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<Canadian Screen Awards, Second Night>

(February 26, 2015 - Toronto, ON) Things kicked up a notch at the second night of the Canadian Screen Awards last night at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto. You could tell by the sudden appearance of the TV cameras, almost totally absent the night before. Also, and without prejudice of any kind, a lot of the awards on the first night went to the people behind the scenes, the people that actually pour their heart and souls into getting the work side of showbiz done. Last night there were some pretty big names in attendance including Rick Mercer, Callum Keith Rennie and Paul Gross who was honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television with the Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement.Arrow

<Canadian Screen Awards, First Night> (February 25, 2015 - Toronto, ON) The first of three Canadian Screen Awards celebrations took place last night at the Sheraton Centre opposite City Hall in downtown Toronto. In the large crowd were some of the movers and shakers of the industry including uber-producer Don Carmody, newscasters Wendy Mesley and Sandy Rinaldo, producer-director Barry Avrich and many, many more. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television presented 50 awards in the categories of News & Sports, Documentary, Lifestyle, Reality and Digital Media. Hosted by comedian Darrin Rose the non-broadcast event was opened by Academy Chair, Martin Katz.Arrow
<Ottawa International Animation Festival call for entries> February 25, 2015 - Ottawa, ON) It is one of the world's most important gatherings for animated filmmakers and the people, young and old, who love to watch animated movies. It's the Ottawa International Film Festival (OIAF) and once again this year hey have issued a call for entries. As their media release states, the OAIF is "seeking state-of-the-art, thoughtful, funny and provocative animated films to showcase at venues in the national capital region from September 16th through the 20th." While that may seem like a long way off, the deadline for submissions, May 15, is a lot closer.Arrow
<Big News from Grand Rock> Now Playing:

A new comedy, Big News From Grand Rock is now playing. It stars Ennis Esmer as Leonard Crane, the editor of the Grand Rock Weekly Ledger, a struggling paper facing bankruptcy in a small no-news town. Searching relentlessly for the killer story to bring back readers, he finds it, not in the real world, but in old movies in a video rental store. The plan pays off as one fabricated story after another brings excitement and readers back to the paper. Costars include Gordon Pinsent, Art Hindle, Peter Keleghan and Kristen Booth. Arrow

<After the Ball> Now Playing:
Director Sean Garrity returns to the big screen with After The Ball. Portia Doubleday plays Kate, whose dream is to design for couturier houses. Although she's brimming with talent, no one wants to hire her because her father markets bargain price knock offs "inspired" by the designers Kate would like to work for. Instead, Kate joins the family business, which includes her underhanded stepmother (Lauren Holly) and two equally duplicitous stepsisters. Is the plot sound vaguely familiar? Does Cinderella come to mind? It is meant to.Arrow

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