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Target Number One

minutes – Biography, Crime, Thriller, Drugs
Language: English
Release date: April 24, 2020
Production companies: Caramel Film, Goldrush Entertainment
Canadian distributor: Entertainment One / Les Films Séville

Inspired by real events that took place in 1989, Target Number One follows three interconnected stories: an ex heroin junkie named Daniel Léger (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), who gets trapped by a criminal organization to set up a drug deal in Thailand and is thrown into a Thai prison and slapped with a 100-year sentence; an undercover cop who’s humiliated and decides to take a short cut to enhance the performance of his team; and Globe and Mail journalist Victor Malarek, who decides to go after the shady undercover cops responsible for wrongly accusing Daniel but is forced to re-evaluate his core convictions and maverick methods after the birth of his first child.

Based on the exploits of Canadian investigative reporter Victor Malarek, whose autobiography was made into the 1988 film Malarek.

Target Number OneTarget Number One
Producer:Valérie d’Auteuil
André Rouleau
Executive Producer:

Daniel Roby
Yvann Thibaudeau
Marc Côté
Patrick Roy
Anne-Claire Villeneuve
Eric Gozlan
Richard Iott
Arianne Fraser
Delphine Perrier
Henry Winterstern

Co-Executive Producer:

Ryan Winterstern

Associate Producer:

Bruno Rosato
Marie-Claire Lalonde
Sinan Saber


Daniel Roby


Daniel Roby


Ronald Plante, CSC


Yvann Thibaudeau


Éloi Painchaud

Production Designer:

David Pelletier

Art Director:

Scott Moulton

Costume Designer:

Véronique Marchessault


Antoine-Olivier Pilon
Josh Hartnett
Jim Gaffigan
Stephen McHattie
Rose-Marie Perreault
J.C. MacKenzie
Don McKellar
Mark Camacho
Frank Schorpion
Domenic Di Rosa
Lanisa Dawn
Raphael Grosz-Harvey
Sahajak Boonthanakit
Sebastien Beaulac
Robert Crooks
Frédéric Millaire-Zouvi
Alex Gravenstein
Marcello Bezina
Kenneth Won
Dawn Lambing
Fred Nguyen
Luigi Buffone
Michel Gregory Dagenais
Cory Lipman
Gillian Doria
Bianca Bellange
Léon Gosselin Leclerc

Daniel Léger
Victor Malarek
Frank Cooper
Party Girl
James Boulder
General Suchart
Delivery man
Denis Fountain
McDonald’s Assistant
Autopsy Doctor
Gas attendant
Vancouver Airport Security Officer
Al Cooper
Nancy Cooper
CBC Assistant
Man on bike

Daniel Roby

Daniel Roby, director,

B: 1970 in Québec

Daniel Roby began his career with degrees in filmmaking from Montréal’s Concordia University and the University of Southern California. He first worked as a director of photography on films like Hommes en 40taine, La vie rêvée de Mario and Jean François en série. Following his hit film La peau blanche, he directed Funkytown and then Louis Cyr, which were critical successes that also broke box-office records. In France, Roby first shot for the TV series Versailles, and then on the France-Canada co-production Dans la brume, which was selected to open the 2018 Fantasia Film Festival in Montréal.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Quelques instants de la vie d’une fraise (2003, short)
La peau blanche (2004)

Funkytown (2011)
Louis Cyr (2013)
Dans la brume (2018)
Gut Instinct (2019)

Target Number One (2020)

TV Series – At least 1 episode of:
Versailles (2015)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Quelques instants de la vie d’une fraise (2003, short)
La peau blanche (2004)

Gut Instinct (2019)

Target Number One (2020)

Credits as a Producer:
Lila (2000, short, co-producer)
Nos bras meurtris vous tendent le flambeau (2001, short)
Quelques instants de la vie d’une fraise (2003, short)
A Tall Tale (2003, short)
La cérémonie (2003, short)
La peau blanche (2004)
Still Life (2007, short, Executive Producer)
Gut Instinct (2019)
Target Number One (2020, Executive Producer)

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TIFF + Crave = Stay-at-Home Cinema

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TIFF + Crave = Stay-at-Home Cinema
by Staff

(March 27, 2020 – Toronto, ON – CNW) To help Canadians share the experience of film from the comfort of their own homes, TIFF and Bell Media’s Crave have announced that today, Friday, March 27 at 7pm EDT audiences across Canada can join TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey in the first of a series of virtual Q&As and screenings. Audiences can tune in to watch Cameron and award-winning actor and star Mandy Patinkin (Crave’s Homeland) for a chat via Instagram Live @tiff_net before being invited to screen TIFF’s 1987 People’s Choice Award winner, The Princess Bride, on Crave.
he Princess Bride, movie, poster,
What makes The Princess Bride special? The screenplay was written by the author of the original novel, renowned Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman. In addition to Patinkin the cast includes Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Peter Falk, Peter Cook and Andre the Giant.

“TIFF has a longstanding partnership with Bell Media and Crave, so it was a natural progression to work together during this global health crisis,” said Joana Vicente, TIFF Executive Director and Co-Head. “Both organizations value their audiences and want to bring the best of our programming to as many people as we can. We are all looking to connect with each other, and what better way to do this than through through cinema.”

“During these challenging times, we continue to look for ways to keep people connected, comforted, and entertained, and the power of film and TV accomplishes just that. It was important for us to work with TIFF on bringing these meaningful films to life,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We’re thrilled to work with our partners at TIFF to enhance the experience of revisiting these cinematic classics, by hearing from the beloved stars and inspiring creators behind these films, as well as media personalities who will consider their enduring impact. Stay tuned for more.”

TIFF’s Stay-at-Home Cinema experience with Rob Reiner’s timeless classic The Princess Bride is the first in a series TIFF and Crave will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Additional movie titles — all available on Crave — along with special guests will be announced each week.

Source: Crave

CMF Needs Your Help

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CMF Needs Your Help
by Staff

(March 26, 2020n – Toronto, ON) The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is doing its best to understand and measure the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, which has had an unprecedented impact on the Canadian screen-based sector and is causing significant and ongoing financial disruptions for the industry. They are asking people working in interactive digital media production, and people in television or film production companies to complete an online survey.
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Representatives of Canada’s audiovisual industry have formed a taskforce. This group has partnered with Nordicity research group to develop a national survey that will help quantify the scope of the financial impact of the ongoing crisis.

The survey was developed to capture the impact at an organizational level. The CMF will share the results with government officials as they develop response packages for these industries. BUt they stress the need of your participation for this effort to succeed.

If you’re a television or film production company, click here.

If you’re an interactive digital media production company, click here.

Only one survey should be completed per organization, regardless of size. However, if your company produces both linear and interactive digital media content, please complete both surveys. The survey should be completed by someone with a clear sense of the overall financial and operational picture of your business.

The CMF asks that you complete the survey as soon as it’s convenient and submit it by March 31.

COVID-19 and Canadian Publishing and News

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COVID-19 and Canadian Publishing and News

(March 25, 2020 – Gatineau, QC) CNW – In unprecedented times, Canadians turn to the web, newspapers as well as conventional television and radio stations to get well-sourced and factual information relevant to their community. The media is an indispensable communications link between different levels of government and the public.

“I strongly believe the media plays an essential role in informing Canadians, especially in times of crisis,” said The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Media organizations play a key role in sharing important information. We must support them, which is why our government will help to ensure that our publishing and information sectors are supported and that our economy remains strong.”

The Government of Canada is taking action to support publishing and news sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts will help ensure Canadians can continue to get reliable news and information related to COVID-19, so they can make the right decisions to stay healthy and safe.

New Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed that the Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures is now in place. The role of the board is to make recommendations to the CRA on whether a journalism organization meets certain criteria to receive the Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization (QCJO) designation. The QCJO designation is one of the prerequisites organizations must meet to take advantage of the new tax measures. The tax measures were introduced in Budget 2019.

Canada Book Fund and Canada Periodical Fund: A Simplified Process
Canadian Heritage is working to establish a simplified process for submitting and processing 2020-21 funding requests for the Canada Book Fund and Canada Periodical Fund. The process will significantly reduce the time it takes to process files. Eligible beneficiaries will be able to access financial assistance much more quickly than usual. The beneficiaries of these programs will be contacted in the coming days to better explain the simplified approach for 2020-21.

Source: Canadian Heritage

Todor Kobakov

Todor Kobakov, composer,

B: 1978 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Todor Kobakov is pictured at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards holding his award for his work on the CTV hit series Cardinal, which should not be confused with the 2017 feature film titled Cardinals, for which he also write the music.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Sympathy (2007)
Moment (2007, short)
Young People Fucking (2007)
The Cello (2008, short)
Mega Heist (TV-2008, documentary)
Pinkville (2009)

Monster Brawl 2011)
Hit List (2011)
The Samaritan (2012)
Cold Blooded (2012)
Follow (2012, short)
Danielle (2013, short)
Solo (2013)
We Wanted More (2013, short)
The Husband (2013)
Secrets in the Bones: The Hunt for the Black Death Killer (2014, documentary)
Life After death from Above 1979 (2014, documentary)
Given Your History (2014, short)
Hellions (2015)
Closet Monster (2015)
Born to Be Blue (2015)
The Steps (2015)
Sugar Sisters (2016, documentary)
The Missing Tourist (2017, documentary)
Cardinals (2017)
My Enemy, My Brother (2017, documentary)
Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)
The Guardians (2018, documentary)
Sweetness in the Belly (2019)

TV Series:
Bitten (2014-2016, 21 episodes)
Cyberwar (2016, 1 episode)
Madiba (2017, 6 episodes)
The Indian Detective (2017, mini-series, 4 episodes)
Cardinal (2017-2020, 24 episodes)
Ransom (2018-2019, 16 episodes)

The Trickster (2020, mini-series, 6 episodes)
Most Dangerous Game (2020, 12 episodes)

Cardinals, movie, poster,

CRAVE Offers 30 Days Free to Canadians

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CRAVE Offers 30 Days Free to Canadians

(March 23, 2020 – Toronto, ON) CNW – Bell Media’s Crave announced today that it’s providing one month free for any new subscribers with access to the internet, expanding from seven to 30 days the trial period that Canadians can sample the service. Available through April 30, the one-time-only offer is for first-time, direct-to-consumer subscribers, and can be accessed now on the Crave app or Crave.ca.

Crave recently began announcing weekly programming updates, including several new Crave Collections that assist viewers in curating viewing, such as:

The Comfort TV Collection with SEINFELD, FRASIER, and THE BIG BANG THEORY;
The Bingeworthy Collection with THE WIRE, VEEP, and NEW EDEN;
The Trending Collection, with STAR TREK: PICARD, HIGH FIDELITY, and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, among others;

Other Crave Collections include:

Current HBO hits including the new season of WESTWORLD, as well as SUCCESSION, THE OUTSIDER, and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM; 
Hollywood movies such as X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX, YESTERDAY, and BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, plus upcoming blockbuster hits like FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW (March 20) and ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOD (March 27)
The Family Friendly Collection, with SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, THE KARATE KID (both the classic 1984 film, and the 2010 reboot), and MASTERCHEF.
The Kids Collection featuring movies and series such as THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, DETECTIVE PIKACHU, BARBIE DREAMTOPIA, PEPPA PIG, PAW PATROL, and more;
and a vast Sports Collection featuring BALLERS, DARK SIDE OF THE RING, and THE SHOP: UNINTERRUPTED.


James vs His Future Self Goes Home

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Image courtesy of Northern Banner.

James vs His Future Self Goes Home
by Staff

(March 23, 2020 – Toronto, ON) With the temporary shutdown of most if not all cinemas in Canada, what’s a distributor to do when a film’s potential audience is more or less confined to their homes? Answer: Reach them where they live.

Northern Banner has announced that the sci-fi comedy feature James vs. His Future Self, which had been slated for a major national theatrical release, will now make its debut on home screens. The release date, April 3 remains the same, but the venue is your living room, den, home office or wherever you have your computer. You’ll be able to find it on the Video-on-Demand (VoD) services of BELL, SHAW and iTunes on release day. Rogers and Telus all follow soon.
James vs His Future Self, movie, poster,
In James vs His Future Self, Jonas Chernick plays James, a brilliant and obsessed particle physicist on the brink of inventing time travel who, in the process, has relegated the only two people who care about him (best friend/crush Courtney, and his edgy sister Meredith) to the sidelines. Daniel Stern is Jimmy, the future, time-travelling version of James, now angry, cynical and driven by regret and loss. Jimmy’s obsessed with righting the wrongs of his life by convincing his younger self to give up his obsession with time travel and to finally stop and smell the roses. Or else.

Direct by Jeremy LaLonde and co-written by LaLonde and Chernick, James vs His Future Self is an existential twist on the time-traveller-arrives-to-save-the-future trope. An homage to the classic sci-fi rom-coms of the 80’s and 90’s, a la Back to the Future, James vs His Future Self is a rare Canadian indie film filled with raunchy humour, heartfelt romance, surprising twists and packed with noteworthy performances.

“We like to tell stories that are honest and emotional and relatable, and part of that is finding a universal hook,” LaLonde said of the script he and Chernick created. “I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of going back and telling their younger selves to make a different choice, or to stop doing what they’re doing? So, we took that idea and explored the ramifications of that premise, wrapped up in this fun, fast-paced comedy, with just enough science and time-travel to satisfy the geeks out there.”

Click here to watch the trailer and learn more about the cast and crew of James vs His Future Self, opening April 3…on a screen right in front of you.

What’s On Where?

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What’s On Where?
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(March 20, 2020 – Toronto ON) On March 16, Cineplex, in response to growing concerns of the spreading COVID-19 virus, announced the temporarily closing of its network of theatres and location-based entertainment venues across Canada. Their media release stated the closure would continue until April 2, 2020, and “the re-opening of locations will be reassessed at that time.”

This, of course, played havoc with our tracking of Canadian films Now Playing and Coming Soon. Some smaller indie cinemas seem to remain open, and some Coming Soon dates for films remain intact, although Mongrel Media announced the film Easy Land would be pushed ahead from March to April 17. We are doing our best to keep our film info as current as possible but suggest you check first with the any venue you plan to attend, and ask yourself if your best course of action is to stay put and practice “social distancing.”

In this digital age with 500 channels, there is a lot of great Canadian content online. Here are just a few options:

The National Film Board (NFB) has more than 4000 films from their vast catalog of narrative and documentary shorts and features available free of charge online.

Here are some of their specific channels with direct links:
Cartoons for Kids

Made in Canada


CBC Gem is a free streaming service, offering more than 5000 hours of live and on-demand Canadian programming and a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world including:
750 documentary titles.
Library of 120+ Canadian films, with a new film added each week.
More than 300 hours of ad-free content for kids and tweens.
245 new hours of content added to CBC Gem in March (more than any other month to date) including the Oh! Canada! Retro Favourites series collection (Kids in the Hall, The Newsroom, Slings & Arrows, etc) and the National Film Board of Canada documentary collection (What Walaa Wants, Beauty, The Girls of Meru).

Also CBC News Network is now free for all CBC Gem users. 

We previously announced CBC’s Movie Night In Canada, and the news that the Festival international du film sur l’art (FIFA) has posted its program online from March 18 to 19 for $30.

On a much smaller basis, fans of Guy Maddin will be pleased to know he has shared his film The Green Fog for free on his Vimeo account.

Other great Canadian content on CBC’s main network include these programs this Sunday, March 22:

CBC Docs POV: Margaret Atwood: Encounters – Sunday at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) 
The success of the television adaptation of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale has made Atwood a household name, yet few know the private Margaret Atwood. Who is the woman behind these stories? How does she always seem to know what’s to come? This is a repeat broadcast.

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is a CBC TV premiere also on Sunday at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT). It’s a 2 hour documentary special) that explores the career, music and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon Lightfoot.

CBC Docs POV: The Internet of Everything – Sunday at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) This film provides a landscape for a broader discussion about whether the internet has indeed been a democratizing force or a fertile ground for the formation of new empires.

CBC has also added more than 300 hours of ad-free programming for kids and tweens free on CBC Gem Access to educational platform Curio.ca now free across Canada. Also, the CBC Kids TV block has been extended each weekday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. And Studio K, CBC Kids News and RECAP will shoot remotely to continue to provide young audiences with trusted information and entertainmentt.

CBCKids.ca offers hundreds of free games, videos and articles with activities for kids ages four to 10.

CBC Podcasts has content for kids of all ages, including THE STORY STORE, run by CBC Kids hosts Gary the Unicorn and Mr. Orlando and featuring stories ordered by real kids across Canada; TAI ASKS WHY for curious preteens who are looking for answers to life’s big questions; and THE SECRET LIFE OF CANADA for high-schoolers eager to learn Canada’s untold history.Episodes are available wherever you get your podcasts.

Depending on where you live and your cable service, you can find Canadian content on the CRAVE movie channels. A quick sampling from this coming weekend: The U.S. film, directed by Denis Villeneuve Sicario: Day of the Solado is on the schedule this weekend as is Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2. The Canadian animated feature Racetime is also on Crave, as is the Québec film Chien de garde and the documentary Sharkwater Extinction.

Also, your cable service may carry the old movie channel Silver Screen. Most of the films are not Canadian, but dotted throughout their schedule is something called True North Classics. Each is a collection of various National Film Board documentaries, edited into a 1-hour presentation. Interested in seeing what the country was like in the 1930s, or ‘40s, or ‘50s, it’s a great visual trip down memory lane. An episode I watched recently had documentaries about how books got published in Toronto with famous author Morley Callaghan in it. Another showed the work of Inuit coalminers and yet another showed a demonstration of the skills of a military motorcycle dispatch team doing their own sort of musical ride. One particularly good segment, in colour, was a profile of Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson, tracking him as he made his way into Northern Ontario in the fall, and Quebec in the winter to paint the images he was famous for. If you’re old enough to know the name Fred Davis, it was great to see a very much younger version of him as on-camera interviewer for a short filmed titled Forest Wardens.

Want to see some of Canada’s Hollywood stars, try Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This weekend Alexis Smith costars (with Clark Gable) in the 1949 film Any Number Can Play. Julia Misbehaves is a 1948 feature that costars a young Elizabeth Taylor along with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.

In short, there is a lot of really great Canadian content on television and online. Relax, stay safe, enjoy.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

The NFB at FIFA 2020

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The NFB at FIFA 2020
by Staff

(March 18, 2020 – Montréal, Québec) With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, film festivals scrambled to adjust to a rapidly changing reality. Some decided to postpone, as we previously reported. In Montréal, organizers of the 38th annual International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) decided to go ahead, but shift all their screenings online. A decision applauded by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), which has three productions in this year’s festival.

FIFA’s opening film, We Are Not Princesses by Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzam, kicked off the festival when it was available online at 7 p.m. last night. The NFB titles provide fascinating perspectives on different artistic practices and includes two premieres.

The first, being presented in the international competition section of FIFA, is the feature-length auteur doc Plus haut que les flammes (Higher Than Flames Will Go) by Acadian filmmaker Monique LeBlanc. It is a moving adaptation of Louise Dupré’s 2011 Governor General’s Award-winning book of poetry of the same title, recited in its entirety by actor Violette Chauveau, and filmed at various locations, including Auschwitz, Canada, Louisiana, Nicaragua, and Ukraine.

Then there is the short documentary À ciel ouvert, portrait d’un pavillon à Venise (Open Sky: Portrait of a Pavilion in Venice) by Katerine Giguère. Running 26 minutes, the focus is the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (pictured above) that has welcomed contemporary Canadian artists and architects and their works since 1958. Giguère directs an intimate portrait of this architectural gem, designed by Milan’s famous Studio BBPR. She showcases the building’s history and architecture which, like its gardens, recently underwent a major restoration, led by the National Gallery of Canada.
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The third NFB offering is the 75-minute feature documentary Luben and Elena by Ellie Yonova, which is a portrait of artists Luben Boykov and Elena Popova, who fled the repression of communist Bulgaria and found refuge in Newfoundland, embracing the love of art and the art of love. The film received its world premiere at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and was selected to screen at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

These three NFB productions will be streamed at the festival from today, Wednesday, March 18, until midnight on Sunday, March 29. Details about online access to the films, awards and other information can be found at the FIFA website.

Quebecor Fund Announces New Recipients

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Quebecor Fund Announces New Recipients

(March 18, 2020 – Montréal, Québec – CNW Telbec) – Following January 28, 2020 submissions, the Quebecor Fund Board of Directors has announced the names of the production companies and distributors whose projects will receive funding in the 19th round of the Film Production Assistance Program. The selected producers and distributors will share a total of $670,000. The three successful projects will be produced and distributed by the following Canadian companies: Multipix and Item 7 inc., Cinémaginaire inc., Palomar, MK2 Mile End inc., Les Films Séville inc. and Filmoption International inc.

Quebecor Fund’s Film Production Assistance Program seeks to capture synergies among all industry stakeholders in order to: support the production of Canadian French-language feature films; support multiplatform exploitation of feature films and, in particular, promote integrated marketing strategies with an interactive component, starting at the development stage; enable the creative / production team to produce a work as close to their original creative vision as possible; help recipients realize a return on investment in order to increase the Fund’s impact.

Since it was launched in September 2010, Quebecor Fund’s Film Production Assistance Program (which previously included event production) has granted 89 projects a total of more than $14.4 million, including more than $13.4 million for 75 film projects and more than $1 million for 14 event projects.

Quebecor Fund also has an Export Assistance Program (EXAP), which supports export initiatives by funding the development of audiovisual content adapted for non-Québec and international markets as well as marketing efforts. Since its inception in March 2014, more than $8.9 million has been invested in 36 export business models with 25 partner companies. In this 15th round, Quebecor Fund will invest in the business model of Carpediem Film & TV inc.


Maria Chapdelaine
Producers: Multipix and Item 7 inc.
Distributor: MK2 Mile End inc.
Maria Chapdelaine tells the story of a young woman who must choose between three suitors, each of whom promises her a very different life. François Paradis, fur trader and lumberjack, is a wild man of the woods who promises to return in the spring to marry Maria. Lorenzo Surprenant offers her a life of ease in an American city. Eutrope Gagnon, the gallant and modest farmer, has taken a homestead adjacent to the Chapdelaine farm. Paradis is unable to keep his promises and Maria has to rethink her choices. Shaken by events, she must take her fate into her own hands and decide what her future will be.

Lignes de fuite
Producer: Cinémaginaire inc.
Distributor: Les Films Séville Inc.
Lignes de fuite takes us on an eventful night out with three friends in their 30s and their partners. As the evening progresses from a vernissage to a karaoke bar to one of their homes, the tensions mount. Alcohol, an impromptu pregnancy test, soul-searching, and arguments about their generation, having kids and the future of humanity will test their friendship.

Brain Freeze
Producer: Palomar
Distributor: Filmoption International inc.
An exclusive golf club calls in a multinational biochem firm to help it stay open year-round. Their fertilizer contaminates the water table and transforms the residents of Île-aux-Paons into mutants programmed to put down the perfect lawn. The government responds to the panic and the media frenzy by placing the island under quarantine. André has been orphaned and must fight to protect his sister. They hook up with Dan, a survivalist security guard, and his infected daughter. The foursome set out to find the truth and come up against a team sent to eliminate all traces of the Company. Will they succeed?

The Quebecor Fund was established through Videotron Ltd., which provides nearly $6.6 million annually in broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the Canadian industry. Its mission is to support the development, production, marketing and export of high-quality content and its exploitation on various platforms. To date, Quebecor Fund’s programs have paid out a total of more than $109 million.

The Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions pertaining to the Fund, including its direction, and is entirely and exclusively responsible for its funding decisions. The next deadline for applications for funding under the Film Production Assistance Program has been set at May 26, 2020.

Source: Quebecor Fund

Movie Night in Canada

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Movie Night in Canada
by Staff

(March 17, 2020 – Toronto, ON) If it sounds a bit familiar, has a certain ring to it, you’re probably thinking of that distinctive theme music and CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada. But with the NHL’s postponement of the season due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, what’s a national network to do? The answer: Movies, movies, movies.

Movie Night in Canada will be a celebration of acclaimed Canadian films played back-to-back on Saturday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem. It actually began this past Saturday with the double bill of Bon Cop Bad Cop and its sequel Bon Cop Bad Cop 2. If you’re looking for anything hockey related, this Saturday’s selection is just what you need.

Following is the proposed schedule for Movie Night in Canada for the next few weeks:

Saturday, March 21:

7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) – Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (2013, drama, directed by Andy Mikita) The story of the 1973 hockey season when aging legend Gordie Howe returned to the ice at the age of 44. Starring Michael Shanks (Unspeakable) and Kathleen Robertson (Northern Rescue).

Goalie, movie, poster,
Poster for Goalie courtesy of Mongrel Media.

9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 10:30 PT) – Goalie (2018, drama, directed by Adriana Maggs) The life of a professional hockey player was not always a glamorous one. For legendary goaltender Terry Sawchuk (Mark O’Brien), each save means one more gash to his unmasked face and one more drink to numb the pain. Even with a wife (Georgina Reilly) and seven children at home, he is haunted by the void left from his childhood which he tried to fill with cheering crowds. Sawchuk traveled across the country racking up 103 shutouts and 400 stitches to his face, proving that this is a man who lives, breathes, and dies a goalie. Also starring Kevin Pollak.

Saturday, March 28 

7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) – Hyena Road (2015, drama, directed by Paul Gross) Three men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives: a highly skilled sniper who can’t think of his targets as human; an intelligence officer who has never killed while on duty; and a legendary Afghan warrior who left war behind but gets pulled back to battle. Starring Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross, and Christine Horne, with Allan Hawco and Clark Johnson. 

9:30 p.m. (10:30 AT, 11 NT, 10:30 PT) – The Right Kind of Wrong (2013, comedy, directed by Jeremiah Chechik) The Right Kind of Wrong is the story of Leo Palamino (Ryan Kwanten), a failed writer-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called “Why You Suck,” written by his ex-wife. He meets Colette (Sara Canning), the girl of his dreams, on the day she is marrying the perfect man. And so the ultimate underdog love story begins in which Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong. Also starring Catherine O’Hara.

Saturday, April 4
Race, movie, poster,
7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) – Race (drama, 2016, directed by Stephen Hopkins) Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympic Games, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. Starring Stephan James as Jesse Owens.

10 p.m. (11 AT, 11:30 NT, 12 MT, 10:30 PT) – Across the Line (drama, 2015, directed by Director X) A young, black NHL hopeful (Stephan James) living in a racially divided Nova Scotian community finds his career prospects in jeopardy when tensions in his community come to a head.

Saturday, April 11

7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) – Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014, comedy, directed by Peter Chelsom) Hector is a successful, well-meaning and eccentric professional, filled with childlike wonder, but he’s stuck. He’s a psychiatrist with a busy practice, living with his beautiful girlfriend in London, but his patients aren’t getting any happier and his relationship isn’t going anywhere. And so, Hector sets off on a global quest in search of happiness. Starring Simon Pegg, Emmy® Award winner and Oscar® nominee Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Golden Globe winner Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres, and Oscar®-winner Christopher Plummer.

9:30pm (10:30 AT, 11 NT, 10:30 PT) – Dr. Cabbie (2014, comedy, directed by Jean-François Pouliot) An unemployed doctor-turned-cab driver (Vinay Vermani, who also co-wrote the screenplay) becomes a local hero when he converts his taxi into a mobile clinic. Dr. Cabbie is a heartwarming comedy about a young Indian doctor who immigrates to Canada and faces roadblocks in his effort to heal others but discovers his true purpose, and true love, along the way. Also starring Adrianne Palicki (The Orville) and Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory).

COVID-19 Hits Hot Docs

Empty Cinema Seats, image,

COVID-19 Hits Hot Docs
by Staff

(March 14, 2020 – Toronto, ON) The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the Canadian film industry. In addition to the postponement of the Canadian Screen Awards and Canadian Screen Week, Hot Docs has announced that they too will be postponing this year’s festival, which was scheduled for April 30-May 10 in Toronto.

The decision by festival organizers follows Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer having called for the immediate suspension of gatherings with more than 250 people and also having learned that many companies are placing restrictions on their employees’ attendance at large events.

In a media release from the festival, they stated, “We remain committed to bringing these outstanding documentary films to our audiences and are currently investigating ways that we can do so at a later date. We also intend to replace the onsite industry events, scheduled to take place during the Festival.”

Hot Docs is turning to technology to rescue part of the festival’s activities and plans have started to bring together filmmakers, producers and industry decision makers in an online environment and to virtually deliver the event’s valuable pitch presentations and one-on-one meetings. Each year, Hot Docs brings together audiences of over 220,000, along with thousands of filmmakers and industry delegates from over 55 countries.

They concluded their statement with, “While we are deeply disappointed by having to make these announcements, these decisions were made after consultations with major partners, stakeholders, and local public health authorities. Our team is currently reaching out to filmmakers, audiences, registered delegates, partners, funders, suppliers and other stakeholders involved with the 2020 Festival. We will continue to provide updates as details of our planning to bring the outstanding documentary films to our audiences become available, and to deliver the event’s valuable sessions to filmmakers, producers and decision makers.”

Meanwhile, Bern Euler, founder and Executive Director of Toronto’s Canadian Film Fest announced that this year’s festival has also been postponed.

As Euler stated in a media release, “We are following the advice of our experts, and that means presenting the CFF at a later date.. And, “We’re working with our theatre partner to figure out the best dates so that we can all celebrate the fantastic films of our incredibly talented filmmakers in a safe environment and as soon as that’s figured out, we’ll let everyone know. We will reimburse all those who have purchased tickets and please stay tuned for our announcement of new dates.”

Also see: Hot Docs online.
Also see: Canadian Film Fest online.

Canadian Screen Awards – Postponed

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Canadian Screen Awards – Postponed
by Staff

(March 12, 2020 – Toronto, ON) The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has released an updated statement regarding the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards and Canadian Screen Week:

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Academy is deeply saddened to announce the cancellation of all Canadian Screen Week activities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, including the national broadcast gala on Sunday March 29th. Following a thorough review of Canadian Screen Week events and an assessment of the potential risk to our attendees, we feel this is the only responsible decision at this time.

We are committed to the celebration of our Canadian Screen Award nominees and Special Award honourees and will share an update in the coming weeks.”

“En raison de la pandémie COVID-19, l’Académie canadienne du cinéma et de la télévision est profondément attristée d’annoncer l’annulation de toutes les activités prévues à Toronto, Montréal et Vancouver liées à la Semaine du Canada à l’écran, y compris le Gala télédiffusé du dimanche 29 mars. Après une évaluation approfondie des événements de la Semaine du Canada à l’écran et du risque potentiel pour les participants, nous pensons que c’est la seule décision responsable à l’heure actuelle.

Nous nous engageons à célébrer les finalistes des prix Écrans canadiens et les lauréats des prix spéciaux et nous vous informerons des développements au cours des prochaines semaines.”

Academy Updates Covid-19 Response

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Academy Updates Covid-19 Response

by Staff

(March 11, 2020 – Toronto,ON) As Canadian Screen Week draws near and COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has updated its information regarding its response to the coronavirus outbreak, restating their commitment to making events as safe as possible.

The Academy continues to remain in close contact with all levels of government about the situation, and using risk assessment tools provided by the Federal government, they have determined that the majority of Canadian Screen Week events hold a low risk for attendees:

If you are planning on attending any of the awards galas or other events the Academy asks:

If you feel unwell to any degree, please stay home;
refrain from shaking hands, kissing or hugging at the events;
wash your hands often. There will be hand sanitizing stations at all events.

Of special note: Because of the presence of young children and the “meet and greet” format, it has been determined that the Family Fan Day event poses a higher risk than other Screen Week events and it will be postponed. The Academy hopes to announce a new date for Family Fan Day in the near future.

The Academy suggests you read the How To Protect Yourself section and others on this City of Toronto website.

Nelu Handa

Nelu Handa, actress,

Nelu Handa is a Toronto-based actor and writer. She trained extensively in Improv comedy and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory program/ She also studied at Bad Dog Comedy Theatre and Upright Citizens Brigade. We list her credits as an actor first.

Official website.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Karma Camera: Diversity (2011, documentary)
Deranged Marriage (2012, short)
Spin Cycle (2013, short)
Quitter (2014)
Where You From? (TV-2016)
One Step Closer (2018, short)
Canadian Strain (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Working’ Moms (2018-2019)
Avacado Toast (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Giving You the Business (2013)
Almost Genius (2015, 2016)
Odd Squad (2016)
Disposable Content (2017)
My Kitchen Can be Anything (2017)
Oh Yuck! (2017)
Earthling House Hunters (2018)
In Contempt (2018)
Condor (2018)
Note to Self (2018)
Holly Hobble (2018)
The Beaverton (2018, 2019)
Jann (2019)
Dino Dana (voice, 2019)
The Expanse (2019)

New Eden (2020)
Endlings (2020)
Decoys (2020)
The Bold Type (2020)
In the Dark (2020)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Spin Cycle (2013, short)
Where You From (TV-2016)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
Baroness Von Sketch Show (2017, 2018, 2019)
The Beaverton (2018, 2019)
Jann (2019)
My Perfect Weapon (2020)

Canadian Strain, movie, poster,

Thomas Middleditch

Thomas Middleditch, actor,

B: March 10, 1982 in Nelson, British Columbia

In addition to his film and television career, Thomas Middleditch is a regular performer at UCB, a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company and creates and performs comedy shorts with College Humor. He played the role of Richard Hendricks in 53 episodes of Silicon Valley between 2014 and 2019.

Features & TV Movies:

VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Mint in Box (VR-2009, short)
The Rebound (2009)
Splinterheads (2009)

The Other Guys (2010)
Ghostbusters Return (2010, short)
Night Home (2010)
Hitched (TV-2010)
Mash Up (TV-2011)
Inconvenient Interviews with Risa (VR-2011, short)
Dog DNA (2011, short)
Certainty (2011)
Michel Jean-Michel: Overexposed (2011, short)
Being Flynn (2012)
The Campaign (2012)
The Brass Teapot (2012)
Fun Size (2012)
The Funtime Gang (TV-2013)
The Kings of Summer (2013)
The Farm (TV-2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
All’s Fair (2014, short)
Someone Marry Barry (2014)
Search Party (2014)
The Bronze (2015)
SMILF (2015)
The Final Girls (2015)
Joshy (2016)
Sunspring (2016, short)
Kong: Skull Island (voice, 2017)
Entanglement (2017)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (voice, 2017)
Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)
Henchmen (voice, 2018)
Replicas (2018)
Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019)
Aly & AJ: Star Maps (VR-2019, short)
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
CollegeHumor Originals (2010-2013)
The Morning After (2013, mini-series)
Silicon Valley (2014-2019)
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (voice, 2014-2017)
Scheer-RL (2015, mini-series)
Breaking Boundaries with Eliza Coupe (2017, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Memoirs of a Manchild (2009)

Robotomy (2010)
The Back Room (2010)
Funny or Die Presents… (2011)
Ugly Americans (2011)
The League (2011)
Beavis and Butt-Head (voice, 2011)
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (2011)
Matumbo Goldberg (2011)
Jake and Amir (2011, 2013)
Mash Up (2012)
Bravest Warriors (2012)
Newsreaders (2013)
The Office (2013)
Key and Peele (2013)
Trophy Wife (2013)
The Pete Holmes Show (2013)
You’re the Worst (2014, 2019)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2015)
Drunk History (2015, 2016, 2019)
Great Minds with Dan Harmon (2016)
Off Camera with Sam Jones (2016)
TripTank (voice, 2016)
Conan (2016)
Animals. (voice, 2017)
Red Carpet Report (voice, 2017)
Rick and Morty (voice, 2017)
Bob’s Burgers (2018, 2019)
Big City Greens (voice, 2019)

Dream Corp LLC (2020)
B Positive (2020)

Marcia Bennett

Marcia Bennett, actress,

B: in Evansville, Indiana

American-born Marcia Bennett has made Toronto, Ontario her home for many years and is a dual U.S./Canadian citizen. Her career includes work in theatre, television and film. She played May
Silverstone in the award-winning series, Slings and Arrows. When she isn’t working she is most often coaching and instructing at the LB Acting Studio in Toronto.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

A Matter of Sex (TV-1984)
He’s Fired, She’s Hired (TV-1984)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Glory! Glory! (TV-1989)

Gregory K (TV-1993)
The Forget-Me-Not Murders (TV-1994)
Boulevard (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Billy Madison (1995)
Street Law (1995)
Dancing in the Dark (TV-1995)
Remember Me (TV-1995)
Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct: Ice (TV-1996)
…First Do No Harm (TV-1997)
Bad to the Bone (TV-1997)
The Sweetest Gift (TV-1998)
Thanks of a Grateful Nation (TV-1998)
My Father’s Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story (TV-1998)
Sleeping Dogs Lie (1998)
Ultimate Deception (TV-1999)
Coming Unglued (TV-1999)
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (TV-1999)
To Love, Honor & Betray (TV-1999)
Spenser: Small Vices (TV-1999)
Happy Face Murders (TV-1999)
The Hurricane (1999)
What Katy Did (TV-1999)

The Magic of Marciano (2000)
Sex & Mrs. X (TV-2000)
Cheaters (TV-2000)
Bless the Child (2000)
The Loretta Claiborne Story (TV-2000, The Wonderful World of Disney)
Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV-2001)
And Never Let Her Go (TV-2001)
Snap Decision (TV-2001)
Tart (2001)
Serendipity (2001)
Glitter (2001)
Prince Charming (TV-2001)
Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something (TV-2002)
Recipe for Murder (TV-2002)
Terminal Invasion (TV-2002)
The Tuxedo (2002)
The Brady Bunch in the White House (TV-2002)
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (TV-2002)
America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (TV-2003)
Godsend (2004)
Noel (2004)
The Wool Cap (TV-2004)
Widow on the Hill (TV-2005)
Plague City: SARS in Toronto (TV-2005)
Murder in the Hamptons (TV-2005)
The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (TV-2005)
Shania: A Life in Eight Albums (TV-2005)
Still Small Voices (2007)
Jesse Stone: ea Change (TV-2007)
Fugitive Pieces (2007)
The Stone Angel (2007)
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)
Red (2008)
Booky’s Crush (TV-2009)
Grey Gardens (TV-2009)

Who Is Clark Rockefeller? (TV-2010)
At Risk (2010)
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (TV-2010)
The Woman (2011)
Unsettling (2013, short)
Nocturne (2014)
The Big Fat Stone (2010)
Bark Ranger (2015)
Northpole: Open for Christmas (TV-2015)
Satisfaction (2015, short)
First Session (2015, short)
The Addition (2016)
Country Crush (2016)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (TV-2016)
Cardinals (2017)
The Performance (2017)
Checking Out (2018, short)
Our House (2018)
Entertaining Christmas (TV-2018)
We (2018)
Chubby (2019, short)
Canadian Strain (2019)

Feel the Beat (2020)
Campton Manor (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987, mini-series)
Slings and Arrows (2003)
The Path to 9/11 (2006, mini-series)
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures (2010, mini-series)
Happy Town (2010)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Check it Out (1988)
Friday the 13th: The Series (1988)
Street Legal (1987, 1990)

E.N.G. (1990, 1992)
The Hidden Room (1993)
The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (1994)
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1996)Spoken Art (1997)
Little Men (1998, 1999)
Franklin (voice, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004)

D.C. (2000)
In a Heartbeat (2000)
The Eleventh Hour (2002)
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2002)
Mutant X (2004)
Blue Murder (2004)
This is Wonderland (2005)
Masters of Horror (2006)
The Border (2008)

Murdoch Mysteries (2010)
Breakout Kings (2011)
Warehouse 13 (2011)
The Firm (2012)
Bill & Sons Towing (2012)
Skins 2013)
Hemlock Grive (2014)
The Divide (2014)
Odd Squad (2014, 2018)
Beauty and the Beast (2015)
Conviction (2016)
Night Owl (2018)
Good Witch (2018)
Carter (2019)

Mrs. America (2020)

Geordie Sabbagh

Geordie Sabbagh is a writer-director-producer. His work includes the awarding-winning shorts Counselling and The Proposal, which screened at ComicCon and Fantasia. His first feature, A Sunday Kind of Love, was one of five projects selected from across Canada to be greenlit for the IndieCan10K competition. The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and received an Award of Excellence by Indiefest. We list his credits as a Director first.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Counselling (2011, short)
A Sunday Kind of Love (2016)
Tomorrow’s Shadows (2017, short)
A Scratch in My Soul (2018, short)
Canadian Strain (2019)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Counselling (2011, short)
A Sunday Kind of Love (2016)
Tomorrow’s Shadows (2017, short)
A Scratch in My Soul (2018, short)
Canadian Strain (2019)

Credits as a Producer:
The Meaning of Wife (12008, short)
Art in Darkness (2008, short)
Sawbones (2009, short)

One Night (2010, short)
The Dance (2010, short)
The Overture (2010, short)
Old Stock (2010)
Clean Break (2013)
Tomorrow’s Shadows (2017, short)
Two Guys Who Sold the World (2020)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
Mega Disasters (2006, 2008)
After the Dark (2008)

Canadian Strain, movie, poster,

Dayle McLeod

Dayle McLeod, actress, singer,

B: March 9, 1990 in Alliston, Ontario

Born in Alliston Ontario, Dayle McLeod discovered her passion for singing and acting after joining her church choir and participating in school musicals. She got her start in entertainment starring in Martin Gero’s series The L.A Complex, Kristin Waterson’s epic gay web series Thats My DJ. Inspired by Canadian folk artists and songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Jann Arden, Dayle McLeod’s music is a fusion of classic folk and millennial pop sensibilities. Her first L.P ‘FRIENDS’ will be released on August 30, 2018. In film, she has a supporting role and a featured song in Mary Harron’s new film Charlie Says that tells the infamous story of the women behind the Charles Manson cult murders premiering at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in August 2018.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

We’ll Always Have Paris (2011, short)
Two Sides (2012, short)
A Man Is a Man Is a Man (2012, short)
It’s Not What You Know (2016, short)
Are You Gonna Eat That? (2017, short)
Charlie Says (2018)
Art of Falling in Love (TV-2019)
Hammer (2019)

Hazy Little Thing (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
The L.A.Complex (2012)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Flashpoint (2011)
Saving Hope (2013)
Bitten (2015)
Killjoys (2015)
Condor (2018)
The Expanse (2019)
Hudson & Rex (2020)
Burden of Truth (2020

Web Series:
That’s My DJ (2016, mini-series)