Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve has picked up another laurel at VIFF. After Incendies was chosen as Canada's foreign film nomination for the Oscars, and winning best film at TIFF, he won the ET Canada Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, a juried award that comes with $20,000 prize-money.
I caught a couple of last-minute, random films this week at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Today (Saturday 2nd) is the final day of the Vancouver Film and TV Forum, New Filmmakers Day.
The London-set Raindance Film Festival has been a regular event in the UK film festival calendar since 1993. It continues to make waves with its commitment to showing indie films, in particular by new filmmakers, and often edgier material.
This year's Raindance Film Festival is a challenging and innovative mix, showing some 77 features and 69 UK Premieres over a 12 day period from the comfortable surroundings of the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus.
Toronto-set Hot Docs is the largest documentary film festival in North America. Established in 1993, Hot Docs has flourished in recent years with increasing numbers of documentaries getting made. Hot Docs is also an important marketplace for film producers and buyers to do business.
Movie rental giant Blockbuster has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York.
In a release the company said that business would continue as normal at its U.S. stores, although its recapitalization plan should reduce the Company's indebtedness from nearly $1 billion currently to an estimated $100 million or less when implemented.
The VIFF 25th Annual Film & TV Forum is back at the the Vancouver International Film Centre for another year later this month with sessions for filmmakers looking to hone their business and creative skills, expand their international contacts, and increase their digital media savvy.