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10 Toronto film festivals you may not have heard of

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / April 25, 2015

toronto film festivalsToronto film festivals are all the rage. The success of international heavy hitters like TIFF and Hot Docs show that this city has an insatiable appetite for great cinema. As long as the theatres are there and the audiences ask for more, film lovers continue to organize more and more festivals that reflect the diversity of this city's population and interests.

Here are my picks for notable Toronto film festivals you may not have heard of.

See also: The best film festivals in Toronto.

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How the Runnymede Theatre became the nicest drug store in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 22, 2015

toronto runnymede theatreThe crowd outside the Runnymede Theatre on opening night was a sight to behold. Thousands of people in the warmth of an early summer evening packed the sidewalk for a chance to claim one of the 1,550 seats inside the brand new, state-of-the-art movie house.

Strings of coloured lights and bunting were delicately arranged around the main entrance, lending the scene an air of festivity. Most went away disappointed, unable to secure a ticket.

Inside, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario William Donald Ross, his wife, and part owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jack Bickell, were among the dignitaries.

More than a thousand lucky locals watched a specially-produced three-minute film about the theatre, "The Fire Brigade," a 1926 movie about an Irish firefighter in love with a woman whose father, a wealthy contractor, cuts corners on fire safety, and "Rookies," a comedy about two servicemen in world war one with eyes for the same woman.

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Inside the offices of digital production studio Deluxe

Posted by Huda Idrees / April 17, 2015

Deluxe offices torontoIn an unassuming building tucked away on King West is one of the world's largest suppliers to the entertainment industry worldwide. Deluxe Toronto is over a hundred years old, started in New Jersey, and used to be owned by 20th Century Fox.

The company started out as a film production house and has since transitioned into a digital production studio. Today, they offer services ranging from production sets on streets to editing, mixing, and post-production and delivery as well as media services like handling broadcasting for TV stations around the world.

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The top 20 films to see at Hot Docs 2015

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / April 13, 2015

hot docs 2015The 2015 Hot Docs festival is the place to be if you're a fan of great documentary films. From April 23 to May 3, Hot Docs will showcase over 200 documentaries from around the world. The films range from must-see classics to experimental projects using new media tools.

Here are my top picks of what to see at Hot Docs 2015.

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The 10 weirdest Toronto kid's shows of all time

Posted by Ed Conroy / April 10, 2015

kids shows torontroEvery generation has a slate of local kids TV shows that seem to transcend the medium, and not always in a good way. Although Toronto has never produced anything as truly bananas as Teletubbies or Boohbah in modern times, we pretty much owned the genre in the 1980s after unleashing an avalanche of utterly loopy kids programs onto an unsuspecting public - the effects of which probably still keep a fair amount of Psychiatrists busy today.

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Will Smith & Suicide Squad cast now filming in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 9, 2015

suicide squad torontoJust a few days after Jared Leto generated a whole whack of buzz with his arrival in Toronto to film DC Comics blockbuster Suicide Squad the rest of the cast felt it necessary to snatch the spotlight for themselves. Director David Ayer tweeted a photo of Will Smith et al doing a read through of the script as filming gets underway.

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