A year ago, there was a moment of hope for small independent cinema.
A few weeks after the announcement of a Toronto-based studio that would be the first to release the new Canadian feature film, the film The Black Lips, indie film festival Regal Entertainment Group (REGI) announced a film festival to coincide with the film’s release.
The film festival was supposed to begin at the Regal Arts Centre, where the film is being made, on September 12.
But on Friday, the festival cancelled that date, saying the festival had “received additional news that it will not be possible to continue with the Regent Theatre event.”
The festival also cancelled a Toronto production of The Black Lip at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
In addition, the Regals Film Festival and Regal Theatre Company have cancelled a number of shows that were scheduled for September 12, including the Toronto Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto International Kids Festival, and the Toronto International Music Festival.
This means that the only remaining festival to take place at the Toronto Regal Centre will be the Toronto Indie Film Festival on September 13.
And the festival is not even the only one that has cancelled its Toronto events.
The Toronto International Comedy Festival, which is currently scheduled to take over the Regency Centre on September 17, has also cancelled its festival days.
The Regal Film Festival has not yet responded to a request for comment from CBC News.
“It’s a sad day for me, and for our community,” said Reuben Zayas, president of the Toronto Arts Council.
Zays told CBC News that while the Toronto festival had been cancelled, the city would continue to host film and music festivals on its main campus, which he said would not affect other festivals in the city.
“We’ve always said we’d be open to other festivals and we would continue our festival days, but this is just a sad thing,” he said.
“There’s a lot of things that we can do and there’s a few of them that we don’t have any plans for.
It’s very sad.”
Regal is one of the world’s largest film distributors and production companies.
The company has over 25,000 employees and is one the largest exhibitors in the world, according to its website.
The group also owns and operates Toronto’s largest outdoor festival, the Ontario International Film Market, which runs from May to September each year.
Zeyas said the group was “horrified” by the news, but said it was not surprised.
“I think the Regents decision was made in order to continue to make sure we were able to take advantage of the opportunity that is there, in terms of getting in the big blocks,” he told CBC.
“Regal Entertainment is a global leader in the film industry, and it’s just a shame that they’re doing it so late in the game.”
Regals announcement of the festival dates came on the same day that a similar decision was announced by the Toronto film festival, The City, on its website, which announced that it was cancelling a Toronto performance of The Life of Pi.
The festival was originally scheduled to open at the Ontario Institute of Technology’s Film Gallery, but will instead open on the Regen Centre.
Zays said that while he was disappointed to hear of the cancellations, he believes the festivals are going to be back, but with a new name.
“You have to be able to do what you’re going to do and not worry about anything else, and I think we’re going back,” he added.
Zayes said that the Regans decision is not the only example of the group changing its plans. “
The City is a really nice place to come and see some films, but I think that they’ve been very successful at doing that, and that’s what they’ve really focused on.”
Zayes said that the Regans decision is not the only example of the group changing its plans.
Last year, the company cancelled the Ontario Film Festival due to a lack of funds.
In 2016, the Toronto Regional Film Festival had planned to hold a screening of The Lord of the Rings at the University of Toronto, but the screening was later moved to the Regon Centre.
“At this point, the only other thing we’re looking at is an event at the BMO Centre, so hopefully that will come back,” Zayis said.