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In the building

TORONTO — Former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell will head up the jury for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, organizers said Thursday. Mitchell, currently host of KCRW's "The Treatment" and editor-at-large at Interview magazine, will be joined on the Hot Docs jury for international features by Canadian film writer Johanna Schneller and Iikka Vehkalahti, a documentary commissioning editor at Finland's YLE TV 2 channel. Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, will run April 17-27 in Toronto.

Celestial event

HONG KONG — Celestial Pictures CEO William Pfeiffer will step down March 9, the company said Thursday. A television veteran with more than 20 years' experience in the Asian market, Pfeiffer is leaving Celestial to pursue a new business venture, a source familiar with the situation told THR. Celestial Pictures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian satellite TV broadcaster Astro All Asia Networks, has posted double-digit growth during Pfeiffer's tenure. It acquired rights to the 760-title Shaw Brothers Film Library in March 2000.

'Fashion' show

SHANGHAI — American-Chinese co-production "Milk and Fashion" will be distributed in China by Shanghai-based Red Art beginning in June, the film's producers said Thursday. The film, which features a cast of Chinese-speaking American, British and Dutch actors, cost just $1.35 million to make, and producers believe it to be the first foreign co-produced Chinese-language movie. Made with a co-production license from the Yunnan Film Studio, "Milk" will screen first in Shanghai and Beijing, then move to other cities.