Unique: game theory films Canada has acquired the rights to the Tibetan language drama tenzina. Co-directed by Michael LeBlanc and Joshua Reichman, the film will have its world premiere next month at this year’s Tallinn Black Knights Festival. Featuring a cast of actors for the first time, the title character is a young Tibetan man living in Toronto whose older brother commits self-immolation as a nonviolent protest against the treatment of Tibetans living under current Chinese occupation. Tenzin struggles to come to terms with the loss of his brother while navigating life with one foot in Western youth culture. Producers are Brian Robertson of Low End and Julie Baldasi of Younger Daughter Films, with Matt McIsaac and Dan Sternberg serving as executive producers. The film will receive a theatrical release in early 2022. “We were immediately captivated by the surprising and authentic intent of the film,” said Hilary Hart for Game Theory Films. “The Canadian Tibetan population is a small population, but it is a story with universal appeal. We know it will appeal to audiences of all backgrounds.”
Netflix The international agency is working closely with UNESCO to launch a short film competition in sub-Saharan Africa. African folktales, re-imagined The six winners will be mentored by industry professionals and provided with a $75,000 production budget to create a short film that will be shown on Netflix next year. The projects will be constructed by local companies. Each of the winners will also receive $25,000 for themselves. The dreamer said that the goal was to discover new voices in the region. Entries open on 14 October and close on 14 November.