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(August 18, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) If you know anything about Canadian film then you know the National Film Board (NFB) deserves credit for being the foundation on which today's modern, robust industry was built. A quick scan through our article Canadians and The Oscar quickly shows the remarkable number of awards the Academy Awards the organization has won over the past many decades. It speaks to the quality and diversity of the work created by NFB staff and by non-staff working with the NFB to bring their projects to fruition. One of the highlights of the annual Toronto International Film Festival is seeing how many and what films festival organizers have accepted for inclusion in an always tight schedule.Arrow

<Salaud, on t’aime to open MWFF> (August 13, 2014 - Montréal, Québec) Once again this year the financial health of the MWFF is crowding out headlines about the festival itself. Festival founder Serge Losique would like the media to concentrate on the films, so we've decided to do just that. The opening film this Thursday will be Salaud, on t’aime by renowned French filmmaker Claude Lelouch. The film stars the venerable Johnny Halliday playing the role of Jacques, an aging photographer and womanizer. The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) will close with Aimer, boire, chanter (Life of Riley) which will be presented as a posthumous tribute to another great French filmmaker, Alain Resnais.Arrow
<VIFF announces award-winning lineup> (August 13, 2014 - Vancouver, BC) Last week organizers of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) announced they would be bringing the major award winners from this spring's Cannes Film Festival to local screens when the festival launches on September 25th. Yesterday they let it be known that they have added 32 more award-winning films that will screen during this year's 16-day festival. Headlining the list are the latest efforts from Canadian auteurs David Cronenberg (Maps to the Stars) and Xavier Dolan (Mommy), both of which picked up awards at Cannes.Arrow
<Peter Mooney as Nick Collins on Rookie Blue> Today's Birthdays:
Northernstars Norman Brooks, Bruno Carrière, Matthew Perry, Rob Heydon and Peter Mooney were born on August 19. Peter Mooney, pictured as Nick Collins in a publcity still from the hit Global TV series, Rookie Blue, took acting classes at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People then went on to graduate from the National Theatre School in Montréal. Look for him in We Were Wolves, screening at TIFF. The film, from first-time writer-director Jordan Canning, is about two estranged brothers who hash out their grievances while packing up their late father’s Kawartha Lake cottage.Arrow
<The F Word, 2014 production still> Coming Soon:
Daniel Radcliffe plays Wallace, a medical school dropout who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships in the new Michael Dowse film, The F Word from eOne Entertainment. While everyone around him seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. THat's when he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. There is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?Click here to watch the trailer and for more about the cast and crew of The F Word, opening August 22.Arrow

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