|Better Than Chocolate|
|Directed by||Anne Wheeler|
|Produced by||Sharon McGowan|
|Written by||Peggy Thompson|
|Music by||Graeme Coleman|
|Edited by||Alison Grace|
|Distributed by||Motion International|
|February 14, 1999|
The cinema of Canada or Canadian cinema refers to the filmmaking industry in Canada. Canada is home to several film studios centres, primarily located in its three largest metropolitan centres: Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver, British Columbia. Industries and communities tend to be regional and niche in nature. Approximately 1,000 Anglophone-Canadian and 600 Francophone-Canadian feature-length films have been produced, or partially produced, by the Canadian film industry since 1911.
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