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The Victoria Film Festival (VFF) wrap and awards

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  The Victoria Film Festival (VFF) brought another festive, energy-packed, and visually stunning celebration to the community. The Festival hand-picked unique movies from around the world, some that were later honoured with prestigious nominations including Genie-nominated films such as Trigger, and Leave them Laughing; as well as Oscar-nominated films such as Biutiful, In a Better World, The Illusionist, and Incendies (also Genie nominated). Sold out films included Chef of the South Polar ...

Director Bruce McDonald is coming to the Victoria Film Festival for a Q&A session

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January 13th: Iconic Canadian director Bruce McDonald will be attending the screenings of his most recent works Trigger and Hard Core Logo II at the Victoria Film Festival (VFF), where he will discuss his films during a question and answer session at the screening.   Trigger: Friday • February 4th • Cap 6 Th 6 • 9:15 PM Bruce will be joined by actor Don McKellar at this screening. This is a story about two women who must overcome past grudges in order to come together...

Canadian Films In The Spotlight at Toronto Fest

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The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His newest film CHLOE, starring Julianne Moore and Li...

Toronto FF Offers Canadian Cream Of The Crop

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  CHLOE (Atom Egoyan)  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor While the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens next week, is the very definition of an international event, with almost every filmmaking country on the planet represented somewhere in its vast program, it has a special place in its heart for its homegrown cinema. Not only does the Festival embrace its native talents but it realizes that it provides an important showcase for visiting distributo...

Calgary International Film Festival to open with Blindness

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The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is proud to announce the festival will open with Fernando Meirelles and Don McKellar’s Blindness at the American Express Opening Gala on September 18, 2008. Blindness was nominated for the Golden Palm and was the opening film at Cannes in 2008. Directed by Academy Award® nominated Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God), and adapted from Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's masterwork, Blindness is a harrowing tale about the fragility o...

In competition: "Blindness"

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Blindness opening the 61th Festival de Cannes.The film:Blindness, by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, has been chosen as the opening film of the Cannes Festival. An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago, this political and philosophical thriller is the first film competing for the 61st Golden Palm award. Six years after the out-of-competition presentation of City of God, director Meirelles is back in Cannes with a drama about an epidemic with ...

Canadian films shine on their home turff at TIFF

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With over 350 films being screened and over 2000 industry professionals in attendance, the Toronto International Film Festival is a crowded but important launching pad for the best new films from Canada’s prolific film industry.In the past, all Canadian films were relegated to the Perspective Canada section, which provided a strong promotional platform but also was criticized by many in the Canadian film industry as a kind of “film ghetto”. This year, the Festival has decided to “desegre...

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