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Film North May 27, 2013
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Film North Newsletter: May 9, 2013 - Growing Our Festival
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Changes and Additions to Film North's Awards in Competition
We are pleased to announce several exciting changes to the Huntsville International Film Festival's awards program this year. 2013 marks the inaugural year for three new festival awards:
"Best Animated Film"
"Best Canadian Film"
"Emerging Canadian Filmmaker"
Film North is proud to be a Canadian festival, and we are honoured to support and promote Canada's talented emerging filmmakers and and their exceptional Canadian films.
Retrospective Series Theme for 2013

This year's retrospective series explores the artistic form of stand-up comedy in Cinema. Film North is proud to acknowledge the substantial history of comedic arts in Canadian culture, and the significant influence of Canadian comics on the world stage. “Formal Representations of Stand-up Comedy in Cinema" will provide a series of thought-provoking content for comedy-loving festival-goers. By showcasing the form of stand-up comedy in cinema, Film North recognizes the dynamic contributions of both individual comedians and featured filmmakers to the medium.
Bull's Eye Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Announced

It is our pleasure to present Michel Brault with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Michel Brault is one of the most accomplished, influential and revered filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema. He is a recipient of the Prix Jutra Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), the Governor General's Award (1996), and an Officer of L'Ordre National Du Quebec (2004). He is also the only Quebec filmmaker who has been active in both documentary and fiction filmmaking for more than 50 years, having contributed to over 200 films, and four of the 10 all-time best Canadian films as either director or cinematographer.

Save the Date – Bull's Eye Bash 2013
The Bull's Eye Bash is back and is sure to be better than ever for 2013! This year's event will take place on Saturday August 10th so make sure to save the date. Expect several new changes and a few surprises at the Bash this year. It will be an exciting event that you will NOT want to miss!
Film North at Cannes
Kathryn Griffiths will be attending the Cannes Marche du Film on behalf of Film North from May 20th-25th this year. If you will be on the Cote D'Azur during this time, be sure to drop Kathryn a line – she would love to meet you! Her contact info is:
The Film North Team is Growing!
It is our pleasure to introduce you to the newest additions to The Film North team:
We welcome Sheila McCarthy, Actor and 2012 Bull's Eye Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Deborah Robinson, President Bay Street HR, to our Advisory Board.

Emma Burtch, double major Cinema Studies U of T student, joins us for her internship as Programming Assistant. Founding Board members Kathryn Griffiths, and Cameron Wing have taken over the new Board titles of Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programming respectively.

See you at Film North, Huntsville International Film Festival, 19-21 September, 2013

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Newsletter: May 9, 2013 - Growing Our Festival

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Film North January 14, 2013
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Lucy Wing
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JANUARY 14, 2013
Film North is pleased to announce the dates for its 4th annual festival in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. The green carpet will roll out for another three days of stellar screenings at the Algonquin Theatre on Main Street from Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st, 2013. Film North is Muskoka's first and only international film festival. It represents a rare, annual opportunity for the festival goer to experience a program of carefully selected significant Canadian and international films, celebrity led panels, an award gala and fabulous dinners, receptions and parties in this charming, easy paced, user friendly lake district setting.

The anticipated program will be released to the public and media on August 23rd 2013 and promises to be a world class collection of intelligent films created by some of the world's finest filmmakers. The program will include short - and feature-length films in a variety of categories from documentary, horror, drama, environmental to comedic and political.

Film North is also very pleased to announce a new award, Best Animated Film. The 2013 Retrospective Series, programmed by Co-Founder Cameron Wing, will address representations of stand up comedy in feature film.

The Film North selection committee will continue to acquire the finest films for the 2013 festival. Some highlights from last year’s festival included: Butter, directed by Jim Field Smith, starring Jennifer Garner (Ontario premiere), and Antiviral (TIFF 2012 Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film), Chef de Muete (Herd Leader) (TIFF’s Top 10 Short Films).

The 2012 festival showcased 43 films and hosted 41 filmmakers. Of these films, 15 were world premieres and 6 were Canadian premiers. The popular shorts program also returned with 34 films. The Film North "Bull's Eye" Lifetime Achievement Award past recipients include Graeme Ferguson (filmmaker, co-inventor of IMAX), 2010; Michael Snow (filmmaker and artist), 2011; and Sheila McCarthy (actor), 2012.

Filmmakers are invited and encouraged to accompany their films and participate in post screening Q&A sessions. This creates a unique opportunity for industry and audience interaction. "There is significance of integrating film industry with one another and the audience in a friendly atmosphere of sharing talents and projects. The value in this, to independent emerging filmmakers breaks the mold of working in isolation." Sheila McCarthy, Actor.

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