognizes there’s work to be done, and will be hosting its second annual Women on Top Keynote and Breakfast. Producer and co-founder of Resonate Entertainment Susan Cartsonis will deliver this year’s keynote address. “It’s not unreasonable to expect that women should be 50 percent of those creating content, considering more than 50 percent of us are consuming the content,” said Cartsonis, whose credits include “What Women Want,” “The Duff,” and “Carrie Pilby.
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Tiff 2017 Adds More Programs: “Alias Grace” Series to Make World Premiere

Alias Grace”: Jan Thijs/Netflix

The Toronto International Film Festival announced even more programs for its 2017 edition today. In addition to the Canadian and Cinematheque film lineups, Tiff unveiled the finalists for Telefilm Canada Pitch This! in which filmmaking teams will have the chance to pitch their film idea to a panel of industry experts. The fest also announced that Montreal filmmaker Anne Émond (“Our Loved Ones,” “Nuit #1”) has been selected as the 2017 Len Blum Resident.

One of our most anticipated TV projects of the year, Netflix’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace,” will make its world premiere in Tiff’s Canadian slate, a collection of works from Canadian filmmakers. “Alias Grace” is a six-part miniseries about Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a real-life Irish immigrant and servant in 1840s Upper Canada who was accused — and convicted — of murdering her employer and his housekeeper. The series is written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “Away from Her”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”).

In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, this year’s Cinematheque event will celebrate Canadian filmmakers by “revisiting and restoring landmarks of Canada’s cinematic history.” Cinematheque will feature a screening of the digitally-restored “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing,” written and directed by Patricia Rozema (“Into the Forest”). The 1987 comedic drama follows a photographer (Sheila McCarthy) who discovers that a gallery owner and talented painter (Paule Baillargeon) is actually passing off her lover’s (Ann-Marie MacDonald) artwork as her own.

The Len Blum Residency will see Émond live and work at Tiff Bell Lightbox for two months. She will also receive mentorship from Blum himself, the veteran screenwriter of films like “Stripes” and “Meatballs.” Émond has directed four features and several shorts. Her most recent film, “Nelly,” made its world debut at Tiff 2016. It is a biopic about Canadian novelist Nelly Arcan.

Tiff will be held September 7–17, 2017. Check out the women-directed and co-directed films in the Canadian, Cinematheque, and Pitch This! slates below. Lists and synopses adapted from Tiff.



“Our People Will Be Healed”

Alanis Obomsawin, Canada World Premiere



Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/Canada/Qatar World Premiere

Mary Goes Round

Molly McGlynn, Canada World Premiere

“Never Steady, Never Still”

Kathleen Hepburn, Canada World Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

Meditation Park

Mina Shum, Canada World Premiere

Porcupine Lake

Ingrid Veninger, Canada World Premiere


Alias Grace

Mary Harron, Canada/USA World Premiere


“I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing”

Patricia Rozema, Canada, 1987

Pitch This!

“12 Days,” Jennifer Mesich, Tracey Deer

Inspired by the remarkable true story of an Indigenous woman who overcame the odds to survive 12 days in the Canadian wilderness. Attacked by a trusted friend, she suffered a broken jaw and was left to die. She persevered and lived to tell the tale.

“Boring Girls,” Coral Aiken, Hannah Cheesman

A deadly coming-of-age story about two teenage girls, Rachel and Fern, who become rising stars in the death metal scene. After experiencing an assault, they decide to embark on a bloody quest for revenge, more gruesome than any of their lyrics.

“Fall from the Sky,” Dan Montgomery, Deragh Campbell, Kaz Radwanski

Lucy, a 30-year-old woman with symptoms of schizophrenia, works as a teacher at a Toronto daycare centre. She begins to experience episodes at work, and struggles to navigate her employment, students, co-workers and personal relationships.

Imposter,” Adam Goldhammer, Evan Landry, Katie McMillan

Lamia Eaton, a teenager isolated on a remote maple farm, investigates her mother’s uncharacteristic and increasingly eerie behavior. As she begins to unearth an evil presence infecting the farm, Lamia is no longer able to trust anyone, including herself.

“Nadia, Butterfly,” Dominique Dussault, Pascal Plante

“Nadia, Butterfly” reveals the backstage world of the Olympic Games through the eyes of Nadia, a 20-year-old butterfly swimmer. Doubt-ridden about her post-Olympic future after winning bronze for Team Canada at the relay, her very last professional event, Nadia loses herself into lustful nights of excesses, punctuated by episodes of deep questioning.

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Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen among Tiff Canada line-up

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Festival brass unveil Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and more.

Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen (both pictured above), Ingrid Veninger, and Denis Côté are among the familiar names in the 26-strong Canadian Features slate that Toronto International Film Festival programmers unveiled on Wednesday.

The selection comprises the highest number of feature directorial debutants and films from Western Canada in recent years. More than 30% of the titles are by first-time feature directors.

Festival brass also announced Short Cuts, Tiff Cinematheque, Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and the recipient of the 2017 Len Blum Residency.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17.

Canadian Features

“It is exciting to see a new wave of Canadian first-time feature directors play with genres and take risks,” Tiff senior programmer Steve Gravestock said. “This year’s line-up has a truly international feel to it, too, with a number of features shot all over the globe — something that also
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Whatever, Linda: Web Series Adapted for TV by Orphan Black Co-Creator

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Per Deadline, Canadian web series, Whatever, Linda, is being developed as a half-hour TV show by The Mark Gordon Company. Orphan Black's Graeme Manson is executive producing. Watch a trailer and the first web episode of the web series, below.

In the web series, co-creator Hannah Cheesman stars as Linda Thoroughbred. Deadline says Cheesman will write and executive produce the TV version with co-creator Julian De Zotti, but won't act in it. The cast of the web series also includes: Terra Hazelton, Cara Ricketts, Martha MacIssac, Mike Shara, Brendan Gall, Julian Richings, Graydon Sheppard, and Sheila McCarthy.

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‘Whatever, Linda’ Web Series To Get TV Adaptation By ‘Orphan Black’ Co-Creator & Mark Gordon Co.

Critically praised Canadian web series Whatever, Linda, is being adapted as a half-hour TV series by The Mark Gordon Company, with Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson executive producing. Inspired by America's recent financial crisis, Whatever, Linda is a wickedly dark comedy set in 1978 about four disenfranchised secretaries on Wall Street who become the engineers behind the world's most notorious Ponzi scheme. The web series’ original co-creators Hannah Cheesman, who…
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The Toronto International Film Festival Rolls Out Its Red-Hot Carpet

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has released an incredible guest list of celebrated talent from around the globe. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Catherine Breillat, Nicole Garcia, Pawel Pawlikowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Steve McQueen, Godfrey Reggio, Denis Villeneuve, Bill Condon, Jean-Marc Vallée, John Wells, Ralph Fiennes, Richard Ayoade, Atom Egoyan, Matthew Weiner, John Carney, Jason Reitman, Jason Bateman, Yorgos Servetas, Liza Johnson, Megan Griffiths, Fernando Eimbcke, Alexey Uchitel, Johnny Ma, Biyi Bandele, Rashid Masharawi, Paul Haggis, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, Álex de la Iglesia, Bruce McDonald, Jennifer Baichwal, John Ridley, and Justin Chadwick.

The Festival also welcomes thousands of producers and other industry professionals bringing films to us.

The following filmmakers and artists are expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:

Ahmad Abdalla, Hany Abu-Assad, Yuval Adler, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Alexandre Aja, Bruce Alcock, Gianni Amelio, Thanos Anastopoulos, Madeline Anderson, Nimród Antal, Louise Archambault,
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Mama Featurette with Jessica Chastain and Guillermo Del Toro

Mama Featurette with Jessica Chastain and Guillermo Del Toro
Following the photo gallery from yesterday, Universal Pictures has unveiled a new featurette for Mama. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro takes us through the story of this white-knuckle thriller, centering on two orphans taken in by a loving family after spending five years in the wilderness alone. Watch as never-before-seen footage and on-set interviews with stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau offer insight into this creepy yarn about dead parents and the children they've left behind.

Mama - Featurette

Mama comes to theaters January 18th, 2013 and stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Jane Moffat, Daniel Kash, Isabelle Nélisse, Hannah Cheesman, Julia Chantrey. The film is directed by Andres Muschietti.
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Mama Photos with Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Mama Photos with Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Universal Pictures has released 10 new photos from Mama, director Andres Muschietti's gripping thriller that will make you think twice about adopting. A raven-haired Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau star as Annabel and Lucas, who take in Lucas' young nieces (Megan Charpentier and Isabelle N&#233lisse) who were living in the woods by themselves for five years. When the youngsters come to live with this happy couple, they bring with them a dark secret that will tear this family apart. Take a look at these photos from this intense thrill ride, which includes behind-the-scenes shots with producer Guillermo del Toro.

Mama comes to theaters January 18th, 2013 and stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Jane Moffat, Daniel Kash, Isabelle Nélisse, Hannah Cheesman, Julia Chantrey. The film is directed by Andres Muschietti.
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Guillermo Del Toro's Mama Clips with All-New Terrifying Footage

Guillermo Del Toro's Mama Clips with All-New Terrifying Footage
Universal has unleashed four clips from Guillermo del Toro's horror thriller Mama. Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau star in this thriller centering on two young girls who go missing after their mother dies. After starting a new life on their own, the two girls find that they are being haunted by their deceased Mama. Watch as this horrifying woman comes back to claim her lost children with over four minutes of new footage.

Mama - Kitchen

Mama - New House

Mama - First Meeting

Mama - Under the Bed

Mama comes to theaters January 18th, 2013 and stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Jane Moffat, Daniel Kash, Isabelle Nélisse, Hannah Cheesman, Julia Chantrey. The film is directed by Andres Muschietti.
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Watch the Mama Short Film with an Introduction by Guillermo Del Toro

Watch the Mama Short Film with an Introduction by Guillermo Del Toro
Coming to theaters next month is the horror-thriller Mama, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Andres Muschietti. The story actually started out as a short film, which was what convinced Guillermo del Toro to get involved in this feature. Today, the full short Mama has been released, with an introduction by Guillermo del Toro, who calls it, "one of the scariest little scenes I've ever seen." Check out this short before Mama hits theaters January 18.

Mama - Full Movie

Mama was released January 18th, 2012 and stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Jane Moffat, Daniel Kash, Julia Chantrey, Hannah Cheesman, Isabelle Nélisse. The film is directed by Andres Muschietti.

Mamá was released in 2008.
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