A71 Entertainment picks up THE WAITING ROOM for Canada



 On the eve of its North American Premiere at the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto-based A71 Entertainment has picked up Canadian rights to THE WAITING ROOM, director Igor Drljaca’s sophomore feature.

The film recently had its World debut at the 69th Locarno International Film Festival, in Switzerland, to critical acclaim. Drljaca’s first feature, KRIVINA, premiered at TIFF in 2012, also to a great reception.

TimeLapse Pictures, owned by Drljaca and producing partner Albert Shin, have also come off a very successful run with their film IN HER PLACE (directed by Shin), which garnered a number of awards internationally and seven CSA nominations. The film was distributed by A71 Entertainment, and sold internationally by Elle Driver.

THE WAITING ROOM is a production of TimeLapse Pictures (Shin and Drljaca) and Gearshift Films (Borga Dorter and Jordan Barker) and YN Films (Munire Armstrong).

The film combines fiction with biographical elements, and is partially inspired by the lead actor’s (Jasmin Geljo’s) life.  THE WAITING ROOM is the story of “Jasmin”, once a successful actor in former Yugoslavia, he now lives in Toronto with his second wife and young son. While juggling a construction job and a busy audition schedule, he dreams of re-launching an old televised stage show that made him famous in his homeland.

“We are very pleased to be working with Igor and Albert again, continuing to build our relationship with TimeLapse Pictures, and excited for our first collaboration with Gearshift and YN Films”, said Chad Maker, President, A71 Entertainment. “The guys continue to create profound and strong narrative films, and we look forward to taking THE WAITING ROOM out to audiences”.

“We are excited to be working again with A71, who has been supporting new voices in Canadian Cinema” says Director Drljaca. “We really look forward to making the film available to audiences across the country.” 

About A71 Entertainment Inc.

A71 ENTERTAINMENT INC. is a dynamic boutique distributor on the Canadian Feature Film landscape. Previous releases include COCKSURE LADS (2015), MY EX EX (2015), BERKSHIRE COUNTY (2015), PRETEND WERE KISSING (2015), THE VALLEY BELOW (2015), IN HER PLACE (2015), SIDDHARTH (2014)  IT WAS YOU CHARLIE (2014) THE HUSBAND (2014), ALGONQUIN (2014) and BLACKBIRD (2013). The company, focused on bringing high-quality festival films to theatres, was founded by Chad Maker, David Miller and Kirk Comrie in 2013.  

About TimeLapse Pictures

Filmmakers Igor Drljaca and Albert Shin met at York University while studying in the film production program and created TimeLapse Pictures, their production company based in Toronto, Canada. Having completed four feature films and nearly a dozen short films, the company has garnered worldwide attention that has earned them countless awards.  Currently, TimeLapse Pictures has both film and TV projects in development, including the dystopian musical, THE ARCHIVISTS.



About Gearshift Films

Gearshift Films was founded in 2009 by award-winning filmmakers Jordan Barker and Borga Dorter.  The Toronto-based company produces film and television projects with a universal appeal and high entertainment value across a wide spectrum of genres.  Gearshift Films recently wrapped production on the family adventure film LOST AND FOUND starring Jason Patric (Lost Boys, Speed 2) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).  Other feature credits include TORMENT starring Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) and HOME SWEET HOME by French genre director David Morley http://www.gearshiftfilms.com/


About YN Films

YN FILMS was established in 2006, with offices in Toronto and Istanbul and has produced many award winning short films, documentaries and feature films including WHITE AS SNOW (dir: Selim Gunes), which premiered at the Chicago Film Festival ’10.  YN Films is currently developing several projects with filmmakers from the Middle East, Europe and Canada. http://www.yeninesilfilm.com/