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<VIFF Impact Award>

(September 28, 2014 - Vancouver BC) Vancouver-based Agentic Digital Media, a web development agency, along with Story Money Impact, sponsors of the inaugural VIFF Impact Award, have announced the titles of the first films to compete for this new award. The award will be presented to a Canadian documentary focusing on social issues. This prestigious award consists of a $5,000 cash prize from Agentic, and $5,000 in marketing and strategic in-kind services supplied by Agentic and Story Money Impact.Arrow



<Mack Furlong to Receive John Drainie Award> (September 25, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) has announced that Newfoundland actor Mack Furlong will be the recipient of the association's prestigious John Drainie Award. The award will be presented at a reception in St. John's on October 15. "It gives me great pleasure to present this honour to Mack Furlong. Like John Drainie, he is an actor and broadcast journalist par excellence," said Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President.Arrow
<Toronto Theatres and The Golden Age of the Silver Screen> (September 23, 2014 - Montréal, Québec) Xavier Dolan's new film, Mommy, delivered what can only be called spectacular box office figures for its opening weekend in Quebec. Perhaps it was helped by the announcement that the film is Canada's official entry for a Best Foreign Language Oscar® as announced by Telefilm Canada. Perhaps it was boosted by great word of mouth following a preview screening which ended with a standing ovation for the film at this city's Place des arts. No matter the driving force, the film on its own is clearly a hit.Arrow
<The Captive, movie still> Still Playing:
Atom Egoyan's The Captive continues playing. Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) and Tina (Mireille Enos) live in Niagara Falls, Ontario with their nine-year-old daughter Cassandra. When Matthew goes to a store to pick up some food, he leaves Cassandra in the truck. She vanishes without a trace. Some years later, police officers Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) uncover a lead in the case. After hours spent scanning the internet for photos and video circulated by pedophiles, they come across images of Cassandra, alive in captivity. Watch the trailer for The Captive on Northernstars.ca.Arrow
<Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood today at EIFF> Today at EIFF
Gone South is one of the Canadian films screening today at the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF), which kicked off on September 26. The full title is Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood. It's a hilarious and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture. It features celebrity interviews and classic archival images from the very beginnings of Hollywood right through to the present day. This documentary presents the argument that without the slow and subversive influence of Canada, Hollywood as it is known would not, and could not, exist. Click here for a link to the EIFF.Arrow


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