OMDC Newsletter
Spring 2016

Ontario Records Best Year Ever in Film and TV Production

2015 Production Activity Gives Ontario’s Economy $1.5 Billion Boost

Ontario’s film and TV industry celebrated its best year ever in 2015, contributing $1.5 billion to the province’s economy and supporting almost 32,500 full-time direct and associated jobs.

Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Mark Sakamoto, OMDC Chair
Guillermo del Toro

On March 9, 2016, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau was at Cinespace Film Studios to celebrate Ontario’s blockbuster year along with OMDC’s Chair Mark Sakamoto, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ; Peter Milczyn and Cinespace Film Studio’s Jim Mirkopoulos.

The Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Justin Cutler, OMDC Manager of Film; Paula Fletcher, Toronto City Councillor (Ward 30); Guillermo del Toro ; Mark Sakamoto, OMDC Chair; Peter Milczyn, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore; Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC President and CEO and Jim Mirkopoulos, Toronto Cinespace Studios.

Read the full press release here.

For a detailed breakdown of Ontarios’s 2015 film and television production statistics click here.

Visit OMDC’s Facebook Gallery for more photos from this announcement.

OMDC Proudly Celebrated National Canadian Film Day with a Screening of Sleeping Giant!

On April 20, 2016, OMDC in partnership with REEL CANADA presented a screening of Sleeping Giant in celebration of 2016 National Canadian Film Day - an annual event held in communities all across the country to celebrate Canada through Canadian film. The Premier of Ontario, the Hon. Kathleen Wynne introduced the film. The screening was followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers.
James Klopko, Andrew Cividino, The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Karen Harnisch and James Vandewater

Sleeping Giant (Film Forge/Hawkeye Pictures and D Films) is written/directed by Andrew Cividino, produced by Karen Harnisch and James Vandewater (producer/editor) and is executive produced by Aeschylus Poulos. The film stars Jackson Martin, Nick Serino and Reece Moffett and is currently in release.

Jack Blum, Executive Director of Reel Canada and Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC President & CEO.

Thanks to Reel Canada for promoting Canadian Film 365 days a year!

Visit OMDC’s National Canadian Film Day Facebook Gallery for more photos.

Three OMDC-Supported Films Screening at Hot Docs 2016!

League of Exotique Dancers – Hot Docs 2016 Opening Night Film
Director/ Writer: Rama Rau
Producer: Ed Barreveld

Hip-Hop Evolution
Director: Darby Wheeler
Co-Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Producers: Darby Wheeler, Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Spaceship Earth
Director: Kevin McMahon
Producers: Michael McMahon, Kevin McMahon, Kristina McLaughlin

OMDC-Supported Features on the Festival Circuit

Mean Dreams - 2016 Cannes – Director’s Fortnight Selection
Producer: Will Woods and Allison Black
Director: Nathan Morlando
Writer: Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby
Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, with Colm Feore, and Bill Paxton
Two Lovers and A Bear - 2016 Cannes – Director’s Fortnight Selection
Roger Frappier
Co Producers:
Jonathan Bronfman and Ellen Hamilton
Executive Producers: Jeff Sackman, Dave Hansen, Johnny Mac, Mark Slone, Vinay Virmani
Kim Nguyen
Dane DeHaan and Tatiana Maslany
The People Garden - 2016 Buenos Aires International Film Festival of
Independent Cinema - International Competition
Director/Writer: Nadia Litz
Cast: Dree Hemingway, Jai Tatsuto West, Pamela Anderson
Lavender - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival-Spotlight Selection
Producers: Dave Valleau, Ed Gass-Donnelly
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Writers: Ed Gass-Donnely & Colin Frizzell
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Diego Klattenhoff, Justin Long, Dermot Mulroney
The Other Half - 2016 SXSW – Narrative Feature Competition
Producers: Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Jonathan Bronfman,
Joey Klein
Director: Joey Klein
Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen
The Other Half at 2016 SXSW
Jonathan Bronfman, Nicole Hilliard Forde,
Joey Klein,Tatiana Maslany, Winner – Best Actress Tom Cullen, Bobby Shore

Discover Ontario Series at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Discover Ontario : is a six-part film series showcasing the vibrant people and places of the province we call home. From the northern landscapes immortalized by the Group of Seven to the gritty city that inspired rock legends Rush, we take you to Ontario’s most intriguing cultural destinations and reveal its hidden gems. Other OMDC-Supported films to screen include The Falls and RUSH: Beyond The Lighted Stage.

Discover Ontario - RUSH: Beyond The Lighted Stage
Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - July 19 at 6:30 pm Buy
Director Sam Dunn will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Discover Ontario: The Falls
Director: Kevin McMahon
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - May 18 at 6:30 pm

OMDC Hosted Preview Screening of Born To Be Blue

Moderator: James Weyman, OMDC Manager of Industry Initiatives with Robert Budreau, Producer/Director/Writer; Leonard Farlinger, Producer, David Braid and Jennifer Jonas, Producer

On March 3, 2016, OMDC in partnership with Lumanity Productions, New Real Films and Entertainment One hosted a special preview screening of Born To Be Blue followed by a Q & A. Born To Be Blue also screened at 2016 SXSW in the 24 Beats Per Second program. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie and begin its theatrical release on March 11, 2016.

Visit OMDC’s Born To Be Blue Facebook Gallery for more photos from this event.

OMDC Sponsored: Behind the Screens Industry Panel : The ABCs of Co-production: Art, Business and Culture

OMDC’s James Weyman with producers: Damon D’Oliveira, Jennifer Jonas and David Gross
The ABCs of Co-production: Art, Business and Culture click here to watch the panel.

Why are Canadians such active co-production partners? Why do it? What do we give and what do we get? Is it worth it? This dynamic discussion will explore the ABCs of co-production with the award-winning producers of Room, The Book of Negroes and Born to Be Blue.

Moderator: James Weyman, Manager, Industry Initiatives, OMDC
Panelists: Damon D’Oliveira, Conquering Lion Pictures (The Book of Negroes); Jennifer Jonas, New Real Films (Born to Be Blue) and David Gross, No Trace Camping (Room)