December 9, 2014
December 1, 2014
Strange Empire goes on hiatus after December 8, 2014, so that CBC can air holiday programming, and freak the audience out with Cyborg Gem Eye Rudolph. Strange Empire returns January 12, 2015 with new episodes, and ends February 2, 2015. Ascension assumes Strange Empire’s 9:00 PM Monday timeslot starting February 9, 2015.
November 11, 2014
Tickets to all events are free, and are available here. As of November 11, 2014, this is not a complete list; this article will be updated as more of the schedule is announced. The Book of Negroes red carpet and screening is mentioned here as “sold out” (inasmuch as a free festival can sell out), so keep that in mind.
Currently, every event takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario.
November 14, 2014
November 15, 2014
Unité 9 (Radio-Canada): binge screening, 7:00-11:00 PM ET
November 16, 2014
Corner Gas (CTV): fan event, 7:00-8:30 PM ET
Remedy (Global): binge screening, 7:00-11:00 PM ET
Republic of Doyle (CBC): fan event, 5:00-6:30 PM ET
November 17, 2014
Blackstone (APTN): panel and episode screening, 8:00-10:30 PM ET
The Book of Negroes (CBC/BET): panel (no screening), 5:00-6:00 PM ET
19-2 (Bravo): panel and second-season premiere screening, 9:00-10:30 PM ET
November 18, 2014
The Book of Negroes (CBC/BET): red carpet and screening, 7:00-10:00 PM ET
CBC ComedyCoup (CBC): presentation, 5:00-6:30 PM ET
November 19, 2014
The Knick (Cinemax): panel and screening, 8:00-10:00 PM ET
November 20, 2014
Strange Empire (CBC): Writers Talking TV panel and screening, 6:30-9:30 PM ET
November 21, 2014
November 22, 2014
Camp X (CBC): panel and exclusive preview, 7:00-9:30 PM ET
Carmilla: fan event, 3:00-5:00 PM ET
Vikings (History): binge screening, 7:00-11:00 PM ET
November 23, 2014
30 Vies (30 Lives, Radio-Canada): binge screening, 7:00-11:00 PM ET
This Hour Has Seven Days (CBC)/Party Game (CHCH)/The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour (CBC): heritage screening, 2:00-6:00 PM ET
Visit citf14.tv for more details.
November 4, 2014
At least Strange Empire does better than City’s Package Deal, which recently moved to Monday nights in an attempt to increase its viewership. I don’t see either show earning another season, yet CBC failing at serious, cable-style drama holds a lot more weight than City failing at a sitcom that looks halfway compatible with 2 Broke Girls.
November 1, 2014
I was a fan of Royal Canadian Air Farce in the early 1990s, and attended an Air Farce taping around December 1995. Despite this, I had low hopes for Air Farce’s panel, given what I feel was a decline of the show’s quality after the late 1990s. It was a surprisingly candid and informative panel, punctuated by the idea of CBC cutting Air Farce’s already-low budget. Air Farce’s panel might have been better attended had it not occupied the 2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET timeslot.
Given how 19-2, The Amazing Race Canada and Masterchef Canada are all hits for Bell Media, and Degrassi has an agreeable home on MTV Canada, I question why the four shows were bundled into a three-hour morning format, which relatively few people attended. When I can type that about The Amazing Race Canada and Degrassi, that says something. Binge-viewing of Sherlock turned out to be the better draw.
The Sunday Murdoch Mysteries screening and panel, which I didn’t attend as I went to my sister’s twenty-fifth anniversary party, was the clear audience draw of CITF 2013. Murdoch Mysteries has a loyal fanbase.
I was unimpressed by CITF’s promotion for its first year. Although the Murdoch Mysteries and Spun Out events were well-attended, most of CITF’s events were decided in the last two weeks before the festival, resulting in relatively sparse attendance for a free festival in downtown Toronto. The events themselves ran smoothly.
While I still think CITF cuts it relatively close with its promotion, 2013 felt like it was booked on the fly, which it might have been. Corner Gas is a main attraction this year; CITF can no longer afford to be sloppy.
October 31, 2014
No set schedule currently exists for these events, apart from The Book of Negroes’ screening and panel session on November 18, 2014. More information, as well as ticket availability, will emerge on November 4, 2014.
Unité 9 (Radio-Canada; French-language)
Heritage Screening and Panel
“Cameras on the Hill and in the Halls: Canada’s Governments on Television”: panelists TBA
The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour (CBC, 1970-71): Hart Pomerantz; other panelists TBA
Preview and Panel
Corner Gas (CTV) tenth anniversary reunion and preview of Corner Gas: The Movie; panelists TBA
Screening and Panel
Blackstone (APTN): Ron E. Scott
The Book of Negroes (CBC): Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Allan Hawco, Louis Gossett Jr., Clement Virgo, Damon D’Oliveira, Lawrence Hill [previously announced]
Strange Empire (CBC): Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik [WGC Writers Talking Television event]
Script Read and Panel
Carmilla (online show produced by Smokebomb Entertainment/shift2/U By Kotex®)
Also announced is a CBC ComedyCoup spotlight, and a Bill Brioux screening of lost and historic TV programs.
October 27, 2014
Strange Empire doesn’t have Durham County’s sense of storytelling economy, which isn’t surprising when comparing a six-episode season to a thirteen-episode one. I like Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik, yet I wonder if Strange Empire’s ambition exceeds its reach. If viewers want a female version of Young Guns, this show isn’t it.
October 23, 2014
The second Canadian International Television Festival runs from November 14 to 23, 2014, in a format change from the initial three-day festival. Although there is no mention of where The Book of Negroes screens, based on last year’s events and this press release, The Book of Negroes’ premiere likely screens at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Ticket information follows in the weeks leading up to CITF.
Shows previously screened at CITF before their Canadian television debuts include Bravo’s English adaptation of 19-2, and CTV sitcom Spun Out. This is the first CBC show to screen at the Canadian International Television Festival before its debut, although the 19-2 premiere was a reworked version of the original CBC pilot.