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Film Nova Scotia Supports Nova Scotians in Cannes Debuts

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia is proud to support local filmmaker Noah Pink and cinematographer Christopher Porter in their upcoming debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr. Pink’s 44-minute film ZedCrew has been selected to screen in the 42nd Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, a launching pad for many high profile directors. The Cannes International Film Festival, now in its 63rd year, is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. Since its inception, the Directors’ Fortnight has screened the first films of several high-profile directors, including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Frances Ford Coppola. Mr. Pink is the only Nova Scotian director to screen at the event in many years. “We are thrilled with the success ZedCrew is achieving,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “We strive to raise the awareness of our local talent on the international stage, and we couldn’t be more proud of the profile Noah will receive at the Cannes Film Festival.” Mr. Pink accessed Film Nova Scotia funding to help cover the costs associated with getting the film ready for the festival. Originally shot on digital camera, the film had to be transferred to a 35 mm format and have French subtitles added. He will be attending the festival with Mr. Porter, who worked with him throughout the film’s production. “I am extremely grateful for the support and funding that Film Nova Scotia provided,” said Mr. Pink. “Every filmmaker dreams of the opportunity to screen at a high-profile event like Cannes, and I look forward to the festival and future opportunities it will provide.” Another Nova Scotian will also be participating at the festival. Emerging filmmaker Daniel Boos won the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Youth Competition, earning an all-inclusive stay within the professional cinema milieu during the festival. Mr. Boos won the competition after impressing the jury members from the Consulate General of France in the Atlantic Provinces, the Atlantic Film Festival and the Alliance Francaise of Halifax with a demo reel of his work. He is an alumnus of the Film Nova Scotia-supported Centre for Art Tapes Scholarship Program, where he produced the short film So far Apart, which was a highlight on his demo reel. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown agency reporting to the minister of Economic and Rural Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industry. The industry is the fourth largest in Canada, it employs 3,000 people and regularly exceeds $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more

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UN agency delivers added food supplies to besieged area inside Yemens Taiz

On Saturday, a food convoy entered the area of Al Qahira carrying food for 18,000 people, the agency said in a press release. The food includes 3,000 family rations of vegetable oil, wheat, pulses and sugar – enough for a family of six for one month. The delivery coincided with a mission to Taiz city, where WFP’s Representative and Country Director in Yemen, Purnima Kashyap, met with local officials and witnessed the arrival of humanitarian assistance. “It makes a big difference for a family living in a hard-to-reach area to know that we will come again; that this is not a one-off delivery and that they can depend on us,” said Ms. Kashyap. “We continue to overcome access and security issues in Yemen. It is vital that WFP has regular and safe access to be able to deliver food to families before they fall deeper into hunger.” WFP has been delivering food assistance to parts of Taiz city since December 2015, but with the fighting, it has been difficult to move food to all districts of the city. On 21 January, the agency reached Al Qahira and Al Mudaffar districts, distributing food to 3,000 families. Taiz is one of 10 governorates – out of Yemen’s 22 governorates – in the grip of severe food insecurity at ’emergency’ level – one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale. At least one in five households in the area does not have enough food to lead a healthy life, and many face life-threatening rates of acute malnutrition. The conflict has worsened Yemen’s already poor food security situation, adding more than 3 million people to the ranks of the hungry in less than a year. According to the UN’s 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 7.6 million people in the country are severely food insecure – a level of need that urgently requires external food assistance. read more

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